To get started with Match, head to Match and create a free user account (you can upgrade your account later on in the set-up process, or at a later date).
First, you’ll specify who you are and the type of person you’re seeking—such as, “I am a woman seeking a woman” between the ages of 35 and 45, for instance—and your zip code. Then, Match will ask you to select your gender, enter your birthday, first name and email address.
Next, you’ll be offered a series of screening questions to help users learn more about you, including details on the following:
- Relationship status (never married, currently separated, divorced or widow/widower)
- Parenting status (whether or not you have children or want to have children)
- Appearance (height, body type)
- Lifestyle (whether or not you smoke or drink, your stance on marijuana)
- Languages spoken
- Political views
- Exercise habits
- Interests (entertainment, sports, wellness activities, causes, food and drink, creative outlets and more)
After you make selections for yourself, you can then select preferences you desire for a match based on many of the same categories as above.
Next, you can fill out different icebreaker prompts like, “for fun I like to,” “right now I am reading” and “zombie attack. Run, fight or join them?”
Then, you can add photos of yourself. Profiles can include up to 26 photos. Match recommends uploading at least three in order to get 50 times more likes and messages.
Once you complete your profile (you don’t need to complete it all at once), Match’s algorithms will narrow the pool based on the preferences and lifestyle selections from your profile and the profiles of potential matches. You can view user profiles and have the option to select “Like” or “Skip.”
Users can sort matches by:
- Distance (enter your zip code and search matches from a one to 975-mile radius)
- Match picks
- Activity date (the date when a match was last online, communicated with another user or checked their matches)
- Newest first (users who have joined most recently)
- Photo counts (users with the highest number of photos)
- Two different algorithms: Reverse Match (meaning one user fits the other users’ preferences) and Mutual Match (meaning both users are interested in each other)
You can take your interaction a step further by messaging other users and eventually setting up a time and place to go on an in-person date. Note: Unlike other online dating platforms, Match allows you to message other users even if they didn’t “Like” you. The extent of this feature differs depending on the plan you choose; Standard and Premium plans offer unlimited messaging while free plans limit your messaging.