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Our Review

Bumble is an online dating app developed in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe, a former Tinder employee. As such, the two apps share a lot of things in common except for one big difference - in Bumble, women are in control. Once matches are made, women get to message the men first, after which the men will reply if they are interested.

Member Structure

Members
690,000 from Australia
Members activity
690 active weekly
Gender Proportion
50 %
50 %
  • Over 900,000 visits per month worldwide
  • 31,000 visits from Australia per month

As a dating app that puts women in control, it's a surprise that the male to female ratio on the site is an even 50-50. If you compare the number of engagements and weddings that resulted from Bumble conversation to the number of members it currently has, the chance of finding a lifetime partner is difficult on this dating platform. The site's target group is most probably men and women who are looking for casual dates or hookups.

Signing Up

Bumble Registration
  • Users can only register a Bumble account using Facebook
  • You don't need to provide personal information as the app imports all info straight from your Facebook profile
  • It only takes 1-2 minutes to create your account
  • For starters, you can upload or use 6 pictures from your FB account
  • You immediately get suggested matches after you link the app to your Facebook
  • The process is very user-friendly

The signup process is very easy, especially if you already have a Facebook account. You don't even need to provide any information, because Bumble takes all of your Facebook info and imports it into the app. Some users are unhappy about this because there's only one way to signup and it becomes an inconvenience if you don't really want to reveal your Facebook profile.

If you're not a fan of the Facebook-only registration process, check out our Social Dating Apps category to find other sites with more registration options.

Making Contact

Bumble Matches
  • The website doesn't have a user search option
  • Users are only given suggested matches based on their preferences Users will continue receiving suggested matches as long as there's someone who matches the user's preferences
  • User preferences include: Sexual Preference, Age Range and Distance
  • Sending messages to other users is free for everyone
  • There is a chatroom

Bumble's contact policy is what differentiates it from other dating apps like Tinder. With Bumble, women initiate the conversation. Similar to Tinder's interface, you will be shown match suggestions, and you swipe left if you're not interested and swipe right if you are. If they also swiped right, women will see that a match has been made. Now she has 24 hours to message the man if she's interested. If she messages him, he now has another 24 hours to message her back. If he replies to her message, then they can continue with their conversation freely without any restrictions.

For same sex relationships or platonic relationships, any of the 2 parties can message first, which the other party should reply to before the conversation can be continued freely. The 24-hour time frame applies here too. If this feels limiting to you and you want a messaging feature with more freedom, check out our Casual Dating category.

Profile Quality

Profile Settings
  • You can see other users' profile pictures without a paid subscription
  • All photos uploaded to your profile are public
  • All profile information is public
  • There are fake profiles on the site
  • Fake profiles can be reported by other users
  • The app imports information straight from a user's Facebook profile, but doesn't verify to see if the FB account is legitimate
  • The profiles are poorly detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

It seems apparent that the site caters to people looking for hookups and casual dates, as the profiles don't even hold that much information about a person; just their gender, occupation and education. This isn't really enough information to go by if you want to know whether or not you are interested in a person unless all that matters to you is how they look.

Real Life Review

"As a female, I tried the app out because it had a good concept, and after years of being on other dating sites where I'd get a ton of inappropriate messages from creeps, I was ready to be the one in control. However, there was not much for me to be in control of. All you can see from a person's profile is their occupation, education, age and location. That doesn't tell me anything about their personality, or if they are going to be a good boyfriend for me. The concept is great, but the execution seems lacking." - Female pharmacist from Richmond (28)

In terms of design, Bumble really has it down pat. The colour schemes are beautiful without being too flashy, and the layout is simple and user-friendly. With every feature just a tap away, it's very easy to navigate as use, even for people who aren't tech savvy.

Bumble Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Profile creation
  • Match suggestions
  • Chat and messaging service
Fee based Services
  • Extend connections for 24 hours
  • Re-match with expired connections
  • SuperSwipe
  • See a list of people who already swiped right
Duration / Credits / Coins Costs per month Total
BumbleBoost Subscription
1 Week11.99 $ / Week11.99 $
1 Month33.99 $ / Month33.99 $
3 Months22.33 $ / Month66.99 $
6 Months17.83 $ / Month106.98 $
Bumble Credits
1 Coin2.99 $ / Coin2.99 $
5 Coins2.20 $ / Coin10.99 $
15 Coins2.00 $ / Coin29.99 $
30 Coins1.77 $ / Coin52.99 $

Is Bumble expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Bumble is average.

Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Via Mobile Phone

BumbleBoost subscribers get the followiing perks:

  • Beeline - See a list of users who have already swiped right on your picture so you don't have to wait.
  • Rematch - Be able to rematch with connections that have already previously expired
  • BusyBee - Extend the 24-hour deadline that Bumble has on your connections

On the other hand, Bumble coins can be used to SuperSwipe other members. For one coin, you can add a heart to your usual swipe, which will tell the other party that you are really interested in them.

Special Features

Although Bumble is a free online dating app, users can spend money for special perks that can give them more visibility and popularity on the platform.

BumbleBff

If dating is not your type, you can also use the site to find friends. Just switch from the regular Bumble mode to BumbleBff to search for people who are only looking for platonic relationships and nothing more.

BumbleBizz

For people who aren't looking for personal connections, but business ones. Think of it as a dating app version of LinkedIn. Instead of looking for a date, you can look for people to fund your startup, search for contractors and suppliers, gain network connections, increase your knowledge about your niche and gain access to valuable resources for your industry.

SuperSwipe

If you want to make it known that you are really interested in a person, you can do a SuperSwipe, which can be bought using Bumble coins. SuperSwipe is similar to a regular swipe right, except that the other party will be notified that you paid for a SuperSwipe to get their attention. It means that you must really like them if you will spend money just to get their attention.

The BeeHive

Bumble's blog, the BeeHive, is a great resource for everything dating-related. From guides on how to make your profile more appealing, to Bumble updates and event announcements, the BeeHive has everything you need to stay up-to-date. 

Bumble Hive

Every now and then, Bumble sponsors real life events in the form of Bumble hive. The event is open to all Bumble dating, BFF and Bizz members and you can use your Bumble profile as an entrance ticket into these events. Bumble Hive is an opportunity for members to not only meet up with other users for fun, friendship, flirts or dating, but business-minded members can also use the event to gain potential business partners, investors and other connections. The event also have symposiums and conferences headed by expert speakers on various topics such as building your career or how to pitch your ideas successfully.

Our rating

Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 2.5 / 5
Real Life Review: 2.0 / 5

Editors Conclusion

Photo Chris
For an app that supposedly empowers women, the execution feels a tad underwhelming. The logic behind it is great - allowing women to make the first move protects them from receiving unwanted attention. However, although control is given to women, they are not given enough information to make an educated decision. With the app's limited profile information, it's almost impossible to tell the good members from the bad ones based on what's written on their profile. The app feels appearance-driven, so it's a good option for people looking for hookups and casual dates. For people looking for long-term relationships, the app may not be as efficient.If you prefer an online dating platform where both men and women can converse freely without deadlines or limiting conditions, check out our Social Dating Apps category for more choices.

FAQ

Facts

When did Bumble app come out?

The Bumble app was released in December 2014.

If Bumble is focused on women, does that mean homosexual men can't join the site?

Homosexuals are welcome on the site and in fact, anyone can be a member. For Homosexual and platonic relationship, any party can initiate the conversation and the other party must reply within 24 hours before the connection expires.

Help! I can't find Bumble app on the Playstore!

If it does not appear on Google Play or the Apple Store, the app is probably not available in your country. To check, you can go to Bumble's website using your phone's browser and tap on the link to the app's download page.

Usability

Can I join Bumble without Facebook?

Currently, the app only accepts registrations via Facebook, so you can't join if you don't have a Facebook account.

I did not mean to swipe left! How can I undo the action?

To undo your last action, you can just shake your phone to backtrack.You can have up to 3 backtracks at one time. One you've used up 1 backtrack, you have to wait 3 hours for it to refresh.

How can I change the information on my Bumble profile?

Since Bumble only imports information found in your Facebook profile, you have to change your info on Facebook itself. Any changes made to your Facebook may take 24 hours before they take effect on Bumble.

Does Bumble app post to Facebook?

Although Facebook imports and uses information derived from your Facebook account, it does not post anything on your feed.

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