How To Reset your Bumble Account
In the five years since Bumble’s launch in 2014, more than 50 million users have registered for the site to find love, friendship, or business contacts. Bumble is best known for its woman-centric design, in which after a match is made, the woman must open the conversation within 24 hours, or the match simply disappears. (For same-sex or non-romantic pairings, either partner in the match can initiate messaging.) This system makes many women much more comfortable on the app, since they aren’t going to get random messages from every guy they’ve matched with, but can instead start out the conversation on their terms.
However, like all datings apps, Bumble has its flaws. It’s possible to go through every profile in your area and not find a match with someone you like. Or you might change your job, city, or lifestyle, making your Bumble profile outdated. Or you might want to give someone another chance to swipe right on you – just in case it’s love at second sight. It’s possible to completely reset your Bumble account and start over on the app. In this article, I will show you how to do this with the minimum impact on your account’s future success.
Putting your Bumble account in Snooze mode
Before you go for the complete reset, you might want to explore just taking a break with Snooze mode. Bumble introduced Snooze mode to allow users to take a little break from the app without losing any of their matches. Activating Snooze will remove your profile from the stack, but still let you communicate with anyone you’ve already matched with. Here’s how you do it:
- Open the Bumble app.
- Tap the Profile icon in the top left-hand corner.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Tap “Snooze mode.”
- Tap the amount of time you want to Snooze your account.
Reset your Bumble account
The upside to resetting your Bumble account is that as long as you do it correctly, you wipe the slate clean. You can use new images, a new bio or even a new Facebook account. To reset your Bumble account, you need to delete it and then start a new one.
Before you get started, though, be warned: Bumble does not like it if you reset your account too frequently. It will display a brief message prior to deleting your account that tells you as much. According to Bumble, those who frequently do a hard rest, or who reinstall the app immediately after uninstalling, will not be shown as often to other people. However, doing it occasionally should not affect your ranking in the stacks. In particular, research has shown that if you FIRST disconnect your Facebook account from your Bumble account, Bumble can’t track you as a user and even if they decide to increase penalties for reset accounts, you should escape detection.
Disconnect your Facebook
On a phone:
- Log into Facebook.
- Navigate to “Settings” and “Account Settings.”
- Select “Apps and Websites” and “Logged in with Facebook.”
- Select “Bumble” and then “Remove app.”
- Confirm the removal when prompted.
In a desktop browser:
- Log into Facebook.
- Select “Settings” from the triangle dropdown in the upper right corner of the browser window.
- Select “Apps and Websites” from the left menu.
- Select “Bumble” from the list.
- Click on “Remove app” at the very bottom of the dialog and confirm.
Once your Facebook account has been disconnected, you may or may not need to delete your account manually. Go into Bumble on your phone or desktop and see if the account still exists. If it does, you’ll need to delete it by hand.
- Open up your Bumble app.
- Tap the Profile icon in the top left-hand corner.
- Select “Settings” and scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Select “Delete account.”
- Select the reason you are deleting your account.
- Tap “Delete account.”
This will delete your Bumble account completely. To make sure there is no cached data from Bumble around, uninstall the app on your phone. Now your Bumble account is properly and completely deleted.
To reset your account, you’ll need to start over on Bumble. According to those who have reset their accounts multiple times, it is best to wait 24 hours to make absolutely sure that Bumble isn’t monitoring your IP address.
After 24 hours have passed, download a fresh copy of the Bumble app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and install it. If you want to improve your chances with a better set of images or bio, or you’ve made changes to your Facebook information such as city or career, make those changes in Facebook first. Then set up Bumble. If you just want a second round with the same information, go right ahead and set up Bumble directly.
- Open the Bumble app on your phone.
- Set up your profile and link it to your Facebook account. Make changes to your Facebook profile before doing this if you need to.
- Set up your Bumble profile.
- Start swiping!
If you want different results, you have to do different things
For all the high-minded talk of “feminist-friendly” Bumble, the truth is that like all dating apps, you’re going to be judged on your looks and your profile. Having gone to all the trouble of resetting your account for a fresh start, it would be pretty foolish to just throw the same old pictures and bio on there and start over. You already tried those pictures and that bio, remember? This is the time to take a good hard look at your profile and see what you should do differently.
Here are a few ways to improve your Bumble account for your next go at it.
Obviously, better pictures are part of the solution. Choose pictures that are clear, fun, and that represent you really well. Ask a few friends for their favorite pictures of you, then use those. Bumble’s own statistics show that users who use all six picture slots get more matches than those who only use some of the slots. Don’t be afraid to mix your pictures up periodically – if you have 12 great pictures of yourself, use six for a few weeks and then switch to the other six. There are photo rating services online where you can submit your photos to be graded by strangers – suck up the potential ego hit and test your photos with people other than those who don’t want to hurt your feelings. It’s also wise to ditch the selfie and invest in asking a friend to take some snaps.
Don’t right-swipe everyone
One thing you should definitely change: your swiping pattern. Men especially have a tendency to swipe right on every profile they see, figuring that they’ll weed out any genuinely undesirable matches later. However, on Bumble this will penalize you badly. Accounts that are perceived by Bumble’s algorithms as being overly right-swipe oriented drop steeply in the rankings and get shown far less frequently. For your new profile, preserve an image of pickiness that makes you look like a better match.
Expand your preferences
A lot of people make the mistake of deciding they want someone 27-31 within three miles of their current location. That might work in New York City, but in Des Moines, you’re throwing away thousands of great potential partners for the sake of a very narrow set of criteria. Age is more than just a number, but we all know some amazingly mature 22-year olds and some amazingly attractive 55-year olds. If nothing else, opening up your age range gives you more people to swipe right on. In addition to the age range criteria, give the app some more room to breathe. Remember, you’re not committing to a life partner here – you aren’t even committing to a date. If someone is a town or two over, it’s still worth chatting with them.
Take periodic breaks
It’s very natural to sit on Bumble and swipe and swipe and swipe, and then come back the next day and do it all again. However, to get more matches with less effort, take a break every once in a while. Bumble tends to first show you profiles that have already swiped right on you…if you go off the app for a few days and let a few of those profiles accumulate, you can get matches quickly without having to wade through a thousand dud profiles.
Write a good bio
The bio is one of the most underrated tools you have to gain someone’s attention. They’ll stop and look at the pictures – the bio may be what sells it. Don’t present yourself as something as you’re not. If you are funny, though, by all means be funny in your bio. Remember that trying to fool people into thinking you’re a certain kind of person just wastes their time and leaves you in the position of maintaining a facade. Just be yourself. It’s better to have one good match who wants someone who is like you, than it is to have ten bad matches who want someone you’ll now have to pretend to be. That’s a miserable way to live. Write an honest and engaging bio that gives potential matches reasons to want to talk to you. Two key elements to include: your profession and your education, especially if they are interesting or impressive.
Add your Spotify
Bumble lets you link to your Spotify account, and unless you have the worst musical taste in the world and are hiding your shame, you should absolutely let them use that information. Shared love of a band or genre isn’t quite an automatic match, but for a lot of people it’s darn close to one. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that? Plus, you’ll be more likely to match with people who share your taste in music, and that’ll make for a better drive on your first date.
Verify your account
Account verification is quick, easy, and free. With the amount of spam, catfishing, phishing, and outright scamming going on in the world, seeing a verified account display on your profile automatically bumps you up a few points in everyone’s eyes. It’s a free advantage. Take it.
If you were previously successful and just want to reset your matches, you may not need to make changes. If you were dissatisfied with your performance first time round, make some changes. Consider whether your images show you off at your best, your bio says what it needs to say to attract someone, or your replies to conversations were putting people off.
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