How Does Bumble Work: Pro Tips For Men For All Your Swiping Needs

Man finding out how Bumble works on his smartphone

Tinder was great for a lot of reasons. It also started a phenomenon of men sending lewd messages and unsolicited nudes. Not okay, guys. Enter Bumble. But, how does Bumble work? On Bumble, women make the first move. Both people have to swipe right to match before they can talk, but, once they match, the woman has 24 hours to start the conversation, or the match expires.

Bumble can be great for both guys and girls. Some girls like the fact that the ball is in their court and their inbox isn’t being filled with hookup requests. Some guys like that they don’t have to feel the pressure of messaging first. But with Bumble’s strict guidelines of who can message and when, it’s easy to lose out on a great connection. Follow these tips to meet your perfect match on Bumble

Spend Time On Your Profile

Don’t even think about skipping writing your profile or just writing, “Message to know more.” Women like men who show effort and care. If you can’t be bothered to write a bio, you might not show up to the date. For many women, skipping the bio is an automatic left swipe. 

Know Your Angles

While you shouldn’t deceive other people on Bumble, you should try to look your best. Angles and lighting are important. You should include at least one photo (preferably more) where she can clearly see your face smiling. Have a friend help you choose your photos. They’ll be able to help you choose the ones that you look best in.

Show You’re A Low Risk, Risk-Taker

This tip may sound like an oxymoron, but it actually makes sense. Women don’t want a guy who is risky, but they do typically prefer men who show courage. There are really small ways to show that you’re courageous. It’s courageous to show off your sense of humor. It’s courageous to take career risks. Show if you’re a brave individual, in your own way. 

Give Her Something To Jump Off From

Generally speaking, men still have to make the first move, so initiating is pretty new for a lot of women. If they’re unsure what to say, they won’t say anything at all. 24 hours later, say goodbye to the match. Give her something to talk about in your bio. Leave a multiple choice or open-ended question in there for her to respond to. It will help her open the conversation and help you learn more about her, right off the bat.

Don’t Swipe Right On Everyone

Some guys swipe right on everyone. Don’t do this. Be discerning. Swipe on people you think you’ll have things in common with. If Bumble’s algorithm catches you doing this, you’ll get bumped to the back of the line. Women in your area will see you less frequently and you’re definitely going to get less matches. 

Show Off Your Personality

In your bio, you should talk about things that are important to you. Include things she might want to know. Talk about your job, your hobbies, how you spend your free time. 

Your photos should reflect what your bio reads. It’s pretty simple really. Find the interesting things about you. Don’t be ashamed if it’s video games or fishing, but also do try to appeal to the things your ideal partner might be into.

There are some guys out there that don’t like letting a woman take the lead. In which case, Bumble isn’t for you. But if you’re okay letting a woman send you pick-up lines instead, Bumble might be a good way for you to find your match. Just remember to give her something build the conversation with. 

Jacqueline Gualtieri

Freelance Writer

Jacqueline Gualtieri is a writer and blogger whose best friend once told her to quit her job and become a couples and sex therapist. Since she’d miss writing too much, she figured writing for The Date Mix would be the next best thing.

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