Free Trial

When it comes to online dating, there aren’t a lot of names as well known as But is Match a great fit for you? Well, if you’re trying to answer that question, you have a few different options. One—you can check out our review to see what the experts have to say. Or two—you can snag a free trial and check things out for yourself.

Let’s talk now about what you get with the Match free trial, what you don’t get, how to get signed up, and other alternatives you might be interested in. Additionally, we’ll talk about the new 3-day trial Match added in 2022 that is still valid in 2023.

A Quick Note Before You Sign Up

While we do believe Match is a good dating app and that companies can recover from past mistakes, it is important to point out that was sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2019 for using “fake love interest ads to trick consumers into paying for a subscription.” The FTC stated that Match used deceptive practices and false guarantee promises to trick hundreds of thousands of people into making purchases.

For us, that’s not a great look. If you’d like to see how Match has bounced back, keep reading as we’re going to cover their free trial offer. Or, if you’d prefer to use a different dating app with a better track record of success and caring for customers, we’d suggest eharmony. We’ve included a link below to get a free trial to get you started now.

What You Get With Your Free Trial

With that said, let’s get back on track with talking about what you do and don’t get with the free trial. Here’s a list of the things you will get:

  • Ability to search for singles in your area by interest, age, and demographics
  • Use the swipe-style like or skip feature to review singles in your area
  • Create your profile, upload your pictures, and get prepared in case you decide to upgrade your account
  • You may get the ability to message one of your best matches for free (not publicly posted), but we’ve seen randomly given out to free trial account holders
  • Depending on the current offer the site has live, you may also get access to a 3-day or 7-day trial where you can send messages to other members. From our observation, this isn’t always available, but may be from time to time.
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What You Don’t Get

  • Unless there’s a free trial promotion running at the time you sign up (you’ll be able to see through the link provided), you won’t be able to send messages without upgrading. Note: This has changed some for the shorter 3-day trial which we cover below.
  • Under the same circumstances as we just mentioned, you also won’t be able to read the messages sent to you by other members unless you move up to a premium account. Note: Read below for some details on how this has changed for the first three days of your account.
  • You’ll see ads when using the account under a free trial. These are removed if you upgrade to premium.

Match Adds 3 Day Free Trial

Leading into 2022, it looks as though Match has added a 3-day trial option on top of the existing free account option. During the first three days of your free trial, you’ll be able to actually exchange messages and interact as if you’re a paying member. While this is awesome, keep in mind that it often takes people more than a few days to get back to a first message, so you might not get as much utility out of this as expected. That being said, it will definitely give you the ultimate opportunity to test out features and see if Match is the right fit for you.

Once the 3-day free trial expires, you’ll revert back to the basic free trial account outlined in the rest of this article.

Match Free Trial FAQ

How much does the free trial on Match cost?

The Match free trial is truly free – they don’t trick you into needing a credit card during sign up like some other sites do. The sign up is easy and only takes a few pieces of information to create an account. After creating your free Match account, you’ll be in the mix within a few minutes.

How long is the Match free trial?

The Match free trial effectively lasts forever. Once you get your account created, you’re free to take your time setting up your profile, looking through matches in your area, and deciding if upgrading is worth it for you or not. While the free trial is somewhat limited, it is nice to know that you’re not going to be rushed into making a decision, and you’re able to take your time.

Matt Seymour

Written By: Matthew J. Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.

Charles Roscopf

Reviewed By: Charles Roscopf, CPA

Charles Roscopf is an expert in all matters finance, with a specialty in accounting, financial processes, and personal finance. Charles currently serves as the Vice President and Controller of Bluescape Group based out of Dallas Texas and as the Senior Finance and Cost Expert at Healthy Framework. With a Master of Accountancy and Accounting Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and over a decade of experience in the financial sector, Charles is a welcomed expert helping singles best navigate dating finances and dating app pricing.