Tinder was launched in 2012 within startup incubator Hatch Labs, and both attended the University of Southern California and became online entrepreneurs at the same time.
In 2015, Tinder introduced the ability to go back to rejected profiles via a "rewinding" function, allowing users to correct mistaken actions.
This was previously not possible, as rejected profiles would simply not appear again.
Tinder is a location-based social search mobile app and Web application most often used as a dating service, that allows users to use a swiping motion to like (swipe right) or dislike (swipe left) other users, and allows users to chat if both parties like each other (a “match”).
Tinder originally required access to a Facebook account of the user of Tinder but, as of 2019‑08‑17, Tinder allows users to register using a telephone number and without access to a Facebook account.
Users can choose whether this is displayed on their profile or not. On December 2018, Tinder launched a new editorial website: Swipe Life On May 10, 2019, it was reported that Tinder was planning for a lighter version app called Tinder Lite aimed at growing markets where data usage, bandwidth and storage space is a concern.
On August 6, 2019, Match Group announced that Tinder had 5.2 million paying subscribers at the end of 2019's second quarter, up 1.5 million from the year-ago quarter and up 503,000 from the first quarter of 2019.The site also has verified profiles for public figures, so that celebrities and other public figures can verify they are who they are when using the app.In March 2015, Tinder announced the public release of its paid service, Tinder Plus, a feature allowing unlimited matches, whereas the free Tinder app limits the number of right swipes in a 12-hour period.Boost allows users to make their profile the most visible profile in their area for thirty minutes, showing such profiles first to other nearby users.Tinder claims its users can receive up to ten times as many profile views as usual while Boost is active. Non-subscribers and Tinder Plus subscribers who want more Boosts can purchase additional Boost actions.Companion apps have been developed to provide different actions or mechanisms to accomplish Tinder's swipe function.