A woman on her phone using Bumble Boost to meet other singles on the Bumble dating app.

It might seem crazy to some people to start paying for a free dating app like Bumble or Tinder, but premium features on these dating apps can really give you a leg up. As they say, you shouldn’t knock anything until you’ve tried it. But you definitely should do a little research first. So what is Bumble Boost, how does it work, and will it actually help you get more matches and meet more people? Here’s an overview.

When you sign up for Bumble Boost (instead of their free service) you get to do three things:

1. See your right swipes (AKA the BeeLine).
With this feature, Bumble collects all the people who’ve already swiped right on you and presents them to you in one go. Not only does this save you time waiting to see if if you’ve match with someone, but it’s also a total confidence boost knowing all of these singles are interested in you. Then, all you have to do is swipe right on whoever you find interesting, and it becomes an instant match.

2. Extend time (AKA BusyBee).
On Bumble, if you don’t reach out to someone right away, they disappear and you have to rematch with them later. BUT you can extend how much time you get to reply to someone. On a free Bumble account, you can only extend time for one match each day, but with Bumble Boost you can do this as many times as you like with as many people as you like. So, if you’re still thinking about what to say to someone, or if you haven’t had time to properly look through all your matches, this is a great way to extend a match before it expires. The other person will get a notification saying you didn’t want to let them go—and who wouldn’t want to receive a message like that?

3. Rematch.
Has a match you were really interested in somehow expired without you realizing you were out of time? No problem! Bumble boost allows you to rematch with all of your expired matches after the initial 24 hour window is up.

Expired matches will eventually be re-shown to you again on the free account, but if you live in a big city, it might take a long time before you see then again and who knows if they’ll still be available; so rematch is really convenient.

How much does Bumble Boost cost?
The pricing plans for Bumble Boost appear to fluctuate regularly, and are different for different people in different areas. The cost of upgrading also depends on the plan you select. There’s an option to try it out for a week, one month, three months, or six months. So if you don’t like it, you can always switch your plan back to a free account.

Is Bumble Boost worth it?
Bumble Boost is great for users who live in big cities and get lots of matches each day. This allows you to save time by eliminating your need to swipe, and lets you only focus on people who have already liked you.

It’s also great for people who don’t check the app regularly and might miss out on people they really liked because they weren’t paying attention to the 24-hour window to connect with someone.

If you’re in a smaller town, there usually aren’t enough people on the app for it to be worthwhile, because profiles circulate back around quickly enough for you to get a second chance with them anyway.

It’s also not aimed at people who are simply hoping to get more matches, messages, or dates—instead, it’s aimed at giving you more opportunities to connect with people who have already matched with you. So if you don’t have a great profile, and you’re already struggling to get matches on a free account, don’t expect Bumble Boost to solve all your problems. You might just be wasting your money. 

But try it out and see.
Even though it’s not for everyone, you can’t discount something until you’ve given it a chance. So, if you’re curious about Bumble Boost, and you think its premium features could benefit you and your dating game—why not give it a go for a week? The worst that can happen is you don’t find it useful, and you downgrade back to a free account.

Shani Jay

Bestselling Author and Empowerment Coach

Shani holds a mirror to your soul, so you can see how beautiful you already are. She is the founder of She Rose Revolution, a bestselling author, empowerment leader, and an internationally published writer.

Her words have reached and touched millions, while her books have made their way into the hands and hearts of thousands of women worldwide.

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