What is Match.com?

Match.com is an online dating app and website owned by the Match Group that was launched in 1995 and headquartered out of Dallas, Texas. The dating software is accessible from desktop or on a phone or tablet via Google Play or the iOS store. Match works by following a traditional “catalog-style” approach to dating where you create a profile and then are able to search through other potential match’s profiles if they meet the criteria you have selected.

Generally, Match is known most for helping singles who are looking for more serious and committed relationships. That being said, there are quite a few people who still use the app for casual dating, which might be a turn off for some people.

How Does Match.com Work?

Match is a hybrid dating website that offers both swipe-style dating (mutual matches) and traditional catalog/profile style dating. Users join the app and provide basic information and photos. From there, you have two main courses of action to meet other singles. One—you can go to the search area and look through a full list of people who meet your criteria. If you find someone that you fancy, you can send them a message.

Two—you can go to the Discover tab which is a swipe-style type of dating (similar to Tinder, which is also owned by Match Group). If both you and another user express interest in each other, Match.com sends you a notification of the mutual match. The one main difference between this and Tinder, though, is that you can send a message to someone without a mutual match requirement.

Fast Facts About Match.com

  • Site Name: Match.com
  • Paid or Free: Paid with limited free options
  • Average Sign-Up Time: About 5 minutes
  • Paid Membership Pricing: Plans starting at $19.99 per month
  • Unique Match.com Facts
    • Founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.
    • Match.com serves over 50 different countries.
    • The company is owned by Match Group, a company that owns several online dating brands.