Here’s everything you need to know about Tinder’s Passport feature

Noelle Walker

Being quarantined during this time can be difficult, especially when it comes to not being able to interact with others. Tinder wants to help with that. For the month of April, the Passport feature on Tinder will be free for everyone.

At the beginning of April, Tinder released this statement under the “Passport” section on its website: “A message for our community: In these trying times, while we all know we need to stay home, this doesn’t mean we have to be alone with our thoughts. Having someone to talk to can make a world of difference. And that’s why we decided that starting this week we’ll make our Passport feature, free to everyone, everywhere.”

If you are planning to take advantage of this feature, here is everything you need to know:

1. It’s free

From now through April 30, Tinder has made its Passport feature free. This is normally a feature you can only get on Tinder Plus & Gold subscriptions.

Make sure that your app is on the latest update to get the passport feature for no cost.

2. How to Change your location

Go to settings – Location (under “discovery”) – Add a new location – Search (put in your new location)

3. You can travel anywhere in the world

Visit France, New York, Italy or even your college hometown. There’s no limit to how many places you can visit, so use your (virtual) passport and go crazy!

“People you’ve liked while using the Passport feature may see your profile up to 24 hours after you’ve changed your location(s),” according to Tinder.

Note: You can only visit one place at a time 

4. This is your chance to practice the languages you’ve been learning in your classes

Did you spend three years learning Spanish in high school? Have you taken six credit hours of French in college? Now is the time to put these skills to the test and interact with people from different countries.

5. It may be a good idea to put your home country in your bio

As you travel to different countries, it’s a good idea to let others know where you’re from, whether through a flag emoji of your home country, a comment like “I’m trying to practice my French. Will you help me out?”, or just telling them straight up that you’re from [insert country]. This may help when going to foreign locations and trying to communicate via Google Translate.

6. Reconnect with people from your college town or hometown

Many people have gone home to be with family, while others have stayed in their college town. Whichever one of these situations you are in, it’s likely that you’re missing the other. With the Passport feature, however, you’re able to reconnect with people in the places you call home.

7. Talk to others who are going through the same thing

This pandemic is affecting everyone, everywhere. Having someone to talk to about it during this difficult time can make you feel less alone.

What are you waiting for? Take your virtual passport and travel to all the places you’ve been dreaming of going–at no cost to you!