Bumble rolled out a new feature in the summer of 2017 called SuperSwipe. Not everyone is a fan, but those who love SuperSwipe really love it, like super love it. Let’s dig in to this new paid feature.
What Is Bumble SuperSwipe?
SuperSwipe is a premium feature on Bumble that lets you show a potential match that you’re super interested in them. SuperSwipe does not come with a Bumble Boost subscription (the app’s paid version). Instead, you have to purchase SuperSwipes with Bumble Coins, an in-app currency.
Bumble’s SuperSwipe is a lot like Tinder’s Super Like. Bumble says it’s akin to “walking over to someone you'd like to get to know, tapping them on the shoulder, and introducing yourself.”
Before you start tapping (digitally or otherwise), though, let’s learn more about the SuperSwipe on Bumble.
How Does SuperSwipe Work on Bumble?
SuperSwipe just so happens to be super easy to use. Once you’ve purchased Bumble Coins, you can simply tap the heart icon on a user’s profile to express your interest. Each SuperSwipe will cost you a single Bumble Coin, which is equivalent to about $2.
You can purchase up to 20 Bumble Coins at a time, so if you have several profiles you’re really into, you can SuperSwipe to your heart’s content. Plus, the more you buy, the cheaper each SuperSwipe is.
When you SuperSwipe, a message is sent directly to the user. He or she won’t have to swipe right on your profile to see that you’re interested. That’s why it’s called a “super” swipe as opposed to a normal swipe.
SuperSwipe Advantages (The Pros):
You’ll get more Bumble matches.
Well, according to science, anyway. Research says that when you show interest in an online dating prospect with a special signal or feature, it increases the chance of a positive response. The following comment posted on Reddit may provide some insight into the thinking that goes along with this scientific phenomenon:
“When someone superswipes me, I do give them a second glance. I consider it a positive sign of legit interest (as opposed to the guys who just swipe right on everyone).”
Guys can make the first move (well, sort of).
Without SuperSwipe, there’s really no way for a guy to express interest on Bumble, at least not directly. He can swipe right on a profile, of course, but the girl won’t know it unless she also swipes right or unless she’s a paid Bumble Boost member.
If he uses a SuperSwipe, though, she’ll get a message instantly informing her that he wants to get to know her better.
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SuperSwipe Disadvantages (The Cons)
They don’t always work.
Some online daters just can’t be bought off. At least, that’s been some people’s experience with SuperSwipes. Take this one guy on Reddit, for instance:
“Since it’s been released, I still have yet to get a match with a SuperSwipe. Judging from other posts, it doesn’t appear to be very useful. Has anyone ever gotten a match this way?”
Clearly, SuperSwipes don’t always work, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get a right swipe back when you send one.
You might look desperate.
Bumble claims SuperSwipe won’t make you seem thirsty, but there’s no guarantee. Unlike Spotlight (another premium Bumble feature), SuperSwipe isn’t confidential, so users who receive the SuperSwipe message will know that you’ve paid a fee to get their attention.
This can be off-putting to some online daters. And since there are no free daily SuperSwipes (like there are for Super Likes on Tinder), you can’t play it off casually. Worst case scenario: you’ll look desperate.
They can get costly.
If you start relying on SuperSwipe to get matches on Bumble, it may end up costing you a pretty penny. At $1.25 to $2 a piece (depending on whether or not you purchase in bulk), it can add up fast.
3 Tips for Using SuperSwipe Successfully
1. Be sure you have a great Bumble profile.
There’s no swipe, no matter how super, that can make up for a lousy profile on Bumble. To create an awesome Bumble profile, be sure to answer as many questions as possible and make use of the 300-character freeform section to make a bold first impression.
There are several different strategies you can use to spice up your Bumble Bio, including using humor, asking a question, or offering an unpopular opinion, for example. Key takeaway here: don’t be boring!
2. Pick pictures wisely.
They say a picture says a thousand words, and this could not be more true on Bumble. When you SuperSwipe someone, your profile picture will show up on their end alongside a notification that lets them know you’re super interested in getting to know them. Whether they decide to match with you or not will depend heavily on their opinion of this all-important pic.
There are lots of things to consider when selecting a profile picture. For instance, make sure it’s a clear image of your smiling face (no mean mugs!) and that there’s no one else in the picture. This allows your potential match to focus on you and you alone and to get a good idea of what you actually look like.
3. Use SuperSwipe after a match has expired.
A strategic use of this premium feature is to use a SuperSwipe right after a match has expired. Consider this scenario: You swipe right on a girl’s profile, she swipes right back, and a match is made. Unfortunately for you, she never sends you a message, so you’re left hanging. Now is the best time to use a SuperSwipe to nudge her to start the convo and save your match!
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Frequently-Asked Questions About Bumble’s SuperSwipe
Q: How do you use SuperSwipe?
A: If you want to Superswipe someone’s profile on Bumble, first be sure you’ve purchased some Bumble Coins. Then, simply tap on the white heart on the user’s profile.
Q: How much does a SuperSwipe cost on Bumble?
A: It varies. To purchase a SuperSwipe, you’ll need to first purchase Bumble Coins. The price you’ll pay for these coins will depend on how many of them you buy at once. Generally speaking, though, a single SuperSwipe will cost you about $2.
Q: Does SuperSwipe come with Bumble Boost?
A: No. SuperSwipe is an extra premium feature that must be purchased using Bumble Coins, an in-app currency. You can read more about Bumble Boost here.
Q: Does Bumble offer any free SuperSwipes?
A: Unfortunately, no. Bumble currently doesn’t offer a free daily SuperSwipe or any free Superswipes at all for that matter. There’s no way of getting around forking out some cash to use this premium feature.
Q: Do SuperSwipes work on Bumble?
A: The jury is still out on this one. While SuperSwipes do seem to work for some Bumble users, others have expressed their disappointment with this feature. To increase your chances of success with a SuperSwipe, be sure your Bumble profile in top-notch shape prior to SuperSwiping.
Bumble SuperSwipe definitely isn’t guaranteed to get you more matches, but it’s certainly a fun way to try. As long as you don’t start compulsively SuperSwiping, the cost is fairly minimal, so give it a spin and see if you can start a buzz on Bumble!