Bumble is completely free to download. There are paid options we will address soon. I recommend you get a feel for the free version before you consider paying for any extras.
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Once you download the app you will be prompted to connect either your Facebook account or your phone number. Connecting your Facebook is quicker as it will auto-fill your name, age and some photos (which you can change).
How Bumble Profiles And Photos Work
Once everything is set up and ready to go, you will need to set your profile up. To edit your profile click the person icon in the top left corner of your swiping screen. Then select ‘Edit Profile’.
This is where you add a few elements to complete your profile. I highly suggest completing all of these as it gives your potential matches more of an idea of who you are.
You are able to add a total of 6 photos. You can either import them from Facebook, take your own photo or choose from your phones library.
This gives you a chance to pick a series of questions to answer to be displayed on your profile. The idea here is to give you another chance to show your personality. Some of the questions you can answer include ‘Nightclub or Netflix?’ and ‘Childhood celebrity crush…’
If you’ve used Tinder before, this is the same as your bio. Make sure you put something in here! If you aren’t sure what to pop in, check out this article on some funny Tinder bios for guys.
Feel free to pop in where you went to school and your job. This will be displayed to people when they come across your profile.
Basic info is a series of simple questions where you can select an answer that best describes you from a list of choices. For example you can select if you drink socially, never or frequently. It helps you and potential matches find like-minded people. Filling this out could help you find someone you are more inline with.
If you feel your six photos aren’t painting the best picture of who you are as a person and you have some cool photos on instagram that show your personality, definitely connect it.
Yet another way to help you and potential matches find someone with similar interests. Great minds think alike, so advertising some of your favorite artists can definitely help you find someone you just might hit it off with.
On the main swiping screen you will see profiles to browse through. You can scroll through your potential matches photos and information by scrolling up and down. A typical Bumble profile looks like this.
Just under your potential matches profile picture you will see their ‘About Me’ section as well as their ‘Basic Info.’
If your potential match has their instagram connected, under another picture in their profile 9 instagram photos will be shown in a grid like below. The same goes for top Spotify artists.
Once matched with someone, you can access his or her profile and pictures by clicking on their profile picture.
Keep in mind, that the profiles you will see on your main swiping page will fall within you preferences of distance and age. You can change these in your settings. I suggest leaving age to the highest range, as some people accidentally have their age set to 90 when they are really 24.
Once you’re happy with your preferences and come across a profile you like, you can go ahead and like them. There are two ways to like another profile. This is either by swiping right or pressing the white tick at the bottom of your potential matches profile. If you aren’t interested, you can swipe left or press the white cross at the bottom of your potential matches profile.
If you accidentally swiped left on someone you intended to swipe right on, you can undo it. You do this by shaking your phone, which will bring up a screen like below. If you want to undo your left swipe, slide the toggle. You only get 3 of these every 3 hours, so be vigilant!
How Bumble Matching Works
If you and someone else swipe right or like each other you will be matched. This might be while you are swiping through profiles, or when someone you have swiped right on comes across your profile at a later time and swipes right. What happens next depends on your sex, and sexual orientation.
How Bumble Messaging Works
If someone matches with the same gender, either person can send a message to start a conversation. Things change up quite a bit when a guy and gal match though. The main M.O. of bumble is that in this sort of match guys can’t message first. This puts the ball in the female’s court. When (and if) she sends a message to the guy, then and only then can he send his own message. She would have to send this message within 24 hours, otherwise, the match would expire, deleting the match completely. The same goes for if the female was to send the first message and the guy didn’t reply within a 24 hour period.
This is what makes Bumble so popular in my opinion, as it stops ghosting and encourages actual conversations. There is an option to extend the 24 hours if you don’t receive that message from that person you’re really into, but it is a paid extra.
After you and your match have jumped over all these hurdles, congratulations, you can now message each other freely without worrying about your match expiring.
How Does The Bumble Match Queue Work?
Your Bumble match queue is the row at the top of the page on your Bumble conversations page as shown below.
Your match queue will show anyone you have swiped right or liked within the past 24 hours. These users will have their profile picture displayed with a yellow circle around it. This yellow circle slowly starts to fade clockwise, working as a countdown of the 24 hours. You will notice an hour before the match is about to expire that there will hardly be any yellow circle left.
The green circle shows you the number of people who have already swiped right on you. If you haven’t upgraded to Bumble Boost you won’t be able to view these. And the latest profile to like you will be blurred.
Match queue works by positioning the match that is soonest to expire to the left, followed by your green circle of people who have already liked you, and then every other match after this.
Keep in mind, you have more than 24 hours to find these profiles that have liked you as well. So don’t get too stressed about not finding them. You will eventually if you keep swiping through profiles.
How Bumble Verification Works
A great feature that isn’t included in many other dating apps, like Tinder, is the option of verifying your account. This basically means that the risk of getting catfished is minimized on Bumble. Potential matches will see the little blue tick that you are verified and have zero paranoia that you aren’t who you say you are. So, in my opinion, it’s a step you should definitely take.
The way it works is Bumble moderators will screen a selfie or photo of you and compare it to your other photos to verify it’s actually you. If they have any suspicions your profile might include fake photos, the profile will be immediately deleted.
In order to verify your own profile, click on ‘Edit Profile’ and then ‘Verify Your Account.’ You will then be prompted to upload a new profile picture for the Bumble team to complete the process. You can do so by importing from Facebook, taking a photo or choosing one from your phone’s camera roll.
Once you do so, you should receive a confirmation or rejection message. If all your photos are actually you, you have nothing to worry about. I highly suggest that guys definitely verify their account. All guys that I’ve spoken to report more matches once they did so.
How Does The Bumble Algorithm Work?
Compared to some other dating apps, like Tinder’s ELO score, Bumbles algorithm is quite simple. Let’s run through a couple of known ways the algorithm works, so you can know how things work or make sure you aren’t doing anything to hurt your match numbers.
- •The most right swiped users and people who have swiped right on you already will appear in your swiping screen first
- •Bumble doesn’t learn your swiping patterns and will simply display a wide variety of people
- •Swiping right on everyone will hurt your chances as Bumble might flag you as a bot, or someone using the app wrong, making you essentially invisible to other users
- •You don’t have to constantly be active for other users to view your profile. On this note, if you are planning on taking a break from Bumble you should ‘pause’ your account
- •Deleting account won’t give a negative hit to your account if you wanted to reset in the future
Bumble Boost is the paid premium version of Bumble, giving you access to more features and more opportunities. Bumble Boost is mostly made up of three extra features. These are:
Just like the Tinder Gold ‘See Who Likes You’ feature, BeeLine allows you to view users who have already liked you.
We mentioned earlier that matches will expire in 24 hours. Rematch allows you to essentially eliminate this rule and rematch with your match if this happens. Sometimes 24 hours isn’t enough time, as not everyone opens the app every single day.
BusyBee allows you to extend the 24-hour limit an unlimited amount of times, giving matches more time to send that first message.
How To Set Up Bumble Boost
Just remember that this feature is paid. In order to activate it, either click on the green circle with blurred profiles on your swiping screen or click ‘Get Bumble Boost’ on your profile screen. This will bring up the screen for you to choose a payment plan that works for you.
The above prices are in Australian dollars, to check the price in your country follow the above steps.
How To Cancel Bumble Boost – iPhone:
- Go to your iPhone settings
- Select iTunes and App Store
- Click on Apple ID
- Click on view Apple ID
- Click on Subscriptions
- Press Bumble from the list
- Press “cancel subscription”
How To Cancel Bumble Boost – Android:
- Go to settings
- Press on “Boost Subscription”
- Press cancel
So that’s how Bumble works. The best way to really see how it works is to download it for free and try it out yourself. What do you have to lose? If you are still tossing up what dating app you should use, check out our article on the Best Dating Apps Going Into 2019 For Every Type Of Dater.