Bumble is a dating app designed to help you find singles in your area. But it’s not just for dating. You can use Bumble to find a new career or BFF if you’re not quite looking to date.
Bumble is one of the most well known and popular dating apps in the world, and its aim is to empower women to make the first move, shaking up outdated gender norms. They’re also keen to create a safe online community, prioritising kindness and respect.
Bumble member structure
According to the latest stats, 72% of Bumble users are under 35 years of age. 91% over the age of 22 have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, so are considered well educated.
Unlike Tinder, users are more likely to look for more serious dates rather than casual hookups. In fact, 85% are looking for either a relationship or marriage.
- There are 55 million registered members on Bumble.
- Over 1.6 million are from the UK.
- According to Forbes, 1 billion women have made the first move using Bumble.
- 3 billion messages have been sent so far.
- 49% of Bumble users engage with the app on a daily basis -- women are more likely to do so.
- Users spend around 62 minutes on the app each day.
- 46% women
- 54% men
How does Bumble work?
Bumble is based on location -- you swipe right or left (like Tinder) on members that have met your preferences, while attempting to create a match with people who like you back.
Only women are allowed to begin a conversation and they only have 24 hours to do so. Men then have to respond within 24 hours in order to start the connection. If neither time frame is met, the match expires and you no longer have the option to message each other.
With same sex couples, either person can begin the conversation but the time frames still have to be met.
Sign up process
How can you join Bumble UK? You have to sign up using Facebook but this makes things incredibly easy as it imports all your data.
Once you’ve created and synced your account to Facebook, you can use 6 photos from your social media account to use on Bumble. After that, you can start finding matches straight away.
Ease of use
Bumble offers a very user friendly experience, utilising simple swipe functionality and direct messaging, which is familiar to anyone who already uses social media sites. The interface is colourful too, grabbing the attention of users and keeping them drawn to the page.
Chat, messages and notifications
Women have the power when it comes to messaging on Bumble. And the good news is it’s completely free! However, you must create a match first by swiping right to a member who also swipes right to you.
Once you’ve created a match, you can message the person within 24 hours. If you don’t, the match will expire and you’ll no longer have the option to contact them. If you choose to message them, they in turn will have 24 hours to respond before the match expires.
While there’s no search filter option, there is a chatroom that you can use. And on Bumble, you can also send photos to other members. However you should know the app uses clever AI technology to blur out inappropriate pictures -- no nudes allowed!
When it comes to profiles, there’s not a lot of information about the person behind it. Matching really is based on looks, so people tend to lead with their most flattering and interesting photos. Profiles are visible to everyone though, and everything is available to be viewed for free.
Bumble dating mobile app
The Bumble app is the second most popular lifestyle app on iOS. It’s available on pretty much every device, and is fully optimised for mobile. As an app-led dating platform, it’s one of the best on the market, offering a sleek, easy-to-use service that you can use literally anywhere in the world.
Real life reviews for Bumble.com
The #1 best feature if Bumble is that the women message you! No more wasted time! If you match with someone, they will confirm interest by contacting you. I have used bumble and tinder and found bumble to be populated by less time wasters and more women looking to actually go on a date rather than collect matches like they are collecting trading cards. I have also used the paid version of bumble and believe that it has value as you are able to automatically see those who have liked your profile and can match with them immediately if you also like them, rather than wasting time swiping.
Key features for Bumble Dating
BumbleBFF. If you’re looking for friends rather than dates, switch to BumbleBFF and search for your new best friend.
BumbleBizz. You can also look for business connections to help your career, like you can on Linkedin.
SuperSwipe. Use this to show you’re really interested in someone. You have to purchase Bumble coins to be able to do this, and the person you like will know that you’ve used a SuperSwipe.
The BeeHive. This is the Bumble blog, offering news and tips on how to get the most out of your profile.
Is Bumble safe?
Since it’s women who are allowed to initiate contact, only 0.008% of Bumble users actually report abuse. However, you can easily block users that you don’t want to interact with ever again. There is plenty of online dating safety tips available on the website, but fake profiles can quite often make it onto the site.
How much does Bumble cost?
What are the prices for membership? While Bumble is free to use, you can upgrade to BumbleBoost to get more perks, including:
- See who’s swiped right on your profile.
- Rematch with connections that have expired.
- Extend the 24 hour limit that you have to communicate with your match.
It costs the following prices to upgrade:
- 1 week: £7.99
- 1 month: £20.99
- 3 months: £14 per month
- 6 months: £11.99 per month
You can also purchase Bumble coins to be used on SuperSwipes. They cost the following:
- 1 coin: £1.99
- 5 coins: £1.60 per coin
Discounts, coupons, offers & promo codes
No discounts are currently on offer on Bumble, but check out third party websites in case something becomes available on there.
Bumble is mostly available to use for free; you only have to upgrade for extra special features if you want to. This means free trials aren’t available but aren’t necessary, either.
Pros and Cons
✓ Pros of Bumble
- So many people use Bumble, it’s almost impossible not to find a few good quality matches.
- It’s empowering to women.
- It’s one of the most user friendly apps on the market.
X Cons of Bumble
- You have to use Facebook to sign up.
- There’s not a lot of profile information available about members.
- Matches are made heavily based on looks.
Bumble is a great concept, empowering women to choose who they want to match with. However, it’s not quite achieved with 100% success, as matches are based on looks more than personality and characteristics, and there isn’t a lot of profile information available to help you get to know someone. It does feel a little bit shallow, but with so many people using it for casual relationships as well as serious, it’s not really a surprise.
However, it’s one of the most successful dating apps in the world and with millions of members, quality matches are definitely on the cards. 4/5.