Hookup Dating with a Difference | New Review for Bumble.com
Created in a bid to give control over online dating back to women, Bumble is an empowerment dating site helping women choose who they chat to, and avoid spam messages.
Five Facts about Bumble.com
- Register through Facebook or a mobile number
- Profile information can be imported from your Facebook account
- Over 6.3 million monthly visits worldwide
- Free Bumble magazine can be requested through the app
- Focus on dating safety
Our Bumble.com dating app review looks at the pros and cons of the app, what sort of membership it attracts, and what features the dating service offers for new users. If you’re looking for how Bumble.com works, in a nutshell, the big difference is that it emphasizes women being in control of their Bumble.com experience of online dating. Female members can request contacts, and then male members can choose whether or not to respond. This means that men cannot send direct messages or contact requests to women through the site, but need to wait for an invitation to be able to spark up a chat. However, this feature seems to work well and not be a turn off for single guys since the site is used by 40% men, so is almost an even split! Whilst Bumble doesn’t offer search functions. It is mandatory to include some basic location information since you will receive suggested matches, which will be based on connecting you with compatible users in your local area.
The Pros of Bumble
- Easy registration process
- Profile import from your Facebook account is available
- Large membership base
- Suggested matches are generated immediately on completing sign-up
- The Bumble magazine is available free of charge to all users on request
The Cons of Bumble
- There is a 24-hour limitation on responding to a connection request
- User preferences are quite basic
- Profiles don’t contain a huge amount of information
The gender split on Bumble is quite even – it tends to be around 60% women compared to 40% men. This was quite surprised when we first started our review, but it seems that allowing female members to have control over initiating connection requests isn’t a deterrent to single men joining the app! If you are looking for networking contacts or making friends as opposed to a romantic relationship, you can select these settings on registration, which allows different connection functions. The average age of Bumble users is between the mid-20s and mid-30s, so it is a fairly young user base. As you might expect from an app with over 6.3 million monthly visits, Bumble is available in lots of areas, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, the UK, and Us, amongst others.
Creating a member login on Bumble is simple, particularly if you choose to import your profile information directly from your Facebook account. The installation is fast and free and available to download for both Android and iPhone operating systems. To register, you only need to provide some basic details and profile questions such as your age, location, sexual preference, and what sort of relationship you are looking for. Once you have created your profile, you will start to receive match suggestions immediately, although you will need to upload a profile photo before your mobile login is complete if you are choosing not to use your photos from Facebook. There are some great app features, and we especially liked ‘backtrack’ – the perfect ‘undo’ button for when you have swiped in the wrong direction by accident! Profiles aren’t very well detailed, although you can go back to your profile at any time and add profile questions or change your photo if you wish.
There isn’t an option to search profiles on Bumble.com, as the app is based on generating suggested matches against the preferences given when you register with the site. However, you can update your preferences and add as much detail to your profile as possible to refine the search results you receive. Messaging is free, although if you are a man, you will need to wait for a connection request from a female member who has matched with your profile before you can choose whether to respond!
The matching system is simple and familiar; when you receive a suggested match, you just decide whether to swipe left to indicate that you are not interested, or right if you are. Once a woman swipes right on a man’s profile, they have a 24-hour time limit to respond – whichever way! If they don’t respond within 24 hours, the connection request is removed. Once a connection has been requested and approved, and a mutual connection is found, messaging is not limited or restricted in any way so you can keep chatting as much and for as long as you like.
Additional features can be accessed through purchasing Bumble Credits, or by upgrading to a BumbleBoost subscription. This costs:
- $8.99 for 1-week
- $24.99 for 1-month
- $49.99 for 3-months ($16.66/month)
Credits are available to purchase from $1.99 for one coin, or $24.99 for 20 coins ($1.25 per coin).
- Creating a profile
- Receiving your match suggestions
- Messaging and live chat services
- Connection requests extended beyond 24-hours
- SuperSwipe to indicate definitive interest
- Rematches with expired connections
Questions & Answers
Bumble.com is a modern dating app, which also offers other app versions for networking, making business contacts, or meeting platonic friends. The Bumble network includes added extras, such as Bumble Hive events that members can attend, and the Bumble magazine, which is free to members and can be requested through the magazine.
The Bumble app is free to download, and registration and creating a profile are free of charge. There are additional features and functions available to download by purchasing credits, or upgrading to a BumbleBoost premium subscription. The features available include an extension to the 24-hour time limit to respond to connection requests before they disappear, and are available for durations from one week at the cost of $8.99.
It is easy to cancel your subscription – although make sure that you have amended your renewal settings through your payment provider to ensure this doesn’t automatically renew! If you log in to Bumble, select the menu icon, which you will find at the top left-hand side of the app. If you select Bumble Boost, which is displayed just underneath your profile photo, you will see a ‘Manage your Subscription’ option. If you follow this link, you will find instruction on-screen to cancel your subscription, whether you wish to retain your profile as a free account or delete your profile from the app completely.
Bumble doesn’t do anything groundbreaking or revolutionary in terms of features or functionality. However, we found the app more fun to use than many dating apps, with quirky graphics and a cool design, which makes the experience enjoyable and pleasant. The emphasis on allowing women to control their dating experience is the most powerful aspect of Bumble, and judging by the gender split, it isn’t a problem for male users either! This makes Bumble one of the safest dating apps, and although the verification process at sign-up could be more robust, it is far less likely to attract any spam accounts since the functionality they would have would be so limited. An all-rounder – and with additional features and app options for networking and making friends, a great modern way to meet new people.