Bumble Openers That Actually Work And Get You A Reply!

attractive woman sitting in park with French bulldog messaging Bumble openers on her phone

If you ask friends for Bumble advice, most people will say the most important thing is choosing the best dating profile pictures. They’re right, but they’re only half right.

It’s important to create a good profile that attracts the right people, but the work doesn’t stop there. It’s also crucial to have great conversations. And still, it doesn’t stop there, you also need fun Bumble openers to help you stand out! 

It’s true that if you want to get more matches, you need attractive pictures that show off your best self. But if you want to get more dates, and especially if you’re serious about finding someone you connect with, you need great opening lines to back your photos up.

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, which is especially true on Bumble. Since it’s up to the woman to reach out and make the first move, the pressure is all on you for it to go well; without a good opener, you’ll get lost in a sea of messages. 

But fear not! It’s smart to have openers prepared that you can personalize for different people. The next time you match with someone, try one of these Bumble openers and see where it takes you. They’re so much better than “Hey, how are you?”

Fun Bumble Openers to Get the Convo Going

“What’s your dog’s name?”

Matching with a guy who has a dog in one of his profile pictures is like striking gold. It’s one of those Bumble openers that practically writes itself. You can ask the dog’s name, if the dog is his, and how the dog felt about wearing a dinosaur costume for Halloween (or whatever else the dog is doing in the picture). 

People love to talk about their pets, so if you see one in a photo, bring it up. You’re nearly guaranteed to get a response and get the conversation going.

 “What’s the most interesting thing that happened to you this week?”

It’s a somewhat generic question, but we still think it’s one of the best Bumble openers. When you ask someone “How are you?” they usually just say “I’m fine, thanks.” But when you specifically ask them to recount something interesting that happened to them, they’ll actually stop and think about it. 

It’s a thoughtful way to start a conversation and shows you actually want to hear their response. Even if your connection goes nowhere, at least you’ll get a good story or anecdote out of it.

 “Here are my most unpopular opinions: I don’t like bacon and I think Tom Hanks is overrated. Fingers crossed we can still make it work. What are yours?”

Sharing your hot takes and unpopular opinions is one of the best Bumble openers for a few reasons. One, it lets you inject personality into your conversation from the start and paints a specific portrait of your personality. Two, it begs for a response. 

When you take a strong opposing stance against something so universally beloved, people can’t help but comment on it and ask follow-up questions. And three, it invites people to contribute their own hot takes and unpopular opinions. This type of message will get the responses flowing in.  

 “What’s the best thing you’ve read, watched, or listened to lately?”

This isn’t the most unique opener ever, but it’s still a solid one you can use with anybody. Everyone has a book, article, movie, TV show, or podcast they can’t get out of their head, and everyone likes sharing recommendations. 

These are easy, approachable topics anyone can talk about, and they open up the conversation to go in many directions. Even if you don’t form a love connection with someone, you’ll still learn what to read, watch, and listen to next.

 “Want to get drinks on Thursday at 7:30?”

Sometimes, the best Bumble openers are the simplest. Does someone give you butterflies? Are you intrigued by their profile? Do you want to skip the chit-chat and get right to the date? Then throw caution to the wind and start your conversation by asking them out. 

No pickup lines, no pleasantries, no beating around the bush and waiting for the other person to make a move. Just cutting right to the chase. Yes, it really is that easy and it has a surprisingly high success rate because confidence is sexy.

People can tell when they’re being fed a generic Bumble opener. It can come off as lazy, and it doesn’t feel good to get the same copy-and-paste line that everyone else got. It’s important to personalize your Bumble opener wherever possible.

It only takes a few extra seconds to make it clear that you actually read their profile and are interested in them. Start with: “Want to get drinks on Thursday at 7:30?” And add: “Since you love craft beer, I thought we could go to the new brewery downtown.”

Always remember -a little personalization goes a long way in the online dating game. And it’s worth putting the effort in! 

Elizabeth Entenman

Freelance Writer

Elizabeth is a freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter in Brooklyn. Right now, she’s probably somewhere Instagramming her dogs.

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