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Our Review

Bumble is an online dating app developed in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe, a former Tinder employee. As such, the two apps share a lot of things in common except for one big difference - in Bumble, women are in control. Once matches are made, women get to message the men first, after which the men will reply if they are interested.

With Bumble, women make the first move as it is known to dedicate building a "safe online community" for users who want to build new relationships.

Bumble Mag

Bumble has recently launched its new offline publication project called Bumble mag. This magazine is distributed offline, and anyone in the United States can get a copy for free when you request it through the app. This magazine has different sections that talk about friendship, dating, and business.

Is Bumble the right dating app for you? We have listed the app's pros and cons to help you decide whether you will enjoy the app or not.

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Bumble Member Structure

Members
74,000 from Singapore
Members activity
700 active weekly
Gender Proportion
60 %
40 %
  • Over 6,300,000 visits per month worldwide
  • More than 20,000 site visits are from Singapore
  • Majority of members are from the mid-20s to mid 30s age range
  • Male to female member ratio is almost equal

As a dating app that puts women in control, it's a surprise that the male to female ratio on the site is almost equal. There is a high number of members who are in the mid-20s to the mid-30s age range, but overall, the membership is younger. 

Bumble gives more privileges to women members, but there is still a higher number of men on the site although the difference is not very significant. On the aspect of usability, it is mostly used by members to look for a  date, a relationship, find social networks, or meet friends online.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up at Bumble

Bumble Registration
  • Users can register using their phone number or Facebook account
  • You don't need to provide personal information as the app imports all info straight from your Facebook profile
  • It only takes 1-2 minutes to create your account
  • You immediately get suggested matches after you link the app to your Facebook
  • The process is very user-friendly

The signup process is very easy, especially if you already have a Facebook account. You don't even need to provide any information, because Bumble takes all of your Facebook info and imports it into the app. Before you can't sign up if you don't have a Facebook account and predictably, a lot of potential users complained about this. Bumble has since then changed their rules and now you can sign up using your phone number.

You can either use your Facebook account or your phone number to create an account. It is going to ask for your location which you will need to set on your phone's location settings.

Location is needed so that Bumble can show you who is nearby and provide you a match within your vicinity. A profile photo is also required to finish the registration process.

Overall, the registration process is smooth and easy to accomplish.

Making Contact on Bumble

Bumble Match
  • The website doesn't have a search option
  • Users are only given suggested matches based on their preferences
  • Users will continue receiving suggested matches as long as there's someone who matches the user's preferences
  • User preferences include: Sexual Preference, Age Range and Distance
  • Sending messages to other users is free for everyone
  • There is a chatroom

Bumble's contact policy is what differentiates it from other dating apps like Tinder.

With Bumble, women initiate the conversation. Similar to Tinder's interface, you will be shown match suggestions, and you swipe left if you're not interested and swipe right if you are. If they also swiped right, women will see that a match has been made. Now she has 24 hours to message the man if she's interested. If she messages him, he now has another 24 hours to message her back. If he replies to her message, then they can continue with their conversation freely without any restrictions.

For same-sex relationships or platonic relationships, any of the 2 parties can message first, which the other party should reply to before the conversation can be continued freely. The 24-hour time frame applies here too. If this feels limiting to you and you want a messaging feature with more freedom, check out our Casual Dating category.

Bumble Profile Quality

Profile Settings
  • All photos uploaded to your profile are public
  • All profile information is public by default
  • Fake profiles can be reported by other users
  • The app imports information straight from a user's Facebook profile, but doesn't verify to see if the FB account is legitimate
  • The profiles are poorly detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

Bumble profiles are free to access. It has photos and other related information inside that helps out if you want to get to know a person more.

Bumble will take most of the profile information from Facebook for members who created their account there. On the other hand, members who chose to create the account using their phone numbers, they will have to input manually some of the information.

Overall, the profile can be a good start if you want to have a feel of whether you will hit it off with a member or not.

Bumble Real Life Review

"With other dating sites, I got a lot of unwanted attention in the form of indecent proposals and sometimes, even nude pictures! I joined Bumble because I didn't want to deal with any of that. The app allows me to message only the guys I'm interested in. The only downside though, is that the profiles on this app are completely lacking in information, so it's hard to tell which ones are creeps and which ones are decent guys based on their looks alone. If they just added more information on a user's profile page, I would totally love this app." - Allie, Librarian's Assistant, 22

Design and Usability

In terms of design, Bumble really has it down pat. The colour schemes are beautiful without being too flashy, and the layout is simple and user-friendly. With every feature just a tap away, it's very easy to navigate as use, even for people who aren't tech-savvy.

Bumble also has commendable points under the usability department. Its many features do not fail to keep users entertained. It provides a lot of options for its users; they can use the site to look for a serious relationship while giving them freedom to use it as a way to look for friends first. It's a one-stop-shop social network tool.

Bumble Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Profile creation
  • Match suggestions
  • Chat and messaging service
  • One re-match with an expired connection per day
  • Free Bumble app download
Fee based Services
  • Extend connections for 24 hours
  • Re-match with expired connections
  • SuperSwipe
  • See a list of people who already swiped right
Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
BumbleBoost Subscription
1 Week4.48 SGD / Week4.48 SGD
1 Month12.98 SGD / Month12.98 SGD
3 Months10.99 SGD / Month32.98 SGD
6 Months10.83 SGD / Month64.98 SGD
Bumble Credits
1 Coin2.98 SGD / Coin2.98 SGD
5 Coins2.60 SGD / Coin12.98 SGD
10 Coins2.20 SGD / Coin21.98 SGD
20 Coins1.85 SGD / Coin36.98 SGD

Is Bumble expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Bumble is average.

Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Via Mobile Phone

BumbleBoost subscribers get the followiing perks:

  • Beeline - See a list of users who have already swiped right on your picture so you don't have to wait.
  • Rematch - Be able to rematch with connections that have already previously expired
  • BusyBee - Extend the 24-hour deadline that Bumble has on your connections

On the other hand, Bumble coins can be used to SuperSwipe other members. For one coin, you can add a heart to your usual swipe, which will tell the other party that you are really interested in them.

Special Features

Although Bumble is a free online dating app, users can spend money for special perks that can give them more visibility and popularity on the platform.

BumbleBff

If dating is not your type, you can also use the site to find friends. Just switch from the regular Bumble mode to BumbleBff to search for people who are only looking for platonic relationships and nothing more.

BumbleBizz

For people who aren't looking for personal connections, but business ones. Think of it as a dating app version of LinkedIn. Instead of looking for a date, you can look for people to fund your startup, search for contractors and suppliers, gain network connections, increase your knowledge about your niche and gain access to valuable resources for your industry.

SuperSwipe

If you want to make it known that you are really interested in a person, you can do a SuperSwipe, which can be bought using Bumble coins. SuperSwipe is similar to a regular swipe right, except that the other party will be notified that you paid for a SuperSwipe to get their attention. It means that you must really like them if you will spend money just to get their attention.

Bumble Hive

Every now and then, Bumble sponsors real life events in the form of Bumble hive. The event is open to all Bumble dating, BFF and Bizz members and you can use your Bumble profile as an entrance ticket into these events. Bumble Hive is an opportunity for members to not only meet up with other users for fun, friendship, flirts or dating, but business-minded members can also use the event to gain potential business partners, investors and other connections. The event also have symposiums and conferences headed by expert speakers on various topics such as building your career or how to pitch your ideas successfully.

The BeeHive

Bumble's blog, the BeeHive, is a great resource for everything dating-related. From guides on how to make your profile more appealing, to Bumble updates and event announcements, the BeeHive has everything you need to stay up-to-date. 

Backtrack

Get back accidental swipes through this feature. You may have it by upgrading to premium.

Virtual Dating Badge

Bumble lets your profile sport a "Virtual Dating" badge to signify that you are ready to interact via video or voice call. Since Bumble has always been about exchanging witty banter via chat, these added features are indeed a huge step forward. Through the video chat or voice call functions, Bumble users can be more intimate with their matches.

Our rating

Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 2.5 / 5
Real Life Review: 3.0 / 5

Editors Conclusion

Datingscout.sg Author Chris Pleines
For an app that supposedly empowers women, the execution feels a tad underwhelming. The logic behind it is great - allowing women to make the first move protects them from receiving unwanted attention. However, although control is given to women, they are not given enough information to make an educated decision. With the app's limited profile information, it's almost impossible to tell the good members from the bad ones based on what's written on their profile. The app feels appearance-driven, so it's a good option for people looking for hookups and casual dates. For people looking for long-term relationships, the app may not be as efficient.If you prefer an online dating platform where both men and women can converse freely without deadlines or limiting conditions, check out our Dating Apps category for more choices.

Bumble FAQ

Facts

When did Bumble app come out?

The Bumble app was released in December 2014.

If Bumble is focused on women, does that mean homosexual men can't join the site?

Homosexuals are welcome on the site and in fact, anyone can be a member. For Homosexual and platonic relationship, any party can initiate the conversation and the other party must reply within 24 hours before the connection expires.

Help! I can't find Bumble app on the Playstore?

If it does not appear on Google Play or the Apple Store, the app is probably not available in your country. To check, you can go to Bumble's website using your phone's browser and tap on the link to the app's download page.

What is the Bumble Hive?

The Bumble Hive is a series of events by Bumble. Read more about it in our Special Features section

Bumble Hive L.A.

What is Bumble?

Bumble is a location-based social dating app that facilitates communication between interested users.

Is Bumble free?

Bumble is a free online dating app, with the option to purchase an upgraded membership.

Usability

Can I join Bumble without Facebook?

Currently, the app only accepts registrations via Facebook, so you can't join if you don't have a Facebook account.

Does Bumble app post to Facebook?

Although Facebook imports and uses information derived from your Facebook account, it does not post anything on your feed.

I did not mean to swipe left! How can I undo the action?

To undo your last action, you can just shake your phone to backtrack.You can have up to 3 backtracks at one time. One you've used up 1 backtrack, you have to wait 3 hours for it to refresh.

How can I change the information on my Bumble profile?

Since Bumble only imports information found in your Facebook profile, you have to change your info on Facebook itself. Any changes made to your Facebook may take 24 hours before they take effect on Bumble.

How do I sign up for Bumble?

You can create an account using their website or by downloading their app.

How do I sign up for Bumble?

You can create an account either by using an existing Facebook profile or by providing your phone number.

Cost

How much is Bumble dating app?

You can download the Bumble dating app for free, but you can choose to upgrade it to premium.

How much is Bumble dating app?

You can have the Bumble app for free by downloading it on your device.

What is BumbleBFF?

BumbleBFF is a mode in the app that will let you search for friends and other platonic relationships if you are not interested in dating.

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