You resisted at first, but now you’re here on a dating app. All of your friends told you how easy it would be to meet people, so you caved. You open Bumble. At least it looks fun. You create your account, upload a photo or two, and get to swiping. Before you know it, you’ve been swiping for 20 minutes. You got the hang of this thing! But wait, you don’t have any matches. You decide to call it a night, but the next day you don’t have any matches either. It’s an absolute nightmare. Everyone else says it’s so easy, but it’s not. What gives?
Bumble is deceptively simple to sue, so nobody really explains the nuance. Getting matches and dates on it can be somewhat of an artform, but I’m here to help.
Here are some tips to improve your game when you aren’t getting any matches on Bumble:
1. Check your photos. (The number of and quality.)
The first thing daters see about you is your photos. So if you can’t get matches, it’s best to make sure they’re optimized. Bumble has six photo slots, and you really should be using all of them. Make sure that most of the photos are of you smiling, in enough different settings and outfits to give your profile variety. Avoid group shots, sunglasses, and hats. Anything that hides your face has been proven to decrease your chances of getting matches.
The goal is to, as best as you can, tell a cohesive story about who you are in six photos. I know that sounds daunting, but you don’t have to give a full summary, just show the highlights. Imagine the photos presenting you the way you’d want to be seen by guests at your best friend’s wedding—attractive, intelligent, confident, and easygoing.
2. Don’t slack on your bio.
This one can be a bit tough, because there are a lot of similarities to writing a resume. It feels like you’re supposed to brag, but not be arrogant. Most people feel a little awkward writing about themselves. You’re not alone here. The best profiles are ones that show a little bit about your personality, passions, and interests, while being funny.
As with the photos, you know that there are a million things interesting about you, but it’s best to just keep it to the highlights. When someone asks you what you’re about at a party, what’s your answer? The first couple of things that come to mind should go in in your bio. Being funny is a little harder, especially in writing. The key to writing funny is keeping it short. The shorter the sentences the quippier the line. If you can make your friends laugh, you can make another Bumbler laugh.
3. Fill out as much profile information as possible.
Completing your profile will let other single daters see more about who you are. Filling out your education and work has been proven to lead to more matches. Things like where you attended school and what you do for a living can be a great point of connection and will likely lead to more matches.
4. Link your social accounts.
Linking your social media accounts can be another great way to boost your intrigue. Facebook allows other Bumblers to see your mutual friends, which can positively influence how they view you. Bumble also allows users to link their Instagram and Spotify accounts. Instagram functions like an extended photo album with the added benefit of being less date-oriented. It usually serves to show a better picture of your personal life that might not fit in the tight confines of the Bumble app. Likewise, Spotify will let other daters listen and browse your online music library. This can be a good indicator of your lifestyle and artistic tastes, which is very important for certain daters.
5. Don’t import your profile from another app.
A lot of people date across multiple apps and use the same profile across each. Don’t be this person. Each popular dating app has a different audience and purpose, and to use the same profile across each of these multiple services can come across as lazy.
6. Be less picky with your swipes.
If you’re only swiping yes on the single most attractive person out of 1,000, try being a little less discerning. It’s okay to have standards, but anybody dating online is more than the sum of their dating profile. Swiping right on more profiles could allow you to meet great people that you would have otherwise dismissed. Physical attractiveness, while important, is not the only factor that determines a good match. Let’s try to remember what Disney taught us about inner beauty.
7. Switch it up and see what works.
Of course, there are a million and one ways to pick photos, write a bio, and swipe. If you’ve tried one way and you still have no matches on Bumble after a few days, rethink your approach and try again. It’s all about tweaking your formula until you find something that works. Using Bumble and other dating apps is a nuanced artform with no real handbook. Sometimes success comes by trial and error.
8. Make sure you’re on the right app.
Bumble is a swiping app, but it’s not necessarily a hookup app. NSA relationships (No Strings Attached) are totally fine, but Bumble is usually not the best place for it so if you’re mentioning that in your profile, it could be why you’re not getting any matches. Also, if that’s what you’re looking for, there’s no rule against waiting till you get a match and start talking to discuss that element of the relationship.
9. Ready to throw some money down? Try super swipes.
Like all other dating services, Bumble is a business and they make money off daters spending money. Before you make a big fuss about how it’s a free app and all that, at least look at the product offerings. Bumble Boost subscriptions allow you to see other daters who have swiped right on you, extend conversations, and rematch with expired matches. You can use their in-app currency for super swipes which send an immediate notification to another member of your interest. While these features can sometimes run a little on the pricey side, if it gets you matches and dates it could be worth it. That’s up to you.
If you’re not getting any matches on Bumble, try out these tips to improve your chances. Everybody always talks about how easy dating apps are, but it’s more complicated than a snap of the fingers or a swipe to the right. If your first few tries don’t work, just keep at it. It’s only a matter of time before you’re beelining to your first date.