How To Change Your Location in Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that works similarly to Tinder or Bumble on the surface. You fill in a profile, enter some Facebook data, add some pics and go from there. But what if you travel or move to a new city? Will you be able to see new Bagels in your new town? This tutorial is going to show you how to change your location in Coffee Meets Bagel and share a few other tips for the dating app.

If you’re done with swiping right or spending hours on a dating app trying to get something more than a hookup, you might like to try Coffee Meets Bagel. Launched by three sisters in San Francisco who wanted to spark more meaningful relationships from a dating app, it’s a slightly more grown-up proposition for those who value quality over quantity.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel goes for a slightly different approach than that of the likes of Tinder. Rather than throwing every potential match at you at once and letting you swipe through them, you get one potential match per day. You then have several days to consider each match before it disappears.

It is for this reason that I call it a more ‘grown-up’ dating app. There is no instant gratification. No number counting of matches and not anywhere as much ghosting or acting the fool. With Coffee Meets Bagel, if you blow your chance, it is very unlikely that a match will make its way round to you again anytime soon to give it another try. That forces everyone to raise their game.

Change your location in Coffee Meets Bagel

If the wrong location is selected by the app or you move to a different city, you will want to see local Bagels instead of those in your old home town. Unlike other dating apps that track your location, Coffee Meets Bagel does not. The app makes it incredibly simple to change your location and therefore, the people who appear in the app.

Here’s how:

How to Change Location On the iOS app:

  1. Tap on your profile icon in the upper right-hand corner
  2. Tap on your profile picture, then tap ‘Update your profile‘ at the bottom
  3. Select the ‘Details’ tab and tap on your location.
  4. Update your location and tap ‘Continue

How to Change Location On Android:

  1. Select your profile icon in the upper left-hand corner
  2. Tap on the pencil icon in the lower right-hand corner
  3. Tap ‘Details
  4. Tap on your location, type your new location, then tap ‘Continue.’

Changes are reflected within the app immediately but may take a day or two to percolate through the system.

Setting up your profile

The Coffee Meets Bagel app will want to link itself to your Facebook account. You download the app, create an account, link your Facebook account, and allow the app to access data, location, and all that good stuff.

Once the pairing is done, you are presented with some questions about your education, height, background, and then your preferences. You can select potential matches through distance, age range, height range, religion, ethnicity, and so on.

Selecting images for Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is quite generous in that it lets you showcase up to 9 images on your profile. That’s more opportunities to show yourself at your best and to attract as many potential mates as possible. The app recommends a minimum of 6 images, but I would recommend going all the way with 9. As images are powerful in dating, it makes sense to use everything you’ve got to attract a match.

The same rules apply to Coffee Meets Bagel as they do on Tinder, Bumble, and many other mobile dating apps.

Make your primary pic a good one. It should be a head and shoulder shot with good lighting, good composition, and a smile. Make it as attractive as you can and look approachable. The app’s target audience favors a more sophisticated look.

Make the other eight images equally good, but you can use more imagination here. If you work in a uniform, add a pic of that. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, add one of those. If you perform on stage, add an image or two of that. If you play in a band or perform, add an image. Use these supporting images to build a picture of who you are.

Again, Coffee Meets Bagel is a more serious dating app for longer-term relationships. You get one shot at being matched, so make those images tell a story.

Coffee Meets Bagel is a different take on dating than many other dating apps. It removes much of the surface-level nature of other dating apps and replaces it with the slow burn of hope. It may not provide any more chance of a match than any other app, but neither does it pretend to.

Coffee Meets Bagel FAQs

Does Coffee Meets Bagel work in other countries?

Yes. If you travel or you’re planning to move abroad you do have the option of keeping your account and exploring new dating opportunities in other countries.

You can find other matches all around the globe. From Australia to Hong Kong and Canada, Coffee Meets Bagel will help you to find someone in your area.

I edited my location but can I edit my name too?

Unfortunately, this is one of the things the app doesn’t allow you to do yourself. As with any dating service, the company opts to take certain security measures, changing your own name is one of those measures.

If you’ve made a typo, or you need to update your name, contact the Support Team. You can fill out the form here to put a name change request in with the company.

You will also need to fill out the form if you need to change your age.

I need to update my profile photo. How do I do that?

Following the same instructions as above for changing your location, tap on the profile photo, and upload a new one in its place. You can also edit your preferences from this page as well as any other personal details about your religion, education, etc.

Using other dating sites like Tinder? Want to know how to change your location in Tinder as well? Check out our blog post on how to do just that!

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