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How does messaging work on Bumble?

Connection is a two-way street. Before a conversation can get off the ground both members have to have swiped to the right to create a match.


Members who have First Move privileges will be able to send the first message directly from the “You Matched ” screen, which appears once two members match, or you can go to your connections screen by tapping the grey logo in the bottom right-hand corner to view and message your matches.

Remember: First Moves are time-sensitive in both Date and BFF modes! You have 24 hours from the time you match with someone to send the first message. If you’re feeling nervous about how to break the ice on Date mode, try using our Question Game

Keep in mind that on Bumble, women Make the First Move by sending the first message.

If you don’t have First Move privileges you have to wait for the other member to send the first message. Once they do you will be able to reply to them to lock in your connection.

Remember: You have 24 hours to respond to a First Move! If you see that a connection is expiring soon you can use your daily 24-hour extend feature to give them a little more time to break the ice.


Because networking can sometimes be a bit more of a process, Bizz Mode works a little differently.

Once a match is established, members with First Move privileges have seven days to send the first message from the "You Matched!" screen or their connections. From the time the first message is sent, members without First Move privileges have seven days to respond in order to lock in the connection.