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How Does OkCupid Work: A Beginner’s Guide

It’s a popular online dating platform that you’ve probably heard quite a lot about already. But, how does OkCupid work? This is a common question, even among those who’ve already dipped their toes into the world of online dating today.

Unlike other apps, OkCupid isn’t targeted at a specific subset of the dating population. This can help to increase the odds of connecting with compatible matches. So, how does OKCupid work? This step-by-step guide will help you build an attractive OkCupid profile and teach you the ins and outs of the dating app, so you can find what you’re looking for. Let’s get started!

How Does OkCupid Work? A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Set up your account

OkCupid is available on both mobile and desktop, so you have a little bit of flexibility on how you want to get started. Like most other online dating services, you have the option to link your Facebook or sign up with an email address. Select either option to move forward.

After signing up, add some basic information, your gender of interest, your birthday, zip code, ideal relationship length, and a few other basic tidbits. When you finish up with these, you’ll be able to customize your profile and start getting noticed.

Step 2: Pick your photos, write your bio

How does OkCupid work to show off your best side? Like this: OkCupid has six profile photo slots and a short little bio section. There are enough tips to write an article for each, so I’ll spare the nitty gritty points and keep this portion more big picture.

For the photos, you’re going to want to make sure that you have six photos, and most, if not all, should prominently feature you smiling. The first photo should be a headshot in an interesting location like a forest, arcade, or well-lit bar. Make sure to include at least one to two full-body shots. Feel free to edit a bit, but try to keep the sunglasses and group photos to a minimum.

As for the bio, keep it short and sweet. Four or five sentences should do it. If you’re funny, this is a good place to crack a joke or two. If you’re not, that’s okay. Just write a bit about yourself, your passions, your hobbies, and anything else you think people might want to know. Use a bit of personal flair and keep it honest.

Step 3: Answer the questions

If you’ve made it this far, you’re in the final stretch! The last step in completing your profile is the basic questions. Each profile on OkCupid displays an estimated match percentage rate. These percentages are based on your profile and your answers to these questions, so be as thorough as possible. The can cover topics from politics to the tidiness of your room. For each question, there’s an option to skip and there are options to select an answer preference for the person you’re interested in too.

Step 4: Send out your likes

Like most other apps, OkCupid’s runs on a mutual-like system. There are two different ways to go through matches. Using OkCupid’s DoubleTake format, you can swipe left or right for a breezy, low-investment level matching experience.

Alternatively, you can browse matches by scrolling through multiple profiles. In this option, you can open profiles and like and comment on specific prompts to reach out directly with a message. Even though the other person will only see your message if they like you first, this may be a better way to get noticed and can make you stand out from other daters who are just like every person in their queue.

Step 5: It’s a match!

Once you get your first match, go ahead and start chatting. If the conversation goes well, don’t hesitate to ask your match on a first date and see where it goes.

If you’re having trouble making matches, try answering a few more questions and tweaking the different profile elements to find a formula that works for you. OkCupid also keeps a list of all of the profiles you’ve liked in the past, so you can always go back and send messages after the initial like if they’ve liked you back.

Well, that’s it! Hopefully, by now we’ve answered your ‘How does OkCupid work?’ question. You’re now officially a master of OkCupid. All that’s left is for you to get in there and start firing off those likes!

*The Date Mix is owned by Zoosk, Inc. Zoosk, Inc. is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with OkCupid, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. OkCupid is a registered trademark of their respective owners.

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