Online dating can be a strange creature to wrangle with. The variety of people that use them can make it a bit difficult to determine how successful your efforts will be at getting a match. This is no different for Bumble, better known to many as the feminist version of Tinder where the ladies are in control of things. As a result, there’s a different set of rules that users need to play by in order to get matches.
Getting matches on Bumble works similar to Tinder, where a match occurs when both parties swipe right. However, the first move must be made by the female user—which does not apply to same-sex or friend matches. In 24 hours, the match expires if there’s no contact at all. It’s a pretty straight-forward process but it doesn’t work if you’re not getting matches in the first place. To help with that, here are some tips you can try to get more matches on Bumble.
Fill-Out Your Profile
A sparse profile on any kind of dating app tends to be viewed as a red flag for bot/fake accounts, questionable intentions, or just run-of-the-mill laziness. In the case of the latter, other users may think that the person isn’t willing to put the effort into their matches and will simply swipe left instead of right. Bumble gives users the option to add up to six pictures to a profile, which has shown to increase the chances for right-swipes. Reliable and accurate information makes a person look more appealing and gives other users a better idea of what to expect. As users make their Bumble profiles via Facebook, a lot of the information is pulled from there; users have the option to block access to Facebook information when they first make their Bumble accounts. You also have the option to edit your profile on Bumble at any time to make adjustments.
Clean Up Your Bio
In addition to filling out your profile more, you should also pay attention to what’s in your bio. Bumble bios have a character limit of 300, which is significantly less than Tinder’s 500 limit that many users who’ve made the switch are used to. Avoid listing off traits about yourself; you want to make yourself sound interesting, but your profile isn’t an advertisement for a product. Add a little humor without leaning too close to sounding creepy—again, another red flag that might scare off more matches than it attracts. Get clever and focus on the essentials and highlights about yourself. Consider answering questions like what do you do and what are your interests. Most important of all: be honest. A dash of embellishing can help in moderation but flat-out lying is just not okay.
Go On The App More Often
The small window of time available for matches to communicate means that users need to be consistently active on the app. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be open on your phone 24/7, but you should at least spend some time and check on it. A match can’t happen if both parties do not swipe right. If you’re a female user on Bumble, you should keep an eye on any matches that happen to make sure they don’t expire before you send that initial message. Bumble has the option for push notifications in the app’s settings, which can be sent to users’ phones to alert them to new matches and approaching expirations.
Use Backtrack to Fix Mistakes
While Bumble has a paid premium version that comes with a ton of cool features, there are quite a few free features at your disposal. One of them, the Shake Back or Backtrack feature, is a great option if you accidentally swipe left or have technical problems (or you just changed your mind). Simply shake your phone—literally, shake your phone—and the last match you left-swiped will reappear. It only has three uses to it at a time, so you can only go back to three of your most recent left-swipes, but each Backtrack refills after three hours.
Try the Paid Version
Bumble’s premium version, Bumble Boost, costs about $9.99 per month with discount options for three- or six-month subscriptions. Premium users have access to additional features like extensions to increase that initial 24-hour time limit, and the option to rematch with expired matches. There’s also Beeline, which provides users with a list of people who have liked or already right-swiped them. The Beeline feature requires you to tap “yes” to make a match and saves busy users a lot of the time wasted through endless swipes. Finally, if Bumble doesn’t seem to work for you try using other dating sites such as Match, which cater to a more mature audience. Match.com – 3 Day Free Trial!