Is the quarantine hindering your chances of finding true love? Well, good news! Tinder made their “Tinder Passport” feature free for all members. This means you’ll have more chances to find the one—all across the globe!
Announced last April 2, Tinder activated its passport feature for free to all members. They believe that having someone to talk to in these trying times can make a difference. With that, they decided to roll out the Tinder Passport feature for free until April 30th.
“Our hope is that you use the Passport feature to virtually transport yourself out of self-quarantine to anywhere in the world. You can check in on folks in their hometown, college town, or sister city, and find those across the world who are going through the same things. If nothing else, you can learn how to say “hey” in another language.” As stated on their official website.
Now, if you haven’t heard this feature and a bit hesitant to use it, here’s a quick guide about the said feature, as well as reasons why you should try it.
What is Tinder Passport?
Tinder passport allows you to change your location on the app. You can search by city or drop a pin on the map. Once you’ve changed your location, you can start swiping and matching others in the destination of your choice.
How to get the free tinder passport feature?
Back then, you need to subscribe to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold to get this feature but since they’re rolling it out for free, you only need to install and sign up on the app. If you’re an existing user, just make sure that your app is updated to its latest version.
How to change the location using the passport feature?
- Go the ‘settings’ or ‘app settings’ screen.
- For android users, click the ‘swiping in’ option while for iOS users, tap the ‘location’ option.
- Tap the option ‘Add a new location’.
- Add a new location by searching a city or dropping a pin on the map.
5 Reasons Why You Should Try Tinder Passport
Based on the quick refresher above, this feature has probably piqued your interest. A dating app feature that lets you explore other cities and countries? Who doesn’t want that?
But if you’re still wondering how this feature would level up your dating life, here are 5 reasons why you should try Tinder Passport.
1You can swipe within your city despite your actual location.
Whether you’re swiping from vacation or from work, Tinder passport lets you find your match on within your home location. This is helpful if you just want to meet someone within your area and have them chill in your place. If you don’t want to deal with meeting someone who’s 2 hours away from you, this feature can surely help you with that.
2Finding a date abroad will be safer.
If hooking up is part of your #travelgoals, then you’ll surely have a grand time using this feature. Instead of meeting a random local once you get to a trip, you can start looking for possible connections through Tinder a few weeks before the trip. This will ensure that the person you’re gonna fool around or have some coffee with goes along with you and isn’t dangerous at all.
Also, it doesn’t have to be a hookup. If you want to use the feature to meet new friends within that area, then you do you, boo.
3You can hide your specific location.
If you’re very privy with the city you’re in, Tinder Passport will surely help you with that. You can just switch the cities you’re in and then share your actual city with the people that you trust.
4It gets you to meet new people and their cultures.
Tinder is more on dating, but you sure can meet new friends with this app. If you’re curious about one’s culture and wanted to learn it from the locals, you can use this feature to meet them virtually. You can talk about each other’s traditions, values, norms—anything under the sun.
5It helps you have a head start if you’re moving somewhere else.
Moving on to a new city or country? If you want to have new acquaintances before the move, you can try this feature and talk to some folks within that area. In that way, once you’ve settled on your new home, you have someone to have coffee with and help you adjust to the new place.
Minor Downsides of Using Tinder Passport
Now, along with the benefits, there are some minor downsides with the said feature.
1It’s no longer free after April 30.
As mentioned above, the Tinder Passport feature is only free until April 30. After April 30, unless they decided to extend it, you can only access the said feature by subscribing to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. Now, what are the difference between these two subscriptions? Here’s a detailed guide about that.
2You can only access one city at a time.
You can only access one city at a time, but you change your location as many times as you’d like. Now should you decide to “travel” on a new location, the people in the previous location can only see your profile within 24 hours.
3Others can tell that you’re using a passport.
People can tell if you’re using the feature due to the distance that’s included on your profile. Though you can choose the “don’t show my distance” option, people will still likely assume that you’re far away and using the said feature.
Now, why is this a disadvantage? Well, most tinder members want to meet the person they’re talking to. If you’re someone that’s cities or countries away, they’ll most likely to swipe left.
Despite following the social distancing and quarantine protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic, this shouldn’t stop us from meeting new people, and hopefully, potential partners. Thanks to technology, connecting with new people can be done in just a few clicks—and we shouldn’t take this for granted.
So what are you waiting for? You only have a few days to access this awesome Tinder Passport feature. Go ahead! The love of your life is probably busy swiping right now. Don’t forget to share this great news with your friends too!