MySingleFriend wants you to fall in love with love again. The premise is simple – your friends can take control of your dating profile and sign you up on your behalf.
It was set up in 2004 by presenter Sarah Beeney and her husband, and promises a ‘no-nonsense’ approach to dating. After all, no-one knows you better than your friends!
MySingleFriend.com member structure
As it’s a UK-based site, members are mostly Brits. Profiles are written by their friends, so the membership base is a bit of a collaborative effort.
- Members: There are 200,000+ users in the UK.
- Gender proportion: 38% Male and 62% Female
How does MySingleFriend.com work?
MySingleFriend is safe, secure and anonymous. It’s very easy to use, too. Once you’ve chosen a username and password and asked a friend to write something about you, you can search the site and view other people’s profiles.
If you like someone, you can drop them a message, or you can wait for others to message you. Eventually, you’ll hopefully both feel brave enough to share your real contact and details and meet up.
Sign up process
Sign up should be easy, as your friend will be the one filling out your details. However, it’s a fairly relaxed process where you answer questions about your appearance and preferences, which you do using drop-down menus. You then add a profile picture and you’re pretty much done. It only takes around 10 minutes in total.
Ease of use
The site is modern, sleek and very easy to use. All features are clear to see on the page too, so it’s great for busy people who don’t have much time to browse.
Chat, messages and notifications
Anyone can read messages straight away, even after they’ve just signed up. However, you’ve guessed it – only upgraded members can actually respond with your own unique message.
Free members can use a pre-set message to let someone know they’re interested. Messages get sent straight to the person’s email address, but all details including your name are kept anonymous. Instead, only your username is shown.
Compared to other dating websites, profiles on MySingleFriend are full of detail, and this is thanks to the fact that your friend will be filling out your profile information.
They will obviously want success for you, so they usually do a great job. Profiles have very clear photos too, so you can see who’s behind the profile.
MySingleFriend mobile app
The MySingleFriend app is free to download on iOS devices. It comes with some great additional features including Veto, which is where your friend can send you recommendations of people you might like to date who aren’t within your usual ‘type’.
You can then veto this, or you can go ahead and contact the recommended person.
All desktop features are also available on the app, but you have to pay separately for an app subscription to make the most of it.
If you’re likely to be on your phone more than desktop, we recommend signing up to this instead.
Real life reviews for MySingleFriend.com
He was in Nottingham and I was in London so we were forced to email and text for a couple of months but there was a real spark there and the banter was just easy!
When we finally met it was like we’d known each other forever! Don’t let these negative reviews put you off!
Have a go for a month….then go away and come back and try for another month! You’ve got to be ready to make the effort and just say yes!! It’s so worth it!!”
Key features for MySingleFriend.com
- Mail & One Liners. Read any message for free, whatever your membership status. Send pre-set messages if you’re a free member, or write your own message to break the ice.
- Likes. ‘Like’ a person’s profile and add them to your list. You’ll also be notified if they ‘like’ you back.
- Bookmarks. Save other profiles without them knowing and contact them later on.
Is MySingleFriend safe?
MySingleFriend has a dedicated tab on their website footer that’s all about safety.
They actually have a short video you can watch from the Metropolitan Police about how to avoid romance fraud, which is actually really detailed and full of useful information. You can watch it here.
MySingleFriend also promises to never give your details to other members or use your details for any purpose without your permission. All profiles have to be approved by the moderators, too.
How much does MySingleFriend.com cost?
How much is membership for MySingleFriend? An upgraded membership (known as Standard) is available for the following prices. All are billed in one lump sum, although prices shown are per month.
- 1 month: £32
- 3 months: £18
- 6 months: £13.33
- 12 months: £10.50
By upgrading, you will be able to:
- View two-way matches
- See who’s viewed you
- See favourites, online and more
- Read unlimited messages
- Send unlimited messages
- View private invitation-only photos
- Sort search results
- Search messages by keyword
For an additional £10 per month, you can also get a Premium subscription on memberships of 3 months or longer. This means that everyone will be able to reply to you.
You can also share the love and buy someone a gift subscription, starting from £7.
Discounts, offers and promo codes
You can save 67% on a 12-month subscription, 58% on 6 months, and 44% on 3 months. While these aren’t exactly discounts, it shows that you do save more money in the long run on longer-term subscriptions.
Is MySingleFriend free? Everyone is welcome to use a free MySingleFriend profile, and with that you’ll be able to view two-way matches, see who’s viewed you, see favourites and who’s online, and read unlimited messages.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to reply to anyone, or send you own message unless you upgrade.
Pros and Cons
✓ Pros of MySingleFriend
- Profile information is very detailed, and usually the description your friend writes for you can spark up a good conversation.
- There are loads of great features to use.
- It’s fun – especially if you get your friends fully involved!
X Cons of MySingleFriend
- There is a little less choice than you might perhaps like. This is because there are still a relatively small amount of people using the site.
- MySingleFriend doesn’t send you matches – you have to find them yourself.
- The app needs a separate membership to the site.
Overall, MySingleFriend is a lot of fun, and roping your friends into helping create a profile can make the world of online dating seem a lot less daunting.
However, you’ll need to be careful that you make sure you clarify whether you’re talking to the person behind the profile or their friend, as you may find the user has given their friend complete control.
It’s not exactly without its downsides. There is still a fairly small membership base so finding matches can be tricky in some towns and cities, and it’s a shame that the app and desktop site run on two different memberships. You might want to decide on which one you’re going to use and just sign up for one of them.
But it is fun with loads of great features, so if you want a helping hand then MySingleFriend might be the one for you. 3.6/5.
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What is the difference between a member and a subscriber?
Everyone who sets up a profile is a member. To contact someone for the first time you must be a paying subscriber.
How can I refine my matches?
Make sure your profile is as complete as possible and that your desired partner details are not too open. For example, if you keep your preferences too broad, then it will be difficulty for you to get matches.
You should try having a balance between too open a match and too narrow a match. In addition to the profile details you specify for a match you have the option to rate how important each detail is.
How do I add someone as a favourite?
To add someone as a favourite, select the heart icon to add someone. In search results, you will see this icon next to the envelope icon.
While viewing a profile, click the heart icon below the person’s profile photo and username. Select the same icon if you want to remove someone from your favourites.
How do I add notes and ratings on MySingleFriend?
When viewing a member’s profile, you can select the five starts displayed in the two-way match information block to add a note or a rating.
How to find notes and ratings that I recorded?
You can find members you’ve assigned notes and/or ratings to on the ‘Notes and Ratings’ pages found under ‘Connections’.
Why can’t I send messages?
To send messages you must be a paid subscriber. Visit the subscription page to signup.
How can I contact another member?
While you’re viewing another member’s profile, select the message (envelope) icon found below their profile photo. Write your message in the text box provided and then click send.
After receiving a message from another member – how do I reply to them?
The simplest way to reply is by following the link provided in the email you receive. This will take you directly to their message.
Keep in mind, unless the person who sent you the message is a premium subscriber, you will need to be a subscriber to reply.
Do I need to be a subscriber to receive messages?
No, you will receive messages even without a subscription. However, unless the person who sent you a message is a premium subscriber, you will need to be a subscriber to reply.
Why must I setup a profile to use the site?
You can search the site without creating a profile. However, if you want to view full member profiles then you will need to become a member and setup a profile. Keep in mind, it’s free to become a member.
Do I have to pay to setup a profile?
No, to setup your profile, you just need to become a free member. It is only necessary to become a (paying) subscriber when you want to send messages to other members.
How do I setup my profile?
If you are not yet a member, start by joining MySingleFriend for free. If you’re already a member, click on ‘Edit Profile’.
How do I change my profile?
Simply go to ‘Edit Profile’ and follow the edit instructions
How can I hide my profile from public view?
If you’ve joined for more than 30 days, or if you have an active subscription, then you will be able to hide your profile.
Go to the ‘Settings’ page of your profile and change ‘visible’ to ‘hidden’. Note that you can switch this back to ‘visible’ at any time you want.
How can I delete my profile?
Go to the ‘Account Details’ page of your profile and click the’Delete My Profile’ link found at the bottom of the page. This process cannot be reversed and will completely delete all your details on the site.
If you are a subscriber with time left on your subscription, it will be deleted with your records and you cannot be refunded or applied to other (future) profiles.
If you are unsure, it’s recommended that you hide your profile.
Why should I verify my mobile number?
This is to ensure MySingleFriend is a safe and secure dating community. There is an added level of trust, knowing you are communicating with another member who has verified their mobile number.
Is my privacy and information respected?
Yes, your details will never be given to other members or used for any purpose without your permission.
Is MySingleFriend recognised andapproved by the Online Dating Association (ODA)?
Yes, the site is a member of the Online Dating Association. This means they are committed to maintaining standards, protecting users and also giving users assurance as outlined in their Guiding Principles. You can find more information about the ODA here.
How do I block someone on MySingleFriend?
When you go to that particular member’s profile, choose the ‘Block Him/her’ option from the More (…) dropdown. Blocked members will not be able to see your full profile and will not be able to contact you.
How can I report someone?
If another member is behaving abusive or causing you concern, please contact the support team and let them know by selecting the ‘Report Abuse’ option in the More (…) drop-down.
Every complaint is treated in the strictest confidence and could result in the suspension or deletion of the offending member’s profile.
How can I pay for my subscription?
MySingleFriend offers a secure credit card payment facility. Another option is to pay by credit card using their fax facility, by direct bank deposit or by posting a cheque.
Is it safe to enter my credit card details on the site?
Yes, all credit card payments are processed with the WorldPay card-processing gateway. Worldplay is considered on of the largest and most respected global card processing companies.
All your card details are encrypted for maximum security. No credit card details are stored anywhere on the MySingleFriend site.
What will appear on my credit card account?
Payments will be shown as a purchase from ‘The Dating Lab Ltd’ who operate the site.
Will my subscription be renewed automatically? How can I cancel my subscription
Yes, if you have subscribed using PayPal, a credit/debit card or via the mobile app, then you will be re-billed at the end of your first subscription period.
However, if your subscription was purchased for someone as a gift, you paid using an alternative method or you cancel your agreement before your renewal date then you will not be re-billed.
If you wish to cancel your PayPal credit card automatic renewal, go to the Subscription Status page and select the cancellation link.
To cancel automatic renewals made via the app, you need to do this through your iTunes or Google Play account.
Keep in mind, automatic renewal cancellations can take your payment provider up to 48 hours to process.
I have not used all of my subscription and want to delete my profile. Will I be refunded the balance?
No, unused portions of a subscription are not refundable. Deleting your profile will result in your unused subscription being lost.
What is the difference between a standard and a premium subscription?
With a standard subscription, anyone you contact must have their own subscription in order to reply to you.
Whereas, with a premium subscription, anyone you message is able to reply to you for free. This is even if the person doesn’t have a subscription of their own.