It happens almost every time I log onto Tinder, to tell you the truth; it happens to everyone. Youre sitting at the bus stop or youre a bit early for work, so you fire up the Tinder app and do some swiping. Nope, nope, no way, nuh unh imeetzu profiles, oh wow shes beautiful…..noooo! You swiped left! Why!? Is there any way to fix this error, or has the woman of your dreams been swept away forever?
It may be a #firstworldproblem but the struggle is real, and its a common issue among Tinder users. Most of us arent really paying close attention when we swipe were on autopilot looking at the pictures, and its really easy to get into a habitual movement of swiping left (or right) and only belatedly realizing a mistake has been made when our brain catches up to our fingers. The problem is so common, in fact, that Tinder cleverly chose to monetize the ability to undo our mistakes by making Rewind a part of the Tinder premium tiers. (Imagine if Microsoft Word would only let you hit “Undo” if you subscribed to the premium package!)
The bottom line is stark but simple: if youre a Tinder Plus or Gold subscriber you can use Rewind. If you dont use Tinder Plus or Gold, youre out of luck in the short term BUT, there may be some hope for you in the long run. In addition, there is a way you can get the benefit of the Rewind functionality without paying for Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus. In this article, Ill show you how to use Rewind, how to get rematched if you dont have access to that feature, and a way to get a Rewind equivalent for free.
Try again after swiping in Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold
Tinder Plus and Gold are the subscription-based levels of Tinder that cost money. Tinder Plus is the first-tier offering of Tinders premium services, while Tinder Gold is Tinder Plus with the addition of knowing whether someone has swiped right on you already before you are asked to swipe on them. With either subscription level, if you make a mistake while swiping (in any direction) you can undo it but only if you catch it right away.
- Stay on Tinder dont close the app or go on to another profile.
- At the bottom left side of the screen, there will be a small yellow arrow. Tap it.
- That will pull the previous profile back up this time make the right decision.
Its vital to not close the app as it wont always pick up your choice if you do so. This seems to be a bit hit and miss if the Internet is to be believed so be careful.
Wait it out, the fast way
One bit of good news: even if you dont have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, eventually youll get another shot at swiping in the right way, as profiles eventually repeat themselves. It might be a while, though, depending on how many people are in your area. It is possible, however, to speed up this process, especially if you live in a community that isnt all that large. This wont work in New York or in Los Angeles, but in Rapid City or Colorado Springs, its feasible.
The idea is that if you know the age and distance of the person you accidentally swiped left on, then you can tighten your criteria on Tinder to just that age range and that distance, reset your profile, and find them again relatively quickly. This will work best if the person is very close to you, of course, because then you can change your distance filter from 50 miles (or whatever you had it at) to 2 miles (or however far away your missed connection was) and greatly cut down on the number of people youre swiping through. We have a guide to resetting your Tinder account if your missed swipe is really worth going to all this trouble.