How To Block Contacts On Tinder? [in 2021]

Written by: John Branson
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You want to block a Tinder profile so you can be sure that she or he can’t see your Tinder profile? A lot of people don’t know this, but there is a completely free way to do this on Tinder, all you have to do is block these contacts in your Tinder account.

We are going to show you in this blog post, what Tinder block is and what is not, how it works, and in which cases you should use it. And we are also going to show you how you can block a contact on Tinder step by step.

What is Tinder Block Contacts feature?

Tinder Block Contacts is a feature that lets you share the contact list of your phone with Tinder and handpick the contacts you would like to block. 

By blocking that person, you can make sure that neither you nor he or she can see you on Tinder. If you don’t want to share your whole contact list with Tinder you can also manually upload contacts that you want to block from your Tinder account.

How to block contacts on Tinder [step by step]

There are two ways to add contacts to the TInder Block contacts filter. The first way is to upload your contact list to Tinder and then choose which contacts do you want to block. The second option is to manually upload contacts you would like to block.

Block Contacts from Tinder by uploading your Contact list

It is really easy to block someone on Tinder by uploading a contact list, here is what you have to do step by step:

  1. Open up Tinder and tap your profile icon on the left
  2. Tap on“Settings”
  3. Scroll down to “Block Contacts”, tap on it
  4. Grant Tinder permission to access your contact list
  5. Under the “Contacts” tab, select the contact you want to block from tinder
  6. Tap “Block Contacts”

Block Contacts from Tinder by manually uploading contacts

If you are uncomfortable sharing all your contact information with Tinder, you can also upload them manually. 

In this case, do everything in the same way as shown above until step 3. Then tap the + icon at the top of the screen, input person’s contact info you would like to block and tap “Done”.

How does Tinder block contacts feature work?

When you upload your contact list and choose contacts to be blocked, Tinder will match the list of those contacts with its user database. So it will block only those people from your list who the matching algorithm can find.

This means if the person you would like to block, signed up with other email and phone number, Tinder won’t be able to block his profile from your Discovery screen. You still will be able to see his or her profile while swiping.

When you block someone with this method, they won’t be notified about you blocking them. If you matched with someone and now you want to block him, this method won’t work. In that case, you should unmatch him which means you won’t be able to see each other, and your conversation will be also deleted.

When could you use Tinder Block  Contacts features?

This is a great feature if you want your profile to be hidden from certain people but still use Tinder without any limitations.

Block Tinder from friends and family members

For example, a lot of people feel weird about online dating as they don’t want to reveal for their friends that they are using an online dating app. This way, you can just upload the list of your contacts and manually chose the contacts you don’t want to see you on Tinder.

Block Tinder from colleagues

It can be really awkward to find your colleague on Tinder. Should you swipe them left or right? If you want to avoid these awkward situations, just upload the contact information of your work colleague.

Unblocking Tinder contacts

If you want to stop blocking people or a specific person from seeing you on Tinder and you seeing them, it is really easy to do. Here is how you can unblock contacts step by step:

  1. Open Tinder app and navigate to your profile 
  2. Tap to “Settings”
  3. Scroll down and select “Block Contacts”
  4. Go to your  “Blocked” tab
  5. Tap “Unblock” next to each blocked contact that you wish to unblock, or tap the menu icon in the top right-hand corner and select “Unblock All” to unblock

Stop sharing your contact list with Tinder

If you feel uncomfortable sharing your contact list with a big tech company like Tinder and feel that your contact list might get access to it, you can also stop sharing your list with Tinder. 

Here are steps to stop your contact list with Tinder:

  1. Open Tinder and tap the profile icon 
  2. Go to “Settings”
  3. Scroll down and select “Block Contacts”
  4. Tap the menu icon in the top right-hand corner 
  5. Select “Disconnect Contact List”

Now Tinder will no longer have access to your contact list.

What Tinder Block is not?

Blocking someone on tinder is not an unambiguous term, a lot of people mean different things when they talk about a Tinder Block, so before we would explain everything related to Tinder Block, it is important to make it clear what Tinder Block is not.

Unmatch / delete Tinder profile vs Tinder Block

If on Tinder Block you mean unmatching or deleting a Tinder match which means that you delete the match from your existing match list and the conversion you had with him will be also deleted. If you want to know more about unmatching an existing Tinder match, read this article.

Hide Tinder vs Block Tinder

If you want to hide from Tinder for a long or short period of time, but you don’t want to delete your profile, then you can read it here, how you can hide your profile from other profiles. In this case, you will still have all of your matches and still send and receive messages from them.

This is the best option if you want to take a break from Tinder, or you think you might have found your new partner, but you are not sure yet, so you don’t want to delete your Tinder profile permanently.

Delete Tinder vs Block Tinder

If you are sure that you don’t want to use Tinder ever again, you can also delete Tinder forever, so you cannot come back ever again – at least to your existing account. 

Going with this method, it will delete all your existing matches and the conversations you had with them and all the swiping you have ever had.

Actually, it can be a quite beneficial thing to do even if you don’t want to stop using Tinder, if you know how to reset your Tinder account the right way.  You can get a new user boost from it, and also get a second chance from matches who swiped you left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I block certain people from seeing me on Tinder?

Yes, you can, by uploading your phone’s contact list and choose the contacts you would like to block. If Tinder can find those users in its database, it will make sure that you can’t see other with the blocked contacts.

Can I hide my Tinder profiles from my friends, family, colleagues, exes?

Yes, you can and it is absolutely free, all you have to do is block them using the Block Contacts feature on Tinder.

Does Tinder save my contact list I have uploaded for blocking contacts?

It only keeps the contact information of those people who you blocked. If you stop blocking those contacts, Tinder will also delete their contact information.