Bumble is a free dating app, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular. Investing in Bumble Boost definitely has its perks, but is it worth the money?
To answer that question, you need to know exactly what you’re getting with the premium Bumble upgrade. You’ll also learn when it makes sense to level up, and we’ll even give you some tips on how to use all those extras to meet the type of high-quality local singles you deserve to date!
Bumble Premium Perks
Bumble Boost includes 4 main premium features:
- Unlimited Filters
This feature is the big time saver, because in this section your queue is made up of profiles of people who have already swiped right on you. That means when you see someone you like, it’s a guaranteed connection.
A “connection” normally expires within 24 hours if that first message isn’t sent, but you can use this feature to match with them again.
Even if you're not using , expired will appear again eventually. But without the Rematch feature, you'll probably have to wait awhile for a particular to pop up again in your – especially if you live in a megacity.
Unlimited Extends (AKA BusyBee)
Normally when a match expires, the connection disappears.
Without the upgrade, you can only “extend” one match daily, which keeps the connection in your queue for an additional 24 hours.
Unlimited Extends allows you to do this with as many matches as you want.
Unlimited Bumble Filters
Bumble filters allow you to screen your matches for various attributes such as education level, political affiliation, smoking and drinking habits, etc.
Free users only get to apply two filters at a time per Mode, but upgrading lets you use as many as you want. For those seeking long-term relationships in Bumble dating, screening for as many deal breakers as possible up front can save a lot time and effort.
How Much Does Bumble Boost Cost?
The cost of upgrading to Bumble premium depends on the duration of your membership. You can try it out for a week, or commit to 6 months for a much lower monthly price. And if you don't want to worry about cancelling an auto-renew subscription but still want access to the premium features, there's a “lifetime” access option.
Unlike on Tinder, upgrading does not get you any “free” SuperSwipes. They cost $1.99 if you purchase them individually, and as low as $1.25 when you purchase them in bulk:
Wondering if SuperSwipes are worth the cost? Read more about this in-app purchase!
Is Bumble Boost Worth It?
Upgrading the dating app is worth it, if you’re in one of these categories:
- You’re in a big city and get a lot of matches. You can save a lot of time by focusing on the people who have already Liked your profile.
- You don’t check the app every day. The ability to get an additional day or rematch with expired matches could mean the difference between making a connection and striking out completely.
Don’t bother with the premium service if you live in a less populated area. There simply aren’t enough Bumble users to make it worth it, and you’ll get a second chance at expired matches fairly quickly.
How To Cancel Bumble Boost
It’s easy to get rid of Bumble Boost if it’s not working out for you.
Follow these steps to cancel Bumble Boost on your iPhone:
- Go to settings
- Select iTunes and App Store
- Click on Apple ID
- Click on view Apple ID
- Click on Subscriptions
- Select Bumble from the list
- Select “cancel subscription
Here is how to cancel Bumble Boost on an Android:
- Go to settings
- Click on “Boost Subscription”
- Click cancel
In either case, make sure you cancel before the end of the billing cycle, as Bumble does not offer full or partial refunds. You can continue to use Bumble Boost until your subscription runs out.
Occasionally the app may offer you a Bumble Boost free trial, usually for 7 days. Keep on eye on your Bumble notifications! The offers vary depending on your age and location.
Get The Most Bang For Your Buck With These 6 Bonus Tips
If you decide to upgrade, you want your profile to be absolutely irresistible, right? Here are 6 easy Bumble profile tips that will boost your results in no time:
#1. Have Someone Else Choose Your Photos
As it turns out, a complete stranger is better at picking out the pictures where you look the most attractive.
That’s because you’re so familiar with your own face that you tend to miss all the details that a stranger would notice right away, like your expression or even what you’re wearing.
There are tons of websites like PhotoFeeler that are devoted to crowdsourcing feedback on photos, so see how your Bumble pics rate with people who have never seen you before.
For an in-depth primer on choosing your best Bumble photos, go here.
#2. Fill Up Those Boxes
According to Bumble, profiles with all 6 photo spots filled get the most right swipes. That being said – quality wins out over quantity, as even just one bad photo can make her move on. If you don’t have 6 photos where you’re equally attractive, check out this article for tips on taking some right-swipe-worthy pics.
#3. Guys, Make It Easy For Her To Send The First Message
At 300 characters or less, Bumble profiles are short and sweet. While you definitely want to highlight all your best features in your Bumble bio, save some space to ask her a short question.
When you put a line like: “Weekend getaway: Beach house ?️ city condo ? or mountain cabin ⛰️?” at the end of your bio, it’s super easy for her to start a conversation because she doesn’t have to stress over what to say.
Want actual dating profile examples? Check out these Bumble bios for guys that really work!
#4. Ladies, Keep Your Icebreakers Short & Sweet
When Bumble reviewed last year’s data, their data nerds discovered messages that were 10-15 words got the most responses. And include a GIF! Want some inspiration?
Check out these Bumble openers that get responses from incredible men!
#5. Pencil In Some Bumble Time Between 8 And 10 PM
According to Bumble’s internal data, the best time to exchange messages is between 8 & 10 pm. Activity on the app is highest on Sundays, and lowest on Fridays. Aim for those peak days and times, since having a real-time message exchange end with a date set or phone number is the best case scenario.
#6. Bring In The Experts!
If you really want to date the most attractive local singles, you need to bring your “A” game. That means you need top notch photos, an irresistible profile, and witty, engaging messages that you can send before she loses interest and moves on.
You’ll find everything you need for success on Bumble in this handy guide, but spoiler alert: it means work. Lots of it.
If you don’t have time for that, or if you just want to skip straight to the “lots of dates with incredible people” part – why not let us do it all for you?