What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

By now everyone's heard of Tinder (if you haven't, check out our What is Tinder FAQ). The swipe-based dating app has taken the singles market by storm, but it now has some competition. Bumble is the new Tinder, and here we explain exactly what is Bumble and how Bumble works. Also see: 10 best sites for online dating.

Bumble FAQ: What is Bumble? How does Bumble work?

Bumble, like Tinder, is a dating app that matches couples based on physical attraction. Upon opening the app you're met with a series of photos of potential suitors, and you simply swipe to the left if you're not interested, and to the right if you are.

Tap the speech bubble in the top right corner and, if you've liked someone who also likes you, you have 24 hours to start up a conversation before the connection expires. Those chats will then appear below under Conversations until you delete them.

What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

Bumble FAQ: What's the difference between Tinder and Bumble?

Although the two apps look very similar and work in much the same way, there is a catch with Bumble: only the girls can start conversations. Even if a guy really wants to talk to you, all he can do is extend the connection by an extra 24 hours in the hope that you simply haven't launched the app that day or worked up the courage to chat to them. Even then, he can do so with only one match per day.

The exception to this rule is with same-sex couples (you can change your preferences in the settings) and people with whom you are Facebook friends (Bumble requires you to log in via Facebook).

Bumble hopes that by allowing women to make the first move it will reduce the number of creepy and cheesy pick-up lines used in conversations. (The developers have obviously never met any creepy, cheesy women, of which there are plenty.)

What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

Bumble FAQ: How do I sign up to Bumble?

Joining Bumble is easy, but for now it's available only for iOS, and on iPads and iPhones running iOS 8 or later. You can download the free Bumble app from the App Store here. Optimised for iPhone, the app looks a little odd on the iPad at 2x magnification, but it works just fine.

Once installed, launch the app and sign in with your Facebook account details. Bumble's only other demand is that you are 17 or older.

It'll take your profile pictures from your Facebook account, or you can upload a new image from your iPad or iPhone or camera.

What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

Bumble FAQ: When is Bumble coming to Android?

We're not going to lie: there is no word on when Bumble is coming to Android - or even if it is coming to Android, although we expect that it will if it proves popular. Also see: Best Android apps and Best iPhone apps.

Bumble FAQ: How much personal information is given away?

Potentially more than you are happy to reveal. Bumble takes your profile photos from Facebook, and it displays your age, location, job title and education history. It's up to you to fill in any extra information within your profile, but Bumble won't allow you to reveal sensitive information such as contact or banking details. It warns that anything you upload will be visible to all other users on this public network.

What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

Bumble FAQ: Can I narrow down my options?

Bumble isn't as good as Tinder in this respect. You can specify an age range, and whether you want to see men, women or everyone, but that's all you can tweak in the Settings menu (tap the cog icon in the top left and choose the Settings tab). Whereas Tinder lets you specify distance, with Bumble you'll be shown the closest matches first and when you start running out of suitors they'll get further and further away. In that sense, if you find yourself spending hours lusting after potential companions on Bumble, you may later find yourself spending hours travelling just to meet them.

What is Bumble? Bumble dating app FAQ

Bumble FAQ: Why aren't I getting any connections? Am I ugly?

Like Tinder, Bumble is a two-way street. You can't just set up a profile and expect the men to come running. Firstly because they can't (the girls must show an interest first), and secondly because connections automatically expire after 24 hours. If that guy you have your eye on hasn't opened the app today then you're out of luck.

Bumble FAQ: Will they know if I don't like them?

No. Connections appear only when both parties have liked each other. If you like someone and a connection doesn't appear, it's possible that they're not interested, or perhaps they just haven't opened the app. A few hundred swipes later and you're unlikely to remember individual likes in any case.

Bumble FAQ: Help! I'm chatting to a weirdo! Get me out of here

You can report abuse or complain about other Bumble members by contacting the company and outlining your problem. Within a chat or someone's profile you can also select the 'Block & Report' link.

Bumble FAQ: How do I delete my Bumble account?

Deleting your account is easy, but Bumble will store your information for 30 days just in case you change your mind. To delete your Bumble account just tap the cog icon at the top left, select the Settings tab and scroll down to and choose 'Delete account'.

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