How to Search for OkCupid Users

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OKCupid Matches

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For a free dating site, OkCupid offers a wealth of great​​ features for finding people who match what you're looking for in another person. 

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to find online ​OkCupid users that match your desired specifications.

How to Find People to Chat with on OkCupid

To begin chatting with online matches, follow these brief steps:

  1. Login to your OkCupid account.
  2. Click "Browse Matches" in the menu. You'll be presented with an array of matches you can browse through. You will also see a sentence that defines your default search criteria. 
  3.  You can change and refine these criteria by clicking the Advanced Filters icon and selecting your preferences.

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Refine Your Search Criteria

Your match preferences help create a search algorithm that sorts the best possible matches from OkCupid's database of users.

You have several categories to work within listed, and each of these will have more specific preferences beneath them. sexuality and gender preferences

  • Looks
  • Background
  • Availability
  • Personality
  • Vices
  • Questions
  • More

Click the preference category you want to refine. 

Preferences include height, smoking and drinking activities, religion, astrological signs, education, job, income, languages and diet preferences, among others. The "More" category is a catchall for preferences like education, kids and pets, as well as a search field that you can use to enter specific keywords you're looking for in others' profiles.

The "Questions" category lets you choose from OKCupid's many questions to narrow your results based on other people's responses to those questions. This category is limited to those who purchase an OKCupid A-List membership.

Preferences are set using a variety of ways. Height preference, for example, is set as a range using dropdowns for a minimum and maximum. Other preferences are simple checkboxes or sliders. Personality traits are defined by clicking an up or down arrow to indicate whether each trait is important (up) or unimportant (down).  

When you're done, click the "Search" button.

If you would like to make it easier to search again, click the gray "Save" button before searching to save these settings.

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Search Results

Your search results are displayed in a grid below your search preferences. You will see snapshot details of each person, such as their username, age and location, as well as a profile picture.

If a user is logged in, a green "Online" icon will appear at the bottom of their profile picture.

You will also see OKCupid's assessment of how well your personality matches the person. There are two assessments, Match and Enemy, that each have a percentage next to them. The higher the percentage, the stronger the person rates in that assessment.

Hovering over a profile will change the assessment section into a "Like" button. Click this and the person will be notified that you liked their profile.