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Bumble Openers Guide: Tips and Tricks to get more responses in 2024

Only 24h to find the perfect Bumble opener, or its answer. We give you efficient tricks here, smart questions to ask, so that you are as impactful as possible!
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Figuring out how to move from swiping to messaging is always a little stressful. And Bumble turns that up a notch by starting a countdown as soon as you make a match. Unless you pay for an extension, you've got just 24 hours to think of a clever first message or opening line — otherwise, your match disappears forever.


So what are some clever opening lines to use as conversation starters? We're going to break down some of the best dating app openers for you to make getting from first message to first date easy.


Read on for all of our best Bumble openers, or jump to the section you're most curious about.

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Table of Contents

Here is the outline of the article, feel free to jump to the section that interests you the most.

  1. Why your Bumble opener matters
  2. Ask a question
  3. Point out things you've got in common
  4. Ask what they're reading, or binging on Netflix
  5. Start a game
  6. Begin the weeding out process
Why your Bumble opener matters

Why your Bumble opener matters

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Not only does Bumble force you to send a message within 24 hours of making a match, they also require an answer to that message in the next 24 hours!


While it might be the fairest way to do it, it does put pressure on both parties to get a conversation started — and keep it going — right away.


That means sending a simple "hey" isn't enough to keep the countdown clock happy. You need to figure out a Bumble opener that will actually get a response, and quickly.


So how do you do that? Read on for some of our best suggestions for the first Bumble message to send.

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One of the best opening lines for any situation is simply to ask a question. People love talking about themselves and asking questions gives them an easy opening to do so.


Of course, for a truly fantastic opener, you can't ask just any question — you need to use the information someone has posted on their profile, and that you've gathered from their pictures, to ask the right question.


Find a topic you know they're interested in, such as a favorite sport of movie that they mention, or ask a question about one of their pictures that clearly has a story behind it.


Remember, you don't want to ask a question that can have a yes or no answer, you want to start an exchange that will last a while.

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Point out things you've got in common

Point out things you've got in common

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The best openers on dating apps make it immediately obvious that the two of you are a good match. Finding each other attractive is a good start, and may have made you both swipe, but thinking someone is hot doesn't make for a good conversation starter.


If you share a hobby, interest, or unusual feature — bring it up! Let the person know from the moment you send the first message that the two of you are a good fit, and that you'll have something to talk about if you decide to make the leap to an in-person date.

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Ask what they're reading, or binging on Netflix

Ask what they're reading, or binging on Netflix

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The fact is, too many people get lazy with their dating app profile. If you've matched with someone who doesn't give you a lot to go on, you may need to work a little harder to start conversations.


Luckily, the same principles apply — people like talking about themselves. While it's best to start with a clue they've given you, you can also base conversations starters on questions about their preferences.


Figure out if they're more of a reader or a tv watcher and ask what they're enjoying lately. People love to talk about their latest guilty pleasure binge, or the beach read they can't put down.

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Start a game

Start a game

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One of the best conversation starters is to simply launch into a game. Regardless of age, games never lose their appeal. And that makes them fun Bumble openers to use, especially when you're at a loss for more personal conversation starters.


A game like two truths and a lie is a classic. Not only is it a great way to pique someone's curiosity about you, but it's hard to resist taking another turn and keeping the game going.


A fun way to use two truths and a lie as a dating app opener is to turn people's expectations on their heads. Most people on dating apps are doing their best to sound appealing — to the point of sounding fake. You can break that dating app chat mold by sharing something a little big embarrassing or vulnerable.


Once you've opened up to someone, you've got a great chance to have a connection-boosting conversation that's more likely to not only start a conversation but to lead to an IRL date, too.

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Begin the weeding out process

Begin the weeding out process

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Online dating isn't just about getting matches and dates at all costs — it's about finding the right people. And that means you want to take advantage of dating apps as tools for filtering potential matches before you ever get as far as a first date.


What features are important to you in a potential match? Are you politically active? Passionate about certain beliefs? The old rules about topics to avoid don't count anymore.


Try using opening lines that will help you decide if this is someone you even want to have a whole conversation with. Take a risk and ask who they voted for in the last presidential election, or what their views are on climate change.


Maybe humor is important to you so you use a funny Bumble opener.


You're better off figuring out if you're a match on the controversial stuff from the safety of your screen, rather than in real life.

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Conclusion

The worst opening line is a completely blank screen. While it's tempting to try and do everything right when it comes to online dating, making an effort is better than doing nothing at all.


Sometimes you can even use a failed attempt at starting a great chat to your advantage. If your first message falls flat or simply doesn't get an answer, try poking fun at yourself. Send a second message owning up to having sent the worst dating app opener ever and maybe it's something the two of you can laugh about together.


Remember, once there's nothing left to lose, there's no reason not to give it one more try. So go on and break the ice!

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Ben Bailey

Ben is one of the best Dating Experts I've ever met and one of the few that cracked the algorithm of online dating. Every week, Ben is publishing new articles on ROAST, helping 20M+ of people to get more matches, dates, and find the one!

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