Once app review and how the online dating site works

Features
Android
iOS
Instant Messages
Dating Site
Match service
24/7 Support
Email Support
FAQ

Overview

The unique selling point of Once comes in the name, and that is because the dating app and website provide you with one match every 24 hours. There are no endless lists of matches, which could be the one. Once does what it says on the tin and provides that one member who is matched closely to what you are looking for. The format makes the Once experience much different from other dating sites and apps, and is the reason why it is marketed as a “slow dating app.”

You receive a match at noon each day and have 24 hours to connect and decide which of them the one for you is. As GetOnce.com rightly sell the experience, you have 100% of the dedicated time of your match – rather than trying to chat with many singles at the same time. VIP subscribers choosing to join the paid service get a further three matches a day. Once is more than four years old having been launched in October 2015, and it is still going strong with 9 million members and 5 million chats per day. Whether than is down to intrigue from singles as to the format or the fact it is successful is the big question that only the people using it can answer. Getting started is simple and can be done via the website or by Once app download for both Android and iOs devices.

Pros & Cons

A unique way to date
Focused time getting to know one member at a time
Matchmaking algorithm based on your profile
Set a maximum distance for matches (but only as a VIP)
Only one match per day unless you upgrade to VIP subscription
Unable to directly message non-matches without upgrading
Matches are sometimes far away or in a different country for free members
Chat requests from non-matches require you to upgrade to reply

Pricing Plans

Once is free to join, but to get anywhere in terms of landing relationships, you are highly likely to need to upgrade. There are two payment options: a VIP subscription or by purchase Once Crowns. Payment can be made by Credit Card or PayPal only, or via your App Store and Google Play Store accounts. Any subscription auto-renews every month unless cancelled.

VIP

£19.99
1 month

VIP

£45.00
3 months

VIP

£60.00
6 months

Free services Vs. Paid services

Free services
Join the site
Create your profile
Receive matches and exchange messages every 24 hours
Paid services
Get three more daily matches
Message anyone on site and not just a daily match
Discover secret admirers
Access the entire site or app

Easy to Use

The verification of your Once profile is done via a Facebook account (which then uses your full name as your username), email, or mobile phone. It makes creating fake profiles that little bit harder, although some still do exist. Once takes dating safety seriously, and there is a full FAQ section to ensure your experience using the site is memorable for all the right reasons. Once customer service is also available via a Contact Us section where questions can be asked.

Search Functions

How to search on Once

As already mentioned, you can’t search for singles on Once as a free member. The concept of the site is that the app will match you. It is up to the two of you to make a connection or go your separate ways. If you do hit it off, you can continue connecting and become friends. It is only at this stage you will need to know how to use Once search functions to find the friends you’ve added. Paid-up members subscribed to the VIP membership can search for like-minded members.

How to message someone on Once

You will be able to message a match from noon when you receive notification of your daily match. The chatbox will open, and you can then begin getting to know one another. For friends you have made from previous matches, you can continue the conversation in the messaging thread. VIP members can message members at any time regardless of whether they have been notified of being a match.

Safety & Security

The verification of your Once profile is done via a Facebook account (which then uses your full name as your username), email, or mobile phone. It makes creating fake profiles that little bit harder, although some still do exist. Once takes dating safety seriously, and there is a full FAQ section to ensure your experience using the site is memorable for all the right reasons. Once customer service is also available via a Contact Us section where questions can be asked.

Summary

Once is an interesting concept. The idea of getting only handpicked matches drip fed to you once every 24 hours allows you to focus on getting to know that one member. The downside to the format is that if you instantly don’t get along, you have a wait to be able to receive your new match. That is, of course, unless you are willing to purchase the VIP subscription. You can’t get very far using just the free version, and if you are serious about finding love using Once, then you will have to consider paying for at least one month. The membership costs are fairly hefty, but not out of line with similar sites. The key decision is whether the four extra matches make it worthwhile…and only you can decide if it is worth it.

Questions & Answers

Does Once dating app have a website?

Once app does have a dating site that can use to join. Visit getonce.com and get started

Is Once dating app free?

The app can be download free, and creating your membership and profile is also completely free.

How can I download a Once dating app?

Downloading the Once dating app can be done via the App Store for iOs devices or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

How do I delete my Once account?

If you decide you no longer want to seek new partners, you can deactivate your account to not receive any matches. You do so via your profile and then settings. To delete your account permanently, you will need to contact customer services and provide your details, and they will remove you from the site.

How do I cancel my Once subscription?

If you have bought Once Crowns or paid for a VIP subscription, they will be auto renewed unless you cancel the membership. To do so, you will need to follow different methods depending on how you use Once.

What is a chat request on Once?

Chat requests can be sent to members who catch your eye, but can only be sent by premium members. They are from singles wanting to chat with you. If you receive one but are only a free member, you will need to upgrade or but Once Crowns to be able to reply.

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