Bumble FAQ’s: Who Can See What, Do Profiles Repeat, Changing Age, Verification Processes, How Many Swipes Do You Get & How Does Bumble Work
Bumble is a popular dating app and since it’s IPO, it’s has received a lot of interest from people who see this is as a different type of dating app. Bumble has enacted more rules around who can message first, bans on certain types of photos and guidelines around inactive accounts.
The app can be a bit confusing for those that are use to using sites like Tinder or Match so here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on Bumble. For a my review on Bumble app, check out this post.
What Is A Good First Question To Ask On Bumble?
Definitely not how is your day, week, evening, quarantine, weekend, etc. This is the most unoriginal, lazy question. Read the person’s profile, look at their questions. If they have no conversation starters, why did you swip right on them?
Is Bumble A Hookup App, Is Bumble Considered A Hookup Site?
Not as much as Tinder but don’t rush into things nor take people by their words. Tak the time to know them. Also, just because they are seeking a relationship on Bumble doesn’t mean they are seeking a hookup on Tinder.
Bumble Admirers: What Are Admirers On Bumble?
These users have swiped to the right on your profile but you haven’t swiped to the left or right on them yet. Bumble Premium subscribers can see all admirers in their beeline. Admirers many not appear in your swipe deck because your filters are too strict. Loosen them up to see more admirers.
Bumble Photo Verification, What Does Blue Check Mean?
The photo verification process (although not perfect or exhaustive) does greatly reduce the number of fake accounts on the app. The user experience from a female perspective can greatly reduce the number of unwanted messages a woman can receive by giving her the ability to control who can message her.
If you are having trouble getting verified on Bumble, try taking photos in natural, soft light. Often times people will take photos in bad light with harsh shadows. If approved, the user will have a blue checkmark by their profile signaling they are indeed a real person according to Bumble via the cross-referencing photo checks
These are subtle but yet powerful tweaks to traditional dating apps that are riddled in confusion (winks vs. messages vs. favorites — I am looking at you Match) or likes vs. super-likes and ability to lie about your location (shameless Tinder).
With that said, there are two glaring fundamental drawbacks to the app that it has failed to address: 24-hour response window and short, dull conversation starters. The first is a design feature whereas the latter is a user error. (I covered a third aspect in Super Swipes in another post here).
How Many Swipes Do You Get On Bumble?, Does Bumble Swipe Limit?
There is not a specific amount of profiles. If you begin to swipe too much, too quickly and/or have too strict criteria selected, you will run out soon. Bumble will display the screen “Bumble You’ve Hit TheEnd Of The Line.” It can be 20-30, sometimes up to 50. Bumble is a bit more liberal with new profiles but it will dwindle over time despite profiles repeating. Other sites claim unlimited swipes but that is untrue.
Rather than swipe recklessly and too much, contain yourself. Chances are you are sabotaging your profile with bad prompts, photos or bio. You only get one chance to make a first impression so slow down, see what works and iterate.
Whenever you hit a limit, it Bumble will reset in 24 hours. If your swipes don’t reset after 24 hours, reach out to Bumble Support Team to fix the issue.
Is Bumble Free? How Much Does Bumble Cost Per Month? Is It Free To Message?
The basic aspects of the app are free but it costs extra for certain bells and whistles outlined below. I typically do not recommend paying for these upgrades unless you have specific deal-breakers or are urgent in meeting someone. It’s free to message but as a guy you have to wait to get messaged first unless a woman lists her IG account in which you can message her there first.
Does Bumble Have A Free Trial? Bumble 14 Day Free Trial Offer
During the viewing of profiles, you will get the opportunity to get a free 14 days trial. It will recirculate more than one and my advice is to not activate until you have a good profile and photos to get the most out of it. In fact, I advise not to even create a profile until you have a good profile otherwise you will waste first impressions.
Bumble Shake aka Backtrack, Accidental Left Swipe, Rewind
If you accidentally left-swipe on someone you can shake your phone like a shake weight to undo it. You have a limited amount (usually three) so proceed with caution.
UPDATE: Bumble changed their backtrack feature. Instead of shaking the phone, one has to click the undo arrow in the top left of the screen. Backtrack is now also apart of Bumble Boost which is a paid feature.
What is the Bumble Match Queue?
Match queue Bumble is the order in which profiles are served up to users on the app. It is based on algorithms, location, preferences and demographics. Once someone likes you you will appear in their queue. The more picky you are the fewer profiles will be shown. To unlock Bumble Queue and see who likes you, you will need to subscribe to Bumble Boost.
Is the Bumble Boost Settlement Legit?
Bumble Boost Settlement / Class Action Lawsuit Info: https://www.bumbleboostsettlement.com/
What is Bumble Beeline? Is Bumble Beeline Accurate? How To See Who Liked You On Bumble
The beeline is a feature that Bumble has that allows you to view who has already liked you (but you have nit matched with yet). These people are hidden unless you pay. Many people only like people in this queue which can be efficient for some folks but you will unlikely match with people utilizing the same strategy.
Over time, those in the Bumble Beeline may dissapear (delete profile, hide profile etc.). Similarly, many of those in your beeline may be from out of town, undesirable age range etc. Paid subscribers can apply filters to users in the beeline. Beeline visibility requires a subscription to Bumble Boost (legacy users).
If you are in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, or the UK, the Beeline will only be available in the Bumble Premium subscription.
Bumble Photo Guidelines, Bumble Photo Rules: Bumble Profile Moderated
Most dating apps and sites follow the same technical requirements for dating profile photos. With that said, Bumble has a more stringent set of photo guidelines more so than most other dating apps including no photos in underwear, bikinis, topless mirror/bathroom selfies, no guns and more. You are read the full list here: https://bumble.com/en-us/guidelines. If your photo violates one of these items, it will be marked as being moderated by Bumble.
How To Use Bumble Video Chat and Voice Line
After matching, the woman can initiate a call or video using the icons in the upper right of the screen. Men can do so as well but only after the woman makes the first move. More on video chats and dates here.
This feature allows users to re-engage an expired match. Most matches that expire are not meant to be. Very rarely do people have a legitimate excuse not to message someone. At the very least a quick note explaining that you are busy, had a tragedy etc. is provided. With that said, this features preys on insecurity of users – what if (s)he ran out of time? If someone is on your mind and of strong interest, that person will find a way to convey this.
What is Bumble Travel Mode? What Is Travel Mode on Bumble App?
It is a premium feature that allows users to change their location up to 7 days for 5 coins (in house currency)
For additional tips on all things Bumble including help with photo order, prompts, answers to prompts, first messages and more, read this: https://eddie-hernandez.com/category/dating-apps/bumble/
Bumble Whole Country
During Covid-19, Bumble is offering it’s Travel Mode for free meaning there is no radius and you can meet people all over the country (radius maximum = whole country).
Bumble Inactive Profiles – Does Bumble Show Inactive Users?
Per last update, “Anyone you see on Bumble has been active in the last 30 days,” Emily Wright, Bumble’s Associate Director of Global PR told Elite Daily (January 2019. “We also recently launched Snooze, which is a new feature that allows users to pause their activity on Bumble, including options for prioritizing mental well-being, digital detox, or vacationing.”
How Do You Know If Your Matches Are Online?
Bumble added a green dot to profiles to let you know when matches are online.
What is Bumble Snooze Notifications? Notifying Matches: Does Bumble Notify When You Return?
It is a pause feature that allows users to temporarily hide their profile and pause the app from showing profile to new people. How to activate it here:
Once you un-snooze, your matches will be notified that you are back online with a message similar to ‘X is no longer away, welcome them back.’
What Does Bumble Deleted Member Means?
Whenever someone deletes their profile and uninstalls the app you will see a message near the top of the conversation. There is no way to message the person anymore. It’s likely they met someone else, got tired of the app, or is taking a pause.
Does Bumble Have Read Receipts?
No, there is no read receipt on the Bumble app.
What is the Average Age On Bumble?
Can I Look At Bumble Without Joining?
Sure, just ask a friend to show you their account otherwise you will need to register an account to view profiles.
Bumble Desktop Mode aka Bumble Web
Older dating sites like Match.com and OkCupid were web based dating sites first when they first launched but newer apps like Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel are mobile app only dating sites. Bumble took an unusual step to create a desktop version of the app which is a great idea if you want to get off the small screen and review details and photos more carefully.
Deleting + Recreating Profiles and Shadowbans
Bumble states there is no thing as a shadow ban but does doesn’t rule ou that swiping too much and getting in front of users repeatedly can cause more people to swipe left on your more often resulting in a lower perceived attractiveness on your profile. Read more here: https://bumble.com/en/help/am-i-penalized-for-deleting-profile
Bumble Private Detector, Banned Accounts
This feature from Bumble is an algorithm that scans photos for lewd photos i.e. Dick Pic Inspector. Possible photos will come with a warning ask you to view possible photos that have been detected. You can delete the photo and block the user as well. Those found to have send such photos will be banned fro the app (available on iOS only as of May 2020).
What Is Bumble Incognito Mode? How Does Bumble Incognito Work?
It allows you to hide your profile except for those you right swiped on. In a way, it makes it easier for people to cheat on their partners as it limits who can see your profile.
Are There Fake Profiles On Bumble? Is Bumble Full Of Fake Profiles?
There are very few fake profiles on Bumble as opposed to Hinge and definitely Tinder.Verification process weeds out a lot of fake people but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect nor does it mean people lie on their profile.
Does Bumble Show You The Same Person Twice?
It’s possible, whether intentional or a glitch. It usually can happen quickly i.e. within several profiles or much longer. It’s also more likely to see guys twice as they are more likely to create new accounts with new credentials to get new user boosts.
Bumble How To Change Age Range, How To Change Age Range On Bumble
In the profile deck of users, select the slider in the upper right corner of the screen.
How To Change Age On Bumble
Changing your age on Bumble is not possible once you set it. Too many people lie about their age on the site and blame it on the app or Facebook. This is not an accident. People purposefully lie about their age to get more matches or want to lower their age so they can improve performance.
You will have to contact Bumble to set your age correctly and admit you lied or want to lie about your age. Most people who lie do it because of insecurity with themselves. Regardless of the excuse they give on the app, view it as a red flag and skip over them. Don’t fall for their attempt to be cute and mislead you – what else are they lying about?
Can You Screenshot On Bumble? Does Bumble Notify Users Of Screenshot? Does Bumble Show Screenshots?
Yes, you can screenshot profiles on Bumble. No, Bumble does not notify other users that you screenshotted their dating profile.
How To Find Someone On Bumble / Can You Search For Someone On Bumble
How To Find Someone From Bumble On Instagram
Ask them for their IG handle. Don’t be creepy.
How To Find Someone On Bumble Again
Keep swiping, Bumble repeats profiles.
Can Guys See If You Swipe Right On Bumble? Do Guys See If You Match On Bumble?
Yes, they can if they match with you or if they pay for premium services like Bumble Premium to see their Beeline. If you match with a guy, he will not know if he is a free member unless you message him within 24 hours so don’t expect him to message you via IG if you match because he may not know you matched.
Unmatching On Bumble: Bumble Ended The Chat – Reporting Users On Bumble
In an effort to reduce harassment and bad behavior, Bumble is now allowing users to report profiles after a user unmatches them on the app. In the past, people would unmatch people they met up or went on dates with to prevent them from reporting them to the app or to local authorties. Now you can go to the chat, select ‘Need Support’ and then ‘Delete From Chats’ or Report User.
Should I Use My Real Name On Bumble
Yes, if not people will swipe left or report you. If you are uneasy about sharing details about something like your name, you are likely not ready to use dating apps.
How Do You Say Hi: What Questions Should You Ask On Bumble?
Avoid cliche, overused lines like: Hi, Hey, What’s Up, How Is Your (day, morning, quarantine, weekend, holidays etc.) These are likely been heard dozens if not hundreds of times. They seek information without offering anything in return. They lack effort, personalization. Review the person’s profile, bio, prompts and photos for clues. If the profile is empty, ignore and move on.
Is Bumble App Any Good? Is Bumble A Good Dating App
It can be but that depends on your ability to use good photos, have a well-written profile, know how to write good first lines and live in a populated area. It’s one of the most used and recommended apps next to Hinge. Read more about my Bumble dating app review here.
OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE: Did Bumble Removen The Search Radius Filter?
Yes, sometime in October Bumble no longer allows users to search by distance. After some time, it is now available again but no longer in the setting section but rather the main profile deck section of the app in the upper right corner (you will see the slider bar icon).
Bumble Boost vs. Bumble Premium Update, October 2020
Bumble is doing some serious testing on their paid products in light of their upcoming IPO. Some features are only available in certain countries. To read more about dating app premium features and if they are worth it, read this post.
*If in New Zealand, Australia or the UK, Bumble introduced two new subscription options – Bumble Premium and revamped Bumble Boost.
Revamped Bumble Boost includes:
- Ability to extend time on matches
- Unlimited yes votes
- One Spotlight
- 5 SuperSwipes per week
Bumble Premium includes:
- Access to unlimited Advanced filters
- Access to your Beeline so you can see your admirers
- Travel mode
- Ability to extend time on your current matches
- Rematch with users who have expired
- Unlimited ‘Yes’ votes
- One Spotlight per week
- Five SuperSwipes per week
Sign up to Bumble Premium by clicking on the pixelated square in your match queue or to view both options click the silhouette in the bottom left hard corner and tap your preferred subscription.
* If you are located in Australia, New Zealand or the UK you will no longer have the option to subscribe to the legacy Bumble Boost subscription.
* * If you previously subscribed to legacy Lifetime Boost, you’ll automatically be converted to the Premium tier once it’s available in your country/region.
How To Unblock Someone On Bumble
Once you block someone you can’t unblock them.
How To Cancel Bumble Subscription, How To Delete Bumble Account, How To Delete Bumble App
Read this guide to getting in touch with customer service on bugs, errors and canceling subscriptions.
Does Bumble Show Most Attractive First
Sometimes, but it depends on how long you are on the app and your location with respect to others on the app. Lots of moving parts so newer, hotter people who just moved within your radius might show up later in the queue if you have the app open long enough.
Is Bumble Boost Worth Paying For? Does Bumble Worth Without Paying?
It can be if you want to get noticed sooner but it won’t make you more attractive. Focus on improving your photos first. Plenty of people do just fine on the free version but there are some tips and strategies recommended to get the most out of the free version.
Is Bumble Good For Over 50?
It can be but the users start to thin out over 50 even in big cities. You will have to be patient and have realistic expectations if you are seeking single men in shape or single women without kids.
Bumble Political Filters, Bumble Remove Political Filters, January 2021
This was done so that people would not try to out others there for the protests, rioting in DC. More on that here.
Bumble Profile Prompts Tips (Including How To Delete Bumble Profile Prompts)
Bumble Opening Line Tips (Best Openers To Use On Bumble)
About Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/
Dating Profile Critique
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For other helpful online dating tips check out my blog for more helpful advice: https://eddie-hernandez.com/blog/
Online Dating Frequently Asked Questions (Photos, App Choice, Wardrobe, Messaging, Bios and More): https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-frequently-asked-questions/
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