All online dating apps are the same, right? Eh, not so fast. There’s a new player on the field, and the rules of the game have changed. Enter, Bumble—2019’s hottest new dating app.
How Does Bumble Work?
If Bumble’s really that different from other online dating apps, then just exactly how do you use it. Good question…let’s dig in!
Creating Your Bumble Account
To create an account on Bumble, you have two basic options. You can sign in with Facebook, or you can enter your phone number, and the app will send you a verification code.
Setting Up Your Bumble Account
Setting up your profile on Bumble is pretty simple too. The first step is to add a photo. Bumble recommends you add one that is of just you—no exes, bros, family members, etc. You have three different options here. You can take a selfie (if you’ve got your game face on), add a photo from your camera, or upload a pic from Facebook. Done and done.
After you add that first picture, you have the option to add five others if you wish. If not, just click “Continue.” You can always come back and add more later.
After the photo sesh, the app will then prompt you to introduce yourself. You’ll need to enter the following tid bits of info:
- Date of Birth
- First Name
Next, you’ll be asked to enter an email address for recovery purposes—you know, for when you forget your password. Speaking of passwords, you’ll create one of those in the next step. Try to remember it!
Creating Your Bumble Profile
To create a full Bumble profile (which we recommend to get the most out of this online dating app), you’ll need to divulge some more information. You should definitely fill out the “About Me” section, but make it count because you have a 300-character limit.
PRO TIP: You’ll also want to add your work and education information because—well, no one likes a freeloader!
After that, the rest is a no-brainer. Just answer some simple questions about your life, including your relationship status, whether or not you have kids/pets, and to what extent you indulge your vices (i.e. drinking and smoking).
You can skip any or all of these questions. It’s entirely up to you how much you want to share. The answers to these questions will become tags on your profile and will be visible to all Bumble users.
Bumble itself says the more information (and photos!) you put on the app, the more likely you are to find matches, though, so don’t neglect this step in the process of setting up your Bumble account. You can thank us later!
How to Use Bumble – Switching Modes
When you set up your profile, you’ll be asked how you want to use Bumble. There are three options: dating, finding friends, or networking. We assume you’ll be dating if you’re reading this, so tap that option.
Women Rule the World (At Least on Bumble)
How you proceed after that depends on whether you identify as a man or woman. If you’re a woman, then you can feel free to swipe away and message anyone on the app that catches your interest at any time.
The ball is yours, and the court is open!
So, How Does Bumble Work For Guys?
On the other hand, if you’re a man, you’ll need to be patient.
You can swipe to your heart’s content, but you have to wait to be messaged. Yes, that’s right. The app won’t let you send the first message if you’re a dude. This is what makes Bumble different from other online dating apps—women are in control of the game!
It’s important to note that these messaging rules don’t apply to same-sex matches. In these cases, either user can make the first move.
Swiping on Bumble
Swiping is maybe the only thing on Bumble that will seem familiar to you. A right swipe means you dig; a left swipe means you’re not interested.
Swiping up on a profile picture will give you more information about the potential match, including his or her location. That way, you can make an informed decision based on something other than physical appearance (ahem).
Conversations are also a little different on Bumble. Women can initiate a convo by sending that all-important first message, but then it’s up to the guy. If he doesn’t respond within 24 hours, the conversation is deleted (presumably forever!).
This is Bumble’s attempt to end ghosting, which is admittedly super annoying.
If a match is made (meaning both users have swiped right on each other) and the female doesn’t start a conversation, the match will expire within 24 hours. Male users can opt to extend the connection an additional 24 hours if they want, though. This shows their match that they’re super interested and may be enough of a nudge to get things going.
Another unique feature of Bumble is the ability to backtrack when you make a mistake or change your mind. If you accidentally swipe right when you meant to swipe left, for instance, you can just shake your phone for an instant redo.
If only we could have real-life backtracks as well, right?! You only get 3 backtracks at a time, so use them sparingly.
Connecting Accounts on Bumble (Instagram and Spotify)
In addition to connecting your Facebook account (if you wish), you’ll also have the option to connect your Instagram and Spotify accounts to Bumble. Doing so is simple. Just click, enter your password, and verify.
Bumble Premium Features and Services
You can get more out of Bumble if you’re willing to pay extra. Just think of it as buying more honey from the hive!
Bumble Boost is Bumble’s premium service and it offers users some buzz-worthy advantages. Some of these include:
- The ability to view users who have already swiped right on your profile
- The capability of renewing expired connections
- The privilege of extended matches for an additional 24 hours
There are several ways to pay for Bumble Boost, including a lifetime subscription for about $140! The most popular payment schedule is the weekly one for $8.99, though.
Bumble Coins, Spotlight, and Superswipe
Another premium option is Bumble Coins, which is basically in-app currency. You can buy 30 coins for around $35 and use them to buy app advantages such as the Spotlight feature, which will show your profile to more users. Specifically, two coins will buy 30 minutes of premium profile placement.
You can also use Bumble coins to purchase a Superswipe, which lets another user know you’re “super” interested! A Superswipe will cost you a single Bumble Coin.
Bumble—Go Ahead, Try It!
Bumble is certainly an interesting take on the online dating experience. We highly recommend you give it a try. If you’re female, you’ll probably like the added control of being the only one able to initiate the conversation. Plus, you’re also a lot less likely to be harassed or creeped on than if you make a match on Tinder, for example. If you’re a guy, there are benefits too, though. Bumble reports more conversations occur post-match on Bumble than on other dating sites. That just means you’ll have a better chance to put on the charm and win her over! Happy bumbling!
How to Download Bumble?
Downloading Bumble is easy and free. Just go to the app store on your phone, search “bumble” and tap. You’ll be ready to buzz in no time.