How to Use OkCupid IM

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Launching the OkCupid IM Window

OkCupid IM
Screenshot/OkCupid © 2011

After finding an online OkCupid user you wish to chat with, pressing the blue balloon icon will launch an instant message window along the bottom of your web browser screen. From this single window, users can perform a number of functions, as illustrated (clockwise) above:

  1. Screenname: Need to locate an OkCupid user's screenname? The top left corner of each IM window will always carry their profile ID.
  2. Pop Out Window: Need to minimize the web browser window for work or school? By clicking the arrow icon at the top of the IM window, you will launch a separate window specifically for your IM conversation.
  3. Block User: Want to block an OkCupid user from contacting you? Clicking this icon will prompt you to block the user from sending IMs from you in the future. This setting does not notify that user, and discreetly blocks incoming messages from them thereafter.
  4. Collapse Window: Need more space on the web browser window to view items on the OkCupid site? Collapsing the IM window helps make things more compact for easier reading.
  5. Close Window: Done with your chat? Click this icon to close the window.
  6. User Information: At a glance, the information located at the top of each window allows OkCupid users to see their match percentage, enemy percentage, the user's age, gender and sexual orientation, plus a thumbnail of their profile image.
  7. Message Field: In this area, all the messages sent and received will appear.
  8. Text Input Field: In this field, users must type their message. Hit "Enter" on your keyboard to send the message.
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How to Access the OkCupid Settings Panel

OkCupid IM
Screenshot/OkCupid © 2011

Beyond the IM window, OkCupid users can also change a number of settings through the instant messaging settings panel. To begin changing these settings, click the cogwheel icon which appears in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Changing Your OkCupid Settings

OkCupid IM
Screenshot/OkCupid © 2011

From the settings panel in OkCupid, users can personalize the instant messaging experience on one of the most popular free dating sites. These settings include:

  • Blocking OkCupid Users: If you have any current conversations, you can block additional incoming IMs from users by clicking the appropriate option under "Block."
  • Disable/Enable IMs: Want to stop receiving IMs? Clicking "Turn Off" under "Instant Messaging" will disable the setting and prevent other users from sending you these messages. You can reverse this by clicking "Turn On" from the settings menu.
  • Disable Activity Feed: Want to stop the activity feed? Click "Turn Off" to continue, as illustrated above.
  • Change Your IM Settings: For users who have a specific type of OkCupid match in mind, clicking "IM settings" will allow users to filter IMs from users who do not fit a particular profile.
  • Open Your IM Chat Logs: OkCupid automatically saves all old IM conversations directly in your inbox. Clicking "My IM History" will show you the messages preserved for your reading pleasure.
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How to Find Your OkCupid IM Chat History

OkCupid IM
Screenshot/OkCupid © 2011
OkCupid users also benefit from having access to old chat logs, a written history of every instant message you exchange while using the dating site.

To access your OkCupid IM history, click "Messages" and then from the drop-down menu, select "IM History." The window will open to show your chat history, as illustrated above.

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