Bumble is a dating app that has gained a lot of traction over the past few years. At first glimpse, it is quite similar to Tinder. But unlike any other dating app, Bumble allows women to take center stage and control the communication.
As you might already know, women have a 24-hour window to respond to courtship. Otherwise, better luck next time because the match is gone. But the question of how this female-centric dating app’s algorithm works still lingers in the air.
It is hard to provide a definitive answer because Bumble keeps the algorithm a secret. We’ll take a closer look at a few possibilities based on how the app performs once you start using it.
Popularity Seems to Matter
If you’ve been using the app for some time, chances are the most popular profiles keep popping up each time you log in. Even though this can be unfair to average users, dating apps other than Bumble are not immune to favoring the attractive profiles.
Indeed, this might feel like being the kid who is picked last for the team, but there is a way to work around this. Make your profile as presentable as possible and focus on the pictures. Writing a cool bio doesn’t hurt either.
Right Swipes Galore
Swiping right too many times can get you punished, or at least that’s what some users speculate. Your profile might get flagged and end up at the end of the queue. Needless to say, your chances of getting a match could go from slim to none if that happens.
But if you think of it, this is one of the ways the Bumble algorithm protects its users. After all, it’s not nice to get somebody’s hopes up when you are not genuinely into them. The moral of the story is to be very selective with your swipes or you’ll hurt your chances of finding a match.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Over the first few days or weeks of using the app, you are bound to get more matches. It’s safe to assume that the Bumble algorithm prioritizes people who have swiped right on your profile, which is not that different from Tinder.
As time goes by, your initial success is likely to dwindle, though there is no need to feel discouraged. Take a short break from the app, then go back to determine if you got any new matches.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
The algorithm seems to favor profiles with high-quality images. Some users took time to create test profiles with poor images and bio, which resulted in equally poor match rates.
Bumble is likely to penalize your profile if the pictures are too filtered, blurry, or off in any other way. Ideally, your images should appear friendly. In addition, it is recommended not to use group photos.
The Algorithm Doesn’t Know Your Type
People tend to be attracted to a certain type of profiles based on the features that make them tick. As such, you probably swipe right on users that have a physique, style, hair color, or bio that matches your preferences. However, Bumble doesn’t seem to notice this.
The app keeps presenting you with a bunch of different profiles that might have the characteristics you usually fall for. Whether you like it or not, this way the algorithm evens out the playing field. Plus, you get a chance to be surprised by a person that might not fit your type.
Does Your Activity Matter?
Unlike Tinder, Bumble doesn’t seem to fade out your profile due to inactivity. This means you can disappear from the app for weeks or even months and your profile will remain available. The assumption is, of course, based on what some users claim, not an official Bumble statement.
However, because inactivity isn’t accounted for, you might end up messaging someone only to find out that they’ll never reply or message back too late. Even though, you shouldn’t expect each person to jump at your message, you should still reach out to anybody you like. You never know, the love of your life might be just a message away.
A Clean Slate
Bumble’s algorithm allows you to delete your profile and build a better presence from scratch. It can be quite useful if the match rate doesn’t meet your expectations. There is a warning message before you hit the final delete, but there are no reports of Bumble flagging your profile after you rebuild it.
Alternatively, you can reinstall the app and get some sort of a soft reset. Whatever you do, remember to write a captivating bio and include some cool pictures to stand out.
The Last Right Swipe
We need to point out that the information in this article is based on user experience rather than an official statement from Bumble representatives. Like other social and dating apps, Bumble keeps the inner workings of its algorithm a secret.
Nevertheless, this should give you a better insight into the complexities of Bumble’s algorithm. You can take advantage of this information and apply it to your profile right now to better your match rate.