When it comes to online dating, most people are eager for any advantage they can get over other users. But when it comes to paid and premium features, it's worth considering whether you're getting a worthwhile advantage over the free version.
Online dating is an art form, and you can't simply get better results or more matches by throwing money at Bumble premium options. You also need to put in the time and the work to build a winning profile and send the right messages.
So is it worthwhile? In this article, we're going to break down exactly what Bumble boost is, and whether or not you should give a boost subscription a try.
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Like most dating apps, Bumble is always growing and evolving — trying to become a better platform for users to make connections and yes, trying to make more money. To reach these goals, Bumble continues to roll out premium features you can pay for to get an advantage over the free version of the app.
Bumble boost is one of the paid features that Bumble offers to give users additional tools for matching and meeting with its dating app users.
What exactly do you get with Bumble boost? Bumble boost comes with a variety of features you need to evaluate in order to decide whether the perk is worthwhile for you. Just know, there is a difference between Bumble premium and Bumble boost.
According to Bumble, Bumble boost includes the following features:
Bumble Backtrack solves the problem every dating app user runs into at least once — swiping before thinking, and accidentally swiping left on someone you were interested in. With backtrack, you can undo an accidental swipe and try for a match.
Does the 24 hour deadline to send or receive a message on Bumble stress you out? With Bumble Extend, you have the ability to add an extra 24 hours to your match, allowing more time to make the first move. This might feel especially useful for people who often forget to check the app.
Remember, on Bumble, when a man and woman match with each other, the woman has to message first. So as a man, you might be watching your 24 hours countdown and feel helpless to do anything about it.
With extend, you get not just the practical benefit, but your match will see that you care enough to have added time to the match — letting her know that you really want to connect.
This perk probably explains itself! Rather than running into the daily swipe limit, with Bumble boost you're allowed unlimited swiping so you can swipe on other Bumble users to your heart's content. When paired with the extend option above, you also don't need to worry about too many matches at once making it difficult to manage messaging in time.
It is worth considering how many swipes you really need. Are you going for quality or quantity?
Bumble Spotlight is a way to make your profile visible to more users on the Bumble app, without anyone knowing you've used a premium feature to do so. When you activate spotlight, you jump to the front of the stack and become the first user people will see, for the length of time you've got spotlight activated. (One spotlight lasts 30 minutes.)
Bumble Superswipe is a controversial feature. When you superswipe, the other user knows you REALLY like them as soon as they land on your profile. Some folks argue that people are more inclined to swipe right when they know it's a guaranteed match, and other people think superswiping looks desperate, or like you're trying too hard. You'll have to decide whether or not this feature appeals to you.
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The value of Bumble boost has recently changed. Some of the features that used to come with Bumble boost, like Beeline and Rematch, are now only available to premium users. (Or to legacy bumble boost users, who got in before the change.)
This change is a real shame, because the ability to rematch with expired matches was a major perk — which is probably why it only comes with the higher-priced premium subscription now.
This is part of the trend we're seeing with other dating apps. From being services that were mostly free, to offering a few paid features, to creating an entire payment structure — until some people wonder whether the app is even usable in it's free version.
Luckily, Bumble is still totally usable for free users. It all depends how much time and effort you want to put into online dating, and also what your budget looks like.
If you've got money to burn, there's no reason not to spring for a few extra features to see if they make a meaningful difference in your ability to get dates. You can always change your mind after trying Bumble boost if you discover that the features didn't make a big enough difference for you.
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As always, we suggest maximizing the quality of your profile before you try any paid add-ons. A dud is still a dud, even with perks like extend or spotlight. Because the bulk of the work is still on you — if your profile isn't a winner, making sure people see it, or have more time to message, won't change their minds.
All of the perks that come with a Boost subscription or other premium subscription options should be considered the cherry on top. Your first job is to make the best profile you can, including the right pictures, and once you've done everything you can for free, decide whether you want a little extra help.
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