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7 Bumble Tips for Guys: Better Matches, Convos, and Dates

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Knowing a few Bumble tips for guys can really help to get the most out of the online dating platform. As a guy using Bumble, you might feel like you’re at an automatic disadvantage. Without the power to message women until they reach out to you first, you may feel like you’re faced with extra work when it comes to standing out from the crowd. But don’t let that discourage you.

Sure, you can’t send the first message. but there’s a lot you can do to stand out. Below, we’ve put together a few of our top Bumble tips for guys to help you towards better matches, convos, and easy first dates in no time!

7 Bumble Tips for Guys to Keep In Mind

1. Have really, really good photos

No, really. A guy’s Bumble profile should have great pictures. And while everybody knows that’s the number one rule of online dating, there are still so many men who don’t actually follow it. Don’t use pictures of your cat, group photos, or a picture of yourself chugging a beer from 10 years ago. Use nice pictures of your face, period.

2. Don’t have any good photos? Take some new ones

We’re not suggesting you have to hire a photographer to take professional headshots, because you don’t want it to look like you’re trying too hard. But if you’re having a difficult time finding good recent photos, look for opportunities to get better ones.

The next time you’re out, ask a friend to take your picture. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, but if they give you a hard time, you can always say it’s for work.

3. Put your best photo first

There’s a lot riding on your first photo in particular. (No pressure!) The reality is, your first photo might be your only chance to make an impression. Choose one that shows your best self.

4. Put thought into your other pictures, too

Once she’s seen a few pictures of your face, it’s okay to get creative—within reason, of course. You still shouldn’t post a picture of your dog, but you CAN post a picture of you posing WITH your dog.

If you have any cool hobbies or hidden talents, you can display those photos, too. Basically, show off something that’s worth messaging you about.

5. Spend time writing an attention-grabbing bio

Again, this is online dating 101—and yet so many people disregard it. If your bio says “Message me if you want to get to know me,” guess what? She’s not going to message you. You may only have limited characters, but you can still use them to pique her interest. The best Bumble bios will give her something that’s worth messaging you about.

6. Ask a fun question in your bio

Even though you can’t send the first message, asking a fun or unique question is a secret way in. Would you rather have breakfast for dinner or dessert for breakfast? What was your best AIM away message? Asking a question makes it easy for her to start a conversation. If it’s a really good one, she’ll be compelled to message you with a response.

7. Take it seriously

If you’re not getting better matches or more messages from the types of women you want to date, take a step back and examine your profile with a critical eye. If you were a woman looking for a date, would you date you? Even if you think you’re taking it seriously, you might come off as someone who isn’t. Being sincere will get you very far.

If you don’t think you’re getting the most out of your online dating experience, these Bumble tips for guys can make all the difference. They’re easy changes you can make today that can help lead to better matches and longer conversations right away.

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