Bumble is a dating app much like Tinder but it has one key difference. Both apps have profiles with pictures, links to social media accounts, and use the swipe-left, swipe-right model for making matches. The main difference is that the woman has to initiate the conversation.
In an opposite-sex match on the dating portion of Bumble, both parties have to swipe right to make a match – but once that match is made, only the woman can start the conversation.
The intent is to clean up the dating community on the app and avoid many of the problems prevalent on Tinder. On sites like Tinder, there is a prevalence of men, who are unable to take no for an answer, or are desperate, or socially inept, or just don’t have a clue. These men start conversations with grossly forward propositions or stupid pick up lines and make women reluctant to swipe right at all, because they are concerned that the next thing in their inbox is going to be a come-on that, if rebuffed, will escalate into personal attacks or rudeness. Giving the power of conversation-starting to women, women are given the power of setting the expectation for the conversation from the get-go, whether that tone is flirty, sexy, outright raunchy, or totally nonsexual.
When two people match on Bumble, the woman has 24 hours to start a conversation. After that first message, the man then has 24 hours in which to respond. If this doesn’t happen, then the match expires…or does it?
Backtracking vs. Rematching
Let’s clarify that there is a difference between backtracking, and rematching.
Backtracking is when you swipe left on someone but meant to swipe right. On Tinder, you’re just out of luck unless you subscribe to one of the premium tiers of service. On Bumble, however, you can usually backtrack.
Backtracking is simple – just shake the phone after you realize your mistake, and the most recent left-swipe will be undone. Note that you can’t backtrack on a right-swipe! Free subscribers get three Backtracks every three hours, which should be enough for all but the most ham-handed of us. Subscribers to Bumble Boost get unlimited Backtracks.
Rematching is different. In a rematch, a user can re-vitalize an expired link. Unfortunately, for this to work, the user who wants to rematch must pay for the premium Bumble Boost service.
When you go into your match section, you’ll see the expired matches with your current matches. Just select the expired match and tap “Rematch” and the match will be renewed for another 24-hour grace period.
If you aren’t paying for Bumble Boost, and you don’t plan to, be sure to use your daily free “extend.” The “extend” feature allows you to prolong the time with another person. If you’re hoping someone will respond or begin a conversation with you, this is the perfect tool, just remember, free subscribers only get one of these per day.
Getting Bumble Boost
The downside of Bumble Boost is the cost – comparatively speaking, the subscription can be quite expensive. Paid for upfront, this service gives you the option to see your “Beeline” (those who swiped right on you), unlimited extends, and more.
For those serious about finding the perfect match and having more freedom on Bumble, here’s how you start your subscription:
- Open the Bumble app on your phone
- Tap on the small profile icon in the lower left-hand side of the screen
- Tap ‘Boost’ to upgrade your membership
- Choose your plan and tap ‘Continue’
- Enter your credit or debit card information and tap ‘Subscribe Now’ at the bottom of the screen
As you can tell in the screenshot above, there are several pricing plans available. If you’ve missed a match with a perfect person, you can always choose the one-day payment option to get them back without spending an excessive amount of money. Assuming you love the app, the Lifetime premium is only $119.99 which really isn’t bad at all considering.
Can I rematch someone in BFF mode or Bizz mode?
If you’ve missed a match with a potential same-sex friend or future colleague, you can use a rematch to attempt communications with them again. The feature and the instructions are the same as above.
Why can’t I rematch someone?
If no messages were exchanged, you may not have the option to rematch another user.
What can I do if I don’t want to pay for Bumble Boost?
There’s a really interesting theory, given credit by Bumble in a tweet, that you can uninstall and reinstall your Bumble app to renew your stack. Hopefully, this will bring the person you’d like to re-match with back. Try resetting your Bumble account to rematch with the other user.