How to Use Bumble Spotlight

Get more views on the Bumble dating app

Many dating apps are free to download and use, but they've found interesting ways to get users to pay for a better online experience. Bumble launched Spotlight in February 2019. It lets you increase the visibility of your profile for a small fee. But, when's the best time to use it? Here's what you need to know.

This guide refers to Bumble version 5.151.2 and higher.

What Is Bumble Spotlight?

Bumble Spotlight is a premium feature within the app that "boosts" your dating profile. Similar to Tinder's Boost feature, it shuffles your profile to the top of the queue for 30 minutes without anyone knowing. This can help you find matches more quickly.

Don't confuse Spotlight with Bumble's own Boost feature. Bumble Boost is a weekly or monthly subscription that makes your profile more visible, allows you to view people who have already swiped right on your profile, and lets you rematch with expired matches. It also adds an extra 24 hours to the time you have to send an introductory message and you can add more detailed filters to get prospects more specific to your tastes.

How to Use Bumble Spotlight

A Bumble Spotlight costs two Bumble Coins to activate. You can buy Bumble Coins for $0.99 each. There's a slight discount if you buy them in bulk. Other users won’t know when you’ve purchased a Spotlight, but you should see stars at the top of your own profile when the feature's enabled. Here's how to use it:

  1. Open Bumble and ensure you're on the account tab.

  2. Tap Spotlight.

  3. If you don’t have coins, you must purchase them. You can pay with a credit card or via mobile payment services like Google Wallet or Apple Pay. Choose how many you want to buy and tap Continue.

    Screenshots of the Bumble app showing how to purchase coins for Spotlight
  4. Once you have the coins you need, confirm your Spotlight purchase.

When Is the Best Time to Use Bumble Spotlight?

According to Bumble, the best time to use Spotlight is Sundays between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. This is supposedly when most people are on the app swiping.

Do I Really Need to Use Bumble Spotlight?

Deciding to use Bumble Spotlight is completely a personal choice. If you find you’re not getting as many matches as you’d like, testing out the feature isn’t a bad option, and you don't have to commit to it long term. If you already get a lot of matches, using Bumble Spotlight may not be necessary.

There are also many other ways to make your profile more appealing to prospective dates. You can add images that are clear and high quality, or add a catchy introduction. You can also add additional details to your profile, such as likes and dislikes, favorite foods, favorite places, goals in life, etc. These may show you have things in common with other users, making you more likely to show up in other members’ feeds naturally.