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Hookup with a bang: my experience of dating on Instabang

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Members 1,000,000
Popularity 800,000 users per month
Gender proportion 73% male, 27% female
Geography North America, Western Europe
Account verification email
Mobile app none
Price $11.46-137.99
Free version yes
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Giving a hookup website a try took some courage. Don’t get me wrong — I was on Tinder before with the same goal. Joining a site with a “bang” in the name is not something you sign up easily for.

Now that I’ve officially tried the platform, I decided to share this review with all the undecided daters. I will be grading Instabang, based on the following criteria:

  • Affordability — is the cost of using the platform reasonable.
  • Audience quality — how old are the users, are the profiles real.
  • Interface — does it work, how much time you do you need to sign up, are there tools for moving around the website.
  • Security and privacy — is your data stored well; are there scammers on the website.
  • Hookup chance — what are the odds of having good luck on the platform.

Affordability

★★★☆☆

The service has a basic free version and a premium paid subscription. For a 2-day Gold trial, I paid $11.46; other plans cost $40.21/m, and $137.99 for 18 months. There’s a cheaper Silver package as well — $28.70/m and $114.99 for 12 months.

Instabang accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover card payments.

Free services

The free version is so limited I couldn’t use it to connect with matches. Creating a profile and browsing the search reel are the only free-of-charge things on the platform.

Paid services

The range of premium features is far more promising — you get to use the advanced searching algorithms, watch live shows, see when a hookup-to-be is online, and talk to matches via the video chat.

I canceled my subscription a few days before the end of the month to ensure the platform doesn’t charge me again. I found out you can get a subscription refund if you report a billing error in the next 30 days after it happened. To cancel a membership, contact the website’s support service or the company that processes your credit card.

The free version of Instabang is so limited I couldn’t use it to connect with matches

Audience quality

★★☆☆☆

The platform has over 800,000 monthly users — that’s a large matching pool. As I was scrolling the profiles feed, I saw guys of all ethnicities, different ages, and walks of life. The platform is diverse and will get you what you’re looking for.

Age distribution

I noticed that male and female users of different ages join the service. When it comes to guys, most are 45-50 years old. Women that join Instabang are considerably younger — 25–30 years old.

Fakes and scammers

Instabang XXX has major red flags in the fakes department. By the time I signed up, there were dozens of emails in my inbox, but I could only read and answer after paying. I got over 50 emails within the first few minutes after signing up — something tells me, I am no that popular around guys and girls.

Flooding a user’s inbox with fake dating requests to trick people into paying is a common dating website trick — Instabang doesn’t stay out of it either.

I surfed the web a little to get more info on the platform — according to Instabang reviews, it allegedly steals people’s Facebook pictures and creates accounts without a user’s consent.

It’s a shady practice that made me question the decency of the development team and encouraged to steer clear of the platform.

The platform tries to trick people into paying by sending them fake dating requests

Interface

★☆☆☆☆

I was taken aback by the number of pictures and GIFs system displays on the main page. I’m yet to see so much nudity that’s not even erotically attractive.

The interface is so basic that it comes across as primitive. Instabang didn’t strike me as a safe space for sharing personal pictures.

Signing up

Creating an account takes six steps. I chose my gender, that of my future partner, the country, and the city, the age, entered a valid email and came up with a password.

Instabang ensures users enter secure passwords — you need to enter a string of letters and numbers 6–16 characters long.

Profile

After you’ve created an account, upload a picture to increase the odds of getting message requests. You can either upload a file or use a webcam to shoot one on-spot. Keep in mind than an image should be at least 300 px tall and 300 px wide.

Other than that, you can personalize a dating profile with a status — tell more about yourself or outline relationship expectations.

Search

Instabang has elaborate search filters — I didn’t have to browse through the profiles of people who are too old for me or looking for something too extra. The range of basic filters includes choosing between women and men, specifying the partner’s age, and location.

I went for advanced ones — they are times more elaborate. I could search for partners by profession, income, and interest to make sure my next hookup fills the bill like a glove.

Chat

Chat was one of the few features I liked very much. I could see the messages in a tab while browsing the search reel, with the activity status of the match displayed as a green circle near the partner’s profile picture.

Depending on how far you’re willing to take the relationship, you can either text or video chat with matches. When I didn’t feel like talking — I clicked “Not Now” and answered later.

Mobile app

I was out of luck trying to find an Android or iOS app. The browser interface is optimized for mobile devices — that’s all the mobile experience we get on the platform. However, the images and GIFs on the home page increase response time, making the website challenging to use under an unstable Internet connection.

The interface is so basic that it comes across as primitive

Security and privacy

★★★☆☆

The website doesn’t seem secure — yet, I was surprised by how solid the platform’s data protection is. For one thing, Instabang doesn’t ask for more data than needed to find matches. Also, there were no known data leaks — a common problem for most dating platforms.

I was even more surprised to find out Instabang has a fraud team that weeds out fake users and reports them. Luckily, I didn’t have to flag anybody for crossing the line.

Instabang has a fraud team that weeds out fake users and reports them

Hookup chance

★★★☆☆

Based on my Instabang ratings, it is not a bad hookup space — it has a wide user base, most profiles look legit. However, the platform didn’t resonate with me — the interface is a 2000s throwback, user profiles are over-the-top daring — even at home, I never felt comfortable browsing the website.

Matching algorithms

There are no sophisticated algorithms to help couples match — I was using filtering to state my sexual preferences, a wanted age, and gender of a partner. On the one hand, looking for a hookup is more transparent this way. On the other, I would love for advanced technology to make some decisions for me and show the side of my personality I never saw coming.

If you are an open-minded dater who cares about the hookup more than the cringe and disgust you’ll experience getting it — Instabang is worth considering. If you are looking for something with more class and dignity — there’s no lack of alternatives to try out.

Alternatives

After giving Instabang a try, I got curious if all hookup platforms offer a similar experience. The short answer is: not really. There are more classy and easy-to-use alternatives out there: here’s my go-to list.

Platform Hookup chance
Pure ★★★★★
Adult Friend Finder ★★★☆☆
UberHorny ★★★★☆
XMatch ★★★☆☆
Badoo ★★☆☆☆

FAQ

Is Instabang free?

Yes, the website has a free version. If you want to access advanced features, get a paid Silver — $28.70/m or Gold subscription — $40.21/m.

Is it worth paying for Instabang?

If you want to message partners, there’s no way to bypass getting a subscription. You will be able to access dozens of advanced features — so if you’re going to use the website regularly, paying for an upgrade is reasonable.

What kind of dating site is Instabang?

It is a hookup platform — here, you can find partners for no-strings-attached sex in your area.

Is there a mobile application for Instabang?

No, but there’s a mobile version of the website.

Can I search for someone on Instabang?

You can search for a specific user, knowing his name on the website. Also, hookup-seekers can narrow down the search filters to increase the odds of finding a suitable partner.

Can you have two Instabang accounts?

Yes. The platform has an email-based account verification — as long as you have more than one active inbox, you can sign up to the platform under multiple names.

Can I delete my Instabang account?

No, you can’t delete a profile. At best, you can disable it from showing up in the search feed — click “Make my account inactive” in the profile settings.

Is Instabang for serious relationships?

No, it’s a hookup platform for one-time casual encounters. For committed relationships, consider alternatives, like Pure.

The bottom line for Instabang app reviews

Instabang is in the middle of the hookup platforms spectrum. On the one hand, it’s a far cry from modern and secure get laid sites — apps like Tinder or Pure are much more enjoyable and safer to use. On the other, the odds of finding a hookup on the platform are decent — myself, I had a few conversations that could pay off in a one-nighter.

There’s more than meets the eye on Instabang. I don’t think I’ll be revisiting the platform since there’s no lack of better-looking and more functional websites.

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Pure is the platform with no bots and fakes unlike Instabang website

In Pure, the algorithm will delete your account an hour after you start searching for a partner. If you match, you have another hour to talk in the chat — then it will also be automatically deleted. This makes the service inaccessible and uninteresting for bots, fakes, and crooks. Pure users are alive personalities who do not hide their desires and want to find a partner in the next hour.

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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