Popular dating app Tinder announced on Friday that it will now allow users to block people using their phone contacts.
There are several reasons why someone would want to avoid someone who is on their contact list on the app. It could be a family member or a coworker. Tinder also says that blocked contacts will not be notified that you blocked them.
Here’s how to block your contacts on Tinder
- open the dating app’s settings,
- head to the Block Contacts menu,
- pick from the contacts list, in order to add them to their existing block list.
The new feature appears to let you block any number even if the contact isn’t on Tinder, should they sign up in the future.
In terms of privacy, Tinder claims that while using the phone number blocklist feature, users’ contacts will be uploaded, but only the ones that a user has selected, instead of the entire contact list.
It’s also important to note that Apple’s App Store guidelines state that apps should practice data minimization, which discourages developers from uploading entire contact books and urges them to use the contact picker or share sheet instead.