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The OkCupid search was once straightforward to search for people. As with many dating app upgrades, their increased privacy methods have made it harder to find someone. Today, I’ll explain how to find someone’s dating profile, whether that’s a past match, lost love, or to check whether a partner is cheating.
OkCupid is a free dating site at its best and a great way to meet people in your area. Other times, you might need to scour the search result to find someone. The OkCupid app is popularly abbreviated as OKC and has also evolved to become a favorite app for online dating.
OkCupid used to have a way to search by “username,” which made it relatively easy to look up someone’s frequently used moniker or screen/username. However, perhaps to help with privacy, the site ditched the “username” search (which used to be an option shown just below the “bookmarks” tab), labeled as “Find a user.”
Luckily, unlike other sites which have removed a way to find a username entirely, there is still a ‘backdoor’ method. Select the username you want to look up and paste it over the “insert-username-here” portion of the URL below. Then, paste that into the URL you are accessing: okcupid.com/profile/insert-username-here
You will still need to sign up with a profile of your own for this option to work.
Who are you searching for? Start with a simple search when signing up, which lists their age, gender (for which OkCupid has many choices), location, and how recently the user logged into the site. If you’re searching for a particular age, different gender, or place, this could be helpful, but you will not find what you need.
If the automated search results from your sign up don’t reveal the results, you need, and you want to fine-tune your efforts, do the following.
First, when looking at the underlying search the site is running for you (which will read something like, Men/ Women/etc. who are interested in ________ ages ___ – ___ located _______ online within __________), click any of dashed underlines showing selections and you will be given a simple list of other options to update. From there, you can search again, with the new information you’ve entered.
However, step 1 still keeps search results limited to the basics. To find someone online, you will typically need more features by which to search. Although that preliminary information matters (age, location, gender, etc.), you will need to add more options for best results.
Knowing this, OkCupid doesn’t disappoint! Look to the right, of the primary automated search, for (3) vertical lines with dots (shown here).
Click on the image of the lines and a new window will pop up. In this new window, you will find far more detailed search options (see picture). These include an ability to search by looks, height, attractiveness, body type, questions (OkCupid uses a detailed Q&A ranging from traditional to obscure questions to determine personality and compatibility), background, personality, vices.
“Step Two” gives a good assortment of search options, but if you know the person you’re searching for well or still don’t have results, select the “More” button (shown here):
Doing so will add search options for education, kids, pets, and even a way to search for open-ended (you enter the search term) interests. Choosing common interests (“hiking”) may yield hundreds of thousands of results, but those will be reduced by the other search filters you’ve selected.
Meanwhile, less common interests (e.g., “quantum physics”) will narrow the field. However, there is no point searching for something the person you’re looking for wouldn’t select. Try different searches.
If you have tried the above search tips without success and still have a nagging suspicion that you can find whom you want- it might be time to add a little more skill, help, or expertise. With this in mind, search sites like Social Catfish can come in handy.
Searching OkCupid for a catfish, etc. is limited to the options on the site while utilizing an easy Social Catfish search scours the internet and many more websites, social media platforms, dating sites, and profiles. The superiority of this and a self-run Google search is the algorithm which Social Catfish employs. This limits erroneous search results and finds matches in unexpected places.
Try one, here: