20 Bumble Opening Lines to Help You Make the First Move

A woman on her phone using one of these Bumble opening lines to start a conversation with a guy on the app.

After getting tired of an inbox full of crude pickup lines, many women have switched from using traditional dating apps like Tinder to using Bumble, which mandates that the woman makes the first move. But with the freedom of a less crowded inbox comes the pressure of having to reach out first. Some women might not be used to initiating contact, and as a result, they might not be sure of what to say. If you’re at a loss for great Bumble opening lines, we can help.

These days, a good opening line can really help jumpstart a conversation. We’ve moved far beyond “Hey there” and “How are you?” In order to get responses and meet quality men, you have to do more than send a one-word greeting. But once you know what to say, you’ll be chatting up a storm in no time. The next time you get a match, try one of these tried and true Bumble opening lines.

Pay him a compliment.
Whether they’ll admit it or not, guys love a good ego stroke. If you pay a guy a compliment, he’ll respond in record time. (Bonus points if he returns it.)

Try adapting these Bumble opening lines:

  1. I don’t know if anyone’s ever told you this before, but you have extremely nice eyes.
  2. Those are some serious calf muscles you have there. What’s your secret?
  3. That dog is adorable. It’s almost as cute as you are.
  4. I really like your glasses.
  5. Hey, handsome! You have a great smile. What caused the grin?

Ask an intriguing question.
Questions have a much higher response rate than a simple “Hey.” They’re immediately engaging and let guys be creative in their response. Plus, nobody can resist a great “Would you rather?” debate.

Try these Bumble opening lines:

  1. Do you think hot dogs are considered sandwiches?
  2. Would you rather be able to fly at half the speed of walking, or be able to fly as fast as a bird—but only backwards?
  3. What super power would you most like to have?
  4. What’s your favorite subreddit?
  5. What’s your best dog story?

Comment on something in his profile or in one of his photos.
There’s a reason you swiped on this guy. What is it? Draw him in right off the bat by showing that you actually read his profile. Use your opening line to point out what you have in common and tell him why you’re a great fit.

Try adapting these Bumble opening lines:

  1. I love skiing, especially in Beaver Creek. Where was that picture taken?
  2. I’m a big foodie, too. I just tried Misi in Williamsburg. Great pasta. Have you been?
  3. I love that you’re wearing a Beatles shirt in one of your pics. I always thought Please Please Me was an underrated album. Thoughts?
  4. I’m a big comedy fan, too. My favorite podcast is My Brother, My Brother and Me. What’s yours?
  5. Hey there, monkey suit. What was the special occasion?

Suggest meeting up.
It’s simple, direct, and cuts right to the point. Isn’t that why we’re all here, anyway?

Try these Bumble opening lines:

  1. You seem great and I’d like to get to know you offline. Want to get together after work this week?
  2. My first impression is that we’d get along really well. Want to put it to the test on a date?
  3. It’s not safe for us to talk here. Siri and Alexa are listening. We should meet up so they don’t record our conversation.
  4. I’m much better in person than I am online. Want to go on a date this week?
  5. I like your profile and I think we have a lot in common. Want to meet up for a drink and see how we get along?

Most importantly, always keep the conversation moving. Much like one-word introduction, one-word responses will get you nowhere, so add information and/or ask a question to keep the conversation flowing. Happy swiping!

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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