Does Bumble Notify the Man When There Is a Match?

Posted by Arch on December 28, 2018

Bumble is a dating app that competes with Tinder and other apps in the relationship-finding space. Bumble has some key differences, however. For example, Bumble has areas of the app devoted to just making friends and to job networking, rather than being all-meat-market, all-the-time. However, Bumble was founded by a woman named Whitney Wolfe, who was an executive with Tinder before leaving to start her own company. Users who have used both apps can see the clear similarities between the way the apps work. For example, the matching process is nearly identical. You go through a stack of potential matches and then swipe right if you’re interested or swipe left if you’re not. Bumble even offers some of the same premium features that you can get on Tinder.

However, there is a huge difference in what happens next in Bumble.

Messaging on Bumble

On other dating apps, men generally take the initiative when it comes to starting a conversation. Some women even go so far as to put “I won’t message you first” in their profiles to signal that they expect a man to take the lead. However, Bumble’s creators wanted to set up a different social dynamic on their site so they decided to break this convention by setting a rule (and enforcing it via the software) that men can’t send the first message. When a match is established for a heterosexual couple, the woman has to make the first conversational move.

If you’re a woman who is interested in men, you have 24 hours to contact your match. If you do, he will also have 24 hours to respond to you. After that, you can continue your correspondence at your own pace, and either party can send messages whenever they like.

Does the Guy Know You Had a Match?

When a match is established, both parties get push notifications. From the app or from your phone’s lock screen, you’ll be able to view your new match.

However, the notification isn’t exactly the same for men and for women. Only the woman gets the option to message the man; the man is simply told that he has a match. He doesn’t even get to see who the match was.

For women, sending the first message can feel awkward, especially if you’re not used to it. But the 24-hour time frame makes it easier to act quickly since you don’t have time to overthink what to say. A simple conversation starter is all you need to get things going.

Is There a Way for the Guy to Show He’s Interested after You Matched?

It’s easier to send a message if you know for sure that your match is excited to meet you.

Can your match show you that he likes you before you send him a message? Well, he can’t send you texts or images. However, he does have two ways to show that your profile intrigued him.

1. Super Swipes

This is a premium feature you will recognize as being borrowed (*cough*stolen*cough*) from Tinder. Super Swipes are similar to Tinder’s Super Likes. This feature lets a potential match know you really like them.

When you’re swiping through your stack, you may come across a photo with a special yellow icon. The icon means that the person in question Super Swiped you. What’s more, he paid for the option to show you that he likes you. When you know that someone Super Swiped you, you’re likelier to swipe right and establish a match. It is easier to start chatting with him then, as you know for sure your message will be welcome.

2. Extend the Match

The 24-hour response limit doesn’t always give you enough time to compose your first message. Great matches can expire just because you’re having a busy week. Your match might also be too busy to write back in the 24-hour time window.

However, Bumble lets the man extend one match every day. This means he can prolong the time window a woman has for sending an opening message. If you’re subscribed to the premium plan, you can access more extensions. Although women and men can both use this feature, it is more useful to guys. Seeing that the guy invested in a match extension lets you know that he’s impressed by you and serves as an invitation for you to message him.

A Few More Facts about Matching and Messaging

Here are some other things you may be wondering about the matching process on Bumble.

Does the Guy Know You Swiped Right on Him?

If your potential match subscribes to the premium service, he has the option to filter his selection down to the people who have swiped right on him.

This serves as a time-saver. Bumble users who live in busy areas prefer to cut straight to the selection of potential matches who have shown interest.

However, Bumble doesn’t send a notification when you swipe right on someone. The guy will only know that you swiped right on him if your profile shows up in his filtered stack.

What If the 24 Hours Expire?

What happens if you don’t have time to message your match within 24 hours or if your match doesn’t have time to respond to you?

An expired match will go back into your stack. That means that you may come across the same person’s profile again, as he’ll go back to being a potential match.

How Do You Write an Amazing Introductory Message?

Making your message as engaging as possible is very important. It is always a good idea to say something unique from the get-go. Avoid greetings and clichéd introductions.

Remember that your match isn’t expecting to get swept off his feet right away. You should keep things casual and friendly. It’s a good idea to reference his bio or his photos, as that makes it easy for him to respond to you.

How Does the Messaging Process Work for Same-Sex Matches?

In the case of woman-man matches, the woman has to send a message first. But there is no such limitation for woman-woman matches or man-man matches.

Either half of a same-sex match can send a message, as long as they do it within 24 hours after the match is established. The other person then has to write back within a day.

This is also true for anyone using the Bumble BFF or Bumble Bizz modes that match you with potential friends or professional acquaintances.

A Final Word

If you’re bored by traditional dating dynamics, Bumble is the perfect app for you.

For one, it feels safer to use than other dating apps. Female Bumble users experience less harassment and invasive behavior from potential matches. If someone is being inappropriate, it’s easy to block and report them. The Bumble staff is also dedicated to getting rid of scams and catfishing.

Most importantly, the Bumble app is engaging and empowering. The messaging process encourages confidence and quick decisions and offers every user a fun new experience.

One thought on “Does Bumble Notify the Man When There Is a Match?”

Laura says:
My bumble says 24 people are interested,
With blurred faces.. how did they see me?
I thought the woman can only swipe.
I like this sight & would like yo pay to get into it but don’t understand how they liked me first?
Natalie says:
I’m trying to figure out the same thing.
Judy says:
It isn’t only the women that can swipe. Men are also swiping, that’s how the app matches you. It’s that women are the only ones who can message (if it is heterosexual). Men cannot initiate a message. But they can definitely swipe on you.

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