How does Bumble work for men? Here’s how Bumble chats differ for men, women, and non-binary users

How does Bumble work for men? Here’s how Bumble chats differ for men, women, and non-binary users
  • Bumble works the same for men and women, except that men aren’t allowed to send the first message to a woman they’ve matched with.
  • Once a woman sends a message to a man, they can chat without any restrictions.
  • After making a match on Bumble, you can see and chat with contacts from the conversation page.

Bumble is a popular dating app that works similarly to apps like Tinder — you’re presented with pictures of other people on the app, and then swipe right on people you’re interested in, or swipe left to skip them.

How Bumble chats work for men

However, for men, there is one major difference: If you’re a man that’s matched with a woman, you can’t send her a message first. Instead, the woman needs to send the first message. In a same-sex match, though, either person can initiate a conversation.

How Bumble’s matching algorithm works

Bumble doesn’t publish much about how its algorithm works, but it’s evident that it doesn’t learn your preferences to customize the profiles it shows you based on previous swipes or matches.

Instead, the app prioritizes profiles who have received a lot of right-swipes, and will try to show people who have swiped right on you to make potential matches easier to discover.

As a general rule, you shouldn’t swipe right on a large number of profiles in a short period of time. It indicates that you’re either insincere or a bot, and the app will make it harder for other users to discover you.

Bumble matches are never one-sided — both people need to swipe right on one another for a match to occur. Only after that can two people start a conversation.


Melody Meadows

Based in Euless, Texas, Melody Meadows is a Chief Editor at Business Journal.  Previously  She worked for Crain Media and Yahoo News.  Ms. Meadows is a graduate of University of Texas at The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Meadows started working for Business Journal in 2020.  She covers business, government, politics and stories about economics.