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Shagle video dating platform review

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Members 3,000,000 members
Popularity 100,000 users per day
Gender proportion 32% female, 68% male
Geography 237,000 from the USA
Account verification email
Mobile app none
Price $6.99 per week — $ 19.99 per month
Free version registration and video/text chatting with basic search filters
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★☆☆☆

Shagle is a platform for virtual romance. Video chatting with strangers from all over the world is the major direction of this site at the slogan “Meet new people.”

Shagle admins say it a “world’s best live chat site,” so we decided to test if it’s true. We valued our experience according to the following parameters:

  • Affordability: how much does it cost to use the service and what’s for free;
  • Interface: how long does it take to figure out how to use the service;
  • Audience quality: what people come to chat on the platform and are there bots or scammers;
  • Security and privacy: how safe it is to use the service with real personal info;
  • Hookup chances: is it possible to find someone there.

Affordability

★★★☆☆

Chatting with strangers is the main direction of the service — and you can do this for free. Register and confirm your email, then find a big “Start” button and chat with other users.

Free services

After you register, you can search for other members using the location filter for 70 countries and several others. If you want to communicate with someone, there is an option for free video or text chat. Those are basic features — others are available at the premium account.

Paid services

Prices for all countries are in US dollars. Paying for the premium account, you get additional search filters like gender filter and 200 countries of location, options to send gifts, return to previous interlocutor, and ads-free access.

You can pay monthly or weekly:

  • $19.99 per month,
  • $6.99 per week — equals about $29 per month.

The platform receives payments via a third-party processor and never stores your payment info.

Shagle service is affordable: major functions are available for free. Paid membership starts from $6.99 weekly and can be canceled anytime

Audience quality

★★☆☆☆

No personal info is obligatory for using the platform. It’s convenient for staying anonymous but insecure from the fraud-risk side.

Age and gender distribution

Our observations and analysis show most of members are aged from 25 to 34 — 12% female and 25% male accounts. The male to female ratio of all ages is about 68% to 32%, so there are twice more men on Shagle than women.

The most common locations of users are the USA, Great Britain, and several EU countries.

Fakes and scammers

Once you confirm your email and allow access to your camera, the profile is ready to use. Everyone can put a virtual mask on or stream video without a face. It gives scammers the opportunity to fraud. Shagle rules forbid to blackmail or extort money from other users though it is hard to track for the system.

Shagle audience is mostly located in the USA or the UK, the English-speaking territory. There are twice more male profiles than female ones. The anonymity of the service has two sides: on the one hand, you can stay secure, but on the other hand, it’s easy to meet an anonymous scammer

Interface

★☆☆☆☆

The platform does not oblige you to fill the personal info or set up your account. You can sign up with an email and start chatting at once.

You can only chat with one user at a time and move on to the next one. Under the cam picture, you can find the text chatbox.

Signing up

We do not recommend using your public social network account for signing up for the Shagle system if you want to keep your privacy. The experience of dozens of hacked sites tells us to have a discreet email for the services you wish to register anonymously.

After you fill in the email and create a password, you’ll receive a confirmation letter. Confirm the account — and your profile is ready to start. You can also register as a couple.

There are settings which you can choose for your profile if you decide to:

  • Intro message might be an attractive preview that invites users to chat with you;
  • Tags can show what you are up to at the moment — for example, Friends or Dating;
  • Face filter blurs your face if the AI, analyzing another user’s video does not find a face;
  • Face connect is an option of the searching algorithm that matches you only with users streaming video with a face.

To find users with specific parameters, set up the search preferences, or filters.

Searching

There are several search filters. They are different for free and paid membership:

  • Gender filter — you can search for men, women or couples;
  • Location filter — choose the country: one of 70 or one of 200, depending on the membership type;
  • Chat filters — several options, including introduction, matching, and face filters. You can set up these parameters for your account, too, and other members will see them while chatting with you.

The system looks for users that match your search parameters, and they appear at the chatbox. You can start chatting with a stranger, even a foreigner, since Shagle offers automatic translation option to/from one of the following languages: English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Chat

There are two options to chat: texting or streaming video. Text chat looks like an old-school instant messenger. Video chat allows seeing each other with a webcam or phone cam at once you are connected to the interlocutor.

To add a layer of anonymity, you can use a virtual mask at your video chatting. Select the one you like at the Chat options menu.

If you have a paid account, you can click Forward and Back, returning to the previous user you were talking to. You also have an option to set your “Verified Badge” at the chat picture and send virtual gifts to the members that you like.

Mobile app

There is no mobile app neither for iOS nor for Android. The mobile version for browsers resembles the desktop one: options, filters, and design are the same. You will easily navigate and find all functions that can be found at the desktop site.

Video chatting loads quickly from the mobile site, too.

Using Shagle is simple and both from desktop and smartphone even though there is no mobile app. There are various options for the search for free and paid members

Security and privacy

★★★☆☆

The Shagle platform has a 256-Bit SSL encryption system to avoid hacking database. For your safety, do not use your public social media accounts if you want to keep your privacy for sure. Remember that the possibility of data leaking exists for any protection.

The site has a medium level of security, and you are responsible for keeping your data safe using it. Since adding any personal info is not obligatory to start chatting via Shagle, the level of anonymity is high

Hookup chance

★★☆☆☆

You will find a user to chat with. Though it does not mean that you will be able to meet offline or have any kind of romance with someone from Shagle.

Matching algorithms

The algorithm matches you randomly with the users that fit the parameters of your search. The list of parameters differ at paid and free accounts, for example, you can choose from 70 or 200 countries of location, depending on the membership.

The site connects you with random users that match the parameters of your searching filters. There is a 99% chance that you’ll have an interlocutor but a meager chance to meet someone for offline dating

Alternatives

If you want to try something more traditional in relationships, try one the following services:

Platform Hookup chance
Pure ★★★★★
Match ★★★☆☆
Zoosk ★★☆☆☆
OkCupid ★★★★☆
Happn ★★★★☆
Badoo ★★☆☆☆
Tinder ★★★☆☆

FAQ

Is Shagle free?

Yes, you can use the major functions of the platform for free. Paid membership expands the parameters of search and chatting.

Is Shagle legit and real?

It is a registered website by Cogroup Limited since 2017.

Is Shagle safe?

The site admins promise the highest level of security for your data. Still, we recommend not to attach your public social media to the profile and register with the discreet email.

Is it worth paying for Shagle?

We believe it’s a platform of a medium segment, and the price is worth paying.

What kind of dating site is Shagle?

The site allows people to chat with strangers all over the world with or without video.

Is there a mobile application for Shagle?

No, there is only a mobile version of the site.

Can I search for someone on Shagle?

You can search by several parameters that differ for a free and paid membership.

Can you have two Shagle accounts?

You can use different emails to create different accounts.

Can Shagle delete my account?

If you break one of the rules: 18 y.o. age limit, polite attitude, and no-violence policy, the admins can suspend your profile.

How do I delete my Shagle account?

Find the “My Account” menu and choose the “Delete my account” option.

How to cancel the subscription?

Find the “My Account” menu and choose the “Cancel Membership” option.

Is Shagle for serious relationships?

We’d say it’s for fun and kinky short-term entertainment.

Can you look up people on Shagle?

Yes, there are various parameters of the search.

The bottom line

The platform connects users that want to chat with a stranger via text or video. You can try it for free, only using your email address. After confirming it, you can start searching for other users and chat online.

There are various options of account settings and search parameters that differ at free and paid membership. Paying for Shagle premium, you get advanced settings of search by location, by face presence, and others.

Pure is for real meetings, not endless chats online

Pure users have only an hour to chat before their profiles disappear. In one hour, you send a casual sex request to potential matches near your location, discuss your desires, and share contact detail to set up an offline date. If you want to repeat the search and find other matches, you have to create a new profile. No worries, it takes a minute.

Download Pure from Google Play or App Store and get 3 days free trial!

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