In this article, we are going deep into everything related to a Tinder ban: How you can check whether you have been banned from Tinder, why can Tinder ban your account, and what do you have to avoid to prevent your Tinder profile from being banned. We will also tell you if a Tinder ban is a final thing or you can try to get your account back.
At the end of the article, you will find the frequently asked questions on getting banned from Tinder.
Tinder Account Banned For No Reason
There are tens of millions of people using Tinder which also means there are thousands of users who are using Tinder in a way that can ruin the experience of other users. As Tinder wants to avoid spammers or crazy people frighten off normal (and paying) users from Tinder they have started to be really strict with their guidelines and started to ban a lot of Tinder accounts.
As there is no possible way for Tinder to monitor Tinder profiles and it would be also a data and privacy concern if they were to monitor messages closely, they rely on user feedback.
If anything on your profile is found to be inappropriate or you mentioned something in a conversation that someone found to be offensive you can be easily reported by that user. If this happens more than once in a short period of time, you are risking your Tinder profile getting banned.
Is a Tinder ban final or temporary?
And Tinder doesn’t have a temporary ban, in 99% of the cases, if your Tinder account is banned, it is banned for all. If you simply restart a new account and Tinder can identify that it is you again, they will ban or shadowban you again.
How do I know that my Tinder account has been banned?
Just because you can’t log in to Tinder, it doesn’t mean your profile has been banned from Tinder, so check out our article about Tinder login issues. There are three types of ways of how a ban can manifest to you. We will explain them here shortly:
Tinder error code A 40303 and you can’t log in
Sometimes Tinder will not explicitly say that your Tinder account is banned because of the violation of community guidelines or Terms of Service. When you try to log in, it will display the following message, “Something went wrong. There was a problem logging into Tinder. Please try again.(40303)”
The number 40303 or error code A40303 means that your Tinder account has been banned. If you can’t log in check whether Tinder is down, you have the most up-to-date version of the app. We have a full article on why you might not be able to log in besides getting banned from the platform.
Your Tinder account has been banned message
In other cases, Tinder will explicitly tell you that your account has been banned from Tinder. You will see a message like this:
In this case, you know for sure that your Tinder account is banned, so you can go and quit Tinder or try the methods that can get your Tinder ban off.
You have been shadowbanned on Tinder
The worst type of ban that can happen to you is the so-called Tinder shadowban. In this case, you can log in the same way as before, you can swipe profiles and send messages, but your profile is still banned.
However, your new messages will be not seen by others, you will never show up in the swiping deck, you will not get new Tinder matches. But from Tinder’s point of view, you will still pay your subscription fees until you don’t cancel them.
We have a complete blog post on Tinder shadowban, where we go deep on how you can find out if your Tinder account is shadowbanned.
Why Tinder banned my account
If your profile is reported several times, Tinder will usually manually review your account. To decide whether you will be banned or not they will rely on their Terms of Service or Community Guidelines.
As most people never read this kind of long legal text, we list here the most common reasons for getting your account banned:
Tinder Account blocked because of Nudity/Sexual content
Don’t upload pictures that you wouldn’t upload to Facebook. Any nudity will most likely be reported and you will be banned no questions asked. The same standard is true for bios, don’t include anything sexually explicit information
Banned from Tinder for Hate speech
Obviously hate speech is not allowed on Tinder. Do not promote or share any content related to hatred against a group of people or individuals. These include religion, nations, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, age, etc.
Tinder Account Ban for Impersonation
Be yourself, don’t upload fake pictures you found online. This includes parody profiles.
Tinder Account Banned for Spam
Placing a link to an external website is considered to be spam, even if it is well-intentioned.
Banned for Inactive profile
If you haven’t used Tinder for more than 2 years, Tinder might delete your profile.
Tinder Account Blocked for Automation
If you automate your swiping or any other part of the Tinder experience such as starting conversations, you shouldn’t be surprised if you found your account banned. Tinder has been getting serious about detecting bot-like behavior and any automation
Banned from Tinder for using 3rd party apps
There are several third-party apps that claim to add functionalities that Tinder is currently missing or only available for Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus subscribers. I think they will not ban you if you use an app that is not spamming users or automating your swiping, but keep in mind that you risk getting your account banned when you use any 3rd party app.
Tinder Account Banned for Private information
It is allowed to share any private information such as addresses, phone numbers, emails on the platform. Hopefully, you wouldn’t share yours and don’t share others’ private info.
Banned for Multiple accounts
One person can only have one Tinder account. If Tinder finds out that you have more than one, your account will most likely be shut down.
Tinder Account Banned for Promotion or Solicitation
You can advertise on Tinder, but you have to do that as an official advertiser, you can’t do it on your own profile. So if someone reports that you promote anything on your profile, you might get banned.
Banned from Tinder for Prostitution
As stated above, you can’t advertise anything in your profile. Well, you definitely can’t advertise commercial sexual services. This will get you banned very quickly.
Avoid Getting Banned on Tinder
Although some of these guidelines are pretty straightforward, some of them might seem too strict like sharing some naughty pictures or sharing your personal blog with others. You might get away with the latter, but keep in mind that if you get banned, they might have been the reasons. So, it is always better to be on the safe side to save your account.
And of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t share explicit pictures or use dark humor that someone might find offensive and report you.
Don’t worry, all you need is his/her phone number or Facebook/Instagram account to get the discussion off from Tinder to a chat app where you can share anything you want without worrying about Tinder community guidelines.
You can also get some good tips on how to avoid getting banned on Tinder:
Signs that your Tinder account is close to a Tinder ban
The other thing that can help you save your account from being banned is to change your behavior when you
Your Tinder account has been reported multiple times
As we said, Tinder will only review your account if at least one user has reported your profile. If you have been reported only once, you will most likely not banned yet, but you will get a message like this.
If you get a message like this, you have to know that you are close to a ban, and you have to stop what you are doing that is against the Tinder policy.
Your Tinder account was under review
If your account is under review, it is the last step before a full, final Tinder ban. If your account is under review, you will see a message like this:
If you are lucky, you will not get banned yet after the review. In this case, you should refrain from doing anything that might get reported you on Tinder again.
Tinder Ban Appeal 2021
Currently, Tinder’s official website claims that they don’t offer any formal Tinder ban appeal, where you could appeal for getting your account. This makes sense as they ban a lot of Tinder accounts, so obviously they don’t want to allocate resources to reviewing ban appeals.
However, if you still think that your Tinder account was banned for no reason, then we would still suggest contacting Tinder support. You can check out the linked tutorial:
- Contact Tinder support for a Tinder ban appeal– Only works if you think you are banned by a mistake
Tinder Ban Workaround 2021
If the ban appeal turns out to be unsuccessful, there are workarounds to get you back on Tinder. There are basically two ways to get your Tinder account unbanned:
We have a separate article where we go over these ways how to get your Tinder accosunt unbanned. Make sure to read it if you are curious about how you can get your account back.
Tinder Account Banned – Cancel premium subscriptions
Whether you want to make a new account or stop using Tinder because of the ban, you have to make sure that Tinder won’t keep you charging with a Tinder Plus or Gold subscription fees. You can read it here, how you can cancel your Tinder Plus or Gold subscription.
Tinder Ban – Frequently Asked Questions
Why Did Tinder Ban My Account?
There can be many reasons ranging from sending or sharing sexually explicit photos or saying something offensive in a conversation. You can check Tinder community guidelines to find a comprehensive list on why your account might have been banned. Tinder doesn’t disclose it explicitly why you have been reported and banned.