Bumble wants to differentiate itself from other dating apps and so far is doing a credible job of it. Even though it was founded by ex-Tinder founder Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is doing whatever it can to elevate itself above the messy morass of humanity that is the Tinder community. It handles everything differently. If you’re new to the app it can take a little while to get the hang of it. That includes knowing when you get a match on Bumble.
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Bumble takes dating apps and turned them on their head. Instead of men bombarding women with requests and chat, the power is with the women. Men cannot instigate any contact with women and all the power has been taken away from them and placed firmly in the hands of women. This can be a good thing for both sides as it encourages more women to use the app and forces the men that use it to seriously raise their game.
If you’re new to Bumble, let’s walk you through how to use it. I will also show you how to know when you get a match on Bumble.
Bumble is a mobile app that interfaces with your Facebook account to gather data for your profile. Before you download and install Bumble it might be a good idea to get your Facebook house in order. Make sure your images are top quality. Make sure that your personal details are accurate or close to accurate. Make sure that it looks like a person someone would want to date. Alternatively, set up a new Facebook account just for Bumble.
Bumble is location-based. One thing to double check before you set up your Bumble account is that your location in Facebook is correct or reflects a city close to you. If you live in the middle of nowhere you should choose your closest city, otherwise you might not get any matches!
Then download the Bumble app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and install it. You can get it directly from the website if you prefer.
- Open Bumble on your phone.
- Set up your profile and link it to your Facebook account. You have no choice about this so accept the data sharing request.
- Modify your image or profile if you need to. You have only 300 characters and 5 images to define yourself so make it good.
- Select the Bumble logo to see what matches are in your area.
- Swipe left or right as you see fit.
If you like someone you see in Bumble, swipe right to match. If you don’t like what you see, swipe left. If you make a mistake, stop immediately. Bumble allows you to undo the previous swipe if you shake your phone. Unlike Tinder who only offer this as a paid option, Bumble lets you do it for free but only a couple times so use it sparingly.
How can you tell when you get a match on Bumble?
Using Bumble is straightforward enough and once you get used to women having the power is actually a refreshing change. You now know how to set up Bumble and begin swiping but how do you know when you get a match on Bumble?
As a woman, if you swipe right you will see a Bumble logo appear on the profile to let you know you have shown an interest. If the guy has also shown an interest in you, they will appear in your Match Queue. Standard users will see if someone has matched them in their queue but the profile will be pixelated. Bumble Boost users will see the full picture.
If you get a match as a woman, you get to initiate the conversation. Any conversations you have started will be shown on the Match Queue page under Conversations. Remember that you only have 24 hours to start that chat so don’t hang around!
As a male user you can also see when you get a match on Bumble. Standard users will see a pixelated profile in the Match Queue and Bumble Boost users will see the full image. You will be able to check out the person’s profile but will not be able to initiate the conversation. You just have to hope that you made enough of an impression that any matches will want to chat with you.
If you really like someone, you can opt to extend that 24 hour period further. If you matched and didn’t get chatted with, this can show the other person you really like them. You can only do this once per day so choose wisely!