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How To Change Your Location in Bumble

Posted by Robert Hayes on June 12, 2019

The world of online dating, itself not that old to begin with, has in recent years been completely revolutionized by new apps. There was a long period when online dating meant websites like OKCupid, eHarmony, or Plenty of Fish. Those services still exist, but in the last ten years or so smartphone-based apps like Tinder and Bumble have become completely dominant in the dating market. Tinder is the most popular and well-known dating app, but feminist-friendly Bumble is a close competitor, and many people prefer its interface, feature set, and rules. Like Tinder, Bumble uses the standard swiping interface, but adds a twist to new matches: in heterosexual matches, the woman has to start the conversation before the match begins.

Bumble also has modes that allow users to search for friends or business connections, which makes it an essential social app for smartphone users. If you’re using Bumble for dating or to meet friends, you’re limited to matching with people in your local city. But what if you want to match with people from farther away? Well, officially Bumble won’t let you do that… but unofficially, there are at least a couple of ways. In this article, I will show you how you can fake your location within Bumble.

Official Methods

Though Bumble has a paid membership option called Bumble Boost, it’s very different than rival Tinder’s paid accounts, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. Tinder’s premium tier includes a feature called Passport which allows you to set your location manually anywhere in the world, so that you can make matches all around the globe. Perfect for taking a vacation or moving to a new city, Passport is one of the most valuable premium features for Tinder, but unfortunately, Bumble doesn’t offer the same thing. Bumble Boost gives you some additional features, including the ability to see everyone who has right-swiped your profile, an extension of your matches before the conversation expires, and the ability to rematch with those expired connections, but a Passport-like feature is not included in Boost.

All this makes an official yet simple and repeatable method for changing your location non-existent, a disappointing but unsurprising lack of options for Bumble users looking to preview possible matches in new locations. But you aren’t out of luck just yet. First off, there’s one thing you can try regardless of your location or phone type. And there are also ways, depending on your phone, to modify your location data within your device, moving your Bumble account to an entire new location.

The Official Way: Ask

There are no location settings in Bumble, and you cannot turn the GPS and WiFi location features off and trick Bumble into losing track of where you are. So what do you do if there’s a genuine glitch in your location settings, and your phone is showing your location incorrectly? Simple: you ask Bumble to manually override your location settings and hard-write the correct location into your account. This will only work if you want to adjust your location; perhaps you live ten miles outside of a major city in a completely dead suburb, and you’d rather show up as being in the exciting downtown core. Well, by submitting a technical request to Bumble, there’s a chance that they will adjust this for you. Here’s how.

  1. Open Bumble.
    Select your profile.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap “Contact & FAQ”.
  3. Tap “Contact Us”.
  4. Tap “Report a Technical Issue”.
  5. In the form, enter your address change request. Say that the GPS in your phone is unreliable and glitchy and that you want to request a permanent location change to such-and-such an address.

Now, there are limitations to this method. They aren’t going to move you to London from Des Moines, and they aren’t going to do this for you more than once. Still, if all you need is a small one-time relocation, then this is the easiest way to make that happen.

Spoofing Your GPS

Spoofing your GPS on your Android device isn’t something you’re necessarily going to want to do every day, but it is something that makes for some interesting ideas for apps like Bumble or Tinder. GPS spoofing allows you to change your location to somewhere brand-new in order to view dating profiles in that new area. It’s not ideal for actually meeting up with people—remember, you’re still hundreds of miles or more away from them—but if you’re trying to get an idea of what the dating scene is like in your next vacation spot or the place you plan on moving, it’s the perfect way to do just that.

Android

If you’re one of the billion or so people who own Android devices, you’re in luck. Spoofing your GPS on Android is really easy if you know where to look, and it doesn’t require rooting, modding, or any additional steps you can’t accomplish on your phone right now. All you need is the Fake GPS Location app from the Play Store. Despite a dated icon, the app is far and away the best option for spoofing your GPS location on Android, thanks to its reliable connection. After you’ve installed the app from the Play Store, leave it alone for the time being and open up your device’s settings menu. Though we’re using an LG Stylo 4 running Android 8.1 (Oreo), the steps for enabling this setting will remain largely the same regardless of whichever application you choose for this step.

Basically, while your phone doesn’t need to be rooted or hacked in order to gain access to a spoofed GPS signal, you do need to enable “developer settings,” a hidden menu inside Android that offers a load of options and customization menus to choose from. There’s no downside to enabling developer settings in the menu system of your phone, outside of the fact that you’ll have an additional menu in your phone taking up space. Developer settings in Android are hidden by default because there are some options in there that, while reversible, can really glitch up your phone, making it an easy option to avoid giving out to general consumers. That said, we’re only changing one setting, so enabling developer settings is easy to do and well worth it.

  1. Open the Settings menu on your phone.
  2. Tap System.
  3. Tap About Phone.
  4. Tap Software Info.
  5. Tap Build Number 7 times quickly.
  6. Enter your phone’s lock code when prompted.

You now have access to the Developer Mode settings page under Settings->System->Developer Options.

Toggle Developer on if it didn’t turn itself on automatically and you’re ready to go.

The next step is to install the Fake GPS Location app from the Google Play store if you haven’t already.

Now you need to tell your phone to use the Fake GPS Location app as its GPS device.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on System.
  3. Tap on Developer Options.
  4. Scroll down to “Select mock location app” and tap on it.
  5. Select the Fake GPS app.

That’s all there is to it.

Setting your new location for Bumble (and any other GPS-enabled app) is easy. Just open the Fake GPS Location app and navigate to where you want your location to be. Hit the green Play button, and your phone now believes you to be wherever you have navigated to on the map.

To check whether it’s working, force close Bumble from your device by swiping it away from your recent apps list, then reload into the app. Check the location of your first match and compare it to your actual location. For example, when we loaded our fake GPS location as Washington DC, we immediately began to see matches in Virginia, making it a success in our book. Occasionally, Bumble may notice that you’ve changed your location and attempt to put you back in a place that matches your IP address, so you may also want to consider using a VPN to match your locations together. However, generally speaking, the app should reset your location to your spoofed address every time you reset the app, so if you run into any major issues, try resetting the app.

If it still isn’t working, don’t despair. Check the app again and try to make sure your spoofing has been enabled. Past that point, you can also try out using different apps to see if the first app you chose isn’t working properly on your phone. Also make sure to check to see if your device’s GPS signal is on, which it needs to be in order for GPS spoofing to work properly. Ultimately, GPS spoofing can be a bit touchy, so it’s important to make sure that you keep troubleshooting the device if you run into any major issues.

iOS

As an operating system, iOS has many differences from Android. One of the main differences is that Apple maintains a much tighter control over the internals of its devices than do Android phone makers and OS developers. What you can do with the flip of a toggle on any modern Android, requires either a difficult and risky “jailbreaking” on iOS, or the use of fairly expensive software. And recent versions of iOS aren’t jail-breakable, leaving Apple in even tighter control of the device that you allegedly own.

What it boils down to is that there aren’t any free GPS spoofing solutions for iOS, but there is a very solid paid solution called iTools. iTools has functionality other than GPS spoofing, but GPS spoofing is all we’re going to discuss here. You can download and install iTools for free, through the trial period doesn’t last long and if you decide to keep using the software you will have to pay for a license. A single-user license costs $30.95. Note that you actually install and run iTools on a Windows PC or a Mac, and connect your iPhone to the computer via a data cable, similar to the way iTunes works.

Installing iTools is simple; just visit the link and download the free trial. Then follow these steps to set up GPS spoofing on your iPhone.

  1. Click the Toolbox icon on the iTools panel.
  2. Click the Virtual Location button on the Toolbox panel.
  3. Enter the location you want to spoof your location to in the text box and click “Move Here”.
  4. Go to Bumble on your phone and do whatever you wish to do in your “new” location.
  5. To end the GPS spoofing, select “Stop Simulation” in iTools.

It isn’t as elegant a solution as the Android platform offers, but it will get the job done.

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Fooling your friends into thinking you’re somewhere you aren’t, checking into locations you haven’t been, looking at dating profiles in all-new areas—it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s plenty of options for configuring and changing your GPS settings depending on what you need out of the app. While we wouldn’t recommend spoofing your location all day, it’s a handy tool that’s good to keep in your app drawer, just in case you ever need to check out a dating profile in an upcoming location days before you actually get there.

Need more Bumble resources? We’ve got all kinds of great information for you.

If you aren’t getting enough matches, check out our walkthrough of what to do when you’re not getting matches on Bumble.

Trying to figure out if that dreamy potential match is active on the site? See our guide to telling whether someone is active on Bumble.

For more information on how Bumble handles location, see our article on what Bumble does when your phone is off.

Bumble isn’t always intuitive – here’s our tutorial on knowing when you’ve gotten a match on Bumble.

If you decide Bumble isn’t right for you, be sure to read our article on deleting your Bumble account.

7 thoughts on “How To Change Your Location in Bumble”

Bobby says:
Dont use ITools if you want to get a virus on your phone or computer!
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Carrie says:
I just need to know how to change my username and if I must pay to see my matches?
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Nana says:
I don’t want him to see that I am 4.3 miles away. Can’t he just keep driving until the bumble app tells him .5 miles, case out the houses in that area, and then stalk me? That is NOT safe at all for women.
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Ann says:
You can mark yourself invisible in your settings. Although you can’t get matches during this time of being invisible, your location turns off. You can still communicate with those that you had previously matched with.
I use the “invisible indefinitely” setting otherwise it gives people a reason such as you are out of town.
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Kate says:
You say this more than once “Turn off geolocation within the app” but I don’t see where/how to do it. Can you please explain? I’m using Express VPN and my location still shows up as my ACTUAL location.
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William Sattelberg says:
Hi Kate! You’ll wanna make sure you turn off GPS on your phone in order to turn off geolocation within the app. By disabling your GPS, you force your device to look for your location using the internet, instead of satellites. This isn’t foolproof, like the article says, and so we’ll try to clear up the guide in the next week or so with better wording and an updated method!
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Todd says:
I find the “automatic” location extremely annoying. I have a small radius set for matching (I live in a congested city, where traveling 10 miles could take an hour. I’m also a grown-up and I’m not likely to move). People commuting through or visiting my city show up as matches–then I find they live impossibly far away.

This “feature” could potentially be DANGEROUS. Say you contact someone who turns out to be a stalker type; they can monitor your location. “You said you live in Beverly Hills, but the last three nights Bumble says you were in Santa Monica–WHO ARE YOU BANGING IN SANTA MONICA????”

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MK says:
Bumble goes on about it’s safety for women but I just experienced a jarring situation where a match knew exactly where I was. I felt creeped and almost stalked because he was monitoring where I was using the distance display. One should have to option to turn off real time location and just list your hometown.
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Kinzy says:
Were you able to figure out how to enable just your home town? I need that ability as well.
Rich says:
Bumble is ridiculous in how it detects your location. I want to find matches near my home town. I sont care about matches while I am on vacation200 miles away! Stupid!
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Amanda says:
Thanks for info … could you tell me how to reset since when I got on for the first time I swiped left on the people close and now have no local matches … tried reinstalling app and reinstalling on Facebook with no significant change. Do I have to let it expire and then start again in a few weeks? Thanks
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