Ever wondered: can you find someone on Tinder by phone number?

Here's the short answer: Yes, you definitely can search Tinder by phone number.

Contrary to what Tinder says, you can look up someone on Tinder by phone number

Even though Tinder makes it clear that you can only look up a specific person if you're already matched with him or her, you actually can look up anyone if you know their phone number.  

If you're tired of pointless swiping, accidentally swiped left on a potential match, or didn't get a second date with your Tinder match, this one's just for you.

But before you rejoice, you might want to think about how private Tinder really is.

Can you find someone on Tinder by phone number?

Yes. It's possible to find someone on Tinder with a phone number, just not directly in the app itself.

Use these methods to find someone on Tinder using their phone number:

  • Perform a search using a free People Search Service
  • Use Social Catfish's Tinder Lookup search-bar
  • Use phone numbers to identify social media handles

How to find someone on Tinder with a phone number

Method 1: Use a free People Search Service

Accidentally deleted your conversation with a match on Tinder? If you have their phone number, you can try reconnecting using a People Search Service.

People search services are essentially search engines that look through public records for people who fit your search criteria.

You can find someone on Tinder with their phone number through Radaris and Spokeo

Radaris and SpokeoSearch are two free people Search Services that allow you to make online search queries without having to create a new account.

Spokeo, for example, can reveal not just a person's personal details and contact details, but also their location history and court records.

Radaris also has similar functions, and allows users to reverse lookup phone numbers.  

Take note however, that both services only work if your Tinder Match is living or based in the USA and US overseas territories.

Designed to reconnect people and verify online identities, Social Catfish is also a People Search Service.

(Image Credit: Better Business Bureau) Find a tinder profile using phone numbers with Social Catfish 

What makes Social Catfish stand out is their unique Tinder profile searchbar.

Simply key in a person's:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Tinder username or
  • Profile image(s)

and let Social Catfish sift through more than 200 billion records to reveal a lot of information on individuals that match your search criteria.

Our quick test of Social Catfish's search bar exposed the social profiles, home addresses, usernames and shared photos of individuals.

Users can also filter their search query by country, state, city and age range for more precise results.

Method 3: Use phone numbers to identify social media handles

While this method won't help you directly find a Tinder profile, you can use it to find social media profiles that are linked to those Tinder profiles.

You can use phone numbers to identify social media profiles that are associated to Tinder profiles

Since 2018, Tinder users can sign into their accounts using their Facebook account.

Additionally, Tinder also allows users to display their Instagram photos below their bio.

You can find users on Facebook by simply searching their phone number in the in-app search-bar. For Instagram, you can do so if you had saved the phone number of your Tinder match in your list of contacts.

It's also possible that people use the same handle for their Facebook / Instagram and Tinder accounts.  A phone number can lead you to someone's social media handle, and that handle can reveal their Tinder profile to you.

What this means for Tinder phone number privacy

It's possible for anyone who already has your phone number to look up your Tinder profile using the methods above.

This means you should be extra-careful when sharing your phone number on Tinder.

Tinder does not reveal your phone number even if you choose to sign up for an account using your phone number.

Think twice before sharing your phone number on Tinder

But your phone number can still be exposed if:

  • you share it with someone as a Tinder message
  • you choose to openly display it on your bio.

If you want to display a phone number for easy conversations and hookups, consider getting a burner phone number from Phoner  instead of exposing your actual phone number.

Also, you'd want to be extra-careful before sharing your actual phone number with any Tinder match. If you're still unsure about someone, stick to using a temporary second phone number first.

Keep your phone number secure on Tinder

To find out more about how anyone can find you on Tinder using your vanity URL, third-party apps or online services, be sure to check out Tinderoplus's comprehensive walkthrough.

Be extra-careful with Tinder phone number privacy

So, can you find someone on tinder by phone number? Yes, you can. And so can anyone else. Reconnect with missed dates, but be sure to keep your personal data safe and secure!