Tinder Secret Admirer Explained: What is it & How does it work?

Written by: John Branson
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Did you get this weird notification mentioning some Secret Admirer on Tinder or when you were swiping profiles you have bumped into a screen showing these four empty cards on Tinder and confused how all this Tinder Secret Admirer stuff works?

We are here for you and we are going to explain everything you need to know about Tinder Secret Admirer. What is it and how does it work, how often do the Secret Admirers show up, is it a useful feature or just a scam? 

We will also explain some bugs and issues that can emerge when using Tinder Secret Admirer and also answer some frequently asked questions about this new Tinder feature.

What is Tinder Secret Admirer?

Tinder Secret Admirer

Tinder Secret Admirer is a new free feature on Tinder that shows you four cards out of which you can reveal one Tinder profile. All of these four secret Admirers are profiles that have already liked you, so if you like your Secret admirer, you can get an instant Tinder match.

How does Tinder Secret Admirer work?

You can get a Tinder notification if you are eligible for picking a Secret Admirer with the following notification text: “Your secret admirer is not so secret anymore…”

You can also just bump into the Secret Admirer screen when you are swiping profiles in your Discovery.

You can only reveal one profile under one card and you can left or right swipe or even Super Like the profile you have revealed.

When you swipe right or super like the revealed profile, you will get an instant match and can start to have a conversation with your new Tinder match. In your match list, you will see her profile with a Tinder Gold heart displayed next to her name. This indicates that you matched with her thanks to the Secret Admirer feature. 

Tinder Secret Admirer Ad

If you want, you can also Skip the Secret Admirer by tapping on the Skip button at the bottom of the screen.

Here is a quick video that also explains the Secret Admirers feature shortly:

How often do you get a Secret Admirer on Tinder?

There is no official information on how often you can get a Secret Admirer Card Deck.

 You have to have at least four Tinder profiles that have already liked you, so they can show you the four cards. Based on personal experience, you can see the Secret Admirer card every couple of days or if you are really active on Tinder maybe even once a day.

Is Tinder Secret Admirer free?

Yes, Tinder Secret Admirer is a free feature. Actually, we believe that Tinder only shows to free and Tinder Plus users these Tinder Secret Admirer cards as Tinder Gold subscribers see the profiles who liked them anyway thanks to the Likes You feature.

So, if you want to see all of your Secret Admirers, you have to pay for a Tinder Gold subscription (which has a pretty hefty price tag) or you can also use the Tinder Blur hack to see all the people who liked you on Tinder but you haven’t swiped them yet.

Is Tinder Secret Admirer a scam?

Well, we wouldn’t say that Secret Admirer is a scam. It is rather a clever ad for Tinder Gold subscription.

Because if we are honest, this feature is actually just a fun way for Tinder to promote Tinder Gold for you. So it is not a scam as you really can see a profile who liked you for free when you reveal one of the Secret Admirer’s card. However, we also believe that the main idea behind this feature was to advertise their Tinder Gold subscription rather than to improve the user experience of non-Gold users.

Tinder is breaking revenue records almost every financial quarter, and it is mostly because of the premium subscription they sell within the app. They are especially making a ton of money from selling Tinder Gold, so their goal is to sell the Gold package to as many users as they can.

You can read a review here about Tinder Gold, and also this article that explains everything you have to know about Tinder See Who Likes you feature.

Tinder Secret Admirer Not working

As this is a new Tinder feature, there are many issues or bugs that users have experienced since the introduction of the Secret Admirer feature. We are going to briefly mention the most common issues and bugs and where it is possible, give an explanation of what the issue might be.

Swiped right on a Secret Admirer but failed to match

This can happen when the admirer you revealed and then swiped right has already deleted their account or Tinder has banned their account for some policy violations. Tinder will say something like “error, failed to match”. You can’t do anything against this, it is just bad luck.

I already swiped left a profile shown up as the Secret Admirer

It is a downer but this is not a bug this can happen pretty frequently. As you might have swiped her left but she liked you, so she can still show up as a Secret Admirer. You can also change your mind and now swipe her right and get a match with her.

Tinder Secret Admirer card bugs

There are actually quite a lot of bugs with this feature, such as the card freezes and doesn’t let you swipe right. Other users reported that Tinder will keep showing the same profile in every Secret Admirer.

We don’t really have any solution for these bugs except logging out and back in to Tinder that sometimes will help you solve these issues. We can just hope that Tinder developers fix these issues as soon as they can.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this Tinder Secret Admirer Notification?

Tinder Secret Admirer notification is a push notification from Tinder to free users that notify them that they can reveal one Secret Admirer card out of four cards. Each cards cover one Tinder profile who have already liked you. You can swipe these profile right and then you get an instant match.

When does Tinder Secret Admirer Pop up Show up?

There is no fixed time when Secret Admirers can show up in your Tinder Swiping Deck. They can show up anytime and they show up mostly for free and Tinder Plus users.

I didn’t match with my Tinder Secret Admirer, why?

There can be two reasons why you haven’t matched with your Secret Admirer on Tinder. If the person has since deleted their account you obviously can’t match with him. The same is true if his account has been banned by Tinder.

Can I see all four of my Secret Admirers?

Yes, you can actually see all of them. You either have to purchase a Tinder Gold subscription to be able to see all Tinder profiles that have liked you. Or if you want to see them for free, you can use the Tinder Blur hack to see all profiles without paying for Tinder Gold.