Single and ready to mingle? Then you may want to check out OneNightFriend, a casual dating platform where you can flirt and hookup with other singles. If you’re a commitment-phobe, then this is the app to try out. There are no promises of long-term relationships, just singles having fun and exploring the possibilities.
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The website’s homepage aims to appeal to the hopeless romantic who is tired of trying and failing at love. OneNightFriend assures these people that they have nothing to lose. Instead, they’ll gain new experiences, better communication skills, and probably a new lovable partner.
What’s interesting is that the site makes it seem as though it’s a good resource for finding a sincere, meaningful relationship. However, even the name OneNightFriend (like one-night stand), suggests that this is merely a quick hookup app. In other words, it’s safe to assume that most of the members on this site are looking for one-time fun and that’s it. Keep that in mind when deciding to join.
The website is popular with men, who dramatically outnumber women in all member age groups. Given the fast hookup culture of this site, it makes sense that men would be in the majority here. They’re more likely to go for that spontaneous type of fling than women. Interestingly, the largest age group on OneNightFriend is the 55+ group, at 28% (21% of whom are men). The second-largest group is 25-34-year-olds, at 22%.
Creating A Profile
Signing up for OneNightFriend is free and requires you to enter some basic information. This includes your gender, whether you’re looking for a man or a woman, your age, a unique username and password, and your email address. There are some hookup sites that allow you to sign up with your partner as a couple, but OneNightFriend isn’t one of them. You’ll have to sign up as an individual and then check your email inbox for an activation code from the site. You’ll need to enter it into the website to proceed. Be sure to check your spam folder!
From there, the site will prompt you to upload a profile picture. You can use your webcam or upload an existing file, or you can skip this step for now. Next, you can share additional information about yourself. There are fields where you can fill in your ethnicity, hair color, and body type. You can also type out a status update. Again, you can skip this step and do it later if you want.
At this point, you’re free to start exploring the site and the match recommendations. The profile quality of OneNightFriend isn’t the best because you can use the site without providing personal information. Many profiles simply list the person’s sexual orientation, age, and location. This isn’t much to go on when looking for a partner. On the other hand, it is cool that you can see the person’s status updates and their recent activity on the site. You can also request that they add more to their profile, although they are not obligated to honor your request.
If and when you decide to flesh out your profile, you can add things like additional photos, eye color, drinking/smoking habits, education level, desired age range, piercings/tattoos, income level, weight, and height.
Using the Site
After going through the profile creation phase, you’ll automatically go to the search results page. This is where you can browse through endless profiles in the hopes of finding one that appeals to you. The site picks up your GPS information so it can suggest matches within your specific area. Usually, there are other members within a few miles of you, but you can adjust these settings by using the taskbar at the top of the page.
On the match suggestions page, there will be a flirty message box in the top-left corner. You can use this to send a short and sweet message to multiple members at once. There is a refresh icon next to the “Send Now” button so you can choose the message that you like best. An example would be: “How about we meet up and… explore if we have some… chemistry…? ;)”
If you’re using the site for free, then communication is very limited. You’ll get notifications that members have messaged you, but you won’t be able to read the chats unless you upgrade. If you don’t purchase a subscription within the hour, those messages will be automatically deleted.
A free feature is the Like Gallery, which works like Tinder in that you see a photo of a member and you decide if you like them or if you’d rather pass. At the bottom of the page, you can see who you liked and who liked you. The only problem here is that if you like someone and they get a notification, they can send you a message but you can’t respond to it unless you upgrade. Likewise, if you see that someone liked you and you want to reach out to them, you need a paid membership.
Finding A Match
While some people out there are looking for their soul mate or perfect long-term match, the users on OneNightFriend are not. Rather, they’re on the site to find casual hookups and flings.
That said, you’ll still receive match recommendations just as you would on a traditional dating site. The platform takes into account your preferences and location to find suitable matches that are within a 60-mile vicinity. The basic search filters allow you to look for matches based on age, gender, location, ethnicity, body type, and whether they have a profile picture. Advanced search filters are only available with a paid subscription.
When you find someone you like, you can click on their profile image to go to their page. There, you can see any details that they shared, such as their sexual orientation, physical attributes, location, and what kind of hookup buddy they’re looking for. However, without a paid subscription, you won’t be able to see much. For example, any additional photos will be off-limits to you and you won’t be able to ask for more info until you upgrade your membership.
As a free member, you can like another person’s profile and add them to your favorites list. If you want to chat, you’re out of luck. You can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see similar profiles that may also interest you, but again, communication will be limited.
OneNightFriend’s user interface is neat, clean, and organized, which makes for a pleasant experience. The blank white backgrounds get a bit boring but don’t take away from the experience. It’s easy to see people’s information on their profiles, and all of the actions you can take are displayed (chat, like, etc.)
You’ll also notice the Site Assistant pop-up in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This bot is there to give you some tips on how to improve your profile and your chances of finding a great match. This pop-up is also where your one-on-one messages with other members will appear. Beware of immediate messages because they’re probably from fake accounts.
Despite the scammers and fake profiles, there is a large membership pool, so it shouldn’t be too troublesome to find someone real in your area. Plus, navigating the site is easy. The top of the webpage has a minimal taskbar where you can access the search filters, Like Gallery, your messages and notifications, and your account. Clicking on your account icon will reveal a drop-down menu where you can select from several options: Messages, Activity, Profile, Settings, Support, and Log Out.
In the settings menu, you can promote your account while you’re offline, manage your notification alerts, and activate Safe Mode. The help page has answers to frequently asked questions. Topics include things like membership cancellation, billing and refunds, technical problems, meeting singles safely, and more.
The site is available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish, and more. There is also a mobile-optimized version available at m.onenightfriend.com. It has the same features as the desktop version. However, you won’t get message notifications once you close the browser.
Members can contact the OneNightFriend team by going to the help page and clicking the “Contact Us” tab at the top. From there, they can fill out a request form and wait for a response. Alternatively, they can call 1-800-489-6091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The site is run by Together Networks Limited, 19 Giovanni Curmi Str., Lija LJA 1071, Malta.
A potential safety issue is being contacted by suspicious accounts. Fake profiles are pretty common on OneNightFriend, so follow the safe dating tips on the website and avoid people who solicit services or money.
To reduce communication with suspicious profiles, the site has “safe modes.” With safe mode off, anyone can contact you. With Basic safe mode, you can view and talk to anyone on the site that isn’t labeled as suspicious. Full safe mode only allows verified members to contact you.
Women have free access to more chat options, including replying to chats and starting conversations with male users. However, they still need to pay for a subscription to gain full access to the site.
As a free member, you can like profiles/photos, add someone to your favorites list, use basic search filters, access the Like Gallery, send up to 5 flirty messages per day, and turn on basic safe mode.
Premium members get all of the free features, plus full safe mode, unlimited chats, full-size photos, extended search filters, premium support, and the ability to share photos/videos in the chat. An upgraded membership also comes with free trial access to iwanthotties.com.
A one-day trial to OneNightFriend is available for just 99 cents. Unless you cancel the trial after that one day, it will automatically convert to a monthly package. Other plan options include one week, one month, or three months. Customers can pay by credit or debit card. The company uses discreet billing that shows up as TN-Pay4TN.com18008377691 on credit card statements. Premium services are non-refundable unless there is a very special circumstance. These are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
What are the photo guidelines on OneNightFriend?
Photos cannot be smaller than 480 x 480 pixels and not bigger than 12 MB. Users can upload their pictures in several formats, including jpeg, jpg, and png. Images that portray minors, celebrities, personal details, violence, and drugs are not permitted.
How do I block someone?
Go to their profile page and click the three-dot icon to the right of their profile picture. From the drop-down menu, select “Block” or “Report.”
How do I cancel my membership?
Go to the account settings icon at the top-right of the webpage. Click on “My Settings” and then select “Billing History” from the sidebar menu. Choose “Deactivate subscription” and follow the on-screen instructions.
What happens if I deactivate my account?
Deactivating an account means that the profile will remain on the site, but you will no longer be charged or have access to premium features. This is different from removing an account, which takes the profile off the site completely.
Can I get a refund?
Getting a refund from OneNightFriend is particularly difficult. The Terms of Service state that premium subscriptions are non-refundable. If there is an extenuating circumstance that requires a refund, the support team will investigate it, but it’s not a guarantee.
How do I know if an account is fake?
You can try to chat only with verified profiles. Alternatively, be on the lookout for members who message you immediately upon signing up, or profiles that use pictures of celebrities or models. Members are not permitted to ask for money or solicit services, so watch out for that and report any violators.