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OkCupid vs. Tinder

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Why don’t you give love a chance this year? Yes, it sometimes ends badly; love hurts, but what on Earth does not? When you focus on the negative parts of romantic relationships, your mind can quickly skip over the fun and happy aspects.

OKCupid vs. Tinder

The soft kiss you place or receive from your lover in the morning, the ‘having someone to talk to about your day,’ the ‘having someone to hold through the cold and lonely nights,’ and many more.

There are several positives to falling in love, and OkCupid vs. Tinder is an article to help you know if two of the biggest dating apps out there are worth giving a trial so you can experience those positives.

Comparison of History

Homepage - OkCupidThe founders of OkCupid are passionate about matching compatible single people. They demonstrated this passion as students at Harvard when they created a website that matched people based on Myers-Briggs’ personality test results.

Six years after selling off that company, they decided to go all out, using the knowledge they had gained from their previous inventions to build OkCupid. OkCupid was sold to The Match Group down the line for $50 million. In 2020, the company was able to pull in $115 million.

Homepage - Tinder

Tinder does not have an organic origin story like OkCupid. It was born the way many Silicon Valley apps were born; inorganically, to emulate the success of Facebook and similar apps, however possible. It was born within a startup incubator named Hatch Labs.

A startup incubator is a place that provides the necessary tools that an idea needs to reach the prototype stage where investors can use it and decide if they should back it or not. Tinder succeeded because of its unique swipe-based matching system, which is now the norm in online dating.

Tinder is one of the most successful ones out there, with an estimated annual revenue of $1.2 billion in terms of revenue. It is the Facebook of the dating world.

Couple Looking Each Other

Key Features

Using a dating app is like investing; you invest your time and money, expecting a favorable return. 

People are averse to dating platforms because if they do not pay a premium, would matching would be difficult, and if they do pay, they wonder about their chances of getting a match before they have to pay again.

All these are valid concerns, and if you have these worries, you will be glad to know OkCupid and Tinder are one of those platforms you can get some use out of them without paying. Without paying, OkCupid lets you do things like register an account, search for a match once you’ve set up your account, and messaging other users if you get a match.

As a free user, you can browse member profiles and use their roulette-like matching system – Double Take. Paying ensures you don’t see ads encouraging you to buy the premium version, and you will be able to see if a user has read your message, use advanced search filters, and many more.

Tinder lets you register an account, put up a profile picture, and set up your profile. You will be able to find other users of the app around you, and if you find someone you like, you get one super like a day that you can send to them.

A super like is what a superman is; a strong man and a ‘like’ that shows intensity. For a fee, you get extra features like seeing who hit the like button on your profile; in your region, you get to be one of the first profiles users see when they log into the platform.

Want to find love thousands of miles away from you? Pay for a Tinder subscription plan as they let you find members around the world when you do.

Comparison of the Sign-Up Process

okcupid Sign Up - Born Date

OkCupid is the more thorough one in the way both have set up their sign-up process. OkCupid believes strongly in knowing a lot about you to match you with someone they think matches your persona; this is why they have some questions you must answer when you begin the sign-up process.

You can either create an account from scratch or use the Facebook sign-up option.

Sign up - Tinder

On the other hand, Tinder has a faster sign-up process. You must supply some information about yourself, but it still is not as detailed as what OkCupid asks of you. You have the option of signing up with Facebook or creating an account from scratch.

To reduce the number of fake accounts, you are required to verify that the email address you supplied is genuinely yours.

User Base

OkCupid and Tinder have about the same user base worldwide. Tinder has 50 million users worldwide, just as OkCupid has, but it has more US-based users than OkCupid. Both have a diverse user base, and they are both open to the LGBT community.

Homepage - OkCupid
Homepage - Tinder

Ease of Use

Okcupid mobile app

On the topic of usability, both platforms are easy to use. At first login, some tips point out how to access the different features they have. But, Tinder edges OkCupid out when it comes to how beautiful their user interfaces look.

Communicating - Tinder

Success Rate

Unfortunately, both platforms have been accused of being superficial. However, Tinder is the worst of the two. Both platforms are working to overturn that sentiment, but right now, OkCupid still looks the best of the two from which you can get a serious relationship.


Prices - OkCupid

OkCupid’s Plans

A-List Basic Subscription

  • 1 Month: 7.95 USD
  • 3 Months: 19.05 USD
  • 6 Months: 23.70 USD

A-List Premium Subscription

  • 1 Month: 24.90 USD
  • 3 Months: 68.70 USD
  • 6 Months: 119.40 USD


  • 1 Credit: 1.99 USD
  • 5 Credits: 9.45 USD
  • 10 Credits: 16.90 USD

Prices - Tinder

Tinder’s Plans

Tinder Gold under 28

  • 1 Month: 14.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 52.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 82.99 USD

Tinder Gold over 28

  • 1 Month: 29.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 112.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 149.99 USD

Tinder Plus under 28

  • 1 Month: 9.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 34.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 54.99 USD

Tinder Plus over 28

  • 1 Month: 19.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 60.00 USD
  • 12 Months: 80.00 USD

Pros and Cons

Couple OkCupid Pros

  • Provides you with more information on members than Tinder does
  • Has less complicated plans than Tinder

OkCupid Cons

  • Not available everywhere
  • Lots of questions and quizzes to answer

Tinder Pros

  • Faster sign-up process
  • It has a better user interface

Tinder Cons

  • Its gamified system encourages dating to feel superficial
  • Tinder has been found in violation of users’ privacy agreements in the past.

Bottom Line

Both platforms score high on usability and design, and they aren’t all too expensive even though, as you’ll see, Tinder’s subscription plans are a bit complicated than OkCupid’s. It is worth mentioning that both are owned by the same parent company – The Match Group. You should bear in mind, however, that both platforms are unique in their offerings.

The final decision rests with you, but if you can afford to be on both platforms, your chances of finding love this year will soar because both are some of the best dating platforms out there with a track record of success.

Homepage - OkCupid
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