How To Change your Location in Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that works similarly to Tinder or Bumble on the surface. You fill in a profile, enter some Facebook data, add some pics and go from there. But what if you travel or move to a new city? Will you be able to see new Bagels in your new town? This tutorial is going to show you how to change your location in Coffee Meets Bagel and share a few other tips for the dating app.
If you’re done with swiping right or spending hours on a dating app trying to get something more than a hookup, you might like to try Coffee Meets Bagel. Launched by three sisters in San Francisco who wanted to spark more meaningful relationships from a dating app, it’s a slightly more grown-up proposition for those who value quality over quantity.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel requires a slightly different approach to the likes of Tinder. Rather than throwing every potential match at you at once and letting you swipe through them, you get one potential match per day. You then have several days to consider each match before it disappears.
It is for this reason that I call it a more ‘grown-up’ dating app. There is no instant gratification. No number counting of matches and not anywhere as much ghosting or acting the fool. With Coffee Meets Bagel, if you blow your chance, it is very unlikely that a match will make its way round to you again anytime soon to give it another try. That forces everyone to raise their game.
Setting up your profile
The downside of Coffee Meets Bagel is that it links to your Facebook account. I’m not a fan of this approach as I like to keep different parts of my life separate but maybe that’s just me. Otherwise, you download the app, create an account, link your Facebook account and allow the app to access data, location and all that good stuff.
Once the pairing is done, you are presented with some questions about your education, height, background and then your preferences. You can select potential matches through distance, age range, height range, religion, ethnicity and so on.
Change your location in Coffee Meets Bagel
If the wrong location is selected by the app or you move to a different city, you will want to see local Bagels instead of those in your old home town. You can easily change your location in Coffee Meets Bagel.
On the iOS app:
- Select Me and then your Profile.
- Select Edit and Details.
- Select Location and change it.
- Select Profile and Details.
- Select Current City and then Country and City.
- Change your location.
Changes are reflected within the app immediately but may take a day or two to percolate through the system.
Selecting images for Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is quite generous in that it lets you showcase up to 9 images on your profile. That’s more opportunities to show yourself at your best and to attract as many potential mates as possible. The app recommends a minimum of 6 images, but I would recommend going all the way with 9. As images are powerful in dating, it makes sense to use everything you’ve got to attract a match.
The same rules apply to Coffee Meets Bagel as they do on Tinder, Happn, Bumble, or wherever.
Make your primary pic a good one. It should be a head and shoulder shot with good lighting, good composition, and a smile. Keep your clothes on, make it as attractive as you can and look approachable. Remember the target audience on Coffee Meets Bagel isn’t the same as on Tinder, so topless shots or mediocre quality selfies won’t cut it here.
Make the other eight images equally good, but you can use more imagination here. If you work in a uniform, add a pic of that. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, add one of those. If you perform on stage, add an image or two of that. If you play in a band or perform, add an image. Use these supporting images to build a picture of who you are.
Again, Coffee Meets Bagel is a more serious dating app for longer-term relationships. You get one shot at being matched, so make those images tell a story.
Coffee Meets Bagel is a different take on dating, and I like it. It removes much of the soul-destroying nature of other dating apps, the ghosting, the jerks, and general hopelessness that some apps bring with them and replaces it with the slow burn of hope. It may not provide any more chance of a match than any other app, but neither does it pretend to.
Using other dating sites like Tinder? Want to know how to change your location in Tinder as well? Check out our blog post on how to do just that!