Learn how to perform a Bumble search to find someone’s profile on the popular online dating app with our little-known tips.
As dating apps and sites become popular, there are times when you may need to search for someone online. This might be to find an old match, someone you know who uses the site, or even catch a partner cheating!
What is Bumble?
Bumble is a dating app where women make the first move in messaging. Though any user can message first in LGBTQ relationships, for straight matches women have to message early (within a given amount of time). Should they not, hearts may be broken for the men who matched them through a right swipe and yet never received any direct communication.
How to Bumble Search
Decide Which Profile Photo to Use
To look for someone on the app you will need to create an account since you can’t search for someone directly on the app. If you WANT the person, you’re looking for to see you and know they are looking for you in return, and will swipe right for ‘interested,’ then post a photo that showcases your best and most recognizable self. If it is someone you haven’t seen in several years, make sure they would still recognize you by posting a photo that will have enough in common with how they last remembered you.
Exception – Don’t Be Recognizable If Checking on an Unfaithful Partner
The beauty of dating apps like Tinder or Bumble is that swiping is a quick-paced, gut instinct method to find matches based on first impressions of an image search or profile. However, you never know when another user will be using the app and see you first, deciding if they swipe yes or no (right or left), or even blocking you before you have a chance to view them.
If you are looking for an unfaithful partner, make your opening profile photo as ‘stealth’ as the site will allow. Otherwise, you might get swiped ‘left’ on or blocked before you see the one you’re looking for!
Be Location Wise While Doing a Bumble Search
Set your location search to match a little more than the distance you are from the person you’re looking for. Assuming 5 miles away in real life will be 5 miles on the app often isn’t accurate – expect a small (to moderate) variation in exact distance represented on the app than the geographic reality of range from your swipe or match.
Don’t park outside someone’s house to match with them (a.k.a., DON’T STALK), but if you happen to be close by it will often show you a mile or less away. You can even set your search distance on Bumble to “Up to 1 mile away” to pinpoint results but only do this if you are sure you are very close to whom you’re searching for.
Turn Your Profile Off or On
In the “settings” section, you can hide your profile when not using the site and turn on your public profile when you’re ready to search. This won’t help all situations but can be useful if you plan on searching for a cheating partner only when they might be within close geographic range.
Observe Names and Age
Some people use monikers (fake names) online, but more than likely someone is using their real-life name or a familiar nickname. A glance at the name shown if the image isn’t a giveaway. Look at the name of their work or schooling shown. Age can also be helpful, though people trimming a few years off their age isn’t uncommon.
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Look at Profiles with Covert Photos While Performing a Bumble Search
This is not as fun or easy as a quick search, but if you want to find whom you’re looking for, take the time to match (a.k.a., swipe right) profiles with less clear profile photos. Bumble is good at screening out inaccurate or blurry profile photos, but look at second and third photos when you’re unsure.
Match (and message if you can this is Bumble and women have to message first) and then follow up with questions to verify someone you suspect might be whom you’re looking for.
Take screenshots of profiles or photos you aren’t sure about, to review later and reference. If you are unmatched or blocked by another user (or never receive a message), it might be difficult to remember what you were viewing. This can also stop you from second-guessing what you found or saw.
Once you have messaged with another user, the messages will be safe in your message list to find or review again. Click on the beehive icon at the top right of Bumble, and you will see both your “Match Queue” (current or expired users) and “Conversations.” You can sort “Conversations” by “Unread,” “Recent,” and “Nearby.”
Didn’t Find Someone on Bumble? Don’t Give Up!
Follow your intuition. If you see Bumble downloaded on someone’s smartphone, that’s a pretty good indication that they have used the app or are planning to. If you are looking for an old user, check conversations first but they may have deleted their account or even started a new one (so new searches are still wise, using the tips above). If you are looking for someone you haven’t talked to or seen in a while, it is preferable to do a reverse search:
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