The Symbols and Icons on Tinder: What Are They?


The Symbols and Icons on Tinder: What Are They?

Key Points

  • The rewind button on Tinder allows users to undo or redo a swipe, giving them another chance to match with someone they accidentally rejected.
  • The red X symbol on Tinder functions the same as swiping left, indicating that a profile has been rejected.
  • Swiping up or tapping the blue star icon on Tinder sends a “super like” to a person, indicating a strong interest in them.
  • The green heart icon on Tinder is equivalent to swiping right, expressing interest in a profile, and signaling a potential match.
  • Premium users on Tinder can use the purple lightning bolt feature to boost their profile and appear higher in other users’ feeds for 30 minutes.

It can be hard enough to keep up with the latest dating apps, let alone actually go on dates. Luckily, Tinder’s interface has remained fairly consistent in recent years, which is more than can be said for Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (or “Meta” and “X”, as the latter two are now called). We know it can be hard to find time to fit online dating into your day, and the last thing you want is a headache. Don’t worry, we’re going to break down exactly what all these symbols on Tinder mean, so you can spend less time scratching your head and more time having fun.

Rewind Button

This is known as the rewind button, but for the computer-savvy among us, you can think of it as an undo or redo button. Basically, if you’re almost in tears because you accidentally swiped left and missed out on meeting your soulmate, that’s what rewind is for. And due to the way many of us use Tinder (that is, by swiping as frantically as possible), rejecting a potential match by mistake is deceptively easy to do. One little tap of the rewind button, and you get another chance to meet the love of your life. As handy as this feature is, however, it’s only available to premium users. The rest of us will just have to keep swiping.

Tinder rewind button
The rewind button lets you go back to a previous profile and swipe again.


Red Cross

No, this isn’t a humanitarian organization, but a simple alternative for those of us who find swiping left too cumbersome or for people who may find the hand motion painful or awkward. The red X accomplishes exactly the same thing as swiping left – the profile is rejected, and Tinder moves on to the next.

Tinder red cross
The red cross rejects a profile, like swiping left.


Blue Star

If you swipe up on a profile, you send a “super like” to this person, which notifies this person that you like them… like, a lot. A cute little blue star will appear next to your name when you show up in their feed. Likewise, tapping the blue star icon achieves the same objective. Users on free plans can only send one super like a day, but more are available with the various paid plans.

Tinder blue star
The blue star sends a super like to somebody, which will show next to your name in their feed.


Green Heart

Another button that performs the same function as a swipe is the green heart icon. Similar to swiping right, this button lets the person know you like them and would like to match. If they swipe right on you too, then success! You’re matched. Now you can start a conversation, open a joint bank account, adopt five dogs, and get a mortgage together. Or, you know, just go on a date and see how things go. We won’t judge.

Tinder green heart
The green heart is used for liking a profile, similar to swiping right.


Purple Lightning Bolt

Lightning bolts don’t usually appear this elegant, but Tinder is all about aesthetics. Naturally, such a fancy bolt is only available for premium users, but it’s a pretty handy feature that might convince you to sign up. If you press the flashy bolt button, your profile becomes “boosted”. This means that you’ll show up higher in everyone’s profile feed in the local area for the next thirty minutes. Paid members only get one of these a month, but there are options for purchasing extra boosts as you wish.

Tinder lightning bolt
The lightning bolt boosts your profile for 30 minutes, so you show up near the top of people’s feeds.


Up and Down Arrows

Usually, you’ll want to know a little more about someone before making that all-important swipe decision (but if you don’t, that’s fine, too). Simply tap the up arrow to bring up their entire profile, which is hopefully complete with a bio. If you’ve decided that you’ve read enough, hit the down arrow to minimize their profile again.

Tinder up arrow
The up arrow shows more of a person’s profile information, such as their bio and interests.


Tinder down arrow
The down arrow minimizes a profile.


Other Symbols on Tinder

Although the symbols and icons we’ve already covered are the main ones you’ll be using, there are some others worth mentioning. These can be found at the bottom of the app.

The iconic Tinder flame logo is situated right in the bottom left corner and brings you back to the swiping bonanza, also known as the Tinder feed. Good luck out there.

Tinder logo
The Tinder logo brings you back to the main Tinder feed.


Explore Page

By hitting the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Tinder logo, you can open up the Explore page. This fairly new addition to the world of Tinder brings a slightly more youthful, TikTok-y feel to the app. You’ll see a variety of categories here. These include users who have verified their profiles, various modes for meeting people (such as “Free tonight”, “Let’s be friends”, or “Coffee date”), and ways to match based on your interests. For instance, you can filter your potential matches to people who are interested in creative projects, sports, music, or even binge-watching Netflix. The world’s your oyster. As long as the world is on Tinder, that is.

Tinder explore page
The Explore page allows you to match with people with similar interests and those with photo-verified accounts.


Gold Star

As if the blue star wasn’t enough, we have the shiny gold star underneath as well. This curated page shows you the profiles that have liked you, the likes you’ve sent, and the top profiles selected by Tinder that match up with your preferences. You can only see profiles that have matched with you if you’re a premium member, however.

Tinder gold star
The gold star tab shows you curated matches, those who’ve liked you, and who you’ve liked.


Speech Bubble

This is where the magic happens. After all, communication is apparently key to any relationship. If you tap the bubble, you’ll see all of your conversations with your matches along the bottom, as well as matches you haven’t spoken to yet along the top. Fancy premium users can also tap the gold “Likes” tab to see who has liked them. This is similar to the gold star tab. We’ll wait here while you reply to all those matches you’ve forgotten about.

Tinder speech bubble
The speech bubble shows you your matches and conversations.


Person Icon

Last but not least, we have the little person icon on the far right. This is where you can go to edit your profile and photos or subscribe to a membership. Nobody likes a blank profile, so put some thought into this section and thank us later.

Tinder profile icon
The person icon brings you to your profile for viewing and editing.


Messaging Icons

These symbols are only found in the messaging section and within a conversation. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less useful. Find out what they mean next.

Blue Video Camera

If you’re brave, you can tap the camera icon within a conversation to have a little face-to-face time with your admirer. Don’t worry, though – you’ll receive a confirmation message first, so you have time to find a flattering camera angle.

Tinder blue video camera
The blue video camera lets you video call somebody.


Blue Shield

This icon doesn’t get much use but can be very useful. Here, you’ll find safety features such as unmatching someone, reporting their profile for violations, or blocking them completely so you can’t see each other. Dating apps can be fun, but you have to protect yourself, too.

Tinder blue shield
The blue shield shows safety features, such as unmatching, reporting, or blocking someone.


Double Checkmark

The blue double checkmark symbol next to your message gives you peace of mind that your message has been successfully sent and received by the recipient. Now, you just have to wait for them to reply (that’s easier said than done).

Tinder blue double checkmark
The blue double checkmark indicates your message has been successfully received.


Heart Icon

If you’ve got a healthy rapport going and are especially fond of something your match has said, feel free to hit the heart icon next to their message. This will show up as a cute little red heart, letting them know what they said was well received. Who doesn’t like a little validation now and again?

Tinder heart icon
The heart button can be used to like a particular message.


GIF Icon

Sometimes, a picture can say a thousand words. Other times, a picture can say two words – “not interested”. In either case, by pressing the GIF button to the left of the message box, you can find the perfect, witty, and humorous way to keep the conversation going (or end it, as it were).

Tinder GIF icon
The GIF button can be used to find and send whatever GIFs you like.


Wrapping Up

Using a new dating app for the first time can be confusing, and Tinder is no different. There are so many functions and features to get to grips with. In addition, the meaning of buttons and icons may not be intuitive at first. But rest assured that any icon you’ll encounter on Tinder can be found in this article, so you can confidently conquer the app. Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend, life partner, or employer. Anything is possible in the world of online dating.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tinder feed?

The Tinder feed is the name for the main page of Tinder, where you can see a bunch of profiles. Here, you can press a variety of buttons, or swipe in a variety of directions, to interact with this person’s profile.

What do the buttons on the Tinder feed mean?

Under a profile, you’ll see the rewind, red cross, blue star, green heart, and purple lightning bolt buttons. The rewind button allows you to “undo” a swipe and go back to the previous profile. The red cross and green heart are alternatives for swiping left and right, respectively. The blue star sends a “super like” to somebody, and the purple lightning bolt boosts your account for 30 minutes. More super likes and boosts can be purchased, and rewind is only available to premium users.

What do the up and down arrows do?

The up arrow shows you more of a person’s profile, with their bio and any interests or relationship preferences they’ve listed. The down arrow minimizes the profile and brings you back to the Tinder feed.

What do the buttons along the bottom mean?

At the bottom of the app, you’ll find the Tinder logo, explore page, gold star, speech bubble, and person icons. The Tinder logo brings you back to the Tinder feed, and the Explore page has alternative categories for meeting people. The gold star shows you who has liked you (for premium members) as well as curated picks for you. The speech bubble shows your matches and messages, and the person icon brings you to your profile for editing.

What do the messaging icons mean?

In a conversation, you can see the blue video camera and blue shield icons. The video camera lets you start a video call with this person, while the shield offers security measures for unmatching, reporting, or blocking an individual. In addition to these, you’ll see the heart icon for liking a particular message. There’s also a blue double checkmark next to a sent message to show you that it’s been successfully received.

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