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Since swiping apps like Tinder and Bumble first took the dating world by storm, married users and those in relationships have felt left out.
Although they often remedied this by borrowing their friend’s phones and swiping for matches on their behalf, it is only with the emergence of Bumble BFF that those in search of platonic relationships can finally match for themselves.
How Does Bumble BFF Work?
Whether you are someone who missed out on swiping technology as you’ve been in the long term committed relationship or recently met someone and went off of dating sites, Bumble BFF is for you. The original Bumble dating app has users swipe right if they like a match and – if still interested – the woman messages first to prevent unwanted communication (except in same-sex matches, where either party can).
Bumble BFF is a new take on that same technology. It matches users of the same sex who are looking for friends. Similar to the Bumble app, you will swipe left if not interested in a match and right if you are. You also have 24 hours to initiate a conversation, whether you message first or after you receive the message.
However, on Bumble BFF, you won’t be swiping to find a love match. Instead, you’ll be replenishing your inner and outer circle of friends.
According to Bumble co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd and her conversation with Coveteur, Bumble BFF emerged for this reason, “Our users [first] started using Bumble for [making friends]! We saw so many women being explicit in their bios saying, ‘Not here to date! Just looking for a girlfriend!’ Or, ‘My husband or my boyfriend got a new job, and we relocated to the city, and I don’t know anyone,’ ‘Looking for someone to do girl’s night out with,’ ‘Looking for wine night.’ We really pay attention to our users, and when that feedback came in so frequently, we were like, ‘We better do something about this!’”
Bumble BFF can be your first Bumble download, or you can switch to that version of the app once you find a relationship and want to terminate your dating profile. If you’re interested in both Bumble for dating and BFF finding, look for color-coded circles around your matches’ photographs under messaging (green with a BFF emblem for friend finding and yellow for dating matches).
Like the dating side of Bumble, Bumble BFF is free to download and use. It syncs with your Facebook account, and its algorithm shows commonalities of interests and ‘likes.’ Bumble & Bumble BFF discourage the shirtless gym selfie concept, with the idea that people don’t walk into the bar looking for love or friendship shirtless.
Many users switch their profile to BFF after finding a dating match (or even getting sick of dating and taking a break), which means that you might end up browsing profiles which use the same photographs they did for dating. As a woman, this means you might see many hot photos of your future friends and, as a man, you might see many muscle-T images.
Also, if you thought it was hard to find the right dating match, making friends can be even harder. Not motivated by passion, users don’t check Bumble BFF as much as they would traditionally Bumble. Depending on your age and where you live, you might not have as many matches as you’d like. Hopefully, this will change as Bumble BFF becomes more widely known and popular.
Bumble Boost will let you see who is already interested in friend matching with you, extend your time to reply to expired users (which helps if you often time out on matching or responding to messages), and add 24 hours to your reply time.
6 months: $79.99 ($13.33 / mo)
3 months: $49.99 ($16.66/ mo)
1 month: $24.99/ mo
1 week: $8.99/ wk
*Membership automatically renews 24 hours before the end of the current billing period.
Coins are an optional feature that can operate with or without Bumble Boost. Coins unlock features like SuperSwipes.
30 coins: $34.99
15 coins: $19.99
5 coins: $7.99
1 coin: $1.99
Go to the App Store or Google Play and download Bumble.
Connect with your Facebook account and decide which information you want to share (name and age are needed for profiles, but your FB location and friend’s list can be deselected to remain private.
Bumble will have you go through several screens about its swiping and site rules. If you’re wanting to sign up for Bumble BFF, at the window that asks if you’re looking for Dates, New Friends, or Networking, select “New Friends.”
You will then be immediately redirected to Bumble BFF’s swiping. Although directly swiping for friendship might be tempting, take the time to go to the upper left-hand side of the screen and select the ‘person’ icon.
Under the ‘person’ icon, go to “Edit Profile.” There, you can add or delete photographs, enter information in your “About Me” section and optionally add or change your job and education. You can also verify your account, and sync your Instagram or Spotify accounts.
Since you’re looking for friends, be sure to focus on your hobbies and personality. If you verify your account, you will be asked to copy a random gesture in a selfie and upload it.
Your match queue and conversations will be found under the “text bubble” icon on the upper right-hand side of the swiping screen.
Help and Support
On the main swiping screen go to the ‘person’ icon at the upper left side of the screen. Select “Contact & FAQ”>”Contact Us,” to contact Bumble with questions or billing problems.
Bumble BFF Review
All in all, Bumble BFF is a worthwhile venture into making friends in the modern age. In adulthood, the chance to meet platonic friends can be limited.
While the number of users in your are might disappoint, expanding your search area will help. Tip: Try the free version of the site (without Coins or Bumble Boost) and save your money for dating sites!