How To Change Your Location in Bumble

Like most dating apps, whether you’re using Bumble for dating or simply to meet friends, you’re limited to matching with people in your local area. But what if you want to match with people from farther away?

Tinder lets users pay for premium features, including the ability to change your location at your discretion. Bumble, however, does not have a similar feature.

Instead, users who want to change their location will have to turn to some unofficial methods. In this article, I will show you how you can fake your location in Bumble.

Does Bumble Let You Change Your Location?

Though Bumble has a paid membership option called Bumble Boost, it’s very different than rival Tinder’s paid accounts, which allow users to change their location.

Bumble Boost gives you some additional features, including the ability to see everyone who has right-swiped your profile, an extension of your matches before the conversation expires, and the ability to rematch with those expired connections. However, changing your location is not one of these additional features.

Request a Location Change

There are no location settings in Bumble, and you cannot turn the GPS and WiFi location features off and trick Bumble into losing track of where you are. So what do you do if you need to change your location settings?

Simple — you ask Bumble to manually override your location settings. This will only work if you want to adjust your location. For example, perhaps you live ten miles outside of a major city in a completely dead suburb, and you’d rather show up as being in the exciting downtown core. You can submit a technical request to Bumble and there is a chance that they will adjust your location for you.

To request a location change, follow these steps:

  1. Open Bumble.
  2. Select your profile.
  3. Tap Contact & FAQ at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Contact Us.
  5. Tap Report a Technical Issue.


In the form that opens, enter your address change request. Say that the GPS in your phone is unreliable and glitchy and that you want to request a permanent location change.

Now, there are limitations to this method. They aren’t going to move you to London from Des Moines, and they aren’t going to do this for you more than once. Still, if all you need is a small, one-time, permanent relocation, then this is the easiest way to make that happen.

How to Spoof Your GPS in Bumble

Spoofing your GPS on your Android device isn’t something you’re necessarily going to want to do every day, but it is an interesting option to have available for apps like Bumble or Tinder. GPS spoofing allows you to change your location to somewhere brand-new in order to view dating profiles in whatever area you set yourself.

It’s not ideal for actually meeting up with people—remember, you’re still hundreds of miles or more away from them—but if you’re trying to get an idea of what the dating scene is like in your next vacation spot or in the place you plan on moving, it’s the perfect way to scout it out.

Follow along to learn how to spoof your location on both Android and iOS.

Android

Spoofing your GPS on Android is really easy with the Fake GPS Location app from the Play Store.

To start, you’ll need to enable the developer settings on your phone by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings menu on your phone.
  2. Tap System.
  3. Tap About Phone.
  4. Tap Software Info.
  5. Tap Build Number 7 times quickly.
  6. Enter your phone’s lock code when prompted.

You now have access to the Developer Mode settings page under Settings->System->Developer Options.

Toggle Developer on if it didn’t turn itself on automatically and you’re ready to go.

The next step is to install the Fake GPS Location app from the Google Play store if you haven’t already.

Now you need to tell your phone to use the Fake GPS Location app as its GPS device.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on System.
  3. Tap on Developer Options.
  4. Scroll down to Select mock location app and tap on it.
  5. Select the Fake GPS app.

Setting your new location for Bumble (and any other GPS-enabled app) is easy. Just open the Fake GPS Location app and navigate the map to your intended location. Hit the green Play button, and your phone now believes you to be wherever you have navigated to on the map.

To check whether it’s working or not, force close Bumble from your device by swiping it away from your recent apps list, then reload into the app. Check the location of your first match and compare it to your actual location.

Occasionally, Bumble may notice that you’ve changed your location and attempt to put you back in a place that matches your IP address. If this is the case you may also want to consider using a VPN to match your locations together. However, the app should reset your location to your spoofed address every time you reset the app, so if you run into any major issues, just reset it.

If it still isn’t working, check the app again and try to make sure your spoofing has been enabled. You can also try out using different apps to see if the first app you chose isn’t working properly on your phone. Also, make sure to check if your device’s GPS signal is on — it needs to be in order for GPS spoofing to work properly.

Ultimately, GPS spoofing can be a bit touchy, so it’s important to make sure that you keep troubleshooting the device if you run into any major issues.

iOS

There aren’t any free GPS spoofing solutions for iOS, but there is a very solid paid solution called iTools. iTools does more than GPS spoofing, but GPS spoofing is all we’re going to discuss here. You can download and install iTools for free, though the trial period doesn’t last long and if you decide to keep using the software you will have to pay for a license.

A single-user license costs $30.95. Note that you actually install and run iTools on a Windows PC or a Mac and then connect your iPhone to the computer via a data cable, similar to the way iTunes works.

Installing iTools is simple; just visit the link and download the free trial. Then follow these steps to set up GPS spoofing on your iPhone.

  1. Click the Toolbox icon in the iTools panel.
  2. Click the Virtual Location button in the Toolbox panel.
  3. Enter the location you want to spoof your location to in the text box and click Move Here.
  4. Use Bumble from your new location.
  5. To end the GPS spoofing, select Stop Simulation in iTools.

It isn’t as elegant a solution as the Android platform offers, but it will get the job done.

Depending on your specific needs, you can always turn off the location on your phone or within the Bumble app, therefore, banning Bumble from seeing your location at all. You will still see and message those you’ve already connected with. If you’re concerned about privacy, this is a simple way to ensure the location feature is not telling others where you’re at when you choose.

7 thoughts on “How To Change Your Location in Bumble”

Avatar dame says:
i changed my location but now i want my real location back? deleted the app but still not helpful
Avatar Carrie says:
I just need to know how to change my username and if I must pay to see my matches?
Avatar Nana says:
I don’t want him to see that I am 4.3 miles away. Can’t he just keep driving until the bumble app tells him .5 miles, case out the houses in that area, and then stalk me? That is NOT safe at all for women.
Avatar Ann says:
You can mark yourself invisible in your settings. Although you can’t get matches during this time of being invisible, your location turns off. You can still communicate with those that you had previously matched with.
I use the “invisible indefinitely” setting otherwise it gives people a reason such as you are out of town.
Avatar Kate says:
You say this more than once “Turn off geolocation within the app” but I don’t see where/how to do it. Can you please explain? I’m using Express VPN and my location still shows up as my ACTUAL location.
William Sattelberg William Sattelberg says:
Hi Kate! You’ll wanna make sure you turn off GPS on your phone in order to turn off geolocation within the app. By disabling your GPS, you force your device to look for your location using the internet, instead of satellites. This isn’t foolproof, like the article says, and so we’ll try to clear up the guide in the next week or so with better wording and an updated method!
Avatar Todd says:
I find the “automatic” location extremely annoying. I have a small radius set for matching (I live in a congested city, where traveling 10 miles could take an hour. I’m also a grown-up and I’m not likely to move). People commuting through or visiting my city show up as matches–then I find they live impossibly far away.

This “feature” could potentially be DANGEROUS. Say you contact someone who turns out to be a stalker type; they can monitor your location. “You said you live in Beverly Hills, but the last three nights Bumble says you were in Santa Monica–WHO ARE YOU BANGING IN SANTA MONICA????”

Avatar MK says:
Bumble goes on about it’s safety for women but I just experienced a jarring situation where a match knew exactly where I was. I felt creeped and almost stalked because he was monitoring where I was using the distance display. One should have to option to turn off real time location and just list your hometown.
Avatar Kinzy says:
Were you able to figure out how to enable just your home town? I need that ability as well.
Avatar Rich says:
Bumble is ridiculous in how it detects your location. I want to find matches near my home town. I sont care about matches while I am on vacation200 miles away! Stupid!
Avatar Amanda says:
Thanks for info … could you tell me how to reset since when I got on for the first time I swiped left on the people close and now have no local matches … tried reinstalling app and reinstalling on Facebook with no significant change. Do I have to let it expire and then start again in a few weeks? Thanks

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