When I was an avid user of Bumble, I swiped left and right as people do on a dating app. To this day, I will never forget the horror of seeing my brother on the same dating app I was on, stating all the things he wants in a partner. Just the thought of it still disgusts me to this day. I imagine no one wants to see their siblings on a dating app or their profile. And you must have your reasons to block someone on Bumble. But the question is, can you block someone on Bumble before matching?
Yes, you can block someone on Bumble before matching. To do so, next time when you see the profile of someone you don’t want to see, you can scroll down to the bottom and click “Hide & Report.”
In Bumble, you can’t just block someone and be done with it.
You’ll have to report why you want to block them as well.
This report is crucial information to Bumble as it helps them to make the app safer since this is what they stand for the safety of women.
So in this article, I will show you how you can block without reporting and how it can affect their and your profile on Bumble.
What Is The Difference Between “Block & Report” And “Hide”?
When you are about to block someone on Bumble, you’ll see two options, “Block & Report” and “Hide,” Both do similar things but have one key difference. The main difference is you are reporting them.
Suppose you have a bully in college you hate, and you’re hiding from them since they bully you. Hiding someone on Bumble is like you avoiding meeting the bully by taking different classes.
But when you take this issue to the concerned authorities and report that they are harassing you and would like them to be removed, then that is equal to blocking someone on Bumble.
Just like how that bully would get a negative score on their report card, the Bumble user you Block & Report will also get a minus point and if they get enough of it.
Bumble will most likely be removed from the app, just like how the bully will get expelled from the college.
How To Block Someone On Bumble Before Matching?
There might be various reasons why you would want to block someone on Bumble before matching. For example, maybe you see your ex or friends and don’t want them to know you use Bumble.
Or you find that creepy person who has been troubling you, and you don’t want to interact with them.
All valid reasons, so here’s how to block someone on Bumble before matching.
Hi! We’ve got a block/report function: if you block your ex before they see you, they’ll never know you were there! 😉
— Bumble (@bumble) January 6, 2017
When you stumble on the profile you want to block, scroll down to the bottom of their profile, then click Hide & Report. Now you can either choose to Hide the profile, which will make it so that they will not see your profile nor will you see theirs.
Although if they have already seen your profile, it can’t be helped, so make up a good excuse if they question you.
Or you can Block & Report them. After picking this option, Bumble will ask you reasons why you don’t want to see this account.
If they were genuinely harassing you, you could report them, but if they weren’t harassing you, click on “I’m just not interested.”
Bumble will not let the user know that you are blocking or hiding them so that you can easily block them.
Turn On Incognito Mode To Avoid That Certain Someone On Bumble
Incognito Mode on Bumble is a nice option if you don’t want strangers to know you use Bumble or don’t want them to see your profile.
When you turn on incognito mode, other users will only see your profile when you swipe right on them. Likewise, they will not see your account, so that you will get fewer matches.
Incognito mode is like browsing Bumble without an account.
So, if you are confident that this won’t affect you finding your future partner on Bumble, this is a great way to get the privacy you need.
But unfortunately, not all good things in life are free since incognito mode on Bumble is only for premium members.
You can choose from five different time duration to use the Premium Bumble.
For example, you can go for a lifetime, six months, three months, one month, or a weekly subscription, which will cost you GBP 159.99, GBP 83.99, GBP 53.66, GBP 27.99, and GBP 12.99, respectively.
Unlocking Premium will open a lot of features on Bumble, and purchasing can be a good idea if you are interested in these features.
Set Preferences To Avoid Someone On Bumble
Setting preferences is not a sure way to avoid people you don’t what to stay in contact with. Like in real life, avoiding people forever is impossible, so when you set these preferences, remember that there is a slim chance you will see them in Bumble.
But setting them will help as Bumble will narrow down the number of profiles you see, and you can set it in a way that can help you avoid the person you want.
To set these Date Filters, go to the top-right corner of your screen and tap on the icon. Now you can choose your gender, age, and language.
Bumble will ensure that you will only see the profiles that fall within these specified ranges. But If you want Advanced Filters, you must subscribe to Bumble Premium.
The advanced filter will allow you to specify various filters. Do you remember your profile prompts? Bumble will filter your desired partner using these prompts.
For example, you can specify what height you prefer if they exercise, star sign, education level, drinking habit, smoking habits, how serious they want the relationship to be if they want children, their religion, and their political standpoint.
What Happens When You Block Someone On Bumble?
Have you blocked that person you don’t want to see anymore? Of course, you must be relieved, knowing you will never see that person again. But, on the other hand, you might be thinking that they know you’ve blocked them.
The only way to tell if someone has blocked you on Bumble is if you have already matched with them.
When you are already matched with someone and have chatted back and forth, blocking them will make your conversation disappear, but this also happens when you unmatch them.
So the user will not know if you have blocked or unmatched them.
When you block someone on Bumble, they will not see your account anymore, nor will you see theirs. Bumble will not give any notifications to the user you have blocked.
You will also be unable to see who you have blocked, so unblocking is impossible.
Can You Block Phone Numbers On Bumble?
While signing up on Bumble, you must have noticed that Bumble allows you to sign in using Facebook and Gmail.
Thus making your phone number unnecessary. However, even if you have signed in using your phone number Bumble does not ask permission for your contact information.
Blocking someone’s phone number would mean that you would automatically block their account if they have signed in using their phone number.
But since Bumble doesn’t ask for your phone number or contact information, it is impossible to block phone numbers on Bumble.
Unlike Tinder, Bumble doesn’t have this feature until Bumble comes up with further updates in the future. You will have to manually block users you don’t want and like on Bumble.
How To Block Someone On Bumble Without Reporting Them?
Did you spot your siblings, parents, or your ex on Bumble? Awkward, isn’t it? Spotting them is reason enough to block them, especially if it’s a secret that you are on a dating app too.
But they haven’t done anything wrong except make you feel discomfort. They are also on Bumble to find love, and reporting things they didn’t do can shadowban their profile.
To not hinder their Bumble profile from performing at its maximum when you block them, you can just hide their account from yours since they won’t be able to see your profile.
But for their account to not be reported, choose “I’m just not interested” when you Block & Report them.
Bumble will now not look further into the account or give the profile negative points. Therefore the person you have blocked will not be reported, and their profile will not face any negative effects.
I Keep Seeing The Profile Of The Person I Blocked On Bumble; Why?
After Blocking & Reporting someone on Bumble, you should never see them again. This should be the case, but what if that profile pops up again? “Is Bumble broken?” you must be thinking, but that is not the case.
You are most likely dealing with someone who keeps making new profiles. Profiles that are Blocked & Reported often are mostly made with bad intentions.
Be it catfishing, harassing you, or being disrespectful, they are often reported causing Bumble to take these profiles down.
But instead of reflecting on their mistakes, they keep making new profiles using new emails and making the same profile again.
Thus, if you see the same profile even after blocking them, chances are this is a new account just using the same details.
How To Unmatch With Someone On Bumble?
The main fun of online dating apps is swiping left and right on various profiles.
Of course, you might disagree, but to each their own.
But what if you accidentally swipe right on someone and then match. Luckily for girls in Bumble, you can just wait 24 hours, and they cant text you.
But for my guys who have made this mistake and they text you, you can unmatch to disappear from their match list sneakily.
So follow these steps to unmatch with someone on Bumble and pretend like it never happened.
Step 1: Open Bumble
Open the Bumble App on your phone and login if required
Step 2: Go To The Persons Profile You Want To Unmatch With
On the bottom left of your screen, click on the chat icon.
You will see your Match Queue. Now choose the person you want to unmatch and click on their profile icon.
Step 3: Unmatch With Them
On the chat screen, go to the top right corner of your screen and click the three vertical dots.
Select Unmatch. If you are unmatching with them because you matched by mistake, then click Unmatch.
But if they were harassing you, tap Unmatch & Report and specify your reasoning.
Will It Affect Their Account If I Block & Report Them On Bumble?
Once you Block & Report someone on Bumble, the moderation team will review it, but you will not get the results.
So you will not know how your report will affect the user. It is like giving an exam without getting the results.
Although the results will vary, the account will get affected.
For example, if the same account is repeatedly reported, Bumble will send them an email and a notification stating that they have violated community guidelines and their account is blocked.
If the account is not blocked, the profile you have reported will be shown to fewer hive members.
But if you want to know if Bumble took proper action, then you should go to the Bumbles support team.
How To Unblock Someone On Bumble?
Suppose you regret blocking someone on Bumble and feel you shouldn’t have been harsh.
Unfortunately, sometimes our anger gets the better of us, and you have been bested this time, as there is no way to unblock a user once you have blocked them.
If you want to talk with this person no matter what, then try to remember your conversations.
You must remember their name since you went so far as to block them, so search for them on social media.
If you’re lucky, you will find them; if not, make a new Bumble account.
The chances of you finding each other on Bumble are low but not impossible. If you’re wondering how long it takes to get a match on Bumble, it’s a combination of luck and some numbers.
So if you want to shoot that shot, then go ahead. But will they swipe right on you again after you block them? It’s good that Bumble doesn’t notify users when you block them, so you better prepare an excuse if you find them again.
Avoid Getting Reported And Blocked On Bumble
Now that you know all the how-tos to Block someone on Bumble, I would like to give you some general advice on how not to get blocked by other Bumble users.
You should know Bumble’s Community Guidelines and Terms and Conditions to know what are considered violations so you can avoid doing them.
You are most likely to be blocked on Bumble if you catfish, Spam messages, Upload inappropriate images, promote or sell any products or services, and be a jerk.
So, in general, be a nice person, be you, and sell anything on a Bumble app.
You can recover your Bumble account if you think you have been reported unfairly.
However, it will take a while for Bumble to give you a response since it’s rare for a deleted account to be restored. So just be careful and don’t break any community guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Have more questions about Bumble? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can I Browse Bumble Without An Account?
No, you cannot browse Bumble without an account. But you can use browse Bumble anonymously.
You can make a fake profile or give wrong information, although that will end up with you getting banned.
The best way to use Bumble anonymously is to turn on incognito mode which is only available after you get Premium Bumble.
Can You Tell If Someone Is Online In Bumble?
Bumble has no specific feature that shows when a user is active.
To know when a user is active, you must text them and wait for their response.
If they are online, they will text you back. Other than that, it is hard for users to know when their matches are online.
But Bumble will not match you with inactive users, so you can be at ease knowing that if they don’t text you, it’s because they just don’t want to.
Will They know If I Swipe Left On Bumble?
On Bumble, the other users will not know if you swipe left on their profile; likewise, you will also have no idea if users are swiping left or right on your profile.
Although you can see the number of people who have swiped right on your profile to see who the users are, you will have to unlock Bumble Premium.
Is Bumble Premium Worth It?
Bumble Premium highly depends on person to person. If you have money to spare and wish to have an overall better experience, then you can spend your money.
But know that buying Bumble Premium will not get you more matches.
The best advice I can give you is to get Bumble premium for three months since you will pay £18.00 per month, which is cheaper than its one-week price. Then if you feel like it’s not worth it, cancel it after a month.
If I Change My Date Mode, Will I Lose My Matches?
Bumble has two modes you change to, Date Mode and BFF Mode.
You can change the mode by going to the top left corner of your screen and tapping the hamburger icon.
However, once you change the mode, all your matches will disappear.
Not only that, but all your conversations will also disappear.
So if you’re switching, make sure to get social media handles from the users you want to stay in touch with.
Putting yourself out for dating is always intimidating, especially online.
Since you have no idea, who will see your profile and how reality can be harsh, and it’s tough to find the person of your dreams through a screen because you will be attracting creep most of the time.
Now that you know all about blocking someone don’t hesitate to report if they are behaving inappropriately.
And if you don’t want someone to know you’re on a dating app, block the user or hide them without reporting. It’s only polite for you not to hinder someone’s dating life since you are also on the way to yours.