Tinder Sending Fake Notifications? 4 Reasons Why

Tinder Sending Fake Notifications

If you’ve used Tinder for years like me, you’ll know randomly during the day, the app will say that you have likes that you can’t seem to have when you go on the app. This can be the same for matches as well.

There are a few reasons why this happens and I’ll detail them below.

Why is Tinder Sending Fake Notifications?

When you are using a dating app such as Tinder, you want your notifications to be genuine, accurate, and perhaps most importantly on time. Not to mention that time is precious so you do not want to be wasting your time on fake notifications.

If an app such as Tinder is notifying you about something you want it to be for something that is worth it like a match or someone liking your profile.

There certainly is the possibility that Tinder could be sending you fake notifications in order to get you to use the application more often; however, there are also other possibilities such as late notifications.

Not only are late notifications possibly to blame but also other technical issues such as internet connectivity problems, glitches, or even errors with Tinder.

Sure, apps and their accompanying notifications are great and all but they can also have frequent issues such as bugs, glitches, and malfunctions.

All of these factors should be considered when you believe that Tinder is sending you fake notifications. It is important to figure out the root issue that is causing Tinder to send you fake notifications.

Once you find the primary cause of the problem, you can go from there and find the appropriate solution for the situation. 

As previously mentioned, there are a few reasons that should be taken under consideration when you are receiving fake notifications from Tinder. With all of that said, let us get to some feasible reasons for Tinder sending you fake notifications.   

1. They’re Misleading and Want You to Go on the App

When you are continuously receiving fake notifications from Tinder, it could be that you are indeed getting fake notifications.

This means that the notifications are not a priority and only serve to get you to tap on the notification and wind up on Tinder.

Sure, it is a big bummer when you keep getting fake notifications especially when they are coming from an app like Tinder, as this can lead you to believe that someone matched with you or someone liked your profile.

However, this could, unfortunately, be what Tinder would like you to think, as these fake notifications could encourage you to spend more time on the application.

I already know that many apps use features that encourage you to use the application. Not to mention that some features such as the ‘Log Out’ button are deliberately made to be difficult to both find and even press. This is because they want you to use their app as often as possible.

I might be brimming on sounding like a conspiracy theory; however, many apps make little to no effort to hide the fact that they want you to use their app continuously.

While it sounds pretty harmless for app developers to deploy such techniques, it can also have some negative effects such as smartphone addiction.

Smartphone addiction is a real thing and many apps have even created features to combat it such as Instagram’s mute mode. With all of this in mind, Tinder could certainly be sending you fake notifications to entice you into opening and using the app.

Sure, the more you use Tinder , you are technically more likely to successfully find a match; however, this does not mean that you should be on the app all hours of any given day.

What’s more, is that notifications should serve to only notify you of something that requires your immediate attention rather than a pointless notification that gets you nowhere. 

The possibility that Tinder could be misleading you with fake notifications to get you to go onto the application is a real possibility and should be considered.

2. The Notifications are Delayed From Something That Happened Before

While it may seem unlikely to you, there is the possibility that the reason why you keep on getting ‘fake’ notifications from Tinder could simply be a notification from before that was delayed for one reason or another.

There are many possible reasons why a notification may be delayed such as a wavering internet connection, data issues, or even app problems.

You may have recently been on a plane and turned your phone onto Airplane Mode as requested and this brief break in an internet connection could be enough to delay notifications from coming in from an app such as Tinder.

This is because the most common cause of notifications being delayed or late is due to a wavering internet connection.

With that said, you might have recently been in an area with a poor or an unstable internet connection. Some areas where you might have lost your internet connection include mountain terrain, a tunnel, or even a dead zone.

Dead zones are, of course, an area where internet data services cannot necessarily reach. So, you might have been in a dead zone or simply in an area where the internet connection is weak or unstable.

If you do not maintain a decent internet connection, then you could experience delays such as your Tinder notifications not showing up when they should have.

With this in mind, the reason why your Tinder notifications are coming through late could be that your internet connection was/is unstable. 

3. Internet Issues Are Causing the Message/Match or Like Not to Show Up

As previously mentioned, there is always the possibility that internet connection issues could be causing the notification for a message, match, or like to not show up.

If you are using your mobile data, then it is very likely that your internet connection is either wavering or unstable. Perhaps you are on the go quite often and primarily use your mobile data.

If this is indeed the case, then it is quite likely that internet connectivity issues are to blame since mobile data is not consistent with its internet connection.

As you may know, your mobile data service can differ quite wildly, one minute it might be full bars, which is an excellent internet connection, and other times it might be none existent.

The capability of your mobile service data primarily depends on where you are. For example, at the peak of a mountain, you will probably have great service; however, if you are at the bottom of the mountain or midway, you will likely have poor or wavering service.

This is mainly due to the fact that the signals bouncing off of the cell towers have a difficult time reaching you when there are hills and other obstructions in the way of the signal.

For example, if you were technically supposed to receive a notification precisely when it happened and you were in an area with poor or an unstable internet connection, you will likely not receive the notification until you have a better internet connection.  

Fix – Switch From WiFi to Data Vice Versa

A viable option when you are having or had internet connection issues is to switch up your internet connection.

With this in mind, if you are using your mobile data since a mobile data internet connection can waver or become unstable, it might be a good idea to switch to a WiFi network internet connection (if possible).

This will likely help since a WiFi network will typically offer a much more stable internet connection rather than your mobile service data.

The same could be said for a WiFi network internet connection as well, if you are using a WiFi network for your internet connection, you could benefit from switching over to your mobile service data.

Sure, a WiFi network can be a reliable internet connection; however, it is not always the best connection. There could be an issue with the WiFi network such as a router or modem problem.

The WiFi network could also be overcrowded if you have a large family living under one roof that is all using the same WiFi network. While it is uncommon, it should not be counted out as a possibility.

By switching over to your mobile service data, you could gain an even better internet connection and receive your Tinder notifications on time. 

4. Glitch

As great as Tinder is, there is certainly the possibility that it could be experiencing a glitch. This certainly would not be the first time an app has had a glitch issue and it also will not be the last.

Apps such as Tinder are quite impressive in their functions; however, they are far from perfect. There are many problems that can occur with an app such as glitches, bugs, and malfunctions.

One of these, if not, all of these could be the cause of fake or delayed notifications from Tinder.

Fix – Delete the App and Only Use the Web Version 

Sometimes when an app has issues such as glitches, bugs, or malfunctions, you might have to take some more drastic measures other than simply clearing the cache for the app.

With this in mind, you should consider deleting Tinder and only using the web version.

This means that you will have to go through your browser every time you would like to check on your Tinder account; however, it could simplify not only the way you interact with the website but also how you receive notifications from Tinder.

This also means that you will not receive notifications from Tinder directly to your device but you will not have to worry about being distracted by fake Tinder notifications.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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