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How To Hide your Location on Bumble

Posted by Jamie on November 3, 2019

Ever since Tinder came out in 2012, with Bumble on its heels in 2014, the dating world has never been the same. Some adults can’t remember the dating sphere without Tinder. For singles in their 20s and 30s, dating apps have been around for most or all of their adult dating lives. Love them or hate them, these dating apps have changed the landscape forever. On a positive note, it’s never been easier to find a date. Whether it’s a casual fling or lifetime thing, apps like Bumble are a major part of the dating world, and if you are serious about finding love, you’re going to want a solid presence on these apps.

Many people, however, particularly women, have found that the dating culture on sites like Tinder can sometimes be toxic. There are a lot of men who have no idea how to treat other people online, and this factor, combined with traditional dating conventions, has led to a Tinder backlash. One positive response to this backlash was the creation of Bumble, two years after Tinder’s debut, by one of Tinder’s co-founders.

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 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.

Does Bumble Show your Location?

Bumble uses GPS on your device to pinpoint your location, and when disabled, uses information from both your router and your ISP to pinpoint where you are in the world. There is a legitimate safety concern when you give 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.’

Can you Turn your Location off on Bumble?

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

On Android:

  1. Head into your Settings menu and select Apps from the list of options.
  2. Find Bumble in your full list of apps.
  3. Selection Permissions from the app options.
  4. Select Location and Deny permission.

On iOS:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to your Bumble options
  2. Select Location Services within the Bumble settings menu.
  3. Turn location off.

Can Bumble Track your Location Even if you are not Active?

No, Bumble can only track your location if you log into the app. No app updates your location in the background, or at least it isn’t legally allowed to. Our article on how bumble tracks your location goes into more detail.

Can you Hide Location on Bumble

You can’t hide your location on Bumble once it’s located you on the app. Since Bumble uses GPS if it’s turned on, or Wifi signals if it’s not.

Bumble says:

‘Your location will be automatically established by your phone’s GPS and cannot be set manually. If you believe your location is incorrect, please contact our Support team so we can update our geo-database!’

Can you Fake your Location on Bumble?

It is possible to fake your location on Bumble in multiple different ways. First, you could change your wifi settings, use a VPN, or use a GPS spoofing app. There are more details on how you can do that, and how that works in the next section.

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.

Final Thought

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 continually 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!

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

Bill says:
Why can’t they just go off of the zip code that you enter as your home zip code? When I’m out of town on business, I don’t want to meet someone who is away from my home area……but apparently I have to wait until I return from my business trip to be able to have the possibility of matching up with someone in my home city. (Geez…..not everyone is looking for a hookup with a stranger!)
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Brandon says:
You have to do it from your phone settings in iOS and then click Bumble
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Angry Bumble Customer says:
This is nonsense. You can’t even get into the Bumble settings without first turning on location. It takes you through the entire sign-up process, then won’t go any further until you grant location permission.

There isn’t even a way to disable just the GPS and rely on network location (on Android 9) like this article is suggesting. It’s all or nothing.

Bumble is garbage for requiring such an invasive permission with no way to opt out. I absolutely do not want their advertizers to have my exact location to within a few meters. A city location from my IP should be just fine.

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Barb says:
On Android:

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

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Laura says:
There is no privacy setting within Bumble settings on Android.
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Eleanor says:
I can’t find it either on iOS, maybe it was an old version?
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Barbara says:
On iOS you have to go to your phone settings first, that is where you can turn off Bumbles location, not through the Bumble app

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