Updated: February 2, 2023
If you’ve decided to give Match.com a try, it can be a great app. But it helps to know how to use it and what the behavioral norms and etiquette are before jumping in. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the Match dating app to prepare you to rock it:
1. Create your account.
First you’ll go to either Match.com or download the mobile app to create your account. The site will ask you whether you’re a man or a woman, whether you’re looking to date a man or a woman, and the age range of men or women you’re looking to date. Once you’ve selected your dating preferences, you’ll have to link either an email address or your Facebook account to start your profile.
2. Select your subscription package.
Usually this is the last step of signing up for a dating service, but since you can’t write potential matches without paying I suggest you tackle this now. If you don’t subscribe, you may be frustrated to find that you can’t actually message people after setting up the long profile section.
3. Put together your profile.
Now that you’ve subscribed you’re ready to dive into the deep end of customizing your profile. There’s no tutorial section so read closely. Match.com has one of the most intensive and comprehensive profiles out of all the major dating apps and online services out there.
4. Find your match.
Now that you’re all set up, it’s time to get to matching. There are two ways to sift through matches: a stripped down yes or no swiping format akin to newer apps like Tinder or Bumble or the Discover section that lets you scroll through profiles. If you’re looking to match rapid fire the first option is probably best for you, otherwise dig into the Discover tab.
5. Plan those dates.
Once you’ve started sending some messages get some practice keeping the conversations going. Conversations on Match tend to be longer than those on similar services, so don’t be surprised if a conversation carries on for days or weeks before you meet. If you feel like the the flow is good between you and a match, don’t hesitate to set up a date.
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