It’s very similar to the process of using Tinder without Facebook:
Have you ever wondered how to use Coffee Meets Bagel anonymously without having your Facebook friends and family know about it? With the ease of cyberstalking nowadays, it’s no wonder people want to separate their Facebook profile with their online dating life. In this blog post, we look at ways that you can use Coffee Meets Bagel anonymously without having to link your personal Facebook account AND without having to use your own mobile phone number.
What is Coffee Meets Bagel?
The founders of the app embraced the concept of “men love selection and women are selective.”
Coffee Meets Bagel has two main sections where you can browse online profiles: Suggested & Discover.
Suggested is where you will find your “bagels”, or suggested matches. Men will receive up to 21 bagels each day at noon, at which point the men can either “Like” or Pass”.
Women, in return, will be presented each day with men that meet their criteria, and who has “Liked” their profile already. The idea behind this is to allow women the decision power to select their matches. Women apparently enjoy this power, and according to Coffee Meets Bagel, women actually outnumber men 6:4 in this app!
So what type of criteria are you able to screen or filter? You are able to screen with gender, age, height, ethnicity, religion, and distance.
The difference with Coffee Meets Bagel is that you only have 24 hours to either “Like” or “Pass” your Bagel. If you both “like” each other, you can start chatting with one another–but only for up to 8 days!
This gives both of you a bit of pressure to either swap phone numbers or decide to meet–all within 8 days!
In Discover mode, you can browse through different profiles of users that meet your criteria. You’ll also see whether or not they’ve “liked” you already. If they have, tap the conversation icon and start chatting. Discover mode is geared towards their paying members, so we won’t focus too much time on that.
Reasons to Use Coffee Meets Bagel Without Linking Your Facebook Profile
There are clearly some benefits to linking your Facebook account to Coffee Meets Bagel, such as ensuring your matches are friends of Facebook friends (maybe that’s a negative). However, using your Facebook account with Coffee Meets Bagels has some serious drawbacks and could leave you open to privacy concerns. Dating is a personal thing that should not be revealed to everyone. You obviously don’t want your relatives, colleagues and friends know everything about your personal life, especially with your Facebook “friends”. Would you be okay with “friends of Facebook friends” seeing your profile on Coffee Meets Bagel?
Privacy and CyberStalking Concerns
You’re entitled to your personal privacy. The last thing you want is to have your dating history made public for all to see and read. If someone hacks your Facebook account, he/she might also gain access to your Coffee Meets Bagel account. After all, it’s using the same Facebook login. This is why we always recommend to avoid linking the Coffee Meets Bagel app to Facebook. It’s just asking for it if you do that.
Cyberstalking is real, and it’s really easy to do! You owe it to yourself to be safe.
As of August 2018, Coffee Meets Bagel no longer required you to sign-up to their services with a Facebook account. Starting August 2018, you could create a Coffee Meets Bagel account with just your mobile phone number.
Some privacy minded folks complain that Coffee Meets bagel reveals your first name and the city where you are from. It also reveals your picture and other details. The problem is, it doesn’t take a detective to find anyone on Facebook or social media using just that limited information—Scary!
So how can one protect themselves while dating online?
How to Use Coffee Meets Bagel Anonymously
There are two ways you can use Coffee Meets Bagel without linking your personal Facebook account.
Method One: A Pseudonym Facebook Account
One of the best ways to avoid privacy issues when using Coffee Meets Bagel is to simply link it to a “fake” Facebook profile. When we say “fake” we mean have your Facebook account dedicated only for online dating purposes only. Some people, to prevent cyberstalking, have used pseudonym names instead of their real names and real city.
Just remember that if you decide to do that, you might be in violation of Facebook’s policy. So make sure you read their terms of service just to ensure you aren’t breaking them.
Others would then upload a few pictures of themselves and build a persona that they would like. This allowed some people to feel more secure regarding having their profile online available for anyone close-by to see.
Using this method, you gain greater control of the facebook friends and social networks that you want for your online dating profile.
Remember that your privacy and safety should be your primary concern.
Method Two: Sign Up Using a Disposable Phone Number (Most Popular)
The simplest way to use the Coffee Meets Bagel dating app without Facebook is to simply sign up using a mobile phone number.
One of the latest developments at Coffee Meets Bagel is the fact that you can use a mobile phone number to register a new account. It’s no longer mandatory to sign up and set up your profile using Facebook. This is due to the privacy concerns that Coffee Meets Bagel users voiced to the company following the Facebook scandals.
There’s only two ways to sign up for Coffee Meets Bagel. Either you sign-up using your Facebook account (Method One), or you sign-up using your mobile phone number (Method Two).
We recommend using a disposable phone number whenever possible.
Online dating is fun and could potentially lead you to a perfect partner. However, online dating shouldn’t be done at the expense of your personal privacy. Your Facebook account carries a lot of information about you and your friends and relatives. It shouldn’t be in any way linked to your Coffee Meets Bagel account. Stay safe out there!