How to Use Bumble Desktop

You don't need a phone to check your matches

Bumble is a popular online dating platform that's commonly used via mobile app, but don't worry desktop-using folks, there's a web version too. Whether you want to use Bumble on your mobile device, Bumble on your desktop, or both, you can start browsing for matches however you like.

Bumble only allows you to create an account using your phone number or your Facebook account. If you're signing up for Bumble on the desktop web because you don't have a phone number to use (or don't want to use it), the only other way to sign up is via Facebook.

How to Use Bumble on the Desktop Web

The following instructions can be followed for any major web browser including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge and Opera.

  1. Navigate to Bumble.com in your preferred web browser.

  2. Assuming you haven't yet created an account, select the yellow Join button.

    If you've already joined, select Sign In, enter your login details and skip to step four below.

  3. If you'd prefer to sign in with your Facebook account, select Use Facebook. You'll be asked to give Bumble permission to access your Facebook account.

    If you're fine with using your phone number, select Use cell phone number and enter your number, then select Continue.

    A screenshot of Bumble.com.

    If you decide to sign up with a phone number, you'll be asked to verify your account by text message or phone call. You'll receive a code to enter into Bumble to complete the verification process.

  4. Once you're account has been created and you've signed in, select BumbleDate for romantic relationships, BumbleBFF for friendships or BumbleBizz for professional relationships to start seeing potential matches.

    For the purpose of this particular tutorial, we'll be choosing BumbleDate.

    A screenshot of Bumble.com.

    If you ever want to switch between Date, BFF and Bizz mode, all you have to do is select the logo at the top of the screen and then select the mode you want.

  5. Tell Bumble what genders you're interested in by selecting Men, Women or Everyone.

    A screenshot of Bumble.com.
  6. Start browsing matches. You can scroll down to view a user's full profile, including additional photos and information.

  7. Select the X button to pass on a user or the checkmark button to like them.

    A screenshot of Bumble.com.

    You can use your keyboard arrow buttons to browse profiles and pass or like them. Use your up and down arrow buttons to scroll up and down profiles. Use the left arrow button to pass and the right arrow button to like.

  8. As you like users and they like you back (or vice versa), matches will be made and begin to appear in the left column. Once a conversation is started between you and a match, you'll see a Conversations tab appear here as well.

    You can switch between your Conversations tab to chat with your matches and your Matches tab to see your newest matches as well as the time you have left to start a conversation with them.

    A screenshot of Bumble.com.

    Keep in mind that only women can start conversations. Matches expire after 24 hours if no message has been sent, unless it's manually extended to 48 hours.

  9. You can customize your profile and settings by selecting your profile picture in the top left corner.

From the left vertical menu, select Edit profile to add more photos and fill out your information. Select Settings to activate snooze mode, change who you're interested in, adjust the age of who you're interested in, adjust the distance and more.

A screenshot of Bumble.com.

If you want to use Bumble's premium features, you can also do so from the left vertical menu by selecting Activate Spotlight or Manage your Boost.