A genuine review for OkCupid | Pros and cons of modern dating

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In our OkCupid dating site review, we look at how the website works and what bang it delivers for your buck. One of the biggest factors that stuck out during our OKCupid experience is how welcoming and inclusive the site is. This is a breath of fresh air in the main traditional online dating market, with no less than 13 gender identities and 22 sexual orientations to choose from. The site works like any online dating service; you create a member profile and proceed to search for single members near you. However, what is different is how accessible OkCupid is. Whilst it might be heavily marketed towards younger generations, it feels like a welcome middle ground between crass dating apps and more atypical online dating profiles, asking some of the most interesting questions we have ever been asked to establish our compatibility!

Pros & Cons

Completely free to use
Inclusive and welcoming to all genders and sexual preferences
Fun and engaging sign-up process
Holistic matching system to create genuine compatibility
No random open messaging
Free Double Take matching service
Geared towards younger users (25-34 primarily)
Open messaging isn’t allowed, which might be considered a negative for any lucky chancers out there!
Most likely to be used by singles not necessarily looking for marriage

Pricing Plans


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6 months

Free services Vs. Paid services

Free services
Account registration
Messaging service
Double Take matching system
Match searching
Member profile searches
Basic search filters
Paid services
Advanced search filters
Priority messaging
See all publicly answered questions
Daily auto boost

Easy to Use

A basic account on OkCupid is free of charge, and there isn’t any pressure to sign up for a premium membership. However, there are some additional options, such as A-List. This removes ads, gives you unlimited likes, and provides additional search options. Sending and receiving messages is free, and Match Search helps you to find compatible profiles that you would like to start messaging.

Search Functions

Learning how to use OkCupid search is easy, and there are lots of FAQs to help out if you get stuck. The Match Percentage function is great and helps compare your responses to some of the 4,000+ questions on the site that help analyze your compatibility and personality as well as more general information. You can choose to answer questions publically or privately, but they all count towards your match percentage. Messaging is free throughout the website, and there are options to search by filters such as city, user name, height, what type of relationship they are looking for, and many others. If you are trying to learn how to message someone on OkCupid, you need to know that you cannot send open messages – this is only possible if you have matched with that member, i.e., you both like each other.

Safety & Security

OkCupid, as with many online dating sites, does not offer telephone support. There are a great Help and FAQ page, but if you need urgent support, you will have a hard time getting a quick reply from the email help form. There is a two-factor verification service which you can add, which sends a security code to your mobile on login to make sure your data is kept safe, and lots of guidance about dating safety and how to block or report users who you don’t wish to be in contact with. OkCupid does offer an incognito mode, allowing you to browse privately, but one downside is that this is not included in free membership. To use incognito, you need to sign up for a premium A-List account that might be off-putting for some members.


OkCupid is a modern, bright, and friendly online dating platform. The majority of services and functions are completely free, so if it is used correctly, there doesn’t seem much need to sign up to a paid subscription. However, the incognito mode is only available on a premium subscription, which means that you can’t surreptitiously browse unless you are willing to pay for the privilege!

Questions & Answers

How to delete an OkCupid account?

To delete your OkCupid account, go to your ‘Settings’ page and select ‘Need a Break’ at the bottom. This gives you the option of disabling or deleting your account. Note that deletions are permanent, so be sure you never want to return if you choose this option!

Can you browse OKCupid without signing up?

To run any matches, you need to have registered with OkCupid for a free account. You used to be able to see profiles that have been created as public without needing to sign up, but now this has been updated, so you must be logged in to view anybody.

How to block someone on OkCupid?

To block a user on OkCupid, click on the three dots icon at the top of their profile page. This also allows you to unmatch with somebody. There is also the option of reporting somebody if you feel they have behaved inappropriately or are harassing you.

How to cancel an OkCupid subscription?

You can cancel an OkCupid subscription at any time, either through the Subscription Settings page or via iTunes, Google Pay, or PayPal.

What happens when you block someone on OkCupid?

When you block someone on OkCupid, you can no longer see your conversations, and they may notice that this has also been removed from their conversations page. You can view your blocked users by clicking on Account Settings / Privacy / Blocked & Unmatched.

How to get unbanned from OkCupid?

OkCupid automatically bans users for breaching any of their community guidelines – and they will not tell you that you have been banned, or why. It is unlikely that you will get your account unbanned, as a member of the OkCupid team determines each personally but if you think there has been a genuine mistake, you can contact customer services to request they review the decision.

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