According to data for 2018 from Business of Apps, over 4.1 million people use Tinder, the popular dating app. That number will surely only grow, as the app supports more than 40 languages for users in 190+ countries. What if you want to join the masses but you don’t want to use your real phone number on Tinder? Can you?
Through a service like what we offer at PingMe, it’s possible to register for a second and even a third phone number to use for Tinder registration. Doing so is fast, easy, and inexpensive, making your foray into Tinder a pleasant one.
In this guide, we’ll tell you exactly how to use PingMe to register a separate phone number on Tinder that’s not your real number. Should you want to do that with multiple numbers, we’ll even explain what the process is for that as well.
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Why Would You Want to Use a Different Phone Number on Tinder?
First thing’s first. Why even use a phone number besides your own to register on Tinder? One thing that may come to mind is for duplicitous purposes, but we promise it’s not all bad. There are several legit reasons you may want to withhold your own phone number when dating online.
Let’s talk about these more now.
The first of those reasons relates to your sense of privacy. Social media and dating sites can be quite invasive today, often asking for your name, email address, phone number, and the like. You might not love the idea of volunteering your number to large corporations like Tinder or Facebook. Using a secondary phone number makes you feel more comfortable.
Also on the note of comfort, when you date online, you end up getting in touch with a lot of people. Maybe not all at once, but it can be a long road before you settle down and find someone you’d like to be with. You might not want dozens of strangers to have your real phone number. Instead, you’d give them your secondary number. If you decide you want to go official with someone, then you might reveal your true number, but not until then.
Today, no website is hack-proof. Google+, with its 52.5 million users, ended up hacked, as did Cambridge Analytica with 87 million users, Quora with 100 million users, and MyFitnessPal with 150 million users.
Now, should Tinder get hacked and you pay for a premium subscription, then you admittedly have a lot more to worry about than your phone number leaking out. Your financial data like your credit card or bank account info could also go out into the world. That would be a lot more disastrous.
If you use the free version of Tinder and you register with a secondary or a third phone number, then in the event of a hack, there’s not a lot of damning information of yours that could get leaked. Your name maybe, but that’s about it. Knowing that provides some nice peace of mind.
We live in an age where we do everything online, from connecting with our friends to buying groceries. While there’s certainly less of a stigma that surrounds online dating now than maybe there was four or five years ago, the stigma does still exist.
Some people may be embarrassed about the fact that they’re doing online dating. By using a different phone number than their own, it masks that feeling a bit.
How to Use PingMe to Get a Secondary or Third Phone Number for Tinder
MuchNeeded.com notes that 20 billion Tinder matches get made each day, with 1.6 billion swipes in that same timeframe. Every week, a million people will go on dates thanks to Tinder.
You have only two means of signing up for an account on Tinder. That’s through Facebook or your phone number. If you’re concerned about stigma or privacy, then it might not appeal to you to use Facebook to register. You may also not have a Facebook account.
That leaves you with registering by phone. Now comes the fun part, and that’s getting a second or third phone number through PingMe. In case you’re not familiar, PingMe is an app that lets you port your phone number and send and receive voicemails and texts online. You can also use PingMe to make inexpensive international calls. For instance, it costs $0.22 a minute to call someone in the Philippines, $0.04 a minute to make calls to China, $0.0075 a minute for calls to Canada, and $0.021 a minute to reach friends, family, or business associates in India.
If you’re ready to use PingMe to get a second or third phone number for Tinder, here are the steps to follow.
Download the PingMe app. This is available for free on the Android App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Apple App Store. You do have to pay to use the service, though.
Register your real phone number through PingMe. When you do so, you’ll receive a credit good for $0.2 so you can set up your secondary phone number. By inviting other friends to use PingMe, you can earn more credits.
Choose the second phone number you want. You can set it to any area code you like. From there, PingMe will generate a few numbers for you to choose from. Pick your favorite.
Upon selecting your phone number, wait for it to activate. This may take five to 10 minutes.
Check that the new number works, especially that you can get texts through it. The fastest way to do that is send a text to your new PingMe number from your smartphone’s primary number.
That’s about it! Congratulations on your secondary number. Should you decide you want a third number to use for Tinder, you’d follow steps two through five, but register a different number this time. You do need credits to use PingMe, so make sure you have a sufficient balance before registering a third phone number.
Registering Your New Phone Number on Tinder
Alright, so you’ve got your second and maybe even your third phone number for use on Tinder thanks to PingMe. Now what?
It’s pretty simple from here. Just follow these steps and you’ll be good to go in no time.
If you don’t already have Tinder downloaded, then you’ll want to start with that. It’s free to download, but you’d have to pay if you want to use Tinder Plus ($9.99 to $19.99 a month) or Tinder Gold ($4.99 a month plus what you’re paying for Tinder Plus).
Sign up for a Tinder account using your secondary or third PingMe phone number as shown.
Wait to receive a verification code through Tinder. Here’s what that should look like.
Once you’re verified on Tinder, you’re all done. You can now fill out your profile and begin using the service. Have fun and be safe.
Can you use the same phone number for two Tinder accounts?
No, you can’t use the same phone number for more than one Tinder account. That’s why a service like PingMe makes so much sense. If you want to delete your old profile and replace it with a new one, then download PingMe, make a second phone number, register it on Tinder, and then dump the old account.
Does your phone number appear anywhere on your Tinder profile?
Your phone number does not appear on your Tinder profile, no. It’s just used for registration purposes. The only exception would be if you put your phone number in your profile. Otherwise, it’s yours to give out to only those who you choose.