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Why can't I start a conversation with someone I've swiped right on?

You have the option to choose who you’d like to date or who you’d like to become friends with in Date and BFF modes, respectively - women, men, nonbinary people, a selection of two options, or everyone in the app.

After two members have mutually right-swiped one another, a match is created. After a match has been created, what follows depends on the member’s gender. On Bumble, women always Make the First Move in all modes. If they don’t initiate a conversation within 24 hours, the connection expires. If you're unable to start a chat you can always continue swiping through other profiles.

Our platform is designed to be safe and empowering for women and, in turn, provide a better environment for everyone.

Men and nonbinary people cannot initiate a conversation with women. However, they can extend the match using the daily 24-hour extend feature.

In same-gender matches, matches with two nonbinary people, or matches between nonbinary people and men, either person has 24 hours to Make the First Move before the connection expires.