Tinder is a fantastic way of finding love and equally great at finding someone to spend a night with. However, Tinder isn’t perfect. You can use it for days, or even weeks, and never find someone interested or interesting. Who would’ve thought that a dating app has the same problems as dating the old fashioned way?

But when you do find a match, and love is in the air, you might feel the need to delete your Tinder profile. You have eyes for one person right now, but you also don’t want to put your eggs in one basket. Let’s say you get a match and go on a few dates. What happens if it doesn’t work out? You could come back to Tinder but you just deleted your account.

Rather than go through the trouble deleting your Tinder profile, you can always hide it. The question is: what happens when you hide your Tinder profile?

What Happens When You Hide Your Tinder Profile?

Here’s how Tinder works: you are provided with possible matches based on location and the radius in which Tinder searches. If the radius is 20km, then Tinder searches 20km in all directions of your current location. That means it can change if you move to another location.

Once your location is known, Tinder adds you to Discovery, which is how other Tinder users find you. You swipe left or swipe right, and attempt to find companionship. So, what happens when you remove Discovery? Can it be disabled? As a matter of fact, it can.

When you disable Discovery, you are hidden from Tinder. This is, as mentioned before, how Tinder brings user profiles into someone’s view. If you disable Discovery, you disable the main function in which Tinder works.

What happens then? Well, Tinder basically becomes a glorified messaging app. You can still use Tinder after Discovery is disabled; in fact, if you made any matches—you and one other person mutually swiped right—you are still allowed to message them.

Unfortunately, you are no longer a part of the dating soup. Your profile will not appear for people to swipe right on or left, nor are you able to do the same for others. Until Discovery is reenabled, your profile is hidden from Tinder.

How to Turn Discovery Off

When the opportunity arrives and hiding your Tinder profile is a must, how do you do it? Thankfully, it’s a really easy feature to implement.

Here’s how:

1. Start by launching Tinder on your phone. If you aren’t already, sign in with your account.

2. Visit your profile page and tap on your profile picture.

3. Now choose Settings—the gear icon.

4. Scroll down until you see Discovery. Go ahead and turn it off.

Can You ‘Pause’ Your Account?

Yes and no. Disabling Discovery in your Settings, and the way it works, is one form of ‘pausing’ your account. However, it isn’t implemented in a way that, say, eHarmony has. With eHarmony, your profile basically goes into hibernation.

Tinder chose for more of a pseudo-pause. As mentioned before, you can still talk to those you’ve matched with, but you also won’t be able to make new ones. But if you wanted to go further than that, like eHarmony does, there isn’t an option available short of deleting your account entirely.

It would be nice to have that option available, rather than disabling Discovery. Sometimes people want to pull away from dating, but don’t necessarily want to delete their account, nor do they want to miss out on potential matches based on their carefully built criteria. Turning Discovery off doesn’t quite scratch that itch.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, hiding your profile from Tinder merely removes you from the dating function. No one will see your profile in their stack of cards anymore, nor will you be able to swipe right or swipe left on other Tinder profiles.

With that said, you’ll still be able to interact with Tinder’s platform. You can still message matches you’ve made previously and conversations that are still open. On top of that, you do not lose the ability to view someone’s profile, and vice versa. That means others can search yours, too, but only those that have matched with you.

However, if hiding your Tinder profile isn’t what you thought it would be, then perhaps deleting it is something you’re looking for. Sure, Discovery mode hides your profile, but it doesn’t ‘pause’ it like, say, eHarmony.