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How Does Zoosk Work? A Beginner’s Guide To Dating Success


Before you begin connecting with matches on Zoosk, let’s answer the question “How does Zoosk work?” (Full disclosure—The Date Mix is owned and operated by Zoosk).

Zoosk is one of the oldest and most trusted online dating services in the game. As a result, it’s been tried and tested millions of times by one of the largest pools of singles out there.  

Whether you’re considering online dating for the first time or you’re an expert who’s looking for a more effective online dating service, you’re in capable hands. We’ve designed Zoosk with every member in mind.

This beginner’s guide will show you exactly how to use Zoosk so you can start your love story today. 

So, How Does Zoosk Work?

Step 1: Sign up for your account

To begin, fill in some standard personal info or link your Facebook or Google account to input the basics for you. Next, upload a profile photo and answer some background and lifestyle questions.

These sections ensure all accounts are sufficiently filled out, and keep the empty, boring profiles to a minimum.

Step 2: Deck out your profile

Now it’s time to select a catchy display name. Think of this as your dating codename! It has to be short, so we’d recommend using something memorable. A clever username is a great conversation starter!

Are you looking for real people with real intentions? We’ve got you. Zoosk members can verify their social accounts, photos, and phone number. The more of these that you verify, the better, so don’t be shy on the details.

Step 3: Add some more photos

Members with more photos tend to get more messages. At Zoosk, we want our users to have dating success, so you can add up to 6 photos to your profile! 

There are several ways to go about picking a profile photo, but here are some key guidelines.

Keep group photos to a minimum, smile, and opt for interesting backgrounds! Shots of you in a cool location or exploring a passion of yours are always a winner.

Profile photos should show who you are, what you look like, and what you enjoy doing.

Step 4: Write your story

Ok, here’s the fun part about how Zoosk works! Zoosk gives you 1500 characters to tell your matches about what makes you special. Our advice? Be yourself.

We’ve made sure that you can go back and change your story at any time, so there’s no pressure to get it right on your first try.

Start with an elevator pitch – introduce yourself and mention your hobbies and occupation. Then branch into something personal, like your last Netflix binge or pet. 

There’s even space for you to input what you’re looking for in a date, partner, and relationship so that you can connect with someone who has the same goals as you!

Zoosk is designed to connect you with individuals who love you for you! So use these sections to tell other singles who you are. Need more help? Check out our online dating tips.

Step 5: Start connecting

We’ve made searching for your match as simple as possible. Zoosk takes cues from both the new and old schools of online dating giving you more ways to match other singles.

You can opt for the Carousel, a quick like or swipe model, or enjoy selected matches sent to you daily via SmartPick technology. No surprises here! This way makes it easy to navigate, chat, and meet.

Or, you can choose a more traditional search feature. Here, you can filter preferences by age, religion, education, and more, helping you connect directly with someone who fits what you’re looking for! 

Step 6: Being a member of Zoosk

Zoosk runs on a freemium model. It’s free to make an account and view other profiles but to message anyone, you’ll need to subscribe. This means you can try Zoosk out before you pay for its service. 

Once you select a subscription, you’ll have access to everything. You’ll be able to use photo verification, see who viewed your profile, and receive daily match suggestions using our SmartPick technology.

Even better? Zoosk frequently offers membership discounts, like this exclusive Zoosk promo code for readers of The Date Mix. 

So, how does Zoosk work? Pretty simply! It’s no wonder that 40 million singles worldwide have choosen it to help them find love!

Why not become a valued member and sign up here today? Or download the Zoosk app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

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