How Does the Bumble Match Queue Work?

A screenshot of the Bumble match queue.

So you’re curious about Bumble’s match queue? No problem. The science behind Bumble’s matching system is pretty smart, and not too complicated once you dive into it.

To put it simply, the lineup of singles you see in your Bumble match queue is influenced by three main factors: your search settings, your location, and Bumble’s algorithm.

But, you want to know more than just that. Here’s a deep dive into these three factors and some insights into how the algorithm and other settings influence who you see.

Basic Search Settings
Bumble initially creates a customized matching queue for you based on your search settings. You set your search parameters according to age, distance, and gender. When swiping for singles, Bumble uploads profiles in the order that best meets your preferences. If your limitations are too strict, you’ll probably finish your match queue quickly.

In the case where a user sees your profile before you see theirs, they’ll only show up in your queue if they swipe right. Otherwise, if they swipe left, they’ll never appear in your queue. In the case where you accidentally swipe left, you can undo your choice by shaking your phone. This motion lets you revisit their profile to reconsider.

Hacking the System with Bumble Boost
Once a match happens, the woman has 24 hours to send a message and start a conversation or the window of opportunity is lost. If a conversation doesn’t take place within the time frame, both profiles disappear from each other’s list of matches. It’s basically like vanishing into the digital abyss. Both users will never see each other’s profile again unless one of them uses Bumble Boost.

Bumble Boost is a feature that gives you access to more matches and other neat goodies. Among these features, there’s the ability to re-match with connections that have expired. It’s an awesome way to increase your chances of getting matches. Since there are lots of busy bees in the hive, your matches may expire because they didn’t have enough time to message you within 24 hours. So if you re-match, they’re more likely to start a conversation when given another opportunity.

Static and Dynamic Location Settings
Your Bumble match queue is also affected by two types of location factors: static and dynamic. Your static location is based on the location parameters you create in your settings. So as long as you’re swiping from home, you’ll only see singles who live within your location restrictions. But since locations are tracked in real time (kind of like Find a Friend), your match queue will also be determined by your dynamic location.

While traveling, your match queue is updated to create a new lineup of profiles in real-time. This means that as if you leave the app is running in the background when you travel, it will continue to adjust the matching queue. As a result, you could match with someone who’s in close proximity at one point but  later see that they live far. You won’t see their true distance from you return to your location.

Where you live will also affect how many profiles you’ll see in your matching queue. If you’re swiping in an unpopulated area, like a cottage in the country or any rural place, you’ll see fewer people. It’s also likely you’ll run out of profiles more quickly. If this is the case, you may consider widening your search distance in settings. However, even with this change, you’ll only be able to see users who also have a wider search.

Bumble’s Matching Algorithm
Bumble’s matching algorithm is a mysterious technology. Or is it? As just explained, we know that the lineup of profiles you see are mainly affected by the parameters you create in settings. But there’s another factor: the algorithm has a coding that reveals the most attractive users first.

You might be wondering, “How does a computer program know who’s the most attractive?” Well technically, it doesn’t. What it does know is which profiles get the most swipes right. These results tell the matching algorithm which profiles are the most attractive. Since Bumble wants to keep users happy and swiping, the app is programmed to show you the most attractive profiles first.

The SuperSwipes Affect
The last feature that affects the matching queue is SuperSwipe. It’s a paid feature within the app that lets you push your profile to the top of the lineup. When you get Bumble Coins, at $1.99 a piece, you can buy SuperSwipes. SuperSwipes signal to someone that you’re very interested in them. When they land on your profile, they can see you’ve SuperSwiped them. Ideally, they’ll feel flattered you used SuperSwipe and you’ll be more likely to match.

So there’s some method to all the matching madness after all. With all the factors that come into creating your matching queue, nothing is predictable on Bumble. But hopefully, that’s half the fun.

Rachel Esco

Freelance Writer

Rachel is a lifestyle blogger, based in Toronto, who specializes in dating and relationships. Her articles have been featured in publications, including “Huffington Post”, “Life Hacker” and “Women’s Post”.

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