How To Hide your Location on Bumble

Posted by Jamie on March 8, 2019

We get a lot of questions around online dating here at TechJunkie and most of them revolve around Tinder and Bumble. Other apps are available of course but these two seem the most popular with our readers at least. One common theme to those questions is about location. Can you hide your location on Bumble? Can you turn location services off? Can you spoof your location? I will attempt to answer those questions today.

People either seem to love or hate Bumble. Personally, I think it’s a great app. It avoids many of the pitfalls of Tinder by giving the power to women. They feel more empowered by being able to make the first move, are happier using the dating app because they get less hassle from jerks and the quality of profiles is usually higher because men actively need to attract that first move.

Location on Bumble

Location is a key part of how Bumble works. It needs to know where you are so it can provide you with potential matches in your area. If it didn’t know where you are, it could potentially show you matches hundreds, or thousands of miles away. That won’t help you find a date and could put you off using the app.

If you have GPS enabled on your phone, Bumble will use that to pinpoint your location. If you disable GPS, it will attempt to use your WiFi IP address or network information to locate you. This isn’t to spy on you but to be able to provide local matches.

There is a legitimate safety concern with giving your location away on a dating app. If you live in a small town or rural area, having a match two miles away could instantly give you away. Depending on who else lives in that town, that could be a good thing, or it might be the opposite.

Bumble says:

‘If you turn these features on, when you use your mobile, we will collect information about WiFi access points as well as other location information about your longitude and latitude and may save your device’s coordinates to offer certain features to you. This information helps us identify your physical location and we may use it to personalize the App and make it easier for you to interact with other Users, by enabling the information to be displayed and shared with other members choosing to view “nearby” posts.’

Fortunately, Bumble has included the ability to hide your location. Here’s how to do it:

On Android:

  1. Open Bumble and navigate to your profile.
  2. Select Privacy and turn off Location.

On iOS:

  1. Open Bumble and navigate to Settings and Privacy.
  2. Select Location Services and Bumble.
  3. Turn location off.

Change or fake your location in Bumble

Bumble will use your GPS first and WiFi settings second when trying to set your location. This means that you can potentially fake a location. By turning GPS off and using a VPN service, you can select an endpoint server in a city you want to appear to be in. It isn’t the slickest solution to those small town dating woes but might help.

For example, if you live 40 miles from Los Angeles and don’t mind the drive, setting your location to the Simi Valley or Burbank would net you many more potential matches than Grapevine or Sandberg.

The main challenge here is finding a VPN provider with an endpoint server in LA to give you an LA IP address. Most of the good VPN providers will have a list of the locations of their servers so you should be able to check before you buy. Most will also have a free trial of between 7 and 14 days so you can try before you buy. It’s an inelegant way to spoof your location but could work.

There are also GPS spoofing apps on the market that can fake your location. Dating apps are becoming wise to these and block some of them. I often suggest these apps for faking locations but have to be much more careful now as not all of them work. You could try a GPS spoofing app on your phone to see if you can manually set a location.

Location is an integral part of how dating apps work and you may find it difficult to turn location off. There are ways around that as described here but none are guaranteed to work because the app developers are constantly moving the goalposts. It’s always worth a try though.

Do you know an effective way to hide your location on Bumble. Know any GPS spoofing apps that still work? Tell us about it below if you do!

2 thoughts on “How To Hide your Location on Bumble”

Barb says:
On Android:

To turn off the Location you must go to your Phone: Settings/Apps/Bumble/App Settings/Permissions/Location

Laura says:
There is no privacy setting within Bumble settings on Android.
Eleanor says:
I can’t find it either on iOS, maybe it was an old version?

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