5 Things to Know Before Signing Up on Bumble

by John Santana

You may have already heard of Bumble, one of the world’s most popular dating apps. But what makes it different from other apps? 

A lot. And by a lot, we mean that Bumble isn’t only used for dating. Established in 2014, the app is envisioned as a feminist dating app. It has interesting features that differ from other dating apps. Let’s take you through the world of Bumble and how it works. 

Understanding how Bumble works

The thing about Bumble is that it’s not just about finding a romantic match. It caters to everyone looking for someone new, whether it be a lover, a friend, or a business partner. It has three modes called Date, BFF, and Bizz. Date is for finding a potential romance, BFF is for those who want to look for new friends, and Bizz is for networking professionals. Simply put, you can segment your Bumble use according to your needs.

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To start your Bumble journey, download the app, sign up using your phone number or Facebook account, set your location services, and create your profile. You’ll need to enter your name, add your photos, birth date, gender, mode, gender and match preference, email address, short bio, and interests. After building your profile, you can now go to the swiping deck—swipe right if you like someone and swipe left if not.

What sets Bumble apart from other dating apps is that here, women make the first move. Only women can initiate a conversation, but everyone can send a Bumble Compliment to anyone before matching. In same-gender matches, anyone can start the conversation. Once you find a match, you have 24 hours to make a move before your connection expires.

Bumble has some really cool features that you can use to start a conversation. They have a Question Game where you can shuffle a question and respond before the answer is revealed. You can also do video chat and voice calling as soon as you get a match. Bumble also has “Recommend to a Friend,” which lets you share a Bumble profile with someone you know. To help yourself find a potential match, you can also add Interest Badges for things like music, travel, pets, hobbies, values, and more. 

Things to consider

It’s highly recommended to verify your profile on any kind of social networking app. On Bumble, they use catfishing-catching technology to hunt fake profiles. You can verify yours by copying a gesture and taking a selfie to mimic the pose. In just a few minutes, you’ll know whether you’re verified or not. If you find someone highly suspicious of using a fake profile, you can also Block and Report them. And if someone sends you explicit photos, they’ll automatically be blurred.

Dating on Bumble will most likely lead you to in-person dates. Make sure you meet at a public place, such as a cafe; tell someone you’re going on a date; and even if you feel like it’s a budding romance, don’t ever give your personal information. It would be helpful if you could at least do a background check or do a video call before your meeting too. If they don’t want to, it’s probably a scam. 

Learning the Bumble culture

Compared to other dating apps, dating on Bumble is more about lasting relationships than hookups. 85% of their users are looking for marriage or a relationship, and less than 4% of men and less than 1% of women on Bumble are looking for hookups. That said, Bumble is ideal for those looking for serious commitments. With women being the ones to make a move, it changed the dating landscape towards giving women more power over men—and 63% of men liked Bumble because of this. Before meeting personally, most Bumble users wait at least two to three days before meeting personally. Make use of the time to get to know someone and find common ground to make your meetup more interesting.

Upgrading your experience

Bumble is free to download and use with basic features. You also have the option to add extra features to your dating experience on Bumble by availing of their premium subscriptions, Bumble Boost and Bumble Premium. Let’s look at their features:

Bumble Boost

Cost: $24.99 a month, $44.99 for 3 months, and $69.99 for six months

  • Backtrack: undo in case you accidentally swiped left
  • Extend: add another 24 hours in date and BFF modes.
  • Unlimited swipes
  • One Spotlight a week: highlight your profile at the top to get more views
  • 5 SuperSwipes a week: Let a potential match know you’re really interested

Bumble Premium

Cost: $44.99 for a month, $89.99 for 3 months

  • Beeline: see who swiped right at you
  • Incognito: privacy mode where only people you swiped right will see your profile
  • Travel: swipe at your preferred location
  • Advanced filters: use all filters
  • All Bumble Boost features

You can pay for your premium subscriptions via credit card or PayPal. You can also make separate purchases for Spotlight and SuperSwipes.

Managing your expectations

Signs He Doesn’t Care About You

Dating on Bumble is the primary goal of users, but it’s not the only thing you can do on the app. A common misconception about Bumble is that it’s only for dating, but with its BFF and Bizz modes, you can meet new people platonically too. Although branded as a feminist dating app, Bumble is a safe space for all genders and identities. 

As mentioned before, more people are downloading Bumble in the hopes of finding serious relationships. But if you want to find something other than that, make sure that you make it clear for potential matches, or else it won’t work for you.

Getting to try dating on Bumble is not a guarantee you’ll find a potential love interest. Rejection is part of the game—but it shouldn’t make you feel defeated. Matches come and go on Bumble, and as long as you stay positive and patient, you’ll find another match in no time.

Let’s get ready to Bumble

Bumble is packed with unique features that anyone finding love, friendship, or networking opportunities can definitely use to their advantage. As long as you understand how Bumble works and wisely use its features, you’ll have a great time navigating the app. It’s a revolutionary app that changed the way people date through their first move concepts and interesting features—and if you’re all for that, then Bumble might just be the dating app for you.

John Santana

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