To answer is shorty: Yes, Tinder is free but there are certain features that are only available if you pay a one-time fee or a monthly subscription fee. Some of these paid features are actually worthless but there are some features that might be worth the extra money that you have to pay for them.
In this article, we are going to go over the most important features and tell you whether you can get them for free and if you can’t whether they are worth the money to pay for them.
Is Tinder free to use?
Yes, once again: Tinder is absolutely free to use and you can have a bunch of matches and conversations without ever paying a dime. However, there is an important caveat to add:
Tinder is operating in a freemium business model which means that everybody can use the app for free, but only in a limited way as there are certain features that you have to pay for using them.
Tinder Freemium Business model
Tinder has been actually very successful in developing this business model and some premium features have made it really easy to get more matches, most notably Boost and SuperBoost. Other features such as the Likes you feature made some girls even less active on the platform.
As a result, a lot of average looking users (mostly guys) have experienced declining match numbers and feel the need to pay for certain premium features to help to get you more matches. Or to be more honest: getting matches at all. And as more and more people are using Boost, the new reality has become that people not paying for any feature are getting a lower match number than ever before.
So yes, Tinder is still free to use and most likely it will be always free, but the user experience that you get without paying for certain features is not that good as it used to be a couple of years ago.
Free Tinder premium subscriptions
At the time of writing this article, there are currently 2 paid subscription packages, Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus. You have to pay a monthly subscription fee to be able to use certain premium features that are part of these packages.
These features include Tinder Passport, 5 Superlikes a day, 1 Boost per month, No Ads, Unlimited Likes, Hiding your age and location, etc. You get 2 extra premium features if you get Tinder Gold, 10 Top Picks and Likes You.
We have separate articles where we show you in videos how you can hack Tinder to get Tinder Plus or Gold for absolutely free. You can also check out this video how you get Tinder Gold and Plues features for free:
Tinder Paid features for free
Free Tinder Super Likes
Yes, but you only get one free Super Like per day if you don’t have a Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold subscription. If you are subscribed to either of these monthly subscription packages, you can use 5 SuperLikes a day, and you can buy even more if you find them effective.
To be honest, we have a huge doubt whether Super Likes are really working, so we would be careful to buy a premium package just because of them or even buying more SuperLikes. So definitely test them with your free account before buying them.
Free Tinder Unlimited Likes
No, you only get a certain amount of Likes per day. In the golden days of Tinder, you could swipe as many as you could.
However, a lot of people have taken advantage of unlimited swiping with bots and 3rd party scripts and Tinder wanted to start to make money so they made unlimited swiping part of the Tinder Plus package. (they only had Plus back then)
Free Tinder Passport
No, Tinder Passport is currently not free. It was never free except a short period during the coronavirus pandemic when Tinder made that feature free for everyone.
We believe it was a special period and they won’t be making it free again as it is a quite useful feature that is worth paying for.
Free Tinder Top Picks
You only get 1 Top Pick for free if you are not a Gold subscriber. But to be honest, if you are thinking about getting Tinder Gold or Plus, you should not get Gold because the 10 Top Picks you get with Gold. It is a pretty useless feature in its current form.
Free Tinder Likes You feature
There is no official way to see who liked your Tinder profile for free. There is, of course, one hack we wrote about in our article about Tinder Likes You feature that you can try if it is still working that enables you to see who liked your Tinder profile with paying a penny for it.
Free Tinder Boost and Super Boost
You only get 1 “Free” Boost per month if you subscribe to either Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus. So, it is not free either, but at least you don’t have to pay any extra.
It is not a surprise that Tinder is not offering these features for free, as Boost and Super Boost are still the most valuable features that you can purchase and get you more matches without a doubt.
Tinder Free Trial
Tinder is currently not offering any free trials to any of its premium subscription or features.
If you want to get a free trial in an online dating app, you should try out Bumble, where they will most likely offer you a Bumble Boost free trial (a subscription package similar to Tinder Plus).
Which Tinder Premium features should you pay for?
We have separate articles where we review all of these features and tell you whether they are worth the money. The answer also depends on your personal preferences, your budget, and your profile’s general attractiveness.
But to give a very generic answer to this question that is applicable for most people: you should get Tinder Plus so that you get access to most useful premium features. You will get a better value for money if you purchase it for 6 months, so you can get a nice discount.
And if you are not getting enough matches, we would spend all of your remaining money to Tinder Boost or Tinder Super Boost. They really work.