Does Bumble Limit the Amount You Can Like or Match?
Dating apps like Tinder and Bumble have continually grown in popularity since their inception in the early 2010s. As of September 2018, Bumble is up to 40 million registered users, and more than 3 billion messages have been sent via the “feminist dating app”. Bumble is well-known for being distinguished from Tinder by having a rule that only women can initiate a conversation; once a match has been made, men have to wait to be contacted. 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 Likes?
Bumble has much the same interface system and operational concept as Tinder and other popular dating apps. Users create a profile with pictures and a 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, they swipe right; swiping left means rejection. Whenever a user signs in to Bumble, they are presented with the cards of new potential matches within their area.
Tinder limits the number of right-swipes that subscribers at the free level of service can make in a day. (The exact figure 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 and start conversations with all their potential matches. 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. When one side of the equation is right-swiping every warm body, then there are a lot more bad conversations (and bad experiences) from the point of view of the women involved.
On Bumble, however, women initiate the conversations. Since men cannot do the shotgun-blast approach to trying to talk to anyone who will match with them, but must rather wait for a woman to start a conversation, 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.
Get More Likes on Bumble
Of course, it doesn’t do you a whole lot of good to be able to send out a thousand likes a day if nobody is liking you back. 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 likes.
Revamp your images
A picture is worth a thousand words. If you aren’t getting the likes 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 death!). 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 likes. 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.
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 amount you can like or match someone else or the amount someone can like you. Getting to that point can take a lot of effort though! Got any Bumble dating tips to share?