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Tinder Places Matches You Based on Location

Dave Parrack 25-05-2018

Tinder has launched Places, a new feature that matches you with potential dates based on the places you hang out. Hence the name. This means that if you frequent that hipster coffee shop in your neighborhood you can start dating other coffee-loving hipsters.


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Location-Based Right-Swiping

According to the Tinder Blog, Places is “designed to help you discover new people who hang where you hang”. Essentially, using Places means Tinder will match you with people who visit the same locations as you, whether it be a bar, a restaurant, or a gym.

All you do is tap the pin at the top of your Discovery screen, and then opt in by tapping, “Turn Places On”. Then, just go about your life and you’ll build a list of potential matches who have visited the same places as you. You can then swipe-right as normal.

Realizing the potential privacy issues, Tinder has installed some safeguards. To that end, you can opt-in or out as you see fit, you won’t show up in a location until after you’ve left, and you’re always in control of what places you’re listed as visiting.


Tinder is currently testing Places in just three cities: Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, and Santiago in Chile. The app will gather feedback from these cities before launching it elsewhere, but we have to assume it’ll be available in the U.S. before long.

Tinder Places Is a Mixed Bag

Despite Tinder’s efforts to make sure users stay safe while using Places, there is still the potential for trouble. Simply because it ups the chances of you bumping into your potential matches in real life, which could be awkward, to say the least.

Still, if you and your potential match both visit the same coffee shop every day, perhaps Tinder Places will be the difference between you admiring each other from afar and actually starting a conversation. And if that goes well who knows where it could lead.

Is It Time to Left-Swipe Tinder?

With its focus on locations where you and your matches may bump into each other, Places could make it trickier to protect your privacy while online dating. So, if you don’t like the way Tinder is changing, you should consider trying one of these Tinder alternatives Tired of Tinder? Seven Free Alternative Dating Apps Now that Tinder is charging for its services, it might be time to turn to one of the many other dating apps available. Which will you try? Read More .

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  1. Zhong
    June 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Is there science behind taking photos to make people swipe right more often?