Match.com started the online dating revolution way back in 1995. Since then, millions of singles have used the site—and later, the app—to find compatible partners. And thanks to a new update of the app’s design, Match makes it easier than ever to strike up conversations and find the exact type of relationship you’re looking for.
To start, make a profile. Match lets you add as little or as much information about yourself as you like—then, when you set your preferences for potential partners, sort and refine potential matches by their responses.
State what kind of relationship you’re looking for and fill in basic information: age, sexual preference, and location. Match also asks questions that might affect long-term compatibility—about backgrounds and values, as well as lifestyle topics such as religion, salary, and interest in having children.
In your profile, share even more about yourself by writing a small blurb, showing items on your Bucket List, or selecting the hobbies and fitness activities you enjoy (perfect for starting a conversation). Match then offers you potential daily matches—and lets you seek out your own, filtering out those who don’t exactly match your criteria.
When you find someone you’re interested in, letting them know is as easy as tapping the heart to indicate you’re smitten—or tapping the speech bubble to send a message. With a new feature called Nearby, Match uses the location of your phone and shows you other members you might have crossed paths with.
Need help sorting out the virtual maze of online dating? Chat with Match’s own Dating Coaches, who can give you advice on your profile and help in finding a match. By subscribing, you’ll also receive access to unlimited messaging and special tools (like seeing who viewed your profile, faved it, or liked one of your photos) that make it even easier to find a new boo.