Bumble Review

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Bumble Review & 3 Better Alternatives (Feb. 2024)

Brittney Mayer

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Reviewed by: Brittney Mayer

Brittney Mayer

Brittney’s research background has been put to good use at DatingAdvice.com. She is skilled at developing thorough articles and guides for the informed dater, and her rigorous editorial chops have impressed experts in the field. When she's not typing up a storm, she enjoys traveling, watching "Star Trek" marathons, and finding activities that provide unique mental and physical challenges.

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When creating a Bumble review, the thing that stood out to us the most is the dating app’s female-friendly features. Since 2014, Bumble has endeavored to improve the dating scene by empowering women to make the first move. And we applaud that.

According to a post on Quora, women receive anywhere from 20 to 130 messages a day on dating websites and apps. Even women who are no longer active on the site or app tend to receive about 15 messages a day. Which, honestly, is way too many to sort through.

Certain online dating platforms can overwhelm women with incoming messages from good, bad, and just plain ugly date prospects. Women can end up peppered with pickup lines and unsolicited “sup girl” messages, and that burns them out rather quickly. That’s bad news for women, but it’s also bad news for men who see low response rates for their messages. Bumble has changed that and put the power to communicate in women’s hands, thus making the dating process more fun and less stressful for both genders.

Below are our thoughts on the Bumble app, and we’ve included three other apps that also provide a great experience, particularly for women.

Bumble Review | 3 Other Female-Friendly Apps

Bumble — Women Have the Control, But You Have to Sign Up Through Facebook (4.3/5.0 Rating)

Bumble was founded in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe Herd (who co-founded Tinder), with the help of Badoo CEO Andrey Andreev and former Tinder employees Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick. These dating experts came together because they saw something amiss in the online dating scene, and they wanted to make it more a female-driven place.

The app’s motto is “Life is short — make the first move.” Whether that’s for networking, friendship, dating, or love, Bumble’s ultimate goal is to do away with outdated dating rules that say men have to be the ones to initiate.

Bumble is available for free on Google Play (where it has 4 stars) and iTunes (where it has 4.2 stars), and the site itself sees over 540,000 visitors a month.

To sign up, you’ll need to sync up your Facebook account, which Bumble will use to pull information like your name, age, college, and job. This also helps to ensure everyone is who they say they are.

In terms of photos, you’re allowed to add up to six, and they can come from Facebook, your phone, or you can take a new selfie right then and there. The team moderates photos and flags any inappropriate content, so no shots of celebrities or you in your underwear or blocking your face. Bumble has also banned pictures with guns in them.

Photo of the Bumble app

Once a woman and man both swipe right on Bumble, she has 24 hours to send a message. This doesn’t apply to LGBTQ+ singles.

As we mentioned, the biggest difference between Bumble and other dating apps is women have to send the first message to men. This doesn’t apply to same-sex connections, obviously, where either party can send a message first.

Once a straight man and a straight woman mutually swipe right on each other (matches are called Bees), the woman has 24 hours to message him or the connection goes away forever. If he wants more time before replying, he can extend the deadline to another 24 hours, which also shows the woman that he’s really interested in chatting.

However, he can only extend a match once a day and once for each connection — unless he’s a paying member. Women with paid memberships also have the option to extend the deadline.

If you accidentally swiped left on someone, shake your phone to unlock the Backtrack feature. You’ll get three of these for free, and they’ll refill after three hours. You can earn more for free by spreading the word about Bumble on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Bumble was created in 2014 as an alternative dating app that puts women in the driver’s seat.

Bumble has more premium features, but you’ll have to upgrade your membership to access them. It costs $9.99 a month, but you’ll save money if you prepay for three or six months. The features include Beeline (see users who’ve already swiped right on you), Rematch (keep matches who should’ve expired), and Busybee (receive unlimited extends).

Since 2014, Bumble has received a lot of praise, especially from single women. “App is cool, and I like that I get to be the one to make first contact,” said Alisha Rocks in her review on Google Play. The main downside we’ve seen about Bumble is that some people don’t like the fact that they have to register via Facebook.

Andy Finucan, who also wrote a review on Google Play, said, “Not everyone wants a Facebook account, and anyone can create a fake Facebook account. So making it mandatory seems redundant. [The] premise seems to be sound. But [it’s] totally useless to people who don’t want to follow social media trends and sell their soul to the Facebook devil!”

3 Other Female-Friendly Dating Apps Besides Bumble

We’re fans of Bumble, but it’s not the only dating app that we’d recommend to women seeking a more engaging online dating experience. We’ve highlighted three dating apps that have their own unique histories, teams, features, success stories, and pricing that you should consider.


Zoosk was created in 2007 and was one of the first dating apps on the market. It’s been paving the way for others like Bumble ever since. Integrated with Facebook and Google+, the app has a quick signup process that only takes a minute or so, and it’s 100% free.

Unlike Bumble, you don’t have to use an existing social media profile to create a Zoosk profile. You can just join via the homepage, the App Store, or Google Play.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
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Size is another thing Zoosk has going for it. It’s been downloaded more than 30 million times and receives more than 3.8 million monthly visitors. What we think women will love most is the Carousel — which suggests matches to you, and then you can decide to like them (click the heart icon), pass on them (click the X icon), or save them for later (click the word maybe).


Match is the grandfather of online dating, having been founded in 1995. Throughout its long history, Match has perfected its online dating experience for desktop and then copy/pasted the design that when it launched the app. Whether you use an Android or iOS device or a laptop, you can get Match for free.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match System: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for date prospects, and receive compatible matches based on personalized preferences. Free members can also chat with select members and send unlimited likes.
  • Browse Free: View Profiles Now

As you can see, Match is a really popular dating platform. It gets over 13.5 million visitors on a monthly basis, but something also worth mentioning is it has over 30 million members in general. Provide your criteria (gender, age, location, sexual orientation, interests, etc.), and search for dates and partners on your own as well as receive them from Match.

Elite Singles

Serious-minded daters flock to Elite Singles because of its large demographic of educated members — more than 80% have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree. Every week, more than 165,000 people join the app, and every month, more than 2,500 find love through it.



Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match System: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with EliteSingles, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play. Not only is everyone looking for a long-term partner, but 80% of members hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. EliteSingles sees 210,000 visitors and 2,500 users finding love every month, so it's one of the fastest growing and most reputable apps.
  • Browse Free: View Profiles Now

Once you join, you’re given a free membership that never expires and allows you to upload your information and photos, browse profiles, receive compatible profiles, and communicate in several ways (e.g., virtual winks). You can always upgrade your account if/when you’re ready to view photos and send private messages to your online crushes.

Say Goodbye to Nude Pics & “Hey, babe” Thanks to Bumble!

You’d think receiving 20 to 130 messages a day would be exciting for women, but it becomes more of a job than anything. Plus, the good guys can be overlooked because they’re hidden in a sea of “What’s up, cutie?” and dick pics. Bumble strives to eradicate this problem by putting women in charge, and it seems to be working.

Life is all about having choices, so if you’re going to sign up for Bumble, why not give some of these other apps a try? They’re all free, so it’s not really a gamble!

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