There are two reasons why you might be here. Number one, your account has disappeared from Bumble. Number two, all the hotties in your swipe deck have disappeared.
Maybe you flew too close to the sun with your edgy openers, violated Bumble’s user guidelines, and got yourself banned. If you were going strong on Bumble then you’ll want to recover your Bumble account.
But if your swipe deck has gone downhill, then it might be time for a redo. With a few wrong swipes, you’ll have Bumble’s algorithm hiding all those fine ladies. It’s time to start from scratch.
Resetting your Bumble account can work wonders with the algorithm. You get that new user boost and a chance to implement everything you wish you knew the first time around. I’ll forgive you for not doing your research on DudeHack before you originally signed up – at least you’re here now!
So let’s find out how to reset Bumble, reset your swipes, and fix your ELO.
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How Do I Recover A Deleted Bumble Account?
If Bumble deleted your account because of a violation of user guidelines, I’m afraid it’s gone for good. Now, I’m an advocate for good behavior on dating apps but Bumble will ban you for copying and pasting the same message to every user. That’s a faux pas for sure, but life in Bumble jail? Harsh.
So you’re wondering: how do I recover a deleted Bumble account? If you’ve been banned on Bumble, that account is gone for good and you’ll have to start a new account. If you accidentally deleted your account, then you can contact Bumble to have it restored.
If you got hit by a Bumble ban for spamming your favorite one-liners or for promoting your Instagram personal trainer side hustle, you’ll have to reset your account. I’ll show you how to do that below – sign back up and learn from your mistakes, everyone deserves a second chance.
But if you lost it by accident, you can recover your deleted account by getting in touch with Bumble. Contact Bumble within 28 days and be prepared to prove your identity with some ID, and your account will be restored.
It’s actually pretty easy to make a new Bumble account. If you logged in originally with Facebook and log in a second time with your phone number, bam – new account.
So if you made a new profile by mistake, you can get back into your old account in a jiffy. Simply delete your new account, return to the Bumble log-in page and sign in with the details you used to sign up the first time.
Of course, if you’ve slowly but surely tanked your ELO on that original account, then it might not be worth much. If you’ve swiped right on every profile, ghosted your matches, and neglected your bio, it might be time to let that account die.
Why Reset Your Bumble Account (Other Than If Bumble Deleted It)?
So if Bumble didn’t delete your account, should you go ahead and delete it yourself? I’m not talking about taking a break from dating apps to walk barefoot on the beach, take up yoga, and hopefully “find” yourself – I’m talking about resetting your account.
So why reset your Bumble account? Because it gives you a fresh start with the algorithm. Resetting your Bumble account resets your ELO and better profiles will appear in your swipe deck. You also get a new user boost with your new account and get more matches.
Algorithms are increasingly behind the scenes deciding what news we see in our feed to the route we take driving home from work. There’s also an algorithm determining who appears in your swipe deck on Bumble.
The main advantage of resetting your Bumble account is that it resets your ELO score. If you weren’t algorithm savvy when you signed up you may have tanked your score without realizing it. Swiping right on everyone, neglecting to update your profile, and ghosting your matches can all hurt your ELO score.
Factor in those terrible selfies you started out with, and the app now thinks you’re like a 3/10. Come on, you’re at least a 5. Maybe a 7 with a haircut!
Unfortunately, no matter how many trips to the barber you take, you’re going to be stuck matching with the 3s on Bumble that the algorithm thinks you’ll like. Until you do a reset.
Reasons To Reset Your Bumble Account
There are a lot of good reasons to consider resetting your Bumble account.
- Reset your ELO.
- New user boost.
- Reset your swipes: another chance to swipe on users you rejected.
- Another chance to match with people who swiped left on you.
- Build a better profile from the get-go.
The other key reason is the new user boost. When you sign up for any online dating app or build a new Tinder account or Bumble profile, the algorithm gives you a boost. You get more matches in your first few days, on average, because the app shows you to more people.
It’s not just working out your ELO. It’s also bumping you up to make you value the app.
It’s like how your average phone company gives a huge discount to new customers. And those loyal veterans? Getting screwed over with expensive upgrades.
You probably can’t reset your Verizon account without faking your own death. Fortunately, it’s a bit easier with Bumble. You can reset your Bumble account for a new user boost. So let’s find out how.
How To Reset Your Bumble Account
Let’s get this straight: resetting your Bumble account is NOT as simple as deleting your account and starting a new one.
That’s because if Bumble realizes your new account is connected to your old one, it’ll give you the same old ELO score and you won’t get any new likes.
While Bumble says they won’t shadowban you for resetting your account (unlike Tinder and Hinge with their shady ways) they’ll saddle you with your old score and you’ll have all the same problems.
So we have to be a little sneakier. New year, new you, after all.
Here’s how to reset your Bumble account. Bumble lets you sign up with either a phone number or a Facebook account. So, delete your account, disconnect Facebook from Bumble, and then for your new account, you’ll use a new Facebook account or number.
And then you have to be careful about adding any social media links that could identify you.
Here’s the easy step-by-step guide to resetting your Bumble account:
Step One: Disconnect Your Facebook And Bumble Account
- Open up the Facebook app on your phone
- Navigate to “Settings & Privacy”
- Tap “Settings”
- Tap “Apps & Websites”
- Select Bumble from the list of “Active” Apps
- Tap “Remove App”
- Confirm your action by tapping “Remove”
Step Two: Delete Your Bumble Account And Delete The App
- Open up the Bumble app
- Tap the “Profile” icon in the bottom left corner of the screen
- Tap the “Settings” icon in the top right corner of the screen
- Scroll right down to “Delete Account”
- Type “delete” in the box to confirm
- Hit “Confirm” and your account will be deleted.
- Uninstall the app from your phone
Uninstalling the app might be overkill. But you never know what kind of cookies or user details might be saved in the app.
Step Three: Make A Burner Facebook Account
If you have a second phone number handy, you can skip this step. If you don’t have a new number to sign into Bumble with, then the easiest way is to make a burner Facebook account.
Use a new email address to sign up for Facebook. You don’t have to fill it out – just add your name, date of birth, and a single profile picture.
Step Four: Wait…
You’ll have to wait at least an hour before starting your new Bumble account because you can’t log in via Facebook until your account is an hour old.
Some people recommend waiting 24 hours before starting a new account anyway. It can’t hurt, but Bumble won’t delete your information for 28 days so you might as well build your new account after an hour.
Step Five: Download Bumble Again And Sign Up For A New Bumble Account
Open it up and hit Continue With Facebook. Make sure you’re signed into your new Facebook account on your phone.
Upload your new and improved photos, build out your bio, and swipe smart this time.
Step Six: DON’T Link Your Spotify, Instagram Or Apple ID Or Google Account
Lastly, don’t let on to Bumble that you had an account in the past.
That means you can’t link your Spotify or Instagram. If you’re paying for Premium or Boost, don’t use the same Apple ID or Google Account you paid with previously.
And because Bumble keeps your verification details for three years you probably shouldn’t get verified.
Things To Consider When Resetting Your Account
There are a few things to consider when resetting your account. Firstly, make sure Bumble doesn’t identify it with your old account. Secondly, make sure you don’t go wrong in the algorithm this time around.
Resetting your account works wonders, in moderation. If you reset it all the time Bumble will catch on. Even if they don’t, Bumble users will see you over and over and assume you’re a bot. That’s a guaranteed left swipe.
- You can’t connect your Instagram if you had it on your old account.
- You can’t connect your Spotify if you had it on your old account.
- You will need to use a new email address.
- You will need a new Facebook account.
- If you have previously purchased anything, including Bumble Boost or Premium, you will need a new Apple ID or Google Play Account
- If you had paid Bumble before resetting your account, restoring your purchases will lead to Bumble giving you your old ELO back.
- You will need to have access to the new phone number to receive SMS confirmations if signing up with a contact number.
- You’ll have to log in with your new burner details any time you log out.
- Make sure you understand how the algorithm works this time and swipe both ways to boost your ELO.
Reset Bumble Using Facebook
Using a new Facebook account is the easiest way to reset Bumble. For most people, it’s quicker to get your hands on a new email and Facebook account that a new phone number.
To reset Bumble with Facebook, follow these steps:
- Log into Facebook and disconnect Bumble from your Facebook account.
- If your account wasn’t deleted or banned, then go and delete your Bumble account.
- Delete the app from your phone.
- Create a burner Facebook account using a new email address.
- Wait an hour until you can sign up with your new Facebook.
- Download Bumble and choose “Continue with Facebook”
- Put your new Facebook account details in and build a new Bumble profile. Don’t link social media that was attached to your old account.
Reset Bumble Account Using Phone Number Only
To reset Bumble with a phone number, follow these steps:
- If your account wasn’t deleted or banned, then go and delete your Bumble account.
- Delete the app from your phone.
- Download Bumble and choose “Use cell phone number”
- Put your new number in and use the SMS code to verify.
- Build your new Bumble account. Don’t link social media that was attached to your old account.
How To Know You Have Successfully Reset Your Bumble Account
If Bumble deleted your account then it’s going to be clear if you have successfully reset Bumble. Just having a Bumble account is the win.
But if you reset a working Bumble account to fix your algorithm troubles, it’ll be less clear. You should be getting more matches and seeing higher-quality profiles in your swipe deck.
Enjoy your new user boost by matching with the best quality (okay, I mean hottest) profiles in your area. Whether you’re looking for hookups or more meaningful connections, you should be matching with the creme de la creme.
An Important Note: If your account reset has worked, don’t get cocky and reconnect your Spotify or Instagram. Bumble keeps your account details for at least 28 days, and some information is kept for up to three years. You might end up tanking your ELO if you do,
The new year is a perfect time for a fresh start, whether you’re hitting the gym, quitting the sauce, or just getting a blank slate on Bumble.
Resetting your Bumble account resets your swipes, boosts your ELO, and simply lets you build a great profile the right way.
And if you’re considering ditching Bumble altogether, try my dating app quiz to find out which app is right for you. Are you a Tinder tyrant or a Hinge hero?