How to Change Your Location in Tinder for Free

If you’re one of the millions of people out there using dating apps to meet other singles in your neighborhood, then there’s a good chance that – in addition to the plethora of other dating apps out there – Tinder is one you have installed. And if you’ve been using it recently to swipe your way to love, you may have noticed that it recently got an update –an update to try and get you to buy things.

In an effort for Tinder to start making some money off of its rather sizable user base, they’ve added a new Tinder Plus tier. If you pay the $9.99/month (or $19.99/month if you are over the age of 30) you get the following perks:

  • Rewind your last swipe – for all those accidental swipe lefts that could potentially have lost you your soulmate.
  • Turn off ads – There are now Bud Light ads that if you swipe right on you can get “entered to win a getaway with a bunch of other singles”.
  • and Change your location – you know, if you are planning to travel somewhere else and would like to setup a “friend” for when you arrive perhaps…

Now, while I can’t help with the ads or the rewinding of your last swipe (fate made you swipe left, it wasn’t meant to be, just go with it), I can help you with changing your location should you be interested (and should you have an Android device). Here’s how, you, world traveling romeo, you.

How to Change the Location in Tinder

First up, you do need an Android phone for this. We’ll be using a built in feature of Android to do this so, of course, it won’t work on iOS or Windows Phone.

1. Go to Settings > About Tablet/Phone.

About Tablet

2. Keep tapping Build Number until it tells you you are a developer.

Enable Developer Options

3. Check Allow mock locations on.

Allow Mock Locations

4. Go to Settings > Location.


5. Tap on Mode.

Location Mode

6. Change the location mode from High Accuracy to Device Only. This is to stop Tinder from using the Wifi to pinpoint your location instead of the GPS which we’re going to trick shortly.

Device Only

7. Install Everywhere for Tinder from the Play Store. Update: Everywhere for Tinder has been removed from the Play Store, use Fake GPS Location instead. The tutorial will work in the same way.

Everywhere for Tinder

8. Open Everywhere for Tinder and tap on a location you want to trick Tinder into thinking you are in.

Choose a New Location

9. Open Tinder and go to Settings > Discovery Preferences and change your Search Distance to something different than what it is currently set (this is to force Tinder to reacquire your location).

10. Swipe away and notice that the classy new people are mentioning the new place in their description.

Tinder Londoner

Now go forth and swipe right for love. Who knows, maybe you’ll seem more exotic and mysterious to people in another location (then again, maybe not).

Related Items:

Join 90k others & subscribe to my weekly, not annoying newsletter for more tech!

* indicates required
  • Thanks for such a nice post, David!

    Is there a way to do that on an iOS device? Maybe a Cydia tweak?

    • Thanks Mahesh,

      Unfortunately there isn’t yet, but maybe with the iOS 8.4 jailbreak we are all expecting there might be. Well see.

  • asdfasdfasdf

    How do you access developer options? you just skipped that step like we all know how to access it or something

    • The first few steps tell you how. Tapping build number gets developer mode on, then developer options is under settings.

  • Lindsay Palmer

    This really works. Tanxabunch!!

  • Matt

    it works! thanks man !!

    • Welcome! Thanks for reporting it still works!

      • Matt

        IT WORKS WITH BADOO AND SKOUT APPS AS WELL ! You should update your article. Im just browsing thai girls from the uk 😉

  • Kristi Barnett

    Everytime I take off the wifi location and go into Tinder – Tinder brings up an annoying “This app wants to change your location services using wifi and google”. I can’t get it to not use my wifi – also Everywhere For Tinder isn’t showing any maps. Guess it’s not working for me then.

    • Erik

      You need to disable your WiFi. It will track you through WiFi and GPS if both are available. If your only on GPS (4G or 3G) then the tinder everywhere app works.

      • Adedamilola

        I’ve disabled wifi but it’s stuck on finding people near you.

        • Do you have data on? You still need signal.

          • Adedamilola

            Yes; 3g internet is on.

          • Then sorry not sure what is the cause of the issue. Try starting over.

          • Adedamilola

            Hi David! It’s working.When the notification to change to wifi comes on I tap noso it doesn’t load new matches but then i clicked yes and noticed it actually is working. Lol! So location stays changed for max 60mins right?
            Thank again!

          • Thanks for reporting it still works! And yes that is correct.

  • whyme12

    Seems you can’t download this app anymore 🙁

    • It still works according to another readers comment.

  • s2cryan

    Does this change the distance? It seems to show actual distance and not the distance from the location I chose

    • It should show distance from the location so long as it is still working when you search. Also, make sure you change the distance to force it to update the location.

  • Bruno1

    Is there any way to disable the “improve accuracy” dialog box pop up while still being on a Wi-Fi connection?

    • Post a screenshot of what you are referring to and I’ll see.

  • Alvin Thomas

    Hello I have been taping on my samsung tablet build number but nothing is coming up is there any other way to change tinder location.?

    • Check to see if you have Developer Options in settings now. What tablet is it and what version of Android is it?

      • Alvin Thomas

        Yes I have Developer Options and my tablet is GT-n8013 version 4.1.2

        • Ok then you don’t need to tap on build number anymore. Just continue with the steps.

          • Alvin Thomas

            Yes but on my location I can’t find the mode I only see use wireless network gps satellite and location and Google search.

          • You don’t go into my location. You use the GPS spoofing app after turning on allow mock locations then open tinder and change preferences to get it to grab the new fake location.

  • Joe Chemo

    If you never used Tinder before, can you adjust your phone’s settings and install Everywhere for Tinder first? Or do you need to install Tinder first?

    Also, does this only work with data or can you use Tinder this way with wifi? (I mean after initial setup). Like will it track your location through your wifi?

    • Hi Joe,

      So everywhere for Tinder is just a location spoofing app (there’s a few on the market actually). It just tells the phone’s GPS that it is where ever you put in the app. Then any app (not just Tinder) will then think you are in that location once you open it. Make sense?

      As for the wifi, some apps will use Wifi as your location, I’m not actually sure if Tinder does or not. Check it out and let me know (I have a feeling it won’t affect it, but maybe).

      • Joe Chemo

        Seems pretty straightforward. The problem is I couldn’t set up Tinder on my phone at all, it kept giving me SMS verification error. But I got SMS just fine when setting up WhatsApp and Google. I wonder if they want me to link my facebook to my phone number, and that’s a road I’m not heading down. Apparently a lot of people have this problem getting SMS verified with Tinder, for now it remains a mystery.

        • Yeah, unfortunately that’s something you need to message Tinder support for. Good luck!

  • Rohan Joshi

    The app isn’t available on play store anymore.

  • CoolWorld

    I did everything you said to do but when I go to developer options it just says “mock location app” with no option to enable/disable… if I click on it it shows a few apps like my messages, tinder fake gps app, etc. So I clicked on fake gps app. But when I go to the actual fake tinder gps app it still says I need to enable mock locations. So I click “yes” and it brings me right back to the same screen “mock location app” with no option to enable. What do I do? Thanks.

    • Did you go to the developer settings and enable mock locations there first?

  • sheryl

    It just states, finding people near you 🙁 PLEASE HELP

    • Restart the phone. Also depending where you are putting it there might just not be people. That’s what it says when there just isn’t anyone within your search criteria.

  • reesh

    it literally just states finding people near you for the longest period and wont show you any possible matches.. is there any way out of this? please help I followed all your steps

    • Try and restart the phone. And worse case scenario just uninstall the mock location app and restart the phone and it’ll go back to normal.

      To get it to work though you need to follow the steps exactly and in the correct order.

      • sheryl

        doesn’t work at all 🙂

        • Worked fine for everyone else. Did you get any errors? You enabled USB debugging? What mock location app are you using maybe try a different one?

          • sheryl

            it says turn on “wifi and location services for it to work” and when I click ok then it disables my location mode from “device only” to “high accuracy” I dont know what else to do…. Spent an hour on this

          • Ok and if you turn it on high accuracy and then follow the steps again from the beginning what happens?

          • Ashish Gupta

            It seem Tinder has changed the interface since the time you wrote this article. Now there is no option of Putting a check in the Discovery Setting – Its by default selected as MY CURRENT LOCATION and does not alows you to change it. By the ways I am using the Fake GPS Free .

          • Hello,

            I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. You don’t need to change the location in Tinder​ as that is what the Fake GPS program does for you and Tinder just stays on current location.
            In Tinder, you just need to change the search distance in order to get it to refresh the location after it’s been set by fake gps.

          • mihael

            Same thing happens to me. Tinder changed something and requires Google’s location and to use Wi-fi and GPS location.

  • reesh

    when I open Tinder, it says “to continue, let your device turn on location using Google’s service” please help PLEASE


    tinder requires ‘high accuracy’ to work. :(. it stops when i chan
    ge to device only

  • Deyanira Guerrero

    It doesn’t work.

  • Phillip Daniel Jones

    No longer works. When you change your distance settings in Tinder, a message pops up forcing you to accept using the cell phones WiFi and cell network to find location. You can’t continue using Tinder unless you click OK and accept this. This automatically changes the phones location setting off of “device only” and it won’t search in the fake address.

  • Monique

    My phone does not give me the option to turn on mock location. It only give the option “select mock location app” but if I click on it, it only says nothing. Please help..