The Match website connects singles from the middle of the 90s. It has created a broad membership base that is continually growing. This Match review aims to provide a comprehensive description of the website’s services and general experience, although it is not mentioned among dating sites. There are few services available for free, but most useful features are unlocked after upgrading to one of the subscriptions. The website offers two subscription packages with three different terms and additional paid services to boost the experience on this dating website.
The website and application looks modern with its minimalistic design. You can find all the necessary functions in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Most of the functions are marked with icons that are easy to understand. Match provides a very informative Help section that describes all the functions in detail and answers all the possible questions. The most important features are highlighted in blue, and messaging functions with pink color.
The Match website offers a good assortment of functions; unfortunately, only matching algorithms and sending likes is available for free members. Among paid services are:
The website developed applications available to download on the Apple App and Google Play Store. The application has the same functions as the browser version. Besides the app, Match can be accessed through any mobile browser.
The website requires account verification with the mobile phone number. After posting information on the profile, it undergoes a moderators’ check before being published. The website allows only paid members to communicate with each other. Thus, paid membership serves as verification of the seriousness of members. If users came across misbehavior on the website, they could report a member through the ‘Report’ and ‘Block’ buttons under the three dots on the member’s profile.
Some users may have difficulties with reaching the Match website. First of all, check whether Match is available in your country. When entering the website, start filling out the window, you see right in the middle of the screen. Users are asked to enter the location (zip code), their and partner’s gender and age. After clicking the “View Photos” button, you will be asked additional questions, such as date of birth, name, email address, and password. After that, your profile is created, but the website requires adding more information about yourself, such as appearance, marital status and children, lifestyle, religion, and other questions about background. All these questions are needed not only for your potential match could create an image about you, but for the matchmaking algorithm to provide better search. You can choose the ice-breaking question for other members interested in you and write your answer. Finally, to finish your profile, upload the profile picture or sync it from your Facebook profile. On this website, this step is obligatory. You can post up to six pictures. You can verify your account with the mobile number through the code received by SMS. Although this step is also unavoidable, it helps keep the Match community’s security on a high level.
It is possible to edit the filled out information on the Match profile any time you want.
If you experience difficulties, it might be for a couple of reasons, such as:
Users can start communication on the Match by sending the message. But if you are introverted or feel nervous to message first, but want to draw someone’s attention, there are ways to do that. You can press the Pink Hear button and send” like” to another person. If the person likes you back, you will see the notification in the pop-up window. After that, you will know that the person is also interested in you and can start communication. It is not possible to send Likes when the anonymous mode is turned on.
The premium subscribers can send Superlikes (the Purple Heart icon). This will make their profile highlighted and on top of the highly recommended list.
Unlimited messaging is available to the subscribers. To start chatting, simply press the bubble icon on the user’s profile page. Reading messages also requires to have an active subscription on Match. Users can also enable the Smart Filter Settings to filter out messages form people who do not fit according to specific criteria. You can set your criteria by Age, Distance/Location, Body Type, Ethnicity, Smoking, Have Kids/Want Kids, and religion. For example, if you want to communicate only with people of a certain age range, all the other messages from people younger or older will be store in the “Other” folder.
As for the free members, the Match website wants to assure that all the members are serious about dating, and free members will not be able to read received messages to get a notification. Nevertheless, the website provides free trials regularly, and non-paid members have chances to read and reply to the messages within a short period. Moreover, paid members can track who has opened and read messages with the “Email Read Notification” option. Thus, non-paid members can will be identifiable through the unread status to the paid subscribers. Premium subscribers can undertake the costs for non-paid members to reply to their messages and purchase an additional feature called Reply for Free.
It is possible to send text messages on Match when the anonymous mode is on, but the profile will be hidden from the user who received the message. And users with hidden profiles will not receive messages from new users, only from users they have already established communication.
Finally, Match promises to make video calls possible on the website, that is an incredibly necessary function on the dating websites during social distancing. The function will become available as soon as two people matched.
Unfortunately, like on many dating sites, there are no ways to unsent or retract it once the message was sent.
Match shows indications if the person is online or has been visiting the website recently. Solid Green Dot indicates that the user is currently online or has been active within the last 45 minutes. Empty Green Circle indicates that the users have been online recently, between the last 46 minutes and 24 hours. It is also possible to see the indication “Active 1 hour ago” or “Active 1 hour ago” or “Active 2 hours ago.” If the member were active between the last 24 hours and 72 hours, you would see the Empty Yellow Circle. It also possible to see indications, like “Active yesterday” or “Active 2 days ago.” Finally, No Dot or Circle shows that the member is inactive and was visiting the website for more than 72 hours.
It is not only impossible to share contact information on the dating website, but also, most dating sites suggest keeping such information undisclosed for security reasons. Match informs that profiles that contain direct contact information of any kind, such as email addresses, instant messenger I.D., URLs, phone numbers, addresses, etc., will not undergo verification process.
In this section of the Match review, the description of prices for paid subscription is given. The website offers a wide variety of subscription packages, periods, and additional services. Premium plan for three months costs 14.99 USD monthly and 44.97 USD in total. Those who want to purchase a six-month premium subscription will have to pay 11.49 USD for every month and 68.94 USD in total. Annual subscribers will have the best offer for 107.88 USD, with a monthly price of 8.99 USD. Standard subscription is a little bit cheaper and stats at 38.97 USD for a three-month subscription. The price for the six-month standard subscription is 59.94 USD in total and 9.99 USD per month. 12 Months of the standard plan will cost 7.99 USD per month and 95.88 USD in total.
The difference between the premium and standard plans is as follows. Standard subscription includes receiving, replying, and sending emails from other subscribers, accessing lists of members who viewed and liked your profile, filter options, participation in Match Events. Premium subscriptions additionally include the following services: Message read notification, profile review once per year, profile boost once per month, discounts on Match Events.
Moreover, as mentioned above, the website offers additional features for the subscription: private mode, reply for free, profile boost, matchPhone, and standard subscribers can purchase Email Read Notification.
The price for the boost feature is as follows. One credit costs 0.99 USD. If you wish to purchase five credits, you have to pay 4.00 USD (0.80 USD per credit), and a pack of ten credits costs 6.00 USD.
Match accepts payment by credit card (American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, Prepaid Credit Card), or PayPal. But PayPal is not available in all countries. Other payment options are sending a check or money order, Visa Checkout, and MasterPass. To use the prepaid cards on this dating site, users need to activate it on the prepaid cards’ website, but it would be better to use the credit or debit card to use the Match website without interruptions.
To pay for the subscription with a check or money order, include your username, email address, and name of a package with a period (three-month or six-month), and send the check to the address:
P.O. Box 12305
Dallas, Tx 75225
Users of the iOS application will need to purchase a Match subscription through the iTunes account as an In-App Purchase. In this case, the subscription and billing information will be managed by Apple.
According to the Match reviews, there are a couple of useful services for non-paid members. However, the messaging is not possible without the paid subscription, unless the premium member purchases an additional feature that lets free members answer their messages. Free features include some popular features, such as profile creation, uploading pictures, conducting searches, sending unlimited likes to others, receiving matches. Additionally, the website allows to view who sent Super Likes and have up to six top picks daily.
Match offers a free trial that allows you to preview the paid subscription benefits for a couple of days. Free members will get emails with free trial offers or other discounts. Alternatively, you can contact the customer support and ask about the current campaigns. When taking an offer for the free trial, do not forget that it will automatically renew as a paid subscription at the end of the free period. It is possible to cancel the renew before the end of the free trial.
Free members can only see who sent them Super Likes, that are sent by the paid members. Hence, it is impossible to see the list of non-paid members who sent Likes (Pink Heart) to them.
According to the Match reviews, compared to other similar dating sites, the prices of this dating site are average.
The communication feature is possible on the Match website, only to the premium subscribers. The premium subscription on Match unlocks other useful services to help you find a date and not worry about the safety. As a paid member, you can send, read and reply to messages from other subscribers. Subscribers can view who is interested in them in various ways, such as who viewed their profile, who liked their profile, and who sent them Super Likes. Paid users can also use a filter setting that enables exclusion of profiles that do not answer specific criteria. Premium profiles will be boosted once a month on the website, and up to twelve top picks every day. You will be able to switch the anonymous mode on and purchase additional features. There are also some additional services to have fun on the Match website. As a paid member, you can read receipts, get profile review from an expert, and have discounts to Match events where you can meet other subscribers offline.
If you decided to upgrade to a paid subscription, click the Subscribe button on the page’s top right corner on the browser website or the Subscribe or Upgrade option on the application’s profile page. Then you will be redirected to the page where you can choose a subscription package and continue to the billing process.
Free members can cancel their membership by clicking the Manage Subscription section on the Account Settings page. As soon as users cancel their membership, the profile and pictures will be hidden. When you decide to come back to the community, go to sign in and reactivate your account.
In case you are a paid member and want to cancel the subscription, you need to turn off auto-renewal. You can do this in the Manage Subscription section on the Account Settings page. Then, press the “Cancel Subscription” link and enter your password. After that, choose the reasons for cancellation and continue to the next step. After you see the confirmation page with the current date and username, you can be sure you canceled the paid subscription.
If you need to cancel additional paid features on Match, you need to go to “Manage Subscription,” press “Subscription Status,” choose the services you want to cancel, and choose Deactivate.
If you are trying a free trial, remember that it will auto-renew to one of the paid subscriptions at the end of the period. If you do not wish to continue as a paid member, you need to deactivate your subscription. To do this, go to the Manage Subscription section on the Account Settings page. At the next step, enter your password and follow directions to cancel your trial subscription. As soon as you cancel your trial subscription, you will lose all the benefits you had.
It is possible to contact the customer support team through our Contact Us web form. In that case, the customer support representative will respond within 48 hours. Paid members located in the United States can get support by phone. The number is shown to the premium members on their page.
To sum up, Match created a large and safe community for singles from different countries. If this site is not listed among the dating sites, it does not mean you should not try it. However, if you are serious about online dating on this platform, be prepared to purchase a premium subscription. The Match website offers a free trial and many promotions to get acquainted with its services.