My Review of Date You and How I Did Finding Real Dates With It

Screenshots from reviewing DateYou

In this DateYou review, you’ll learn whether DateYou.com is an effective online dating service for men. As so many guys are frustrated with mainstream dating apps, it’s only natural for them to want to try one of the many alternative online dating services out there.

The problem is that so many of these alternative websites are useless. Many of them are scams.

That’s where BeyondAges comes in. We make an effort to create the most comprehensive online dating website reviews so that you don’t waste your money on dating services that are no good for you.

DateYou.com claims to be an innovative dating website where singles all over the world can find a partner, whether they’re looking for a long-term relationship or a short-term hook-up. But a lot of non-mainstream online dating services make these claims, only to turn out to be digital wastelands once you pay for a membership.

DateYou charges its users per message sent, meaning its users could end up wasting a lot of money before finding out whether the website is any good. That’s why we were so keen to put it through our intense review process.

How we reviewed DateYou
At BeyondAges, we have crafted a standardized test for our online dating website reviews. We regard this to be the most intense testing process out there, so you can have full confidence in our verdicts.

In these tests, we always use the same photos, bio, demographical information and opening lines. This allows us to make fair comparisons to all the other online dating services we’ve previously compared.

After signing up for a DateYou account, I left my profile blank with no photos or bio for 24 hours. This is a reliable test to see if the website uses bots to send messages, as no real-life human woman would message a blank account.

After this test, I paid for enough credits to be able to message 50 women and try to lead the conversation towards swapping contact details, with the intention of organizing a date. This DateYou review is mostly based on how successful I was at doing this, compared to doing so with the same profile on other online dating websites. After all, we know this is what men care about more than anything else.

I made notes of how many women responded and how many were willing to swap contact details, and you’ll find the results of this experiment below. This will help you make an informed decision about whether DateYou is a good online dating service for your specific needs.

Now that you can see all the work I put into this let’s get to the results:

The Full Review of 2022 DateYou and My Results

The site upon logging in

Let’s begin this review with a basic summary, especially for those who aren’t interested in all the complex ins and outs of this service. Below, I’ve rated DateYou.com out of 10 for all the aspects we know are the most important for men. As a useful reference point, I’ve compared these ratings to AFF, which we rate as the number one hook-up app on the internet.

DateYou logo AFF
Overall

Our team rates each site objectively based on many hours of independent research, the features each site offers, and how it compares with other sites. The ratings are the opinion of our editors and their extensive experience.

1 9.5
Quality of Women

Our opinion of how attractive the typical woman is that uses this site and how easy they are to connect with compared to other sites.

1 9
Popularity

How many people are using this site to actually meet people compared to other sites.

1 9
Usability

How easy is this site to use and how quickly can an average person begin meeting people compared to other sites.

5 10
Privacy & Safety

Does this site take proper precautions to safeguard its members, their identity, and their data.

10 10
Effectiveness

Our opinion of how easily an average person will be able to achieve their dating goals with this site compared to other sites.

1 9
Value

Will the time and money spent using this site pay off for an average person based on the opinions and experience of our editors.

1 10
Our Recommendation

After logging into DateYou, it became immediately clear that the website was designed similarly to several other scam websites that I’d previously reviewed. Most likely, these websites are all owned by the same company and copied onto different URLs with a few subtle aesthetic changes.

Unlike some of these twin websites, DateYou didn’t flood my blank profile with messages from bots. In fact, my profile received 0 messages while it had no photo or bio. Seems like a good sign, right? Not really.

However, once I purchased credits and began messaging some of the female accounts, it quickly became apparent that DateYou would be just as useless as these other scam dating services.

Here are the key moments of my DateYou testing experience that you need to know about.

DateYou users have to pay for every message they send

The DateYou business model involves users buying credits – and they’re incredibly expensive considering it costs 50 credits for each message you send to another user. The cheapest deal available is 1,100 credits for 24.99 Euros. That’s more than one Euro per message sent.

I recommend you don’t buy any credits, and you’ll see why when you read what happened to mine.

Every account replied to me almost instantly with cryptic messages

I messaged 50 women based in our fictional character’s home city of Columbus, Ohio. Every account messaged me back within a couple of minutes. The replies were always reasonably long, but written very cryptically in a manner I wouldn’t expect from a real person. You can judge the authenticity of these messages yourself.

Cryptic messages from users

Every account would make excuses when I tried to exchange phone numbers

As with all of our online dating website tests, I tried to lead the conversation towards exchanging contact details as quickly as possible. This would be a natural step to take in any online dating environment to lead towards meeting up once it was clear both parties were attracted to each other. However, this would be a particularly obvious step on an online dating website that charges you per message.

Still, every time I suggested swapping phone numbers or social media details, the women would make a convenient excuse or avoid the question completely. This would happen even after they suggested they loved the idea of getting together.

There’s not enough evidence for me to suggest that the sole purpose of these accounts is to tempt men to spend more money on credits, so I’ll let you make your own judgment.

Responses after asking for their numbers

Why AFF is a better option (try it free here)

My experience using the DateYou app and website was extremely frustrating and resulted in zero new connections. I imagine I could have spent double or triple the money and still had nothing to show for it.

I can’t see any reason why someone would spend their money on DateYou, especially when there is an great option like AFF just a couple of clicks away.

We have rated AFF as the number one website for arranging casual hookups after testing it in various parts of the world. AFF launched in the early 2000s and has built up a phenomenal user base over the years. It makes no qualms about being a hookup site, and that means its users are rarely shy about admitting that’s what they want to do. The result is: you can often meet up with amazing, hot women within a few messages back and forth.

We’ve had amazing conversations and real-life experiences with AFF users all over the world, and you’re not charged per message either.

The difference between AFF is night and day. In fact, you can see it for yourself right now because the website is currently running a free trial.

Positives and Negatives

To summarize, here’s what we liked and didn’t like about DateYou.

Positives
Negatives
  • The website is easy to navigate
  • There is no shortage of sexy profiles to browse
  • You have to pay for every message you send
  • The messages you receive rarely look like they're written by real humans
  • Every account replied to me, but they always made excuses to not share contact details
  • I spent a lot of money and got zero new leads out of it

Profiles, Pictures and Members

DateYou has a seemingly endless supply of profiles. You couldn’t message all the profiles in any large city if you tried. Most of the profiles I browsed were of very attractive women. However, most of the profiles I checked only had one photo and no bio.

This is what you’d expect if the profiles weren’t created by the women themselves.

Design

Site design

The website and the DateYou app are easy to navigate. You’ll see plenty of suitable profiles to message on the main dashboard. New messages pop up in a new tab on the desktop website automatically, and you can see all your notifications in the sidebar. You can also click the inbox button in the main navigation for an easier overview of your messages. The profiles are easy to navigate too.

All in all, it looks like a thriving modern website, but looks can be deceiving.

Messaging and chatting

Messaging and chatting

You’ll have to spend 50 credits for every message you send. New users begin with 100 credits, but that’s not going to be enough to establish a meaningful connection with anyone. That means you’ll need to pay to buy credits.

The design of the DateYou website makes it simple to send messages to other users. You can click on the tabs that pop up on the main dashboard, the notifications on the right sidebar, or a button on anyone’s profile to send a message. You’ll have 50 points deducted with every message you send until you don’t have enough left. Then you’ll be prompted to buy more credits.

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I wasn’t bombarded with adverts for other products on the DateYou websites, other than a half-price offer on credits for new members. I wasn’t sent links to cam girl services or any other similar sexual services by DateYou members. So I guess that’s a plus?

Pricing

Site pricing

The cheapest deal available is 1,100 credits for 24.99 Euros. That’ll get you 22 messages in total. You can also choose to buy double or four times this amount, although there is no discount for buying more credits at a time.

DateYou Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure what to make of DateYou just yet? Here are some quick FAQs to help you decide if this is still a site you want to check out.

What is DateYou?

DateYou is an online dating website and dating app, which claims to be able to help singles around the world effortlessly find a partner, whether that’s for a short-term hookup or something more serious.

How can I contact DateYou?

  • Click the three horizontal lines on the top-right-hand side of the screen.
  • Navigate to Help/Support.
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the help page and click “Contact Form”

Who actually owns DateYou.com?

DateYou.com is owned by MP Mobile Performance Ltd, a company registered in Cyprus.

Is DateYou real?

You will get real responses whenever you message an account on DateYou. However, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that they are not from the woman in the pictures. Most of the bios are empty, most profiles have few pictures, most of the messages are very disjointed and cryptic. During my intense testing of this website, every single account dodged the question or made an excuse when I asked for contact details.

Is DateYou.com legit?

During my intense testing of DateYou.com, I found little evidence that there were legitimate single women sending me messages.

Is DateYou a scam or fake?

I don’t have any solid evidence that DateYou is a scam. At the same time, I have zero evidence that there is even one real woman using this website. You’ll have to make your own mind up from the screenshots in this review.

Is Date You safe?

There was nothing to suggest that my personal or financial data was going to be leaked or that my computer was at risk after signing up. I wasn’t sent any dodgy links or encouraged to sign up for anything else. My only concern is that some men might continue to spend a lot of money on DateYou without seeing any return on their investment, other than endless chatting with online accounts.

What are DateYou.com alternatives?

You can see our most highly-recommended alternatives to DateYou.com in our list of the best hook-up apps and websites we’ve tested.

How does DateYou work?

With DateYou, you’ll need to buy credits in order to send messages to other accounts. There are no limits on the number of women you can message or the number of messages you can send, although it will cost you 50 credits per message you send.

Is there a DateYou app?

There appears to be no DateYou app for iOS or Android. It’s desktop only.

How much does DateYou cost?

The cheapest deal available is 1,100 credits for 24.99 Euros. That’ll get you 22 messages in total.

How can you use DateYou for free?

New members are given 100 credits when they first sign up, meaning they can send two messages in total without spending any money. After that, they will need to buy more credits to send messages. It is possible to browse the website including all profiles, without sending messages, for free.

Can you send messages for free on DateYou?

You’ll be given 100 credits when you first sign up to DateYou. This will allow you to send two messages in total for free. You’ll have to buy credits to send more messages after that.

How do you cancel your DateYou account?

  • Click the three horizontal lines on the top-right-hand side of the screen.
  • Navigate to My Profile.
  • Click Delete Account.
  • Confirm you want to delete your account.
  • Click the link in the email sent to your associated email address.

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