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Does Bumble Limit the Amount You Can Like or Match?

Posted by Robert Hayes on July 10, 2019

Dating apps like Tinder and Bumble have continually grown in popularity since their inception in the early 2010s.

As of November of 2017, Bumble had 22 million registered users, and more than 3 billion messages have been sent via the “feminist dating app”.

Bumble is well-known for being different from Tinder by having a rule that once a match has been made, only women can then initiate a conversation. That is, the woman has to initiate the messaging. Men can message a woman they’ve matched with only after she’s sent that first message. Then the man and the woman can freely message each other back and forth unless one of them decides to “unmatch.”

So for male users, the site is more about matching than it is about starting conversations; women have that end of the equation covered. In this article,

I’ll talk about whether Bumble limits how much matching and liking you can do.

Does Bumble Limit right swipes?

Bumble has much the same interface system and operational concept as Tinder and other popular dating apps. Users create a profile with pictures and biography, and these profiles (often called “cards” in industry lingo) are then presented to other users of the appropriate sex and age range.

When a user sees a card they like and think might be a potential date, they swipe right. Users swipe left to indicate they don’t want to match with the profile they are viewing. Whenever a user signs in to Bumble, they are presented with the cards of new potential matches within their area, subject to your preferences on distance range from where you live or your current location.

Tinder limits the number of right-swipes that subscribers at the free level of service can make in a day. The exact number of swipes Tinder allows is an open question, but it seems to be somewhere around 50 to 100 swipes a day depending on your individual behavior.

There was and is a good reason for this limitation: many men would go on Tinder and just right-swipe literally everyone in their area, then wait for women to right-swipe on them resulting in a match. Then they’d start conversations with all their matches, sometimes sending offensive and derogatory comments to women.

This completely undermines the concept behind the mutual-swipe mechanism; the idea is that since both people have right-swiped, there is already an attraction and the conversation has a good starting place based on sincere, mutual interest.

When one side of the equation is right-swiping everyone, then there are a lot more bad conversations (and bad experiences) from the point of view of the women involved. Many women report men routinely sending wildly offensive and inappropriate messages to women through Tinder messaging.

On Bumble, however, women initiate the conversations after a match is made. Since men cannot talk to everyone who matches with them but, after a man matches with a woman, must wait for the woman to start the conversation by sending the first message, there is much less of a behavioral issue and so there is no need for Bumble to put a hard limit on the number of likes, or right-swipes, a user can make.

On Bumble you can right-swipe as much as you want but, since women must initiate the first message after a match is made, women report feeling much more relaxed and much less stressed using Bumble.

Get More right swipes (likes) on Bumble

Of course, it doesn’t do you a whole lot of good to be able to swipe right a thousand likes a day if nobody is swiping right on your profile in return. The point of these apps isn’t to cast as wide a net as possible, it’s to make good connections with people where there’s a mutual attraction. You have to get liked back, in other words, for it to do you any good.

There are no magic bullets to attracting positive attention on Bumble or any other dating site, but there are some guidelines that can help increase your chances of getting more right swipes on Bumble.

Revamp your photos on Bumble

There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words and, when it comes to dating apps, there’s definitely some truth to that saying. If you aren’t getting the right-swipes you think you should be pulling on Bumble, then your pictures are the first place to look.

Make sure your pictures are of high quality, well lit and attractive. Make sure they show your face in a positive way. Make sure they aren’t all group shots or you posing with your ex (that’s obviously going to reduce the number of right swipes you get!). Make sure they convey an image of a fun person who someone might like to spend time with.

Other tips include wearing something red, as this is supposed to increase right-swipes. Pose with a puppy because everyone loves puppies. Get a second opinion or have someone else take the pictures.

Selfies are for Instagram or Snapchat, not dating apps. You see yourself your way, not how others see you. Having a second opinion can point out places where you can seriously improve your chances.

You might find this TechJunkie article on How To Change Your Photos in Bumble to be helpful.

Revisit your Bumble bio

A good picture will get you more attention but it’s your profile that seals the deal. If you’re not getting likes and have improved your images, your bio is the next place to look. You have 300 characters in order to make yourself attractive so you’re going to have to work hard.

That said, don’t stress over it too much otherwise, it will come across in what you write. If you’re naturally funny, you’re golden. Just write something humorous and you will get swipes. If you’re not funny, you have to work a lot harder – unless you wear a uniform to work.

You could keep it simple by listing your age, hobbies, and ambitions. You could use emojis as some people have been able to do successfully. Whatever you do, try to make it original and try to make it accurately portray you to a potential date.

Your bio is where a second opinion really helps. You may have been able to sell yourself without selling yourself but does it come across right? The only person to ask is of the same sex you’re trying to attract and preferably someone you trust to be honest.

(For more information on best practices for profiles, check out this article on making a great profile in Bumble. And for some tips on communicating in the app, read our piece on how to send a great message in Bumble.

Bumble does not limit the number of profiles you can swipe right on and puts the power to send the first message after a match in the hands of women, representing innovation in dating apps. This innovation has resulted in Bumble becoming more and more popular with both men and women.

Do you have tips and tips on getting more out of your Bumble experience? If so, please leave us a comment below!

5 thoughts on “Does Bumble Limit the Amount You Can Like or Match?”

Ped says:
Yep I stopped using bumble now that it has a limit.
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Brisk says:
Yeah F bumble. They’re just trying to pigeon hole you into signing up for their paid service now. I guess we’re not putting a price on love. Corporate agenda strikes again
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Brisk says:
*now putting a price on love
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Lori says:
Yes I believe Bumble is limiting your likes, 3 months ago I could widen my search by increasing my distance or age range and see more potential matches-now I get the same message as above you’ve reached the end of the line try again tomorrow.
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Enver says:
I hit that message today it says you’ve hit the line for today do you want to see more amazing people March 14
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A.S says:
I just realized that the new bumble update now is limiting your likes. At least for me, i just got that message last night and wondering if someone has also seen this?
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