How to Change Your Location on Tinder [Tinder Passport Guide]

You use Tinder.

And you heard rumors it was possible to change your Tinder location.

But you don’t know how or why.

All your questions in regards (to faking and spoofing) your Tinder location will be answered.

Read on and get:

  • 2 Ways to change your Tinder location
  • The truth on hacking your Tinder location for free
  • How to spoof your whereabouts without getting banned
  • Ah controversial truth on the desirability of your profile
  • #1 Opener that almost always guarantees her reply
  • And more…

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#1: How does Tinder location work?

Now we’ll solve the riddle why you can swipe women from your hometown even though you’re abroad.

To know where you are, Tinder tracks your phone.

Tinder’s robots work similarly to parents.

Every few minutes, the machines peek around the corner to see what you’re up to.

“Good. He’s still eating Doritos in the basement.”

The checking of your location, doesn’t only depend on Tinder, but also your phone and usage.

Roughly speaking, Tinder measures your position at two different speeds.

If you have the app open, the checking is almost constant.

Is the app closed, then the robots check your position anywhere between every 5 to 20 minutes. Which is largely dependent on your phone, battery life and other apps you’re running.

So there is no EXACT way to know how often Tinder calculates your location.

Suppose you just flew from Chicago to Amsterdam and are on your way to passport control.

You see a huge line and decide to pass the time by swiping.

Because it’s the first time you’ve opened up Tinder since leaving Chicago, you’ll still see a stack filled with Chicagoans.

And if your battery life is low and wifi connection poor, it may take half an hour before Tinder realizes you’re in Amsterdam.

Now let’s imagine you ignored flight safety and fired up Tinder as you entered the borders of the Netherlands.

(Please don’t break the rules. This is simply an imagination exercise.)

If your phone is fully charged, no other apps are open, and your battery settings are set on performance…

…you’ll be swiping Dutch babes in minutes.

The conclusion?

Tinder’s robots are lazy unless you give them lots of power and attention.

So it may take a while before Tinder knows your location.

#2: Can you TRICK Tinder into giving you a fake location?

By the end of this tip, you’ll know if you can change your Tinder location for free.

A few years ago, forums were flooded with tips and tricks to fake your Tinder location.

Back then, the easiest way to switch up your GPS was with a bootleg Chrome extension, called Flamite.

That was before Tinder rolled out its official web version.

Flamite gave you lots of extra options, but the most important one let you spoof your address.

Enter your new location on Flamite and voilà.

Although you were sitting on a chair in California, Tinder let you swipe girls in Honolulu.

Besides Flamite, there were dozens of other apps that changed your GPS.

And Tinder wasn’t happy.

After all, the dating app gives the same service to users in exchange for money.

With all these IP spoofers, everyone could swipe across the globe for free.

So Tinder was losing money. FAST.

Seeing money slip through its fingers, Tinder sent its legal cronies to sue all the spoofers into bankruptcy.

And updated its system to prevent any newcomers from entering the black market.

Flamite and other GPS-changing apps got shut down.

Although some newer apps supposedly work…

…the punishments are severe.

Tinder loves to drop the banhammer.

So I don’t recommend trying any tools to bypass Tinder’s security systems.

It’s not worth losing your account and having to get a new sim card. (And Instagram and Spotify if you want to hook those up.)

#3: The only 2 ways to change your Tinder location

If you don’t want to get banned, there are only TWO ways to change your Tinder location:

Both premium memberships give you a feature called Tinder Passport.

That lets you set your location anywhere in the world.

And it works as follows:

  1. Open Tinder.
  2. Hit the profile icon on the top left of the screen.
  3. Press ‘Settings’.
  4. For Android, tap ‘Swiping in’. For iOS, click ‘Location’.
  5. Select ‘Add a new location’.

From there you can enter a location.

And drop a pin to mark your new whereabouts.

Happy swiping.

Are you interested in Tinder Passport, but not sure if the paid Tinder membership is worth it?

Check out my Tinder Plus vs Tinder Gold article.

#4: Is Tinder Passport worth it?

Tinder Passport is definitely worth it, as long as you…

Frequently travel.

What’s the point of matching with jaw-droppingly beautiful women if they’re 1,000 miles away from you?

You will like Tinder Passport if you fall into one of the three following categories:

  • If you work far from home. Changing your location lets you swipe ladies close to your neighborhood.
  • If you often go abroad. That way you can arrange dates in your holiday destination before you physically arrive.
  • If you’re curious. Perhaps you’re willing to travel if the international women are fun and attractive enough.

Let’s give you an example to make the benefits of Tinder Passport concrete.

Suppose you’re about to stay in Bangkok, Thailand for a few days.

And your flight is two weeks away.

Without Tinder Passport, your only option to date is to land in Bangkok and:

  1. Fire up Tinder.
  2. Aggressively swipe.
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  4. Make her crazy about meeting you. Use my 10 Texts That Always Work.
  5. And lastly, set up the date.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get one or two dates before you leave.

But with Tinder Passport, you can complete all the above steps from the comfort of your home.

This way you can prepare a date for every day you’re in Thailand.

Is Tinder Passport worth it?


If you want to use Tinder while traveling, check out my Tinder Traveling Guide.

#5: An added bonus for changing your Tinder location

Faking your location gives you a perk that not many people know about…

A Tinder assist.

Big bro Tinder has your back and wants to give you X-rated adventures.

After all, the better time you have, the more willing you are to give Tinder your paycheck.

So once you spoof your location, Tinder gives you a boost.

And places your profile higher in the Tinder stack.

There’s a reason why I write ‘boost’ with a lowercase b.

You don’t get the 30-minute Tinder Boost.

In comparison to the real deal, your assist is only minor.

But it still gives you a bigger chance to match with a cutie.

Here’s how it works.

Once you set foot on foreign soil, or fake your location…

…Tinder assumes you won’t stay put for long.

To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, Tinder takes your profile out of your original position in the swipe stack and puts you closer to the top.

And if you keep an eye on your match & messages screen, you’ll see your likes rise.

You may think you made it into the big leagues.

But your success is only artificial.

After about 24 hours, your profile will drop down back to where it started.


You get lots of matches.

The more matches you get, the higher the desirability of your profile, and the higher your spot in the Tinder stack.

In short, the 24-hour boost can permanently increase the ranking of your Tinder profile.


#6: The controversial truth on your Tinder ranking

Can you raise your Tinder score abroad and take that improved ranking back home?

As of 2019, Tinder changed its ranking system.

Also known as Elo rating.

Without getting too technical, Tinder gives your profile a desirability score based on (roughly speaking):

  • What level profiles you Liked
  • Who liked you (while taking note of their scores)
  • How many matches you got

Nowadays, the weight of your Tinder score is not as important, but the basics still apply.

What does any of this have to do with changing your Tinder location?

If you know more matches raises your rank, it’s in your benefit to swipe in countries where you’re exotic and attractive.

Thai women, for instance, famously love Caucasian men.

So many Americans and Europeans set their location to Bangkok and collected insane amounts of matches.

Got a HUGE boost to their Elo rating.

And then switched their location back to their hometown, where they were now GODS among men.

Even though they were actually very average.

No harm done, right?


Now that the top ranks of Tinder were infested with Average Joes, the ladies got upset.

Imagine you’re a 10/10 model who can get any man.

And your Tinder feed is overrun with basic dudes who pose with pickup trucks, freshly caught fish and fedoras.

You’d throw your phone into a barrel of acid.

Once Tinder realized what was happening, it put a stop to Elo grinding.

As of 2020, you can’t raise your Tinder score abroad and maintain that rank at home.

What’s the controversy?

Some people claim Elo grinding still works.

Even though it REALLY doesn’t.

Once you start swiping in your hometown, Tinder instantly hands you your old score.

#7: An invaluable tool for your Tinder arsenal

By the end of this tip, you’ll have a Tinder opener she can’t resist.

A match doesn’t guarantee a date.

First, you have to make her excited to go out with you.

And before that, you want to capture her attention with an irresistible icebreaker.

If she’s like most women, she’ll have more matches than she can shake a stick at.

And an inbox filled with men screaming for her attention.

To have a chance of dating her, your opener MUST cut through the noise.

Luckily for you, it’s not all that hard.

Most men bombard women with variations of the same message.

Hey, how are you?

Hi, I didn’t think we’d match

Hey, beautiful

Unless these dudes have epic photos, she’ll throw them onto the discard pile.

And if you don’t do any better, you’ll go into the trash too.

Which is a shame, because you haven’t even had a chance to show her who you are.

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That legendary opener wraps up today’s Tinder Location article.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time.

Louis Farfields

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