If you just went by media buzz, you would think that Tinder invented online dating and that Bumble and PlentyOfFish were the only competition. Still, there are a couple of other prominent players in the online dating world. The OG of the dating world has to be Match.com, which got its start in 1993 before anybody had heard of the World Wide Web and the Internet as a tool for computer science nerds working for the DoD. There are people who met on Match.com who now have kids who have graduated from college. In the more than 25 years that Match.com has been around, the service has had periods of growth and decline, experienced controversy and success, and has been bought out several different times.
Most people on Match.com came there looking for a soulmate, life partner, or LTR. That’s not to say that hookups never happened, but the site was definitely oriented about meeting That Special Someone, not someone to go out with tonight. The site positioned itself as being trustworthy, reliable, and motivated to create long-term matches that make everybody happy.
Why Do You Want to Cancel Your Subscription?
Perhaps you are one of the people who agree with askmen.com’s 9.3/10 stars rating for Match.com. You see, your matches getting better over time, and you’re happy with the feature-set provided by Match.com. But as it turns out, the site has treated you so well that you’ve found The One. You’re ready to kill the subscription, save some money, and show your new SO that they’re the only one for you.
Or perhaps you agree with consumeraffairs.com’s 1.1/5 stars community-generated rating for Match.com. You’re tired of the higher-than-average monthly cost ($15.99 a month for a 12-month subscription, $17.99 for a six-month subscription, or $29.99 for three months) or $35.99/month for a month-to-month deal, you don’t have patience for the amount of time it takes to get an offline date, or you suspect that a lot of the matches are fake.
Either way, you’re ready to cancel your subscription. This tutorial gives you a simple tutorial on how (and when) to cancel your membership to avoid future membership fees.
The Match.com Catch
If you sign up for one of the discounted subscriptions, Match.com offers a fixed payment. It also enrolls you automatically into auto-pay. They do tell you this, but it is buried in the small print that nobody reads. So if you want to try it for a month or three, you pay your money and using the site and meeting new people.
What they won’t tell you is that you have to manually cancel your subscription 48 hours before the next billing date, or you will continue to be charged. This is a sharp business practice at best, a scam at worst. So if you’ve decided that you want to cancel your membership, you’ll want to do it at least two days before your billing cycle begins so that you won’t get charged for an additional period.
Cancel your Match.com membership
You can cancel your membership from the Match.com website, via iOS, on your Android phone, or by contacting Match.com directly.
On the desktop site:
- Log on to the Match.com website.
- Select your account and select the gear icon for Settings.
- Select “Manage/cancel membership.”
- Follow the steps to cancel your subscription.
You should see a message that says, “The automatic renewal of your subscription has now been canceled.” You should also receive a confirmation email. You will still have access to the site until your subscription period is over. Then you will have to subscribe again if you want to regain access.
If you signed up for your subscription using iTunes or the Google Play Store, then you will need to cancel your membership in the same way.
On an Apple device:
- Open Settings and tap “iTunes & App Store” on your device.
- Enter your Apple ID and password or Touch ID.
- Select “Manage” within Subscriptions.
- Select Match.com as the subscription.
- Select “Cancel Subscription” at the bottom of the screen and confirm.
On an Android device:
- Open the Google Play Store on your device.
- Select “Account” from the menu, then “Subscriptions.”
- Select Match.com from the list.
- Select “Cancel” and confirm.
Using customer service:
You can contact Match.com directly using a web form on their site. Or call them at 800-326-5161 or write to them at Match.com, P.O. Box 25472, Dallas, Texas 75225.
Deleting your Match.com profile
Dating sites don’t like it when members cancel their subscriptions, and they like it even less when they delete their profile. That’s why they make it as difficult as possible to do either. They’ve removed the option to delete your account from the website permanently. To permanently delete your account, you need to call them at 800-326-5161 and insist on a complete deletion.
The process is quite simple once you have told Match.com that you are really, really sure you want to delete your account.
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Maybe you decided you’ll stay on for another month? No problem! Give yourself a gift card.