You tried to log in to Bumble and once you logged in, you saw a pop-up that your Bumble account has been blocked? This unfortunately means that Bumble has banned your account.
In this blog post, we are going to explain everything you have to know about Bumble blocking your account. Is a Bumble block or ban a permanent action or can it be just a temporary block? We are going to cover all the possible reasons why Bumble might block your account.
At the end of the article, we will also mention the difference between a shadowban or a hard ban and how you can get your account unblocked if you have been blocked from Bumble.
Bumble bans and blocks
As Bumble has become one of the most popular dating app platforms, it also means that the number of crazy people, creeps, bots have also increased significantly.
To keep Bumble a safe, and fun and enjoyable platform it is not a surprise that Bumble has started to ban profiles that have violated their Terms of Service and who make Bumble a less enjoyable dating app.
You also need to keep in mind that most of the bans and blocks on Bumble are triggered by other users reporting profiles. So you have to make sure that when you send messages and edit your profile you do that in a way that won’t offend other people. Because you can be sure that if you get reported multiple times you will have a higher chance of getting a block from Bumble.
Banned from Bumble
When you have got banned or blocked from Bumble you can be pretty sure about that.
When you try to log in you will see the following screen when you log in to your account:
If you can’t log in, check your email address if they have it, they will also send you an email about the block:
Is a Bumble block final or temporary?
If your block by Bumble was not an accident and the reasons for the block are well-founded you have no way to get your current blocked account back.
Even if you think the block is unjust and you haven’t violated their Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, you don’t have a chance of getting your account back. These Bumble bans are not temporary, they are a final decision from Bumble that can’t be appealed.
Why did Bumble ban my account?
There are multiple reasons why Bumble has decided to block your account. You can actually read Bumble’s Terms of Service and their Community Guidelines, so you can modify your behavior on the app and you don’t have to worry ever about Bumble banning your account.
We have also summarized for you the most important and frequent violations for which most people get reported on Bumble that will lead to account blocks and bans eventually:
- Catfishing, or impersonating someone on Bumble. Not uploading your own pictures.
Even Sharon Stone can tell you about this rule. (she was mistakenly banned from Bumble as her profile was reported multiple times as a fake profile.) Even if you upload some meme as your profile picture, some people might report you because of that and get you banned.
- Automating message sending on Bumble
Bumble claims that you will have a better chance if you customize your messages which might be true but also takes a lot of time if you get a ton of matches on Bumble. You don’t have to worry about this if you are not automating your whole messaging game with some third-party apps.
- Uploading inappropriate images
Bumble is pretty strict when it comes to profile pictures. Even shirtless pictures are considered to be violations of their guidelines if the pictures weren’t taken outdoor. Here you can see a full blog post with examples from Bumble where they show you what is allowed and what is not allowed, but here is the gist of it:
Not allowed pictures on Bumble:
- Children on their own, even if it’s your kid
- Bikinis and underwear pictures indoor (like shirtless mirror selfies)
- Your face must be visible
- Pornographic and type of NSFW photos
- No guns or hunting photos
- Promoting or soliciting stuff
Unlike Tinder, Bumble doesn’t serve ads in the app and you can’t use your profile to promote or solicit something (includes prostitution). You also can’t use Bumble to ask for money in return for something.
- Behavior that others might find offensive
This includes anything that might be considered hate speech, rude or abusive behavior, bullying, and misogyny. Bumble is sometimes also called the feminist Tinder, so they take this pretty seriously to make Bumble a safe platform especially for women.
We wouldn’t be surprised that the violation of this guideline is the most frequent reason for blocking accounts. The problem with this is that what is rude or abusive is pretty subjective. You might try to be funny and some other users might find that extremely offensive, so it is always better to be on the safe side.
How to get unbanned from Bumble?
Basically, you have two options when Bumble has banned or blocked your account. We have a full article where we share all the details you have to know but here is the gist of it.
If you are 100% sure that you haven’t violated their Terms of Service or their Community Guidelines (see the details above), then you can try to contact them and request a review. This really only works if your ban was really just an accident and you didn’t do anything wrong, nobody has ever reported you.
The other option you have to get back your blocked account is more complicated but works also when your ban from the platform was well-founded so you have no other option. It is to reset your Bumble account which means that you first delete then restart a completely new one. You can check our article about Bumble reset, or check out this quick video that shows the gist of how to reset your account:
In this case, as your account was blocked and Bumble wouldn’t allow you back to their platform, you have to make sure that you don’t use any login data when you do a new sign up, so they cannot connect your old banned account with the new one.
There is speculation among Bumble users that sometimes Bumble does not explicitly ban your account they just shadow ban you and limit the number of profile impressions your profiles get to a minimal level.
Although Bumble has denied that they would shadow ban your account if you reset your Bumble account, it is still possible that in other cases they would apply this kind of penalty. If you want to learn more about Bumble shadowban and find out what are the top signs your Bumble profile might have been shadow blocked, you can learn more about shadowbans in this article.
If you think that you have been shadowbanned by Bumble, the tactics we outlined above (resetting Bumble) will probably solve your issue.
Cancel your Bumble Boost subscription
If you want to make sure that Bumble doesn’t charge you after you have been banned from their platform and you don’t have to contact them later for a refund, it is recommended to cancel your Bumble Boost subscription.
Even if they explicitly blocked you from Bumble, they might still charge you with the monthly subscription fee. So to be on the safe side, you should cancel your Bumble Boost subscription.
The process of canceling your subscription is a little bit different depending on the operating system of your phone, so you’d better read our article on how to cancel your Bumble Boost subscription here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has Bumble blocked my account?
There are multiple reasons why Bumble might have decided that your account should be blocked. The causes can range from sending inappropriate messages, hate speech, nude pictures to sharing photos with guns, etc.
Can a Bumble Block be just temporary?
No, if Bumble has blocked your account and if it was not an accident, then you won’t get your account back, you can do anything but the block decision will not be appealed.