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OkCupid Review UK

4 Choices: Hookup, New friends, Short-term dating, Long-term dating

Overview
  • Profile Quality
  • Special Features
  • Prices
  • Usability
  • Security
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Summary

OkCupid is a very decent dating site for anyone in the UK looking for compatible singles, including lesbians. While you can use it to find hookups or even just friends, it’s best if you want to find someone for a serious romantic relationship.

What I don’t like about it are limited capabilities for free users. To fully enjoy the matchmaking and have a truly satisfying experience, you might want to subscribe to a paid membership.

Test OkCupid for free to see how it fits your needs. If it isn’t your cup of tea, you can easily switch to another dating service before making any commitments.

Pros:

  • Free to use
  • A large UK user base
  • Many lesbian users
  • Very intuitive interface
  • Great for both casual encounters and serious relationships

Cons:

  • Messaging available only when there are mutual likes
  • Viewing “Likes” available only to premium subscribers
  • Free accounts don’t get many useful features
  • No free trial
  • Not many members in smaller cities

Membership Structure

This dating site counts more than 50 million global users, of whom 1.4 million are in the UK.

It welcomes individuals of every sexual orientation. Although most users are heterosexual, there are many gay, lesbian, and bisexual members, so you can easily find a girl in her 20s or 30s to start a relationship with.

To write this in-depth review of OkCupid, I’ve decided to sign up and see how it works for myself. After months of using the app, I’ve found that most users are male.

However, since the user base is so big, quite a lot of female accounts are right there at your fingertips. The members are quite active as well, coming in at more than 100 daily logins.

It’s important to note that most people using this site are looking for a serious relationship. Some do look for hookups, while others are only interested in finding friends.

Signing Up & Profiles

Signing up on OkCupid is incredibly simple. You only need to provide your name, age, location, and email address, before coming up with a password, verifying your email, and signing in.

You can also sign up with Facebook to make the process even simpler.

Once you’ve logged into your new account, you’ll encounter a quiz with questions regarding your personality. Those will include your interests and hobbies, sexual orientation, features you look for in a partner, and other details necessary for personalizing your profile.

You’ll also need to specify the relationship you’re looking for. You have four choices:

  • Hookup
  • New friends
  • Short-term dating
  • Long-term dating

You can check all four of the boxes if you’re open to all kinds of relationships.

While fine-tuning your profile, you can also specify the proximity of potential matches. That way, the app won’t display women on the other side of the planet.

Profiles with essay descriptions of a person are most likely to find an ideal match, so use that feature to your advantage.

Mobile App

OkCupid’s mobile app (available for both iOS and Android users) has a very user-friendly and intuitive interface. Its navigation is absolutely seamless, with each tab dedicated to its essential features.

You have tabs for:

  • DoubleTake
  • Discovery
  • Likes
  • Conversations
  • Profile

I liked the app, as it’s very well-organized, clean, and easy-to-use, providing a very satisfying experience. It’s different from its desktop counterpart only regarding the DoubleTake feature. All you need is to swipe left or right to start connecting with people.

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User Reviews

“I’ve been using this dating service for a year now and couldn’t be more satisfied. Not only have I found my soulmate, but I also made friends with some extraordinary people.”

– Jennifer, 25

“After stubbornly refusing to use any dating site for years, I finally agreed to try this one. Now, I have the best person in the world by my side – my beautiful fiancée, Sarah. OkCupid’s the real deal!”

– Emma, 28

Matching on OkCupid

Apart from the DoubleTake feature, there’s the Match Search option, which allows you to use various search filters to find potential matches. You can also rely on the matching algorithm to find your compatible matches according to your personality and preferences.

Now, you can send a message to someone you like, but they’ll only see it if they’ve hit “Like” on your profile.

But once there are mutual likes, communication becomes a piece of cake.

Drawbacks

While those likes are great for avoiding inappropriate messages, that messaging system can be a real bummer for those who just want to start a normal conversation.

Also, you can’t see who’s liked your profile unless you upgrade to a paid subscription. So, there aren’t many useful features for free subscribers.

Another potential drawback is that most users are looking for a serious commitment. If you want something casual, the opportunities will be limited.

Free and Premium Features

As a free user

• Search for matches and view profiles

• Send messages

• Receive messages only if you’ve liked the senders

• Use DoubleTake

• Use Match Search

As a premium member

• See who’s viewed your profile;

• See who’s liked you;

• Receive “read” notifications;

• Use Advanced Search;

• Highlight your messages;

• Highlight your profile with Boosts;

• Hide ads

This online dating platform offers two tiers of paid membership – A-List Basic and A-List Premium.

Basic pricing:

• One month – £7.95

• Three months – £6.95/month

• 12 months – £3.95/month

Premium pricing:

• One month – £24.90

• Three months – £22.90/month

• 12 months – £19.90/month

Extra Features for Premium Subscribers

Premium subscribers get excellent capabilities to enrich their online dating experience.

Those include:

  • Keeping track of everyone you’ve liked
  • Keeping track of those who liked you
  • Algorithm matches
  • Boosts
  • Blog with tips and advice
  • Stacks for categorizing matches

Frequently Asking Questions

How can I become a member of OkCupid?
You can sign up either with Facebook or by filling out a registration form on the platform.
Is premium membership available?
Yes, there are two premium membership options – A-List Basic and A-List Premium.
Are any refunds available?
Unfortunately, you can’t get a refund if you haven’t been able to use your profile or simply didn’t like the platform.
How does matching work on OkCupid?
This feature allows you to connect with people in the so-called roulette style and initiate conversations if they’ve liked you back.
What does OkCupid’s DoubleTake feature do?
This feature allows you to connect with people in the so-called roulette style and initiate conversations if they’ve liked you back.
Is it safe to use OkCupid?
It’s perfectly safe to use this platform, thanks to its advanced security protocols, strict privacy policies, and constant safety checks.
How to initiate conversations with members?
You can send messages to anyone, but they can only see them and reply if they’ve previously liked you.
What can I do if I encounter a scammer?
You can report them and let the highly-responsive support team deal with them, or you can simply block them.