How to Create a Match.com Profile

When you sign up for Match.com, they will walk you through the process of creating your own profile, so you can let people know a little bit about what you look like, who you are, and what you're looking for in a date or partner.  This will help other people know that if you come up in one of their searches, they'll know that you're someone they might be interested in!

This is a bit of a drawn-out process because there are a lot of dimensions to cover, but bear with us!

NOTE: Click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshots below for an explanation of what you can (or should) do on each screen.

Creating your Match.com profile

  1. After signing up for Match.com, you'll see a screen like the one below.

     

    Upload Photos

    Click here to be taken to a window where you can upload a photo of yourself.  Click Upload File from Computer to open a window that lets you browse through your computer's files.  Find the photo of yourself that you want people to see, click to select it, and then click Open.

     

    Gender and Gender Preference

    Click here to select an option from the drop-down menu as to what your gender is and what gender of people you're looking for as dates or partners.

     

    Date Age Range

    Click the first box to select a minimum age for possible matches from the drop-down menu.  Click the second box and select a maximum age for possible matches.  These won't be hard-and-fast limits; they will just help to fine-tune your search preferences.

     

    Date Proximity

    You can use these two buttons to help narrow your searches in terms of geographical area.  Click to select either option.

     "Search by Radius": This prioritizes searching for matches within a certain distance of your specific location.  Click the first box and type in the maximum distance (in miles) that you want to be between you and potential matches, and then click in the second box and type in your postal/ZIP code.

    "Search by Region": This allows you to search for matches in a more general area.  Click each of the three boxes that appear and select from the drop-down menus the country, province/state, and city that you want to search for matches in.

     

    Start Matching

    Click here when you're done setting up your information for now.

  2. Match.com will now start asking you questions about the types of people that you would like to be matched with, starting with this screen on basic features below.  Note that the options will, predictably, be different based on whether you're searching for men or women.

     

    Hair Color Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each hair color that you wouldn't mind your matches having; you can also click More here to see a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Eye Color Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each eye color that you wouldn't mind your matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Body Type Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each body type that you wouldn't mind your matches having; you can also click More here to see a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Height Preference

    Click the first box here and select a minimum height that you're looking for in your matches from the drop-down menu.  Click the second box here to select a maximum height that you're looking for in your matches from the drop-down menu.  The defaults are the minimum and maximum heights in the system, respectively, so just leave them if you don't have a preference.

     

    Keep Going

    Click here when you're ready to move on.

  3. The next screen will ask you about preferences on the education and languages of your potential matches.

     

    Education Preference

    Click the check boxes beside the highest levels of education that you want your potential matches to have.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Language Preference

    Click the check boxes beside the languages that you wouldn't mind your potential matches being able to speak; you can also click More here for a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Keep Going

    Click here when your preferences are the way that you want them.

  4. The next screen will ask you about your preferences concerning the ethnicity and religious beliefs of your potential matches.

     

    Ethnic Preference

    Click the check boxes beside the ethnicities that you wouldn't mind your potential matches being.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Religion Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each set of religious beliefs that you wouldn't mind your potential matches holding.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Keep Going

    Once you've filled in your preferences, click here.

  5. The next screen will ask you about your preferences concerning the relationship statuses and preferences of potential matches, including children.

     

    Relationship Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each relationship status that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Existing Children Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each option concerning potential matches and the status of their children that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Potential Children Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each preference on raising children of your own that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Keep Going

    Once your preferences are all in order, select this button.

  6. The next screen will ask you about the occupation and social habits of your potential matches.

     

    Salary Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each salary range that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Alcohol Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each level of alcohol use that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Tobacco Preference

    Click the check boxes beside each level of tobacco use that you wouldn't mind your potential matches having.  You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can click the box beside "Deal Breaker" if this is an important thing that you're looking for in your matches.  Or you can click the box beside "No Preference" if this isn't a big deal for you.

     

    Keep Going

    Click here once all of your preferences are set.

  7. Match.com will now begin asking you questions about yourself, so you can fill in details that will make you easier to find for those who are really interested in you.

     

    Hair Color

    Click the box here and select your hair color from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your hair color for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Eye Color

    Click the box here and select your eye color from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your eye color for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Height

    Click the box here and select your height, in centimetres, from the drop-down menu.  If you don't know, just give it your best guess, or look online for how to convert imperial (feet/inches) to metric (centimetres).

     

    Body Type

    Click the box here and select your body type from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your body type for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Keep Going

    Once all of your information is filled out correctly, click here.

  8. The next screen will ask you about your relationship status (including children), as well as your religious and political beliefs.

     

    Relationship Status

    Click the box here and click to select your relationship status from the drop-down menu.

     

    Children Status

    Click the box here and click to select your status concerning whether or not you have children from the drop-down menu, or click "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal whether or not you have children for some reason or don't think it's important.  Do the same thing with the question that pops up on whether or not you want to have (more) children.

     

    Religious Beliefs

    Click the box here and select your religious belief system from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your religious beliefs for some reason or don't think it's important. 

    You can also click Tell Us More About Your Beliefs and click in the blue box that appears to write a short note about your relationship with your religion (this only works if you haven't selected "No Answer").  Then click Save.

     

    Political Beliefs

    Click the box here and select your political belief system from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your political beliefs for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Keep Going

    Click here once you've entered your information.

  9. The next screen will ask you questions about your education, hometown, and employment.

     

    Education

    Click the box here and select your highest level of education from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your education for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Hometown

    Click in the box here and type in the city where you grew up.  As you type, Match.com will try to match it with a location in its database, at which point you can click it in the drop-down menu to fill it in automatically.  You can also just leave this box blank, if you want.

     

    Occupation

    Click the box here and select your occupation from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your occupation for some reason or don't think it's important. 

    You can also click Tell us Mre About Your Job and click in the blue box that appears to write a short note about what your job specifically involves (this only works if you haven't selected "No Answer").  Then click Save.

     

    Salary Range

    Click the box here and select your current salary range from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your salary for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Keep Going

    Click this button once you've entered your information.

  10. The next screen will ask you questions about your lifestyle.

     

    Tobacco Use

    Click the box here and select what best describes your smoking habits from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your smoking habits for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Alcohol Use

    Click the box here and select what best describes your alcohol-drinking habits from the drop-down menu, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your alcohol habits for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Exercise Frequency

    Click the box here and select how often you exercise, or select "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your exercise frequency for some reason or don't think it's important.

     

    Exercise Types

    Click the check boxes beside each activity that you like to do for exercise; you can also click More here to see a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your exercise activities for some reason, or don't think they're important.

     

    Keep Going

    Click here once all of your information is filled in.

  11. The next screen will ask you about your ethnicity and languages.

     

    Languages

    Click the check boxes beside each language that you're fluent in; you can also click More here to see a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal which languages you speak for some reason, or don't think they're important.

     

    Ethnicity

    Click the check boxes beside each ethnicity that describes you.  You can select as many or as few as you like (because you might be of mixed heritage), or you can click the box beside "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your ethnicity for some reason, or don't think it's important.

    You can also click "Tell us more about your Ethnicity" and click in the blue box that appears to write a short note that gives more information about your ethnicity (this only works if you haven't selected "No Answer").  Then click Save.

     

    Keep Going

    When you're ready to move on, click here.

  12. The next screen will ask you about some aspects of your social life.

     

    Local Venue Preference

    Click in this box and type in some of the places near where you live that you like to go.  You can also leave this box blank, if you like.

     

    Existing Pets

    Click the box here and select Yes or No from the drop-down menu to tell Match.com if you have any pets.  If you select Yes, click the check boxes that appear below this question to select what kinds of pets you have.

     

    Pet Preferences

    Click the box here and select Yes or No from the drop-down menu to tell Match.com if there are animals commonly kept as pets that you like but do not own.  If you select Yes, click the check boxes that appear below this question to select what kinds of pets you would like to have.

     

    Keep Going

    Select this option once all of your information has been entered.

  13. The next screen will ask you about some of your hobbies.

     

    General Favourites

    Click in the box here and type in a few of your favourite things; they can be anything you enjoy, from movies to TV shows to foods.  You can also leave this box blank, if you'd like.

     

    Hobbies

    Click the check boxes beside each activity that you like to do for fun; you can also click More here to see a few more options.  You can select as many or as few as you like, or you can click the box beside "No Answer" if you don't want to reveal your hobbies for some reason, or don't think they're important.

     

    Recent Reading

    Click in the box here and type in a short note about something that you've recently read.  You can also leave this box blank, if you'd like.

     

    Keep Going

    After filling in the appropriate information, click this button.

  14. The next screen asks you to write a short little note about yourself, and has some administrative options.

     

    Profile Description

    Click here and type in a short description of who you are and what you're looking for in a potential match.  You can see some examples on the right side of the screen.  You have to write something here, and it needs to contain at least 200 characters (i.e. any combination of letters, numbers, symbols, or spaces).  The number at the bottom-right corner of the box will tell you how many characters you still have to write.

     

    Chemistry.com

    Click the check box here to select or deselect the option to display your profile on Chemistry.com, which is another dating website that is run by the same company as Match.com.  This way, you can increase your odds of potential matches finding you.

     

    Member Spotlight

    Click the check box here to select or deselect the option to have your profile displayed in random places around Match.com for a couple of weeks, increasing the odds that someone might click on it out of curiosity and find that you're just the person they've been looking for!

     

    Keep Going

    After entering all of your information, select this option.

  15. Match.com will send you a preliminary list of matches.  Click on each of them to check or uncheck them (depending on who you like), and then click Keep Going.  This will help Match.com have a little better of an idea of who you're looking for.  You can also click Skip if you don't want to look at any matches right now.

Past this is just some information on paid subscriptions; see our How Much does Match.com Cost and How to Change or Cancel a Match.com Subscription tutorials for how to choose or change a subscription.  For now, congratulations on creating your Match.com profile!  Soon, you'll be ready to start looking for potential matches, one of whom just might be your special someone!

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