How to Find Someone on Tinder? [9 Easy Methods]


Updated · May 01, 2023


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3 in 10 US adults use a dating app, and Tinder is at the top of everyone’s list. Tinder is 2021's most downloaded dating app, with more than 6.5 million monthly downloads from App Store and Play Store. 

Whether you’re looking for an ex-lover or suspect your current partner is still on dating sites, searching for someone on Tinder can be challenging due to its massive number of users. 

There’s no direct way of finding someone on Tinder, but multiple workarounds exist. Continue reading to find out.

9 Ways to Search for Someone on Tinder 

According to statistics, 1.6 billion swipes happen on Tinder daily. If you accidentally swiped left on a person you were meant to match with, it will be difficult to undo it unless you have a subscription. 

We’ve listed some ways to work around the Tinder app’s lack of a profile search feature. Below are simple methods to search for a specific person on Tinder:

Method 1: Finding Someone on Tinder by Username 

Searching for someone directly from Tinder by username is impossible. 

However, if you know their username, you can try adding it to a Tinder URL on your web browser. It should look like this:

If you don’t know the username, you can try your luck on their known usernames from other social media sites.

Method 2: Finding Someone on Tinder Without a Username 

You can use a people search tool to look for someone on Tinder without knowing their username. 

Try BeenVerified. It’s a people search tool that performs a comprehensive scan of massive background reports throughout the country, including dating apps like Tinder.

Here’s how to use it: 

  1. Go to
  2. Enter their first and last name. Hit Search.
  3. Look for any related profile on Tinder from the reports.

BeenVerified is a subscription-based tool that can cost  $17.48 to $26.89 monthly. You can also check free background check websites for affordable options. 

Method 3: Finding Someone on Tinder by Email Address

If you have their email, you can use PeopleLooker. It is an information-gathering platform based in New York that grants you access to a wide range of reports with just an email address.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Email Search, enter the email, and hit Search.
  3. Find the Tinder profile on the collected reports. offers a 7-day trial for only $1. Its monthly subscription typically costs $18.28 to $22.86. 

Method 4: Finding Someone on Tinder by Image

Perform a reverse image search if you don’t have any information mentioned above. You can try SocialCatfish, an online investigation tool that can search for people on Tinder.

  1. Go to
  2. On the search box, click on Image.
  3. Upload the image file and hit Search.
  4. Look for the Tinder profile on the list of matches.

You can get complete results and unlimited image searching for five days for only $5.99.  If there’s no luck in Social Catfish, try TinEye or Google image search.

Method 5: Finding Someone on Tinder by Social Media

TruthFinder is an excellent option for collecting information about the social media profiles of someone you found on Tinder. You can use their phone number or email address as a parameter in starting the search. 

Here’s how: 

  1. Go to
  2. Choose between reverse phone look-up, name, or email address.
  3. Check the Tinder profile and their accounts from other social media sites

TruthFinder’s Reverse Email Lookup costs $29.73 per month. However, you can also try free reverse email search tools like ThatsThem

Method 6: Finding Someone on Tinder by Phone Number

Intelius is one of the best reverse phone lookup services. It uses a 256-bit encrypted connection, so you’re rest assured your search remains anonymous and confidential.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Reverse Phone Look Up at the tabs at the top of the page.
  3. Enter their phone number and wait for the results.
  4. Find the Tinder profile from the Intelius reports.

Intelius is a paid service, but you can scour the Internet for free reverse phone lookup tools

Method 7: Using Tinder’s Search Option

Tinder has a search option for people you’ve already matched with (in case you forgot you’ve matched with them). Here’s how to use it on mobile:

  1. Tap on the messages icon. This shows your recent matches and chats.
  2. Click the search bar at the top
  3. Input the name. Select the magnifying glass icon to begin the search.
  4. Scan the results for the match that you’re searching for.

Another way is changing the discovery preferences to narrow your matching options to get to the person you’re looking for. To change it on the mobile app:

  1. Tap the person icon, then tap the gear icon (Settings) on the top right.
  2. Scroll down to see the discovery preferences options.
  3. Change the maximum distance, age range, and sexual preference.

Keep in mind that this method may take a lot of swiping sessions to get the results that you’re looking for. 

You can also pay for the Tinder Passport from Tinder Plus or Gold to change your location settings if you’re looking for someone from a different city.

In case you don’t have a Tinder account, you can search for people through Google Search. 

Start by entering, then the name or username of the person you’re looking for. This should filter the results to information solely from Tinder. 

It should look like this.


Method 9: Creating A Profile On The Tinder App

If none of the methods above work, you might want to create a Tinder profile. Follow these steps to create an account on the Tinder app

  1. Download and install the Tinder app on your phone.
  2. Tap Create Account.
  3. Enter either your phone number or email and verify.
  4. Another option is to log in through an existing Google, Apple, or Facebook account.
  5. Set up your profile.
  6. Allow all necessary permissions for the Tinder mobile app.

Bottom Line

Searching for people on Tinder requires a lot of diligence since the app was meant for “randomness” within a range of preferences. The internet is vast, but helpful tools can assist you in finding your way through it.

Also, as more people use apps to form relationships, always exercise caution to avoid running into people with malicious intent, like scammers or fraudsters.


How to find someone on Tinder through Instagram?

There’s no direct way, but you can try doing a reverse image search using their Instagram photos. Another option is using their Instagram username to search for a Tinder account or through Google by entering to filter results.

How to find someone you unmatched with on Tinder?

If you have already unmatched someone, Tinder assumes you don’t like them and will never show them again. The only way to get back to them is to delete your account and recreate it to redo previous matches.

Does Tinder show inactive profiles?

Yes, but they’ll show you the recently active ones first. You'll start seeing profiles of people who aren’t super active on the app if they’ve run out of profiles to present.

Does the Tinder profile stay active after deleting the app?

Yes, Tinder will keep your account until you delete it through the settings.




Ritesh Kumar has a seemingly deep obsession with anything web, tech and SEO (in no particular order). He has more than five years of experience in the background check industry, promoting and collaborating with all the major brands in the space. He is currently the co-founder of - A free tool to report bad drivers and look up license plates. Talk to him about Google algorithmic updates, and he can go on and on till the sheep come home.

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