If you think that the accuracy of a compatibility rate can not be calculated from 15 questions, that’s alright. Once you have finished creating your account, you can answer more questions from your profile settings to increase the supposed accuracy of your match percentage. Plus, OkCupid will often ask you to answer more during usage.
OkCupid runs on a mutual-like system like most other apps. This means that you two need to like each other before they can talk or you can subscribe to a premium account to see who likes you before your match. There are two ways you can go through matches: DoubleTake and Discover. When you use the DoubleTake format, you have the option to swipe left or right like Tinder or Bumble for a fast, easy, and low-investment level matching experience.
Alternatively, you can browse using the Discover format. This option allows you to open profiles, like, and comment on specific prompts to reach out directly with a message. But remember, the other person will only see your message if they like you first. Although this method may be a better way to get notices and can make you stand out from other daters who just like every person in their queue.
Just keep on liking to increase your chance of getting a match. Matching with someone allows you to start chatting and to get to know each other. If your conversation is going well, don’t be shy and ask your match on a date. See where it goes from there.
In case you’re having trouble finding matches, try answering a few more questions and spicing up your profile more to find a formula that works for you. OkCupid also keeps a list of all the profiles you have liked in the past, so you can go back, check, and send messages even after the initial like (this is if they’ve liked you back). You can also ask feedback from your friends about your profile so you know if you need to improve on something else. Soon enough, you will find your profile bursting with messages.
Now that you have a match (or matches), you can start messaging them. When you have used OkCupid before, you’ll be surprised because it does not work like that before. To send a message to another user, you need to “like” their profile first. This will allow you to send an opening message to be displayed on the screen when they are checking out your profile.
When you match with the person, you can see their profile and yours as well in the Conversation section where you can freely exchange messages. OkCupid allows you to send one first message and if they don’t reply, no need to worry, just move on because there’s a lot of other users on the app. Also, you won’t have any choice, OkCupid hides profiles after you’ve sent an introductory message to them, and they won’t reappear unlike they “like” your profile back.
If you are not interested in someone who “liked” you and sent an introductory message, simply “pass” on their profile. Don’t heated affairs worry, they wouldn’t be notified that you passed on them, and you won’t see their profile again and them with yours.
What sets OkCupid apart from other dating applications is its match questions that let you define yourself and what is important to you. These match questions determine the match percentage for each profile that’s assigned by the algorithm. It is an indication of how compatible you are with a particular person. The number is based on your preferences as well as other people’s. Then, the answers to different questions also get counted to get your compatibility.