Tinder Register Without Facebook Tinder Register Without Facebook – Pros & Cons of Signing Up with Your Phone Number
With the introduction of the browser edition of Tinder Online, Tinder has finally made something possible that users have desired since the dawn of time:
Signing up for Tinder without a Facebook Account. (At least kind of).
Oh, and using Tinder on desktop computers. Interestingly, you don’t actually have to use the new browser version to make use of this feature; Not even to create your account. On the mobile edition, the option now appears alongside Facebook too. It should be remembered that Facebook wasn’t entirely taken out of the equation.
You do have to agree (passively) to the terms of the Account Package that Tinder uses to log you in. This means Facebook still gets your phone number and first name, but (hopefully) much less information than if you actually used a real FB account, let alone if you maintained an active one. So, all you need to do to choose this lesser of two evils is…
- select “Log in with phone number”
- See the Tips & Tricks section below for an alternative to entering your phone number
- Enter the code you got by sending a text message
- provide an e-mail address
choose a password
- enter your first name
- Chose your sex
- Android will ask you at this stage if you want to allow Tinder to access your gallery. To proceed, you will have to consent to this. You will also have to agree to allow Tinder to access your location information and to turn on-location services to use the app.
- Finally, to build your account, you’ll pick your main profile image and click ‘DONE’. If you need help deciding what picture to use, I think you will find this guide useful
So much for how it really functions with the sign-up phase without Facebook, nor would you even want to?
The Pros and Cons of Tinder without FB
From the time this article was written, things have changed and, as you can see from the different changes below, the balance of pros and cons has changed completely.
You’ve probably reached this post because you want to use Tinder, but you have neither a Facebook account nor a Tinder-only urge to build one. So the most obvious pro here is that you don’t need an account on Facebook. Sadly, that is where the pro segment ends as well.
Update 2018-07: Since Tinder is now asking for your phone number when creating a Facebook-based account, a former con has turned into a pro. If you use your phone number to log in, there is one less move to do an account reset, because you won’t need a new Facebook account.
Any time you log in to Tinder, you will need to enter an SMS code (Note: not every time you open the app.) If you live or work in an area with Wi-Fi but without cell coverage, this can get annoying quickly.
Tinder will now remember you, instead of your Facebook account, by your phone number. This would make it inconvenient to reset your password later, since setting up a new throwaway FB account is far simpler than having a new phone number. Also, you can’t use free online burner numbers or the numbers of your friends because of the above.
Update 2019-10: These points no longer apply, because when creating a Facebook-based account, Tinder often asks for your phone number again. In reality, with a phone number-based Tinder account, it’s now easier to reset your account because there’s one less move.
–You won’t see immediately if your match shares any interests with you. Granted, overlapping FB likes might not be the best compatibility indicator, especially because Tinder only imports your latest 100 likes, but a mutual passion for the Ministry of Silly Walks of Monty Python may make a great conversation starter and could turn a right swipe into a Super Like.
Update 2019-10: Common likes are concealed in the profile information after version 9.0, and are no longer available when swiping (without opening their profile).
In light of this you may suggest a compromise: Using a throwaway E-Mail address to create a “fake” Facebook account without photos, contacts, most personal information, and offering only your name (your first name should be real), and one hundred hand-picked likes you will be happy about sharing with a match.
This will give you access to Tinder without giving too much information to Zucc. If you would still like to use your phone number, here are a couple.