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Over 90 million people use FriendFinder-X for hookup search — Should You? (Full Review)

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Members 90,000,000
Popularity 100,000 users per month
Gender proportion 40% male, 60% female
Geography North America, Western Europe
Account verification email
Mobile app no
Price $20.00-40.00
Free version yes
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

I’ve heard a lot about FriendFinder-X, and FriendFinder-X reviews are typically a mixed bag. While some describe the website as a perfect way to find hookups, others say that the platform is not secure, all users are fake, and suggest that you steer clear of it.

As I hadn’t used the platform myself before, I started wondering if FriendFinder-X is any good. Seeing how after my Zoosk reviews, more people wanted to know what I think about the platforms they use, I visited the website and started an account, so here’s my friendfinder x review.

Affordability

★★★☆☆

FriendFinder-X goes above and beyond to offer users convenient pricing. Other than a free version, there are several ways to unlock premium features. For one, you can get a membership, paying $40.00/m for a monthly subscription, $27.00/m for a quarterly plan, or $20.00/m for being a platform member for a year.

Other than that, there are tokens you can use to unlock certain features without getting a full package. For 100 credits, you will be charged $0.12/credit, larger packs will cost $0.10/credit.

On the platform, there are points as well (similar to the real-life dollar-cent system). This inner currency is much cheaper: $0.02/credit if you get a pack of 200 credits at once and $0.01/credit for larger orders.

The platform has a point-based system as well: the more of these your profile has, the higher you will be ranked in the search feed. People also use points to tip live cam models. For 200 points, a platform user pays $3, a package of 500 points costs $6. For a 1000-point bundle, you need to pay $10.

Free features

You can create your profile, watch live cam streams and profile video previews, chat in a public sexting room, join forum threads and read all blogs. If that’s not enough, you can upgrade your membership at FriendFinder-X at any moment.

Paid features

You will need to pay for FriendFinder-X if you want to text partners one-on-one, watch full-length profile in high resolution, and see people’s picture galleries in full size. Other than that, premium platform members can enroll in sex academy courses. There you will find out how to write killer pickup lines, turn a one-night stand into a friendship with benefits, reject an annoying suitor, and many other useful hacks.

As a premium member, you will be the support team’s priority. If you have a question about the platform, you will get an answer in an hour.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

FriendFinder-X is one of the biggest dating platforms out there, along with Fabswingers and others, with over 90 million active users. There are hookup-seekers from all over the world here, though most people are Americans, Australians, or Western Europeans. FriendFinderX members are not too committed to the website: on average, there are about 100,000 regular platform visitors.

I’ve been on the platform for three weeks. Although I didn’t get too much attention from people here, I chatted with 7 or 8 girls, hooked up with some as well. In my experience, people here are genuine, open-minded, and fun to talk to.

Some of my female friends whom I asked to give a FriendFinder-x review felt a little uneasy due to the amount of attention they got online. If you are moderately good-looking, you will have dozens of options in days. Yet as long as you take your time to sort through prospective partners, the chances are quite high that you find a hookup partner that matches your relationship preferences.

Age distribution

FriendFinder-X came into the spotlight back in the 1990s, so naturally, by 2020 the website’s user base matured. Right now, 35-45-year-olds make up the most popular age group on the platform. However, millennials will not fall short of prospective partners either. About 25% of all FriendFinder-X users are between 25 and 35 years old. Gen Z and boomers combined make up 30% of the platform’s users.

Fakes and scammers

Although FriendFinder-X is a good place for sexting, I’d not recommend nude trading or looking for in-person hookups here. As I was browsing people’s profiles, a lot of them seemed dodgy. Seeing people with similar profile pictures under different nicknames really made me question the platform’s security system. Once you take the absence of a thorough screening system into account, a staggering number of fakes is no longer a surprise.

Sounds not that promising, huh? Well, I can’t just leave you without alternatives here. I’ve tried Pure, and it looked way more secure. You can exchange pictures or texts, and the chat history will disappear after an hour. Moreover, if your chat partner tries to take a screenshot of whatever you have sent them, you will be notified right away. And finally, the pictures would be 100% genuine as the app only allowes you to upload pictures taken right here right now with your phone’s camera.

FriendFinderX has an outdated, old-school homepage

I liked the idea of seeing how many people there are in my area, as it helped estimate the size of the matching pool. All in all, FriendFinder-X was quite easy to use, all buttons and forms were exactly where I’d expect to find them.

Interface

★★★☆☆

Although FriendFinder-X is not particularly easy on the eyes, the interface is not extremely raunchy either. Given the platform’s age, the homepage feels outdated and is not mobile-friendly.

The sign-up form takes 5 simple steps

Signing up

FriendFinder-X has a relatively fast, five-step registration process. To sign up, you have to specify your gender and that of the desired partner, share your email and location with the platform, come up with the password, and specify relationship expectations. The sign-up process took me about three minutes.

Profile

To my surprise, most FriendFinder-X members actually write a lot about themselves. The “Profile” tab is overall extremely well-done. Next to the profile picture, you can see sex, age, and location of a user. Depending on how far you are willing to take your first interaction, you can either text them right away or send a flirt — a friendly sign that you’ve been checking them out.

User profiles on the website are quite detailed

If you don’t feel like going through profile details right now and would like to do it later, add a user to the hotlist, so you will not lose them.

To make sure you are dating a genuine user, I’d suggest choosing profiles with a “Confirmed” sign on top. Other than that, Premium users can take a look at people’s photos and videos to make sure that you like a soon-to-be match before hitting them up.

Searching

To help people find the right partner out of millions of potential matches, the platform allows you to narrow the search down using filters. I’ll admit that ticking the boxes is a little tiresome; however, it’s nice to have control over the search reel.

To be as comfortable on FriendFinder-X as possible, you can sort all search results by the last visit, proximity, popularity, or sign-up dates (so that most recent or experienced members go first in the reel). There are two view modes — a grid and a list. Try both and see which one works better at the end of the day.

There are a lot of filters to help you find the right match

Next to every user you can see their age, relationship preferences, and location.

There are four buttons next to each profile:

  • Choose the envelope icon to text someone you like.
  • To send a wink to a girl, choose a smiling face icon.
  • To add a user to your private hotlist, click the “Fire” icon under their profile.
  • To invite a user to join the friend list, click the “Add” button with a silhouette.
  • Click on the “Coin” icon to tip a user.

Chat

There’s a public chat room, accessible both for premium and free version users. Here, you can have small talk, shoot dirty jokes, and flirt with no commitment. If you want to chat with matches personally, you’ll need to get the premium subscription.

Then, you can exchange texts and nude selfies in a built-in chat. The messenger is comfortable here; it doesn’t take much time for pictures to load, the chat window works well in the background mode (you will never miss texts from others), and you can always tell if a user is online.

Premium FriendFinder-X users can use a built-in video chat as well. You can either talk to girls one-on-one or watch live cam shows.

Mobile app

I was disappointed to find out that there’s no FriendFinder-X app. You’d think, in over 20 years since the platform came out, the development team would have enough time to develop iOS and Android applications. Sadly, no.

As for dating mobile apps, the one I’ve mentioned before, Pure, is definitely my favorite. It’s good-looking, easy-to-use, doesn’t need a ton of storage space and is appropriate to scroll through in public (those experienced in online dating know how important it is).

There’s no FriendFinder-X mobile app but there’s a mobile website version

Rants aside, there’s a mobile website version you can use to stay in touch with matches anywhere. Is it easy or comfortable to use? Neither. The collapsible menu is irritating and takes a while to learn to navigate, typos will be an issue, and it takes a while for each screen to load.

Security and privacy

The platform is moderately thorough when it comes to privacy protection. While the system doesn’t ask users to come up with complex passwords, you will have to activate your email and confirm your identity.

Other than that, FriendFinder-X does a good job of user data protection. The platform uses firewalls, is compliant with GDPR and other data protection regulations, meets most popular privacy frameworks, and hasn’t been in the center of major scandals.

Personally, I felt safe there. Nobody tried to take advantage of me, picked a fight, or ghosted. As long as you are respectful to others and don’t take every joke too seriously, I see no reasons to not like FriendFinder-X.

Hookup chance

★★★★☆

Is FriendFinder-X legit? After exploring the platform, I liked it a great deal. It lives up to its long-lasting reputation, has a lot of interesting and hot users. The platform is open to hosting both singles and couples, straight and gay hookup-seekers.

Yet, I’d not name FriendFinder-X my go-to hookup choice because it’s interface is outdated and there’s no mobile app. Other than that, the platform is probably in my top 5 anyway. If you are looking for an adult sex meet, it’s a solid space for finding a booty call partner.

Matching algorithms

There’s a compatibility meter next to each user’s profile. You will be able to determine how well your sexual preferences and relationship expectations match based on your hotlists and on-site behavior. Although there’s no set-in-stone way to find the right one, the platform has a lot of search filters; you can play around with them until you see the profile of the hookup partner of your dream.

Alternatives

Platform Hookup chance
Pure ★★★★★
MyFreeCams ★★★☆☆
Hot or Not ★★★☆☆
Chatandgo ★★☆☆☆
Faceflow ★★☆☆☆

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Conclusion

FriendFinder-X is neither the cheapest nor the hottest platform out there. Still, you might find something there. I personally would not use it as my Plan A website, but it is definitely in the top five, thanks to loads of profiles and search algorithms. Minus for the interface, but hey, are we here for the great design or for great hookups?

FAQ

Are FriendFinder-X and AdultFriendFinder different websites?

Yes, these are separate platforms. The only similarity between the two is that they are both hookup spaces.

What is the difference between FriendFinder and FriendFinder-X?

While the former helps people find friends and partners for long-term relationships, Friend Finder-X is a hookup-only dating platform.

How to sign up for FriendFinder-X?

To create an account on the platform, choose “Join Now” on the homepage and fill in the registration form. Here, type in your gender, email, and zip code, come up with a password to secure the account and specify what type of partners you are looking for.

Is there a premium version of FriendFinder-X?

Yes, you can choose from three available subscription plans. Other than that, you can get tokens and points to pay for advanced features.

Is the membership on the platform auto-renewable?

Yes, you will be charged a subscription fee unless you cancel the subscription in the “Settings” tab.

How do I stop paying for FriendFinder-X?

Choose the “Cancel membership” tab in the “Account Settings” panel to make sure you are not charged again.

Do I get refunded if I terminate my subscription before it’s due?

Unfortunately, the platform doesn’t offer reimbursement in case you terminate the membership.

How to remove my profile from FriendFinder-X?

If you don’t want your profile to be shown in the search tab anymore, choose “Hide my profile” in the “Close account” window. To get rid of the account once and for all, choose “Close Account” in “Account Settings”.

How do I use FriendFinder-X?

To start looking for hookups on the platform, fill in the sign-up form. Once there, you can use the search tab to connect with people in your area. Choose the profile you like and text the partner of your dream.

How do I text other FriendFinder-X users?

On a user’s profile tab, there’s a “Send Message” button. You can choose it or click an inbox icon under a person’s photo in the search tab. A built-in messenger will pop up, just type your text there.

How can I see when others email me?

You will get a notification every time another user texts you. Other than that, you can see your inbox by clicking on the envelope icon in the menu tab.

How do I change a profile picture?

To upload a new profile picture to FriendFinder-X, choose the “‘My Stuff” panel and find “Add Photos”. Follow the instructions in the pop-up window to change a profile photo.

Is there an instant chat on FriendFinder-X?

Yes, you can use a built-in messenger to text others.

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.

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