How to Send Pictures on Tinder (2021 Guide)

by Ryan Hart | Updated on November 18, 2021 | Post may contain affiliate links

Trying to figure out how to send pictures on Tinder?

In this article we reveal the easiest ways to send photos to your match without getting banned or your account flagged as spam.

Ready to get started?

Let’s go!

Can You Send Pictures on Tinder?

The simple answer is, no, you cannot send personal pictures within Tinder messages. You can send GIFs, such as animated photos and memes, or Bitmojis.

However, there are a few clever ways you can work around the rules and send your match a special photo.

But first, let’s address the elephant in the room:

Why can’t you send pictures on Tinder?

Tinder’s community guidelines clearly state that it is unacceptable to send unsolicited sexual content to your matches. This includes inappropriate photos (guys I’m looking at you).

The easiest way for Tinder to prevent this type of unwanted behavior from their users was to just remove photo sharing abilities altogether.

Tinder also discourages sharing content in messages that drive people to external websites via a link or otherwise.

According to this guideline, if you post a link to an external photo in a message, the app may block your message and possibly close your account in an attempt to prevent spammers from sending users to external websites.

Obviously, these restrictions can make it difficult to share important links with your match, such as directions to a restaurant or a photo from your most recent date.

However, there are a few ways you can share pictures on Tinder:

Send a Photo Over Text or Messenger

A smooth way to get someone’s phone number on Tinder is to tell them you have a funny photo that you would like to send them. If they consent, ask for their phone number.

Then, send the photo over text message and move the conversation off Tinder. This is a great way to keep the conversation going and help you get one step closer to a date.

If they are not comfortable sending their phone number, there are many other messaging apps such as Kik, Telegram, Line, Wechat, Messenger, and Skype that allow you to send photos.

Upload a Photo to Your Profile Gallery

If the photo you want to share with your match is appropriate for public eyes, consider uploading the photo to your profile as the last slide in the gallery. Then, send your match a message and tell them to check out your profile for a surprise photo.

This strategy builds curiosity and is an easy way to share photos on Tinder without breaking any community guidelines.

Share Your Instagram Handle

Another fun way to share a photo on Tinder is to send your Instagram handle or username in the chat. Remember, not to paste a link to Instagram as your message could get flagged as spam.

Instead, just include your username following the @ symbol. Mine is @CallRyanHart (follow me on Instagram for more dating and relationship advice).

Then, you can send photos via direct message (DM) on Instagram. Following each other on Instagram is also a great way to get to know someone better. You can easily see what their interests are and their lifestyle is like.

You might also get an unwanted peek into their dating life, so keep this in mind before scrolling through all of their photos and becoming jealous.

Now It's Your Turn

And now I’d like to hear from you.

Do you wish there was a better way to send photos on Tinder?

Which of these workarounds do you plan on using?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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