Reviewing SnapBang was quite an adventure. Online dating and hookup sites can be some of the best parts of the internet — or the worst. At its best, it allows you to meet a lot of women, get to know them, maybe even find a few worthwhile matches. At its worst, though, it can be full of spam, time-wasters and even outright scams. So is this what I found in my SnapBang review?
Sorting the good from the bad can take time, effort and money, none of which any of us wants to waste. So, what’s the alternative? Well, you could swear off online dating forever and miss out on the potential to meet some really great women. Or you could leave the hard work to us, sit back and enjoy our final recommendations.
The best place to start is with an overview of the site. I like to compare new websites to AFF since it’s consistently the more reliable hookup website I’ve used.
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|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.
How many people are using this site to actually meet people compared to other sites.
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|Privacy & Safety
Does this site take proper precautions to safeguard its members, their identity, and their data.
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Will the time and money spent using this site pay off for an average person based on the opinions and experience of our editors.
While there’s something satisfying about warning people away from dodgy sites, I’m always hoping to find some legit ones I can genuinely recommend. There have been one or two recently that nearly made the grade — alongside a whole lot more that I’d happily steer clear of in the future — and I was hoping that SnapBang would fall into the former category.
With an AVN award under its belt and a seemingly active user base, I had to wonder: Was SnapBang the site that would renew my faith in online hookups?
At first glance, there was nothing terribly wrong with SnapBang. It had plenty of features including live cams, videos, chat rooms and automatic matching features. The site itself appeared active and full of life. Most importantly, SnapBang promised not to use site-created fantasy profiles, which meant that I could expect everyone I encountered on the site to be an actual, real-life human being.
That sounds like a low bar to clear — and it is — but it’s also better than a lot of other sites out there. I was prepared to give SnapBang a chance.
Unfortunately, my initial goodwill didn’t last very long. While I was impressed by SnapBang’s claim of having won an AVN award for Best Dating Site, it also made me think of the last site I reviewed that made the same claim. And once I’d seen the connection, I couldn’t unsee it.
It didn’t take much longer for me to confirm that SnapBang was, in fact, just a clone of Instabang.
The layout? Identical. Inbox? Identical. The matching system, group chat, cams, terms and conditions and company information? You guessed it — identical. I was instantly disappointed — not only did SnapBang not live up to its initial promise, but it also called my experience with Instabang into question.
Not long ago, I concluded that, while Instabang wasn’t for me, it also seemed like a more or less legit website that other people might find success with. Now? I feel like even that may have been giving it too much credit.
I have to give SnapBang its due — while it is a straight-up clone of Instabang, it’s still more real than a lot of other sites out there. At the very least, it did seem legitimately active during the time I spend using it. But just because SnapBang had real users, that didn’t mean they were all legit.
I had quite a few users message me with sexy, suggestive openers. Seem too good to be true? That’s because it was.
These women were more than happy to tell me about their sex lives and ask me to watch — only for me to find out that these were paid services. If I wanted to be added to a woman’s friends list to continue the conversation, that would be 250 credits, or about $2.50. A live cam show so I can “watch” like she suggested? More like $50.
Even after spending a month on the site, it was hard for me to know exactly what to make of SnapBang. On one hand, there definitely were real women there, albeit ones who wanted me to pay them extra. On the other hand … well, everything else.
SnapBang had nothing new to offer, used a predatory payment model and the fact that it was a straightforward Instabang clone called a lot of its user base into question. I was on the fence about Instabang, but SnapBang is an easier recommendation — you can do better elsewhere.
With so many hookup apps and sites out there, I could give you a long list of options that are better than SnapBang. But if you don’t want to sort through all of them, you could just use the one that we always recommend: AFF.
AFF is our go-to site for arranging casual flings, quick hookups and one-night encounters. It’s full of women from all over the world, and most big cities have at least a couple of thousand women who want to hook up. And we say this from experience because we regularly use the site.
So when it comes to finding a site that has a lot of real people, won’t try to take your money and actually delivers on its promise, forget the rest and go for AFF free trial instead!
SnapBang may not have been everything it promised, but there were a few things to like about it.
SnapBang promises not to use site-generated fantasy profiles, but that doesn’t mean that all of its members are legit.
On one side, you have the users who are outright scamming for tips that I mentioned above. And on the other, you have the usual slightly questionable profiles. Broken English, identical biographical information and my favorite, weird formatting of common characters as HTML, which is what can happen when you copy and paste text from one medium to another — for example, if you’re copying a fake bio onto multiple profiles or dating sites without bothering to check it afterward.
There were other users who seemed real enough. Like any online hookup site, the trick is being able to weed out the real users from the fakes — and being very careful with your money and personal information until you do.
If you read my review of Instabang, you know what I’m going to say here. SnapBang’s site design was busy, intrusive and not particularly easy to use. I spent a lot of time closing pop-up windows, only to have even more spring up by the time I was done. To add insult to injury, if you have a free account, most of those windows are telling you about things you can’t do — messages you can’t read, profiles you can’t look at and activity you can’t review. And if you make the mistake of clicking in the wrong spot, you’ll either be redirected to a payment page or to an external site. Not fun and not particularly safe, either.
Remember how I mentioned that I like to leave my profile blank for a few days to see how many spam messages I get? On SnapBang, that number was a lot — at least a few dozen. Once I converted to a paid membership and was able to read the messages I got — which don’t expire, no matter what SnapBang’s hard sell tactics want you to believe — things improved, but only a little.
Once I filtered out the initial spam and messages from women who just wanted a payday, I was left with very little. I was able to message a couple of women back and forth, but those messages weren’t particularly exciting. More interesting were the messages from the women wanting tips, though predictably those stopped cold as soon as they figured out I wasn’t going to send them any money.
Unsurprisingly, not much. As a free SnapBang user, you can create a profile, browse the website and gain limited access to features like the swipe game and cams. Trying to click on another user’s profile takes you straight to the payment page, which is even more annoying than seeing a blocked profile.
Free users also can’t read or send messages and view pictures, videos or more than a couple of minutes of cam footage or participate in chat. If someone sends you a message as a free user, you have a limited amount of time before that message expires, which is a dirty tactic to try to scare users into paying money.
I hate seeing paid ads on hookup sites — not just because they’re gaudy and visually distracting, but because they’re usually a sign of a less-than-reputable website. You’ll notice most of the bigger sites don’t have them, so I always take note of those that do. SnapBang prominently features ads for affiliate CamSoda, which is not as bad as paid third-party ads but not ideal, either.
SnapBang offers one-month, six-month and one-year membership options alongside a 2-day or 7-day paid trial. Like InstaBang, SnapBang offers a three-month “hookup guarantee” that may allow you to claim an extra three months’ membership if you don’t successfully hook up.
Two days $4.95
One week $14.95
One month $39.95
Six months $11.65/month ($69.90)
One year $6.67/month ($80.04)
With everything I mentioned above, you might still have some questions about SnapBang. Here are some quick questions and answers.
SnapBang is an online hookup site and a less popular clone of Instabang. If you’re trying to choose between them, I’d go with Instabang — or, better yet, somewhere more reputable like AFF.
To log into SnapBang, click on “log in” in the top right-hand corner of the home page and enter your email address and password. If you don’t have a SnapBang account, you can create one directly from the home page.
For some legit alternatives to SnapBang, check out our review of the best hookup apps and websites.
Free SnapBang users can browse the site, create a profile and use the search function. But they can’t view other members’ profiles, read or send messages, view photos or videos or participate in group chats. There are some site features available to free users, including a hot-or-not-style swipe game and brief limited access to live cams.
You can cancel your SnapBang membership by hovering over your profile photo in the landing page and clicking “Account Settings.” Then click “Manage membership” on the left side of the page. Near the bottom of this page, click “Cancel your membership here.”
On the next page, you’ll find details about how to cancel your membership. You can give GPNetHelp.com your email address and they’ll send you an email with instructions. You can also call the toll-free number to cancel your membership.
You can delete your SnapBang account by hovering over your profile photo in the landing page and clicking “Account Settings.”
On the left-hand side of the screen, click “deactivate account.”
Then click “delete my account” and a window will appear. Select the reason you want to delete your account and then click “delete my account.”
SnapBang users can pay upfront for a one-month, six-month or one-year membership or opt for a 2-day or one-week paid trial.
Two days $4.95
One week $14.95
One month $39.95
Six months $11.65/month ($69.90)
One year $6.67/month ($80.04)
SnapBang barely deserves to be called a hookup site in its own right. The website, layout and features are all identical to Instabang, which is far better known.
SnapBang is a clone, but not an outright scam. Still, I’d be wary of whether other profiles are real or simply copied from Instabang.
To send messages on SnapBang, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account. As a paid user, you can send messages from a member’s profile page, by replying directly to messages in your inbox or by clicking on “send message” or “quick chat” from the search page.
You can perform a basic or advanced search by clicking on ‘search’ in the top navigation bar. A basic search allows you to filter by age, gender, sexual preference and location, while an advanced search allows filtering by appearance, language, marital status, profession and interests.