Tinder works by extracting your location from your phones GPS service. Whenever you are on the phone, Tinder picks the location from GPS depending on the permissions you set on the Tinder app. So based on the location, Tinder matches the profile.
Does Tinder automatically pick up your location?
There is no way Tinder can see your location always. Tinder will update your location and check for matches around you only when you open the app and start swiping. In short, if a persons location changes, they have been on the app.
What does changing location on Tinder do?
Tinder Passport is the “change your location” feature that comes bundled in Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. With Tinder Passport, you can pretend to be anywhere you like. You can swipe and match with people in any location.
Can you turn off location on Tinder?
You cannot hide your location on Tinder. It uses GPS location to identify your location. When you turn off your GPS, it gathers the information from your cell phone or the Wi-Fi network you are using. If you hide the location this would make the app clueless about your location.