Bumble Review December 2022

Bumble is a dating app developed in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe, a former Tinder employee. With Bumble, women make the first move as it is known to dedicate building a "safe online community" for users who want to build new relationships.

11,000,000 Members
 43% ♀ 
 57% ♂ 
Good For:
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Success Rate:
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Age Distribution:
18-24
25-34
35-49
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Bumble in 10 seconds

  • Bumble is an online dating platform that connects singles all over the globe by providing compatible matches
  • Bumble Bizz for professionals who would like to connect, share, and learn new things
  • Bumble BFF for a fun way to meet new friends online
  • Women get to message first when a match has been made
  • The platform works by swiping through recommended profiles
  • Has a unique verification system
  • Bumble has an offline publication project called Bumble Mag
  • Available for iOS and Android users
  • Women have only have 24 hours to respond to matches
  • Offers general free services and options to upgrade - Learn more here
  • You can use Bumble for free
  • Pricing starts at $1.99 / Day - More Information
DatingScout.com Author Chris Pleines
Chris Pleines
Founder of Datingscout and Author of Online Dating for Dummies
Bumble aims to empower women in their dating choices and its mechanics have been overwhelmingly accepted by both genders. The app continues to provide a safe dating experience for all of its users.

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Who is Bumble for and not for?

  • For people looking for serious relationships
  • For singles who want to fall in love
  • For people who are looking for friendships
  • If you're searching for erotic adventures and casual encounters
  • Singles who are into casual flirting
  • Not for cheating partners and married people
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What we like and don’t like on Bumble

  • Women don't get overwhelmed with unwanted messages
  • 60% of matches result to conversations
  • Quick and easy registration
  • Some users report the verification to be too tedious
  • Matches expire after 24 hours if women don't initiate contact first
  • The app doesn't have an array of gender options for the LGBTQ+ community

Pricing

Can you try Bumble for free?

  • You can use or try the service for free.
  • All members can send messages for free
  • You can read at least the first messages which you have in your mailbox for free

Is Bumble expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Bumble is average.

Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
Bumble Premium
1 Day3.49 USD / Day3.49 USD
1 Week13.99 USD / Week13.99 USD
1 Month29.99 USD / Month29.99 USD
3 Months20.00 USD / Month59.99 USD
6 Months16.67 USD / Month99.99 USD
1 Lifetime149.99 USD / Lifetime149.99 USD
Bumble Boost
1 Week6.99 USD / Week6.99 USD
1 Day1.99 USD / Day1.99 USD
1 Month18.99 USD / Month18.99 USD
3 Months13.33 USD / Month39.99 USD
6 Months10.00 USD / Month59.99 USD
Bumble Spotlight
1 Credit4.99 USD / Credit4.99 USD
5 Credits2.60 USD / Credit12.99 USD
15 Credits2.00 USD / Credit29.99 USD
30 Credits1.67 USD / Credit49.99 USD
cost
Free Services
  • Profile creation
  • Match suggestions
  • Chat and messaging service
  • One re-match with an expired connection per day
  • Free Bumble app download
  • Audio & Video Prompts
  • Compliments
Fee-Based Services
  • Extend connections for 24 hours
  • Re-match with expired connections
  • SuperSwipe
  • See a list of people who already swiped right

BumbleBoost subscribers get the following 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.

How can I delete my Bumble account and cancel my subscription?

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Who is really signed up here?

Members
11,000,000 from USA
Members activity
700,000 active weekly
Gender Proportion
42 %
57 %
  • Over 6,300,000 visits per month worldwide
  • More than 3,000,000 visits from the United States per month
  • Most members are in their mid-20s to mid 30s
  • Male to female member ratio is almost equal

As a dating app that puts women in control, it's a surprise that the male-to-female ratio on the site is almost equal. There is a high number of members who are in the mid-20s to the mid-30s age range, but overall, the membership is younger. 

Bumble gives more privileges to women members, but there is still a higher number of men on the site although the difference is not very significant. On the aspect of usability, it is mostly used by members to look for a  date, a relationship, find social networks, or meet friends online.

Females
Males

Bumble Age Range and Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

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Latest Bumble Experiences

  • Mich*** 42 years
    02.01.2021

    I feel that the moderators of this app are racist and they are promoting an attitude of hate and discrimination by supporting and allowing people to p... erpetuate the Black Lives Matter group. These individuals are creating a conflict over an issue that had nearly been overcome and put to rest in our integrated society. The younger generation is no getting ran through the same basic hateful experiences that my generation fought so had to erase in America. «»

  • jenn*** 28 years
    24.09.2020

    Bumble is another modern app trying to relate to woman but is developed for cis men. My experience on there was mediocre, lots of shitty cis men being... sexist and abusive but never being banned, however I make an abuse report about a man calling me a bitch, cunt and a dyke and not even 10 seconds after filing the abuse report I am banned. I reached out and was met with false claims of breaking terms but support being unable to clarify what terms were broke. That's because none were. It's also super weird how unless you block a man he will show up again and again in your matches even if you swipe no every time, apparently the men do not have this issue (based on me talking to men I've met on there about the weirdness of it and them stating it never happened to them and that when they unmatch they never see her again). The app was built by a woman under pretense women have it safe but the reality is far from that, it's a haven for cis men. «»

  • todd*** 38 years
    23.06.2020

    I have used bumble for years. I have been subjected to poor to awful treatment by women on a regular basis on this app. When I complained to the custo... mer service I was met with condescending, insulting tone that can only be described as discriminatory. I am looking to take my complaint further than just a feedback. «»

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Bumble in Detail

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  • Lots of insider information for more success

Signing Up at Bumble

Bumble Registration
  • Sign up is free
  • Registration is quick and easy
  • Users can register using their phone number or Facebook account
  • Imports personal information from Facebook
  • You immediately get suggested matches after you link the app to your Facebook

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. In the past, you couldn't sign up if you don't have a Facebook account and predictably, a lot of potential users complained about this. Bumble has since then changed its rules and now you have the additional option of signing up using your phone number.

So, you can either use your Facebook account or your phone number to create an account. It is going to ask for your location which you will need to set on your phone's location settings.

Location is needed so that Bumble can show you who is nearby and provide you with a match within your vicinity. A profile photo is also required to finish the registration process.

Overall, the registration process is smooth and easy to accomplish.

Making Contact on Bumble

Bumble Match
  • The website doesn't have a 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, 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, they can continue their conversation freely without any restrictions.

For matches with at least one person who identifies as non-binary, either member can make the first move. In addition, Bumble BFF users can connect with people of any gender. Non-binary gender options include gender nonconforming, trans feminine, poly gender, trans man, bigender, cis woman, gender fluid, etc.

Send emoji reactions to your match to break the ice and start your conversations. This is one of the new features of the app. There's a total of nine emojis that you can choose from which you can send to your match. If you are in a heterosexual match, the female member will be the one who can send the first move. If it's a same-sex match, either of you can send the first message.

Unlike other dating sites, Bumble considers the entire dating experience from matching and chatting to meeting in real life. The Bumble experience is not just about meeting online and having long chats. This dating site also provides a platform where people can meet in person, have a coffee, and see where everything goes from there.

Bumble is opening its first permanent restaurant in New York City. This restaurant can be the space where people can meet singles they have matched with, go on dates, and spend time with friends. It features an 80-seat dining room, a cocktail bar, a patio, and an area for private dining.

However, the grand opening of this permanent all-day cafe and restaurant has been delayed due to unforeseen construction issues.

Bumble Profile Quality

Profile Settings
  • Shows public photos
  • Shows basic information such as name, age, and location
  • 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
  • Profiles show "Language Badges"
  • 'Christmas Markets'
  • The profiles are not very detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

Bumble profiles are visible to all members on the platform. Profiles show basic information such as name, age, and location. Users can also add short introductions and show their dating preferences. Bumble now has a "Language Badge" that allows users to showcase which languages they speak. Members can choose up to five options from over 100 languages. Bumble has also included 'Christmas Markets' to its list of interests to encourage festive dating during yuletide seasons.

It has photos, and other related information inside that helps out if you want to get to know a person more.

Bumble will take most of the profile information from Facebook for members who created their accounts there. On the other hand, members who create the account using their phone numbers will have to input some of the information manually.

The profile can be a good start if you want to feel whether you will hit it off with a member. Bumble lets its users post 30-second audio prompts and videos to their profiles. Users can replace their main profile images with short videos, with the audio muted if they wish.

Bumble App

App
  • Available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store
  • Free to download
  • Easy to use interface
  • Can be used simultaneously with other applications
  • Compatible with any devices

Bumble is available for iOS and Android users. The app is free to download and is compatible with almost all devices. It has an easy-to-use interface and works well with other applications.

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 Mode 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.

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.

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. 

Backtrack

Get back accidental swipes through this feature. You may have it by upgrading to premium.

Virtual Dating Badge

Bumble lets your profile sport a "Virtual Dating" badge to signify that you are ready to interact via video or voice call. Since Bumble has always been about exchanging witty banter via chat, these added features are indeed a huge step forward. Through the video chat or voice call functions, Bumble users can be more intimate with their matches.

Snapchat Lenses for Bumble video call

The premium dating site has partnered with another social media app Snapchat to add fun AR backgrounds during a Bumble video call. However, users will not be able to add beauty filters to change their appearance to make sure that they display their honest selves during calls.

Women Incognito Mode

‘Incognito Mode’ will allow female users to access the app without being seen, and only becoming visible to the men who they’ve liked. This feature will be available to female premium members by Q3 of 2021.

Trauma Support in Partnership with Bloom

Bumble users who have experience sexual assaults or relationship abuse can get in touch with the Bumble feedback team and get access of up to six free therapy sessions with Bloom. Safety has always been Bumble’s mission and with this principle, they want to create a safe and equitable environment for their community.

"Sober" Badge

Bumble has a "Sober" badge allowing users to celebrate their drinking preferences and sobriety on their profiles. The app asked members their drinking and smoking preferences during account registration but Bumble deemed these were not enough representation of the community.

Consumer Store & Apparel Range

The launch of Bumble Shop is the popular app’s first public venture into the consumer retail space. The app has released a capsule collection of Bumble Basics, including t-shirts, hats, sweaters, accessories, and games. These items are now available for purchase at the official Bumble website.

Audio & Video Prompts

Bumble users may now add 30-second audio prompts and videos to their profiles. Users can replace their main profile images with short videos, with or without audio.

Private Detector

Bumble’s privacy software on the platform detects if you’ve been sent an inappropriate, lewd photo on the site. Upon spotting it, the feature will give you the power whether or not you’d want to view it. Private Detector will warn you that an image sent to you may contain nudity and if you do not wish to see it, it will give you the option to decline.

Complimentary Features

Users may send a quick message to someone without having to match using the compliments option. Singles can only send one free Compliment every day.

The Compliments feature will display as a yellow symbol with a heart inside a speech bubble beneath a user's profile. Sending this brief message count as a right swipe, so users should send it to those they wish to match.

How can I delete my Bumble account and cancel my subscription?

Uninstalling the app will not cancel your subscription.

How can you cancel your Subscription?

  • You can cancel with customer support
  • You can cancel by managing your app store subscription

Will your subscription automatically renew?

  • Yes, your Bumble subscription will automatically renew. The notice period for opting out of automatic renewal is 1 Day.

Is there a money back guarantee and do you get refunded the full amount?

  • Usually you will not get back the full amount, it will be reduced by the time or credits you used for Bumble.

Will your credits expire?

  • No, your credits do not expire.

Bumble 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.

What is the Bumble Hive?

The Bumble Hive is a series of events by Bumble. Read more about it in our Special Features section
Bumble Hive L.A.

What is Bumble?

Bumble is a location-based social dating app that facilitates communication between interested users.

Is Bumble free?

Bumble is a free online dating app, with the option to purchase an upgraded membership.

How do I sign up for Bumble?

You can create an account via their website or by downloading their app either by using an existing Facebook profile or by providing your phone number.

What is BumbleBFF?

BumbleBFF is a mode in the app that will let you search for friends and other platonic relationships if you are not interested in dating.

What is the average age on Bumble?

The average age is 31-38 years. You can find more information here

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.

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.

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.

Costs

How much is Bumble dating app?

You can have the Bumble app for free by downloading it on your device. Learn more about the app's prices here.

Can you try Bumble for free?

Security

Does Bumble sell your data?

No, Bumble does not sell your data.

Was Bumble hacked in the past?

No, Bumble was never hacked.

How precisely does Bumble track your location?

Bumble tracks your approximate location.

Do your Bumble profile pictures and/or profile information show up in Google Search Results?

No, your Bumble photos and personal information won’t show up in Google Search Results.

Who can view your pictures on Bumble?

All Bumble members.

Is your phone number required for signing up at Bumble?

Yes, a phone number is required for signing up at Bumble.

Can you erase your personal data on Bumble?

Yes, you can erase your data on Bumble.

How can I delete my Bumble account and cancel my subscription?

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Final Results table

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

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