You’ve decided to take the leap and join Bumble. Maybe you’ve just come out of a relationship that dragged on a little too long and you’re trying to get back out there. Or perhaps you’re new on the scene, and Bumble is where you’re making your big debut!
Joining a dating app can be a little daunting, whether it’s your first one or just a switch from your old fave, you’ve got a new profile to set up, pictures to choose, and another agonizing bio to write, and you’re wondering, how does bumble work? Will I find the one? And can my friends see me on bumble?
Whether you’re feeling bashful about using bumble or you’re worried about a certain someone seeing you there, it’s a fair question that has been asked before.
So, can your friends see you on Bumble? The answer is a bit mysterious I’m afraid. If you’ve signed up to Bumble with Facebook, as a lot of us do, it collects certain data about you. According to Bumble, this is your name, username, email address, mobile number, gender identity, date of birth, sexual preference, photographs, location, and login information.
It also accesses your Facebook friends list as well as any other linked accounts, for instance, Instagram.
However, Bumble keeps its cards close to its chest with how those things come into play in regards to your potential matches and who you see on the app, as well as who can see you.
Considering the point of Bumble is to connect to people near you (which you want, right?) it seems pretty inevitable that you’ll run into someone you know, and vice versa.
You can’t search for individual users on Bumble, though, so no one will be able to hunt you down!
Who can see me on Bumble?
A nerve-wracking one for sure! If you’re not loud and proud about being on the apps, the thought of your profile flashing up on the screens of your manager, milkman, and everyone you went to school with can be a bit mortifying.
We already know it’s not super straightforward to tell if your friends will come across your profile, but that leads to the question, who can see your profile on Bumble?
The best way to control and understand who will see you is by using your age range, filters, and radius, so really, it’s mostly in your hands.
Bumble will rarely show you someone outside of your chosen groups, though it can do under some circumstances.
For example, if you are in someone else’s selected age range, and they’ve swiped like crazy and run out of perfect matches, they may show up even if they aren’t in yours.
So if there’s a particular person or people you’re keen to avoid, say, the group of your older sister’s friends who teased you mercilessly when you were a kid (unless you’re into that kind of thing), I’d recommend adjusting your settings to exclude their age or proximity and pray that they don’t travel!
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Does Bumble show mutual Facebook friends?
Yes, Bumble displays mutual Facebook friends, but only after you’ve matched with someone.
And it seems like it doesn’t show them all, just a random selection. Another mystery from Bumble!
In my opinion, having mutual friends is a good sign that you’ll have something in common, though I guess it depends on who they are. Good to know either way.
Can you stop certain people from seeing you on Bumble?
The desire can be strong to stop certain people from seeing you on Bumble or any dating app.
Maybe you don’t want your ex to know you’re dating again. Maybe there’s someone in your life who’s a bit too keen on knowing everything you’re up to.
I know more than one friend of mine who has come across a sibling on dating apps, which is roughly the last thing you want to happen.
Wouldn’t it be magical if you could just remove that as a possibility?
Unfortunately, despite being a site where safety is a priority (and they take complaints pretty seriously), Bumble is no different from other popular dating apps in that you can only prevent someone from accessing your profile by blocking them. And to block them, you first have to match.
There are certainly people I wish I could stop from seeing me online.
Still, I would ultimately embrace the fact that these days it’s more unusual not to be on a dating app than it is to be on one, and coming across familiar faces on Bumble is a common occurrence for all, so don’t sweat it!
You can read more on this in my in-depth article on Bumble privacy 2021
Can you go private on Bumble?
There are times when you would just rather duck out of dating for a bit. Need a break after a few too many no’s, or a few too many yes’s?
Been out for a couple of dates with someone and want to focus your energy on her?
Sometimes other things just get in the way and you end up feeling like the bad guy for having no time to reply to your messages.
There are loads of reasons you might want to have some time away from the app without deleting it altogether because you know you’ll be straight back on there when the mood strikes you.
“Can I hide my profile on Bumble?” is something I found myself wondering when I want a bit more of a lowkey Bumble experience.
Incognito mode will hide your profile from everyone’s feed until you’ve swiped right on them, allowing you to fly under the radar while you swipe to your heart’s content. Sounds perfect, right? A little too perfect?
This feature is, of course, only available to premium members. Something to consider if you’re stressed that your friends will see you on Bumble!
Snooze is a great setting on Bumble and is available to all users. It’s not quite the stealth mode you get with incognito, but it will stop you from appearing in people’s feeds unless you’ve already matched with them and started a conversation.
Snooze mode is perfect for when you’ve got so many chats on the go you don’t know how to handle it because you’re just that irresistible!
A problem I know I struggle with constantly… ahem. It can also be good when you’ve made a few matches and want to ensure your profile won’t pop up for your friends any time soon.
You can activate snooze mode easily in your settings and choose the time period you’d like to snooze for
There are a few different options to mess around with who can and can’t see you on Bumble, but I’d say the chances are high that they’ll stumble across you if you’re on the app for a while, especially considering you’ll have a lot of mutual Facebook friends and close proximity.
If all your friends are on Bumble and that’s stressing you out, why not take my quiz and find out which dating app would be best for you.