How To Change Your Location on Bumble

Take control of your dating life by changing your city on Bumble.

By
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Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 17, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 17, 2021

Bumble is more than just the typical dating app you download from the app store. It’s also a place to make friends and to network, setting it apart from the competition. And when it comes to friends and business, sometimes you want to travel and see Bumble users in other locations.

There are several ways to go about that, such as subscribing to the paid service Bumble Premium or using a VPN. We’ll tell you all the options, step by step, so you’ll be well on your way to update your location and find matches.

How To Change Your Location on Bumble

The Tinder-approved method of changing your location is the premium feature Tinder Passport, but we also included a few workarounds for those who aren’t into the idea of paying for Tinder.

Travel Mode

If you’re using Bumble on your phone, it defaults to the device’s GPS.1 However, if you have a Bumble Premium subscription, you can use Travel Mode, which lets you change locations. Once you pick a new city, it’ll appear in your profile for a week; however, it will also show that you’re using Travel Mode (i.e., not physically in the city). If you’re OK with that, you can pay for Travel Mode on both an Android device and an iOS device.
  • Android: On Androids, you must be located in the U.S., Canada, France, or Germany to use Travel Mode, which costs five Bumble coins.
  • iOS: If you’re using Bumble on an iPhone or iPad, activate Bumble Premium.

How to Change Your Location in the Bumble App

  1. Click on the gray gear in the app’s upper left corner to go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Location.
  3. Click “Travel To.”
  4. Search for your preferred location and select it.2

Web Browser

On the other hand, if you’re using Bumble on a desktop or laptop, your web browser determines your location. To update it manually:

  1. Launch Bumble.
  2. Go to your profile image in the screen’s upper left corner.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Location.
  5. Click the refresh icon next to the city and your location will update to the last city your browser pinged.

VPN

Maybe you don’t want to pay yet another subscription fee — hey, we get it. Also, if you’re trying to appear like you are in another location physically, Travel Mode won’t do the trick.

Instead, you can use a VPN to change your IP address. Aside from changing your IP address and making Bumble think you’re in a new location, VPNs also hide your web browsing, so your messages can stay private. To set up a VPN:

  1. Choose a VPN. You can set up a VPN on an Android, or you can set up a VPN on an iOS device.
  2. Create an account, usually on the VPN’s website.
  3. Download the app.
  4. Log in.
  5. Connect to a server in your preferred location. Now, Bumble will think you’re in that location and show you matches accordingly.

Manual

If you have an IP address of the location you’d like, you can change your IP address manually in your phone.

On an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click “Wi-Fi.”
  3. Click “Network.”
  4. Where it says “IPv4 address,” select “Configure IP.”
  5. Click “Manual.”
  6. Enter your new IP address.

On an Android:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click “Wireless & Networks.”
  3. Click “Choose Wi-Fi Network.”
  4. Click “Modify Network.”
  5. Click “Advanced Options.”
  6. Click “Change IP Address.”
  7. Enter your new IP address.

GPS Location App

Our third and final recommendation is to use a GPS-chagning app to trick your phone and thus Bumble. With a mock location app feature, you can change your virtual location and confuse Bumble’s location services.

TIP: To change your IP address with a non-VPN app, we recommend the Dr.Fone iOS and Android app.

Bumble Premium

Now, if you want to go the authorized route, you probably want to know a little bit more before you sign up for Bumble Premium. We’ve done the research; here’s everything you need to know.

What Bumble Premium Includes

Bumble has two paid subscription options: Boost and Premium. However, only Premium includes Travel Mode for location switching. It also includes a bunch of other features, some of which we explain below.

Features Bumble Boost Bumble Premium
Unlimited likes Yes Yes
Unlimited extends Yes Yes
Unlimited rematches Yes Yes
Unlimited backtracks Yes Yes
Number of SuperSwipes per week 5 5
Number of Spotlights per week 1 1
Beeline No Yes
Advanced filters No Yes
Incognito mode No Yes
Travel mode No Yes
Monthly cost $8.99 $19.99
  • Advanced filters: With Premium, you can search with advanced filters such as the person’s height, star sign, education, and whether they exercise, smoke, or drink.
  • Beeline: Beeline means that you’ll be able to see who likes you, saving you valuable swiping time.
  • Backtrack: Accidentally swiped left on someone you want to swipe right on? Backtrack lets you undo left swipes. Phew!
  • Time extensions: Bumble is unique in that it limits the time you have to respond to matches. In straight relationships, the woman has to message the man first, and if he doesn’t respond within 24 hours, the match disappears. While this feature was designed to create more conversations, it can be a bit disheartening to watch potential suitors disappear (believe us, we’ve been there). But with Bumble Premium, you can extend matches for as long as you please.
  • Rematch: Rematch brings expired users (even from the times before you signed up for Bumble Premium) back to life.

NOTE: Men who are searching for women on Bumble can’t rematch with people who haven’t messaged them. However, they can rematch if the woman has messaged them.

  • Spotlight: Want more matches? Who doesn’t? With Spotlight, your profile will be at the top of the virtual stack, so more people can see your beautiful face.
  • SuperSwipes: If you want to show someone that you’re very interested in them, use one of your five weekly SuperSwipes.

What Bumble Premium Costs

Bumble Premium costs $19.99 a month. For the Boost-only subscription, the cost goes down to $8.99 a month, but again, it lacks Travel Mode. The good news is that these subscriptions are monthly, so you can cancel at any time without incurring harsh fees.

How To Sign Up for Bumble Premium

It only takes five steps:

  1. Go to your match queue.
  2. Click on the pixelated square.
  3. Sign up for a subscription.
  4. Enter your payment method.
  5. Click “Purchase.”

Bumble Locations

Now, let’s get back to Bumble locations. As with changing your Tinder location, there’s a lot of questions when it comes to changing your location on Bumble. We’ve narrowed it down to three big ones.

What Is My Bumble Location Based On?

What your Bumble location is based on depends on where you’re using Bumble. On a computer, it’s your browser. On a smartphone or tablet, it’s the GPS or IP address. And if you’re using Travel Mode, it’s the city you’ve chosen.

Does Bumble Let Me Change My Location?

Bumble does let you change your location. The official method is through Travel Mode, part of Bumble Premium.

Why Change My Bumble Location?

You can change your Bumble location to date, meet friends, or network in other locations without having to travel anywhere.

Recap

That’s all we have for changing your location on Bumble, but for those on other dating apps, you might be interested in changing your Hinge location or changing your Facebook Dating location. While you’re mingling, don’t forget about dating safety and, if things go south, breakup safety. But who knows … your perfect match could be just a swipe away!

Frequently Asked Questions

Lighting round. You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers.

  • Can you change your location on Bumble?

    You can change your location on Bumble either through Travel Mode, which is part of Bumble Premium, or through VPN services or a GPS-changing app.

  • How does my location change on Bumble?

    Your location can change on Bumble through Travel Mode, a GPS-changing app, or a VPN. You can also change your IP address manually in your phone’s account settings.

  • How do you delete a location on Bumble?

    There’s no way to delete a location on Bumble. You can either change your location or have the app know your location only when it’s open and running. However, Bumble only works if you give the app location permissions.

  • What is Travel Mode on Bumble?

    Travel Mode on Bumble is a feature of Bumble Premium that lets users change their locations. Once the users choose new locations, they will stay up for a week. Bumble Premium costs $19.99 a month as of this writing and includes other features like advanced filters, unlimited likes, and five SuperSwipes per week.

Citations
  1. Bumble. (2021). How can I change my location on Bumble Web?
    https://bumble.com/en/help/how-can-i-change-my-location-on-bumble-web

  2. Bumble. (2021). What is Travel and how does it work?
    https://bumble.com/help/what-is-travel