AdultFriendFinder review: does it really work

Members 80,000,000 users
Gender proportion 80% male, 20% female
Geography North America, UK, Canada
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS
Price $20-39.95
Free version no messaging
Fraud risk high
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

AdultFriendFinder is one of the most popular hookup services in the US. We checked how good the AdultFriendFinder is and does it work.



To use the full potential of the website, you have to be a member. It’s costly, so use the basic functions beforehand and decide whether you need the paid subscription or not.

Free services

It is free to register an account. As a free member, you can browse through profiles, use all kinds of filters in your search, and like photos or videos of other users.

AdultFriendFinder has a lot of groups, and as a free member, you can join them. Unfortunately, to be able to make contact, you have to get a premium account. So to become an active user and start meeting people, you’re going to need the paid account.

Paid services

AdultFriendFinder is costly, especially if you want to use the whole package of functions. As a paid user, you’ll get the opportunity to send and receive messages, send gifts, use the AdultFriendFinder chat, add friends, and watch users’ live streams. It’s worth checking.

Choose out of three subscription options: a monthly, a 3 months long, and a yearly. If you’re here for the long run, it might be cheaper for you to get the yearly one.

Audience quality


There are a lot of critical comments on the web about AdultFriendFinder. The website does give out a pornsite vibe, so I didn’t expect a high-quality user base here. Perhaps, I’m just picky.

Age and gender distribution

AdultFriendFinder doesn’t reveal its users’ primary age statistics, but the biggest percentage of the members’ population is believed to be between 25-44 years old. Interestingly, AFF is often included in lists of cougar dating apps.

The website consists mostly of men — the gender ratio is about 80/20 male to female. Users can register as individuals or couples, in case you’re looking for threesome or swinger partners. This statistic is not 100% confirmed, because the website keeps it private — probably because it does have a certain sausage party vibe.

Fakes and scammers

AdultFriendFinder is a hookup website that doesn’t require serious verification except for email. It also doesn’t need much information, so catfishing, fakes, and scammers are no rare thing here.

Many users say that the service would’ve been one of the best if it wasn’t for the scammers and live streamers who want to get paid for their videos. That’s true: even the first glance at home page made me question at least a third of profiles. Be careful when browsing through users here and remember about Internet security.

Editor's pick for May, 2020


Complete anonymity
1367 users online now

Ashley Madison

Discreet dating
855 users online now



If naked bodies weren’t jumping onto you a second you open the website, I’d rate the interface higher. However, a little more class, a little less sketch would be more appropriate and user-friendly.

Signing up

The process takes no more than a minute: all I needed to fill in to get an account was my email, a username, and a password. In general, AdultFriendFinder doesn’t even ask you for bio, but I decided to write a little bit about myself to make the profile look more legit.

Add a photo, and you’re good to go: this website doesn’t restrict you on the photos. It can be as personal and revealing as you wish, but you don’t want to seem too freaky.


After you registered an account, you can customize your profile. It is somewhat of a fun thing to do and has more details than you could expect from the hookup website.

There are several tests you can take to open up to another person. One of them is the “Purity Test,” which shows where does your sexual boundary lies. I’ve got a strong “Never have I ever” vibe from the whole questionnaire, but a fun version of it, with all kinds of sexual questions.

This part is not obligatory, but I’d recommend to fill it up anyway. It makes your account look more real, and helps you find a more specific and suitable match. If you’re into AdultFriendFinder BDSM, you should mention it to raise your chances to hook up with someone who’s into BDSM as well, either dominant or submissive.


AdultFriendFinder doesn’t have a smart matching system. Since it’s just a hookup website, people mostly base their likes and dislikes on physical appearance and sexual preferences.

To search for a profile, you can set the filters, which include age, gender, location, sexual orientation, and sexual preferences. When you open an account, you get a random collage of possible matches, mostly based on your location. But the filter eliminates the options.

Be careful when browsing the AdultFriendFinder, if you’re not sure you’re alone because you will see a lot of naked bodies. Even the home page looks like a good old porn website, with the girls undressing and showing everything they’ve got. Get ready to see some action even if you’re not asking for it right now.


AdultFriendFinder chat is super easy and reminds a bit of an email inbox. In general, there are a lot of options for contacting members: it can be chatroom, comments on posted videos or photos, live stream discussions, and basic messaging — the last one is available if you are a paid member. But why pay if there are dozens of free sexting chat?

You can also keep a sexual diary in the “Sex Stories” section: it’s not obligatory or necessary, but it’s fun. People here are sharing their own sexual stories or fictional ones that they came up with. Either way, it’s an interesting form of communication.

In chats, you can exchange photos and videos, messages, and whatever else you’d like. The conversations are permanent unless you decide to delete them the same way as emails in your inbox.

If you want to be a bit subtle, start with a flirty wink — you can find it in the user’s profile and indicate you’re interested. Gifts are also an option on AdultFriendFinder — just choose some virtual things that fit your budget.

Mobile app

AdultFriendFinder mobile app is available for iOS. The website also has a mobile version you can use from any smartphone. It has all the same functions as the full website version, so you can use it for more private browsing or send a quick message on the go.

The interface is basic and simple, but I wouldn’t call it appealing. The same way as with the website, it looks like a straightforward porn site, although the app is a bit more subtle.

Security and privacy


In 2015 the website experienced a massive data leak. Four million profiles were hacked and exposed in their sexual preferences. Supposedly, this was a way to find people to blackmail. Imagine waking up in the morning and finding out the whole world knows about your sexual desires and how hot was your previous date.

Another data leak happened in 2016 — 412 million users were affected by that. Although, unlike the previous one, the attack in 2016 didn’t expose any sexual preferences of the users. It also happens to be the last massive leak so far.

AdultFriendFinder is not a safe website. Leaks happen more often than you’d like them to happen. Plus, when it comes to the verification process, there are none, except for the credit card info, when you open a premium account. In general, AdultFriendFinder uses email only, which is not secure enough.

Hookup chance


I’d say if you managed to avoid all the possible scams and fakes and got into the conversation with a real person, then your chances to hookup are 5 out of 5. The whole real part of the website is looking for a way to express themselves sexually, so if you are here to find someone open-minded and ready for experiments, I believe you have high chances.

However, avoiding the fakes part is the deal-breaker here: if you’re ready to sift through the entire user base in your local area, then the way to go!

AdultFriendFinder ratings are different, but the App Store has only two stars for the app. I guess you need to know how to use a website of that sort, but as far as it’s not your first time on dating websites or porn websites for that matter, you won’t be that shocked to the core.

A good thing is: even if you don’t want to hookup in real life, you can enjoy the content on the website. AdultFriendFinder works like a porn site that you can manage. Interactive, I’d call it — sounds fun as well.

Best alternative: Pure

Members 500,000
Gender proportion 65% male, 35% female
Geography USA, Europe, Russia and growing
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $14.99
Free version 3-days free trial
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

I wouldn’t make AdultFriendFinder my first choice when looking for a good and safe hookup. There are apps much more affordable and reliable than AdultFriendFinder. One of the alternatives is Pure, and I’d call it my personal favorite. Compare the two apps and see for yourself.



Pure gives you free access for 3 days. After that, you need to get a subscription, which is much cheaper than AdultFriendFinder but pays off more.

I’d say Pure worth its money and gives you more chances than AdultFriendFinder.

Audience quality


The app is quite careful about this kind of data because Pure is one of the most secure and anonymous apps out there in the market.

The app covers all the age groups, but the major one is 25-34 years old — it is around 50% of the whole user base. The next groups, both 20%, are aged 18-24 and 35-44. You can even find someone of 65+ here — the fun has no age limitations.

The app is created for instant meetings, so there’s no use in catfishing or creating a fake profile for an hour if your scam is going to be busted the moment you meet up with a person.



Pure is excellent in its design. Stylish and exciting, the app is appealing and pleasant to use. Plus, the original art gives the app a fresh look. I enjoy the whole app’s aesthetic because it gives you a strong sexual vibe without being vulgar or over the top straightforward.

It takes a minute to register in Pure. All you need is email and your photo. The whole process is intuitive and easy. Allow the app to use your location to find people near you.

I am:

Looking for:

My email:

You have to create a profile each time you want to find someone. The profile has your photo — a new one every time you create a request. A good way to use all those good selfies you have! The thing is that in this case, a lot depends on your appearance and a good photo, so choose your best angle.

After an hour, your profile self-destructs. Specify who are you looking for this time, man or woman, and browse through people nearby. You can change your preferences every time you create a request.

Security and privacy


Pure is strict about the users’ privacy. The app doesn’t require any social media links, phone number, or even a name. There are no usernames, either. All the accounts or requests are deleted within an hour, so there’s no way to look for anyone on the app or trace down a person.

There were no data leaks. The app doesn’t store any of your personal information, and it’s an excellent option for those who are more secret and private about their sexual life.

Odds of success


If you live in a small city, then maybe you might run out of options quickly. I’ve got about 284 guys online during the day. It is limited by the number of online people, which is not the case with AdultFriendFinder, but Pure is not created for a long time usage: you open it, you find a match you meet up, repeat.

AdultFriendFinder is more of a “sit down and browse me” kind of a website. But considering the small percentage of fakes and the fact that people on Pure are prepared for a quick meetup, I’d say your chances here are high.

I believe, between Pure and AdultFriendFinder, I’d go with the first one. Besides the security and user base quality, Pure gives out a more pleasant vibe, both visually and practically.


Is AdultFriendFinder free?

Yes, you can use it for free, but not to its full potential. You can create an account and browse through others’ profiles, photos, videos, etc.

Is AdultFriendFinder legit and real?

Well, it is real, and it is legal to use it, but there are a lot of fakes and scammers to be aware of. Remember the basic security rules for online dating sites, and you’re going to be fine.

Is AdultFriendFinder safe?

I wouldn’t call it safe. Since there is no verification system, the chance of running into a scammer is high.

Is it worth paying for AdultFriendFinder?

If you want to have an interactive porn platform with a chance of hookup, then yes, way to go. Although I think it might be a bit overpriced considering the quality it provides. Pure, for instance, is a better investment from this point of view.

What kind of dating site is AdultFriendFinder?

It’s a hookup website with a lot of naked bodies around. When I say “a lot,” I really mean it. If you open this website in public, no one will have any doubts about what you’re up to.

Is there a mobile application for AdultFriendFinder?

AdultFriendFinder mobile app is available for iOS only. You can also use the mobile version of the website — it is adapted for use on the go.

Can I search for someone on AdultFriendFinder?

You can’t look for people, for example, with a particular name, but you can browse through the profiles that meet your filters. Also, people here have unique usernames, so you can find someone by using it.

Can you have two AdultFriendFinder accounts?

Yes, you can, if you register them to different emails.

Can AdultFriendFinder delete my account?

AdultFriendFinder could block your account if there were complains. It can’t simply delete you from the website.

How do I delete my AdultFriendFinder account?

Go to Settings on your AdultFriendFinder homepage, choose “My account.” Press “Close Account,” enter your password, and that’s it.

How to cancel a subscription?

In the same folder, “My account” → “Close account,” you can find the information about your subscription plan. Either upgrade or change the plan there.

Is AdultFriendFinder for serious relationships?

No, unless you consider hooking up a serious relationship. You can get involved in more than one-night thing and find a fuckbuddy here, but initially, it is a website for easy and quick sex.

Can you look up people on AdultFriendFinder?

You can search people by filters once you get an account, but you can’t find a particular person there.

The bottom line

To sum up the cons and pros in AdultFriendFinder, I would say it’s not the best option on the market. If you are sensitive to dickpics and nudity filling up your messages, then you might want to look for another website to find a hookup.

AdultFriendFinder is a slow, porn-like website that is quite vulgar even for a sex site. It does work in some cases, but in my opinion, there are better apps to spend money on or totally free hookup sites.

Some people are happy users of the paid version and are quite skilled in finding matches they need and want. You can check this Reddit thread for real-life tips and comments from a lady who got about 20-30 hookups through the website. Just don’t browse through this at work — you might be misinterpreted.

James Miller
Born in Los Angeles, graduated from a college as a journalist, and spent several years as a freelancer writing about cultural events. From 2017, James writes about love and relationships and explores dating services.

    Personal experience of dating on XXXPersonals: not my casual dating

    Previous article

    Kasidie swingers online club detailed review

    Next article

    You may also like


    Leave a reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *