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Tinder shadowban. A headache for many users and the end of their Tinder profiles for others.

Not anymore.

In this article, we will tell you exactly what is a Tinder shadowban, how to do a shadowban test, how to spot the 5 signs that you’ve been shadowbanned, the 6 reasons that got you there, and most importantly-

We will give you that Tinder shadowban fix you want and get you back swiping ASAP.

But that’s not everything. 

We will also tell you exactly what granted you the shadowbanning so it doesn’t happen again.

Keep reading to know how to get your profile back!

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Tinder shadowban. A headache for many users and the end of their Tinder profiles for others.

Not anymore.

In this article, we will tell you exactly what is a Tinder shadowban, how to do a shadowban test, how to spot the 5 signs that you’ve been shadowbanned, the 6 reasons that got you there, and most importantly-

We will give you that Tinder shadowban fix you want and get you back swiping ASAP.

But that’s not everything. 

We will also tell you exactly what granted you the shadowbanning so it doesn’t happen again.

Keep reading to know how to get your profile back!

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What is a Tinder Shadowbanning

Tinder shadowbanning is a punishment of the dating app for something you did.

It could happen because you broke some rules, lost your Elo score, or even because you left your account inactive.

Shadowbanning means that everything will look normal to you, when in fact, your profile has been hidden from view so no one can swipe, match or even receive your messages.

Apart from becoming invisible, you won’t get a notification beforehand in most cases.

And you can only guess what got you there. (Although most of the time is fairly easy.)

However, we’ve collected the signs that give away a shadowban, and the most common reasons to explain why you ended so far away from the fun.

But before we tell you everything about them, let’s explain the difference between two terms that get confused more often than not.

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What is a Tinder Shadowbanning

Tinder shadowbanning is a punishment of the dating app for something you did.

It could happen because you broke some rules, lost your Elo score, or even because you left your account inactive.

Shadowbanning means that everything will look normal to you, when in fact, your profile has been hidden from view so no one can swipe, match or even receive your messages.

Apart from becoming invisible, you won’t get a notification beforehand in most cases.

And you can only guess what got you there. (Although most of the time is fairly easy.)

However, we’ve collected the signs that give away a shadowban, and the most common reasons to explain why you ended so far away from the fun.

But before we tell you everything about them, let’s explain the difference between two terms that get confused more often than not.

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Tinder Ban vs Tinder Shadowbanning

A Tinder ban is the way of the app to expel you.

When this happens, you’ll get a notification stating that your profile has been banned.

If you already got a warning from Tinder, that is usually their first way to tell you what’s coming if you don’t make immediate changes to your behavior or profile.

And once the Tinder ban happens, there’s only so much that you can do. 

But it’s not impossible to come back from that and you can know how to get around a Tinder ban successfully in our article.

On the other hand, Tinder shadowbanning is less aggravating than a proper ban, but harder to notice, lest equally easy to take action.

Now, let’s see the signs that let you spot a shadowbanning.

How to Tell if You are Shadowbanned
– 5 Signs

After knowing what is a Tinder shadowban, you can start spotting the changes that give a shadowbanning away.

These changes in Tinder will happen over time, not to new accounts (unless you fail to reset).

Also, spotting only one or two signs can be due to another issue that can be fixed without the need for extreme measures.

What you need to do is run a Tinder shadowban test by comparing your average Tinder activity from weeks or months prior to the results you’re getting right now, and see if you spot at least three of these signs.

Hovalo tip: If you need further guidance, or you feel like you need a second look at your situation, we’re here to help.

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Tinder Ban vs Tinder Shadowbanning

A Tinder ban is the way of the app to expel you.

When this happens, you’ll get a notification stating that your profile has been banned.

If you already got a warning from Tinder, that is usually their first way to tell you what’s coming if you don’t make immediate changes to your behavior or profile.

And once the Tinder ban happens, there’s only so much that you can do. 

But it’s not impossible to come back from that and you can know how to get around a Tinder ban successfully in our article.

On the other hand, Tinder shadowbanning is less aggravating than a proper ban, but harder to notice, lest equally easy to take action.

Now, let’s see the signs that let you spot a shadowbanning.

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How to Tell if You are Shadowbanned – 5 Signs

After knowing what is a Tinder shadowban, you can start spotting the changes that give a shadowbanning away.

These changes in Tinder will happen over time, not to new accounts (unless you fail to reset).

Also, spotting only one or two signs can be due to another issue that can be fixed without the need for extreme measures.

What you need to do is run a Tinder shadowban test by comparing your average Tinder activity from weeks or months prior to the results you’re getting right now, and see if you spot at least three of these signs.

Hovalo tip: If you need further guidance, or you feel like you need a second look at your situation, we’re here to help.

Hovalo tip: If you need further guidance, or you feel like you need a second look at your situation, we’re here to help.

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  • 1. Little or No Matches

  • 2. Little or No Responses

  • 3. Little or No Profiles Shown

  • 4. Little or No Likes

  • 5. Oops Something Went Wrong

1. Little or No Matches

It’s normal that the matches get lower after the first days or weeks leading to joining Tinder.

But if you used to have a steady flow of them, and it suddenly changes for worse, that’s not normal. 

And it doesn’t matter if you’re a paid subscriber or not.

When you have a paid subscription and you’re unable to match even using the See Who Liked You function, then you have an unmistakable sign of trouble.

Pro tip: Sometimes people attribute the lack of matches to a Tinder bug, but it’s rarely the case, and most likely a sign of being shadowbanned.

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6 Reasons Why Does Tinder Shadowban a Profile

Now that you’ve seen what are the symptoms of a shadowbanned profile, it’s time to learn the reasons that led you there.

Because believe it or not, that happened for a reason.

1. Losing Elo Score

This is probably the most common reason why a Tinder account gets shadowbanned.

You should know by now that despite any claims from Tinder against this system, profiles are scored according to several parameters that include activity, response to openers, and like-match ratio.

Getting desperate to swipe, sending shitty first messages, and having an unattractive profile that not even a weirdo can like will affect this score, and potentially lead your profile into oblivion.

To know the whole shabang of how this works, you can read more on our article regarding Elo score.

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2. Breaking Community Guidelines

Tinder has a full set of Community Guidelines that you should be following.

If for any reason Tinder believes that you’re breaking any of them, they will take action upon your Tinder account.

In some cases, it’s possible that you get a warning or notification, your profile can be set under review before a ban or a shadowban, and in others, you’ll only get shadowbanned out of nowhere.

To avoid getting in this situation, you should know the basics of their guidelines. Tinder forbids:

  • Nudity/Sexual Content
  • Harassment
  • Violence and physical harm
  • Hate Speech
  • Disclose or ask for private information
  • Spam
  • Promotion or Solicitation
  • Prostitution and Trafficking
  • Scamming
  • Impersonation
  • Minors
  • Infringement of Copyright and Trademark
  • Illegal usage
  • Shared accounts
  • Third-party apps
  • Account dormancy

Whenever Tinder thinks you’ve broken any of them, even if it was as part of a joke, or it wasn’t on purpose, they can notice, so beware of them.

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3. Innapropiate Behavior

Yes, Tinder is to have fun. 

That doesn’t mean that everyone is allowed to do as they please though.

Making your matches uncomfortable will lead you to a lot of unmatching, and therefore, it’s more likely that you find a spot in the Tinder blacklist of profiles suffering a shadowban.

Consider as well that what one person thinks of as normal, for others can be taken as inappropriate behavior, so frame and calibrate your matches before making a move that can potentially be taken the wrong way.

Also, if you got there looking for a fight, better leave until you’re in the right state of mind to meet people.

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4. Reports on Profile

When your profile gets several reports, your chances of suffering a shadowbanning increase.

Reports can be issued when your profile appears on the main feed, when you send a Like and while messaging.

This is why you have to put some time and effort into building your profile and improving your texting skills.

People expect to have a good time on Tinder, don’t disappoint.

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5. Having More Than One Account

In the same way that you’re not supposed to share your account with anyone, you are meant to have only one.

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to do so. It means that you need to be clever about it.

The moment Tinder spots any of your information or pictures in more than one account, you lose.

Pro tip: Instead of experimenting with several Tinder profiles, you can join other dating apps to practice and find dates.

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6. Profile Reset Failure

Lastly, it’s possible that you got a Tinder shadowban from reset.

This happens when you already got shadowbanned or banned once, and you tried to reset your profile but failed in the process.

Usually, this happens because you linked again to the same social media, deleted only a part of all the information instead of a full wipe, and/or repeated other information like phone number, email, or IP address.

We will dive deep into the steps that you should follow to reset your profile successfully later. 

In the meantime, know that if Tinder notices that you are resetting your profile, it'll get back into their blacklist again before you say “swipe”.

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How Long Does Tinder Shadowban Last

The Tinder shadowban duration can go from a few hours to forever.

It will depend entirely on how long it takes you to do something about it and the process you choose according to your situation.

How to Remove Tinder Shadowban from Profile

Now that you know what is a Tinder shadowban and how to tell if you are shadowbanned it’s finally time to learn how to remove Tinder shadowbans.

The way of removing Tinder shadowban will depend on your situation and the relation of time and money that you want to put into it.

Besides asking us to do it for you, there are two main ways for removing Tinder shadowbans:

  • Improving your profile
  • Profile reset

We will explain in detail every option so you can pick the one that fits you best.

How Long Does Tinder Shadowban Last

The Tinder shadowban duration can go from a few hours to forever.

It will depend entirely on how long it takes you to do something about it and the process you choose according to your situation.

How to Remove Tinder Shadowban from Profile

Now that you know what is a Tinder shadowban and how to tell if you are shadowbanned it’s finally time to learn how to remove Tinder shadowbans.

The way of removing Tinder shadowban will depend on your situation and the relation of time and money that you want to put into it.

Besides asking us to do it for you, there are two main ways for removing Tinder shadowbans:

  • Improving your profile
  • Profile reset

We will explain in detail every option so you can pick the one that fits you best.

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Removing Tinder Shadowban: Improving Profile

This takes time to show results, but it’s the best when the only problem is losing your Elo score.

Get a good set of pictures, write an original and compelling bio, log in every other day at least to message and match, and change your swiping behavior into something less desperate.

Slowly, and if your profile wasn’t so far down, you should be able to see better profiles and get back on track.

Removing Tinder Shadowban: Improving Profile

This takes time to show results, but it’s the best when the only problem is losing your Elo score.

Get a good set of pictures, write an original and compelling bio, log in every other day at least to message and match, and change your swiping behavior into something less desperate.

Slowly, and if your profile wasn’t so far down, you should be able to see better profiles and get back on track.

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Removing Tinder Shadowban: Profile Reset

The other way to remove a shadowban is by a hard reset of your profile.

AKA create a new Tinder account.

Hovalo tip: Even though Tinder is okay with users doing this once or twice a year, don’t abuse it and go resetting your profile all the time.

Pro tip: It’s not just creating a new account. You need to be careful erasing your tracks so Tinder doesn’t catch you. With this, you’re already avoiding shadowbans.

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The steps to perform a reset accurately are the following:

  1. Cancel any and all subscriptions.
  2. Delete Tinder account.
  3. Clear app data from the phone.
  4. Unlink all social media from Tinder.
  5. Get a new SIM card (or a phone number never linked to Tinder).
  6. Create a new account on Apple or Google.
  7. Take new pictures or modify older ones.
  8. Write a new Tinder Bio.
  9. Get a new IP address.
    1. Unplug your modem or router for a minute. Plug back on.
    2. Or use an IP changer.
    3. Or get a VPN.
  10. Download Tinder again.
  11. Join again using your new account, new SIM card or different phone number, and another payment method (if you plan on making purchases).
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Hovalo tip: It’s recommended to use new or modified photos and bio as well because Tinder can recognize them as previously used. The same happens with social media accounts; don’t link the same Facebook and Instagram again.

Pro tip: Tinder will keep all your data for 90 days after you delete your account. During that time, it’s easier for the dating app to spot you’re creating a new account if you’re not careful. But if you wait, you should be able to recycle most information without a problem.

Hovalo tip: It’s recommended to use new or modified photos and bio as well because Tinder can recognize them as previously used. The same happens with social media accounts; don’t link the same Facebook and Instagram again.

Pro tip: Tinder will keep all your data for 90 days after you delete your account. During that time, it’s easier for the dating app to spot you’re creating a new account if you’re not careful. But if you wait, you should be able to recycle most information without a problem.

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Removing Tinder Shadowban: Profile Reset

The other way to remove a shadowban is by a hard reset of your profile.

AKA create a new Tinder account.

Hovalo tip: Even though Tinder is okay with users doing this once or twice a year, don’t abuse it and go resetting your profile all the time.

Pro tip: It’s not just creating a new account. You need to be careful erasing your tracks so Tinder doesn’t catch you. With this, you’re already avoiding shadowbans.

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How to Avoid Getting Shadowbanned

Now that you have a brand new Tinder account, here is some advice into avoiding shadowbans:

  • Use the newbie boost to your advantage and get a good balance between matches and likes.
  • Don’t get desperate when swiping, and combine left with right swipes.
  • Test some openers so you have a nice response rate.
  • Ask for second opinions on your profile to ensure it shows your value (or let us help you).
  • Don’t try to skip the Community Guidelines.
  • Screen and frame your matches to avoid getting reported.
  • Keep the horny pics saved for the right time, not the second message.
  • Don’t act like a scammer or make the matches suspect you’re not real (it happens).
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How to Avoid Getting Shadowbanned

Now that you have a brand new Tinder account, here is some advice into avoiding shadowbans:

  • Use the newbie boost to your advantage and get a good balance between matches and likes.
  • Don’t get desperate when swiping, and combine left with right swipes.
  • Test some openers so you have a nice response rate.
  • Ask for second opinions on your profile to ensure it shows your value (or let us help you).
  • Don’t try to skip the Community Guidelines.
  • Screen and frame your matches to avoid getting reported.
  • Keep the horny pics saved for the right time, not the second message.
  • Don’t act like a scammer or make the matches suspect you’re not real (it happens).

Pro tip: It doesn’t hurt either if you pay attention to the activity in your new account so you don’t have to do another Tinder shadowban test ever again.

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Conclusions About Tinder Shadowbanning

Getting shadowbanned by Tinder sucks.

But it’s not the end of the world. Nor the worse that can happen. And it certainly is something you can fix. A Tinder shadowban duration isn’t forever.

However, just because it is relatively easy to lift it, we would advise you against being shadowbanned every so often, and take care of your Elo score and your behavior in the app.

In the end, what matters the most is that everyone can have a good time, and what better than doing so with a fun date or two arranged there instead of sitting on your couch looking for unnecessary fights, right?

So go ahead, reset or revamp that profile and get swiping again.

Until next time!

Conclusions About Tinder Shadowbanning

Getting shadowbanned by Tinder sucks.

But it’s not the end of the world. Nor the worse that can happen. And it certainly is something you can fix. A Tinder shadowban duration isn’t forever.

However, just because it is relatively easy to lift it, we would advise you against being shadowbanned every so often, and take care of your Elo score and your behavior in the app.

In the end, what matters the most is that everyone can have a good time, and what better than doing so with a fun date or two arranged there instead of sitting on your couch looking for unnecessary fights, right?

So go ahead, reset or revamp that profile and get swiping again.

Until next time!

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