How to Reset Tinder Account: More Matches, New Likes & Elo

“Why do I barely see any cuties when swiping?”

“I wish I had more matches…”

Do I need to reset Tinder?”

Find the answer here.

Here’s what you get:

  • All your Tinder reset questions answered
  • The best time to reset for the highest increase in matches
  • Find out if hard resetting Tinder hurts your ELO
  • An easy to follow guide to reset your Tinder account
  • How to create the perfect first Tinder photo (Get more matches!)
  • And the formula of a bio that gets her to text first

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#1: Can I reset Tinder?

Yes, you can reset Tinder.

Onto tip #2.

Just pulling your leg.

Whether Tinder can be reset is only the tip of the iceberg.

You also want to know:

  • If a Tinder reset leads to more matches
  • If a reset account comes with a ‘newbie boost’
  • If you can reswipe profiles that already rejected you
  • And if there are any downsides to a reset

All these questions and more will be answered below.

#2: Can you only reset your Tinder swipes?

I receive this question all the time and it can be understood in a shocking amount of ways.

What people mean is usually one of three questions:

  1. Can I get a do-over for the profiles I’ve already swiped?
  2. Can I restore my swipes (when I go over the max limit and don’t want to wait 12 hours)?
  3. Can I do something so that I can be seen by girls who already swiped me left (I have a much better profile now)?

Let’s answer these questions one at a time.

1. Can I get a do-over for the profiles I’ve already swiped?

No. But when enough time passes, Tinder shows you profiles you’ve already seen.

2. Can I manually restore my swipes?

No. There are only three ways to get more swipes.

  • Buy Tinder Plus or Gold
  • Wait 12 hours
  • Hard reset (new Tinder account, different Facebook/phone number)

3. Can I do something so that I can be seen by girls who already swiped me left?

No. But Tinder gives you a second chance to be seen by people who already swiped you, after an undisclosed period.

The current theory says that period shortens when your profile jumps to a higher Elo.

Elo is the rating Tinder gives your profile. And it’s basically a reflection of what kind of attention your profile gets.

Simply put: the more likes your profile gets, the higher your score.

The higher your score, the higher the quality of girls you see.

Your Tinder rating is actually far more complex. More on that later.

First, let’s dig into the details of resetting Tinder.

Starting with the question…

#3: Is it smart to reset your Tinder account?

Resetting your Tinder account can absolutely increase your matches, but it can also be a disaster.

For years the Tinder reset worked wonders.

Delete account, remove Tinder from phone, reinstall, sign up and PRESTO:

  • You got another chance to match with the cuties who Noped you (that’s Tinder’s technical term for being swiped left).
  • You got put at the top of the Tinder stack by a ‘newbie boost’.
  • And all your bad behaviour (general misconduct) was forgiven.

At first, only a select few knew of the magical powers of the Tinder reset.

But soon word got out. And everybody was spamming the ‘reset button’ for the newbie boost.

A tool that normally costs money.

Tinder eventually caught onto the resetting madness and took action.

A patch (9.0.0).

The patch came down on the reset abusers like a ton of bricks.

Suddenly, resetting your Tinder account could get you shadowbanned.

By some algorithmic magic, Tinder could keep track of you after you deleted your account.

So the dating app knew exactly how often you reset your account. And how long you waited between resets.

Tinder excused the occasional reset. Although the dating app no longer gave ‘soft resetters’, a free newbie boost.

But if you reset your account only to create a new one seconds later, the ban was guaranteed.

The worst thing?

You couldn’t see if you were banned.

Even today, Tinder refuses to tell you if you’re shadowbanned.

To you, the app looks the same as always.

But actually, it’s not. The difference is that nobody can see you.

So you don’t get matches.

Now to answer the question:

Is it smart to reset your Tinder account?

Resetting is a last ditch resort. And I don’t recommend it unless you have nothing to lose.

When would that be?

  • “When there’s no one new around you.” If you live in a populous city and get that message, you’ve probably been shadowbanned.
  • If you haven’t been active for a long time
  • If you’re unhappy with your Tinder results
  • And most importantly, if you uploaded new and improved photos.

However, if you reset without giving your Tinder profile a facelift, chances are you will end up in the same place as before the reset.

Upgrading your dating profile is easier said than done.

That’s why I made the Dating Profile Checklist.

And I’m giving it to you for free.

The Checklist tells you exactly what’s wrong with your profile and how to fix it.

Find the Dating Profile Checklist here.

If you’re still not sure whether to reset Tinder, continue to the next tip.

#4: Pros and cons of HARD resetting your Tinder account

After this tip you’ll know if a hard Tinder reset is right for you.

Because I put the pros and cons of resetting Tinder into two neat columns.

Note: A ‘hard’ reset is different from deleting your account and signing up with the details. A hard reset is when you go nuclear.

  • Free newbie boost for a higher chance of matches
  • A new chance to match with the singles who Noped you
  • Another shot at Liking the cuties who you accidentally swiped left
  • You have to setup your profile from scratch
  • If you reset without enhancing your profile, you’ll end up with little and bad matches. Just like before.
  • Reset too often and your rating goes down. Or worse, you get shadowbanned

#5: How to HARD reset your Tinder

Reset your Tinder account in one of three ways.

First, figure out how you login.

Do you use Facebook or your mobile number?

Once you know, follow the appropriate instructions.

1. If you login via Facebook

  1. Open Tinder and enter ‘Settings’ by clicking on the Profile tab.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap ‘Delete Account’
  3. Confirm the action and press ‘Delete My Account’
  4. Uninstall Tinder
  5. Open the Facebook profile linked to your Tinder account
  6. Click the downward facing arrow and go to ‘Settings’ 
  7. Sift through the menu on the left and click on ‘Apps and websites’
  8.  Search for the Tinder icon and click the ‘X’ to remove it from your Facebook or press ‘Remove’.
  9. Confirm the action
  10. Create a new Facebook account with another email address
  11. Were you a Tinder Plus or Gold user? Then you’ll also need a different Google Play account or Apple ID
  12. Download and reinstall Tinder
  13. Open Tinder and create a new account using your new Facebook
  14. Unless you waited 3 months between deleting your Tinder account and creating your new one, you need a new phone number. One that’s never been used for Tinder
  15. Verify your new number with Tinder’s SMS verification code

2. If you login via your mobile number

  1. Open Tinder and enter ‘Settings’ by clicking on the Profile tab.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap ‘Delete Account’
  3. Confirm the action and press ‘Delete My Account’
  4. Uninstall Tinder
  5. Were you a Tinder Plus or Gold user? Then you’ll also need a different Google Play account or Apple ID
  6. Open Tinder and create a new account
  7. Unless you waited 3 months between deleting your Tinder account and creating your new one, you need a new phone number. One that’s never been used for Tinder
  8. Verify your new number with Tinder’s SMS verification code

3. If you hate technical stuff and have lots of patience

If you want to reset your account, but can’t stand setting up a new e-mail address and Facebook, there’s a ZERO EFFORT alternative.

Although you do need patience.

After about three months, Tinder removes the data from deleted accounts.

So if you delete your account on January 1st and create a new account on April 2nd (using your old email and Facebook), then Tinder forgets all about your past.

Before you reset your Tinder account, something very important.

To get better and more likes than last time, you want to upgrade your profile.

Read on to find out how to .

#6: The most important photo of your profile

Get a profile that’s TOO attractive for her to ignore.

Women don’t swipe right as easily as men. Only the most attractive profiles get her Like.

And while she bases her choice on your entire profile, the first photo gets her interested.

Before we get into the best first photo, let’s start with the bad.

Specifically, the mistakes that make her swipe you left.

  1. Starting with a selfie. Selfies are bad for a host of reasons, but mostly because they distort your face up to 30%.
  2. Starting with a cluttered photo. The harder she has to work to pick you out of the crowd, the bigger the chance she’ll swipe you left.

How am I supposed to know who’s Bret?

  1. Your first picture covers your eyes.

So what does the perfect profile photo look like?

A photo showing your body from the chest up.

Neuroscientific research shows that’s the most irresistible.

I even ran an experiment to prove it.

Here’s an old photo of mine:

And at the time, I thought it was a great photo.

Manly gaze? Check.

Spanish suntan? Check.

Swole biceps? Check.

Surely it would charm the ladies.

But when I uploaded my photo to Photofeeler, I got crushed.

I looked dumb, shady and… ORDINARY!

After hours of crying in the fetal position, I manned up and rang my photographer buddy.

Then we shot this masterpiece

Skrrrrrt!

A perfect upper body shot.

For those out of the know, Photofeeler is a website where you can get unbiased feedback on your photos for free.

I highly recommend it.

Next up…

#7: The photo that makes her want to go out with you

Convince girls to go out with you like this…

  • Stand in front of a famous landmark
  • Take off your shirt
  • Have a big booty girl twerking
  • And have someone make it rain hundred dollar bills

Next, wait for the reports to come in and get banned.

After your first photo, you no longer now is not the time to focus on your looks.

And it’s never the time to show off your douche-ness.

If you want to get more matches, you want to be attractive.

That’s a topic you can fill a library with.

So let’s narrow it down into the one trait that all women like:

Adventure.

Why is adventure synonymous with attraction?

Let’s look at it from her perspective:

  • She’s almost guaranteed excitement, because you refuse to live a boring life
  • She doesn’t know what’s coming next, because you’ll drag her into unknown territory
  • By being pushed out of her comfort zone, she’ll grow as a person
  • Your free spirit inspires her to become a better person
  • Your lust for life translates into an unquenchable longing for her (you gon’ hit dat booty GOOD)

Tl;dr: adventurous men are sexy.

So how do you show her you’re adventurous?

By showing your COJONES!

You’re a good listener, so let’s rephrase that before you get arrested for streaking:

Show her you can handle physically demanding tasks.

A man who can stand toe to toe with nature instantly gets 3 sexy points.

Look it up, it’s science.

What does that mean in terms of Tinder photos?

Show yourself playing a sport.

A Tinder photo that got me a lot of reactions was me surfing.

Cowabunga, dude!

Secret: at the time, I could barely make turns. But as far as she knows, I’m staring off into the distance waiting to catch the next wave to do crazy tricks on.

Maybe you’re a desk chair warrior who hates the ocean.

No problem, there’s plenty of manly activities to put on your Tinder.

  • Self-defense. Upload a photo of you hitting the heavy bag, or wrapping up your hands in a bandage.
  • Off-roading. Nothing screams macho like handling a machine with the power of 50 horses.
  • Skiing/snowboarding.
  • Rock climbing.
  • Even hiking through nature. Although you’re only walking, a photo of you in the mountains turns you into a mountain tamer.

While one photo is enough to get you more matches.

I invite you to take on an actual adventurous hobby.

And I’m not talking about you and your buddies raiding Naxxramas with your guild.

(Perfect 29 Undead Priest player with Deadman’s Hand, here.)

Find a hobby that takes you out of the house and boosts your confidence.

The ladies will thank you for it.

The picture are out of the way.

Next up, your bio.#7: The bio that gets her to text first

90% of men get this wrong, but after this tip you’ll be part of the 10% who get it right.

The winners write a bio that:

  • Triggers emotions. Women prefer an experience to an exchange of facts.
  • Make them stand out. Women like men who have the confidence to be themselves.
  • Baits her to start the conversation.

The losers create bios that look like they were made by a gang of drunk toddlers.

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that.

That’s unfair to the toddlers.

The most ugly bios I see fall into three categories:

  1. The resumé. “Male, 6’1, doctor. Likes: coffee, music and travel.” Almost as interesting as watching grass grow.
  2. The spellink B contast wiener. Lots of bios are riddled with spelling mistakes. And even though it’s not a reflection of your intelligence, it just makes you seem dumb. Dealbreaker.
  3. And quotes and clichés. “I am so poetic and deep, now show me your bewbs” is what guys actually think when they quote Plato.

If you want a match tripling bio, keep the next principle in mind:

Show, don’t tell.

Telling:

“I’m funny.”

Showing:

“I like long walks on the beach with my girlfriend.

Until the LSD wears off and I realize I’m dragging a stolen mannequin around a Wendy’s parking lot.”

See the difference?

One makes you chuckle, the other is a lie.

Here are more examples of bios that show the funny:

Dusty first turns around the role expectation: he isn’t looking for a hookup.

Next, he drops the idea of seduction and pokes fun at himself.

I’m adulting in my pants.

I giggled at Henry’s profile. All the pieces are in the right place.

He has a super geeky first photo. And then a bio fitting for a testosterone exploding beast.

And just in case you think he’s serious, he adds “I’ll even get you pregnant and come back to eat the child.”

Before you copy-pasta one of the above bios, know this:

Bios work best when tailored to your personality.

She obviously can’t sense your bio is an act. But she will know your bio is a sham on the date.

So do her and yourself a favor: create a bio that genuinely fits you.

For 15 more hilarious bios, check out my article Best Tinder Bios For Guys.

I know it’s not Tinder, but I promise the bios work just as well.

#8: How to get a higher Elo

That finishes the Reset Tinder article.

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Blessings,
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