Is the Tinder Screenshot Notification Real?

An image of a fake Tinder screenshot notification on someone's phone.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of hilarious, crazy, cringe-worthy, gross, amazingly ridiculous, and amazingly wonderful things on Tinder. It’s a crazy world we live in, there are a lot of crazy people in it, and many of those crazy people are on Tinder. So it’s only natural that you’d like to take a screenshot or two of the app to send to your friends once in a while. We’ve all been there…

Can you believe this guy?
OMG, I can’t believe this Tinder girl just said this!
There’s no way this person is real.
What do I say to this?!

But if you take a screenshot does Tinder let the other person know? Apps like Snapchat and Instagram have a screenshot notification feature… Does Tinder?

I’ll help you out right now: The answer is no.

As of April 7, 2019 (when this article was published), Tinder does not send notifications to people when you take a screenshot of their profile, your conversation, or any other part of the app. The reasons why or why not are unclear. In fact, Tinder doesn’t even mention the word screenshot in their privacy policy, but they do state that, “although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will always remain secure.”

Unlike Snapchat, Tinder wasn’t created to have content that purposefully disappears after a select amount of time and the general understanding is that what you put on the app is somewhat public in the sense that you’re creating a profile to advertise yourself to other people. This may account for why Tinder doesn’t have a screenshot notification. And it’s interesting to note that most dating apps (in fact all dating apps that I can think of, and I know a lot) also don’t have a screenshot notification feature.

In general, dating app developers know that people like to share profiles with friends. Haven’t you ever showed a friend a picture of the guy you met on Tinder? Sometimes you just want to brag. And on Tinder you can do just that—safe and secure in the knowledge that that the cute guy you just matched with or that hilarious girl who just sent you the best comeback ever, will never know you took that screenshot.

Well, probably not… Who knows? If things work out it may be something you tell them later and you’ll both laugh about it together.

Megan Murray

Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix

Megan Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix and works at the online dating site and app Zoosk, that has over 40 million members worldwide. She splits her time between writing for The Date Mix and working on the Zoosk product, which gives her behind-the-scenes knowledge about the world of online dating.

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