Mingle2.com is a “completely free online dating” service created for singles searching for friendship, dating, and long-term relationships. According to the website, they developed the platform with one goal in mind: Make online dating free, easy, and fun for everyone.
In this Mingle2 review, we examine just how true their “totally free (and always will be)” claim is, check out what they have to offer, explore how the platform works, and provide Mingle2 reviews from verified users. At the conclusion, readers should have a fairly comprehensive understanding of the service and be able to determine whether it’s right for them.
How was Mingle2 created?
Part of the Mingle Network it was founded and launched in 2006 before being purchased by Minglenet in 2007. A Vietnamese company, JustSayHi (another dating app) is also part of their social networking services. The site gradually built up membership, and by early 2015, Mingle2 had 10 million users. It is currently unaccredited with Consumer Affairs or the Better Business Bureau.
Other than that, there’s very little information on the history or background of the dating site. Even its home page lacks an About section regarding the service, past or present.
What is Mingle2 Supposed to be?
To begin with, members create usernames, and they must complete their profile in full before it’s viewable to others. It’s short and sweet, so you’ll be up and running in no time. You can add photos later, if you don’t have any you like on hand, and tweak your profile details at any time. The basic info you supply is viewable to all other members, just as theirs is viewable to you.
Other than the heading, brief details, and pictures, there’s no real opportunity to shine or stand out. Due to that, we’d recommend following best practices for dating profile photos.
One really nice bonus is that Mingle2 users aren’t forced to match with other members before they’re able to chat. Clients to the service can look for a partner either through the manual search route or use the Mutual Match function. It’s a basic matching system where users are presented with random profiles they can select Yes, No, or Maybe on.
If you pick “Yes,” the member will be notified that someone is interested in them. As it should be, your identity isn’t revealed unless they also select “Yes” on your profile. If that happens, your usernames are then displayed, and a match notification is sent to both parties. It’s similar in nature to the “Hot or Not” games other dating sites frequently employ.
There are purported to be more men on the site than women, with a 60/40 ratio, and most members are between the ages of 25-34. In order to show interest, users can send nudges, kisses, hugs, winks, and even kicks in the butt to other members. This helps bring you to their attention.
Does anyone use Mingle2 Today?
As far as interaction, there are an estimated 12 million members worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of them located in the U.S. and 60,000 active weekly users. Their robust forum has seen more than 6 million messages to date, and there’s a chat room to visit as well.
Relationship types listed are straight, gay, and lesbian. As far as relationship status, members can choose from single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed. Before you get all creeped out about cheaters being on the site, the relationships you can find there are as follows:
- Activity Partner
The app primarily offers the same services as the desktop version. The interface, however, looks far more updated and modern as compared to the website, and it’s also easier to use. Unfortunately, it, too, contains lots of ads.
What are the Features that make Mingle2 great?
While Mingle2 claims to be completely free, there is an upgrade you can pay for to boost your chances of success. Non-paying or basic members still have access to a pretty decent set of core features for zero dinero. As with all free sites, clients can create a profile with photos and basic information describing themselves and who they’d like to meet and what for.
They can also perform searches, view other members’ profiles and pix, create Favorites and Friends lists, send nudges or winks, take part in forums, and send/receive emails and instant messages. All members are able to see your profile, such as it is, and there’s an additional option to show testimonials when other users view your pix and info. Alternately, you can display your Friends list.
One thing you should be aware of as a free member is that your messages are only stored for one month. After that, they’re automatically deleted and no longer retrievable. If you need to refer to any of them in particular, it’s advised you take a screenshot for future reference.
Paid subscribers don’t get too much more, but there are these additional perks if you want to splurge:
- See who viewed your profile
- Discover who’s said “yes” to a Mutual Match
- Have your highlighted profile featured on the homepage
- Browse invisibly
- Your highlighted profile displayed above free profiles in search and Who’s Online list
- Read message notifications
- Your profile highlighted in other members inboxes
- Storing messages indefinitely
The site notes that members have a 300 percent increase in exposure by upgrading to Premium.
Pros and Cons of Mingle2
As with anything, there are pros and cons to using this service. Here you’ll find a list of both to help you get a clearer picture of what to expect.
- App for Android and iOS devices
- Messaging forums make it popular
- Able to set restrictions on who can contact you
- Only completed profiles are allowed to be displayed
- Able to block other members
- Relatively short registration process
- Able to chat without matching first
- Extremely basic profile information tells you next to nothing
- Visual display makes it difficult to discern online text ads from menu items
- No function for determining the last time a member was active
- Online customer service only
- Ads clutter the top of the page
- No verification for weeding out fake accounts
- Collects user information and shares it with third-party business partners
- Interface looks outdated
- No help section available
How much does Mingle2 cost?
The costs of upgrading to a Premium account are as follows:
- 3 months – $9.95/mo
- 6 months – $7.95/mo
- 12 months – $5.95/mo
Mingle2 Reviews from their own Users
The service has been around for seven years now and has members in the U.S. and Canada. They facilitate opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. But what are real Tawkify users saying about the tailored efforts of the team and their success or lack of it?
For starters, a lot of people compare them to Master Matchmakers, another customized dating service with screening, coaches, and guaranteed matches. On TrustPilot.com, there are over 800 Tawkify reviews, and 71 percent gave the service a rating of “Excellent” with another 10 percent rating it “great.” When you consider the dissatisfaction levels with most dating sites, 81 percent satisfaction is impressive.
Here is a mix of responses from verified users regarding a Tawkify review.
As with all online dating services, there are scores of reviews concerning the quality of the product and overall experiences. Mingle2 is no different. The website claims to have 30,000 5-star reviews from current and former members. Still, with a purported 10 million members after close to 20 years, that’s not all that impressive.
We searched for verified reviews, and we found them, but they weren’t any better than the unverified feedback we ran across. Basically, they all had the same theme: countless fake profiles, scammers looking for money, and frequent complaints regarding the lack of replies from members who are suspected of being non-existent.
ConsumerAffairs.com Verified Mingle2 Reviews –
The Consumer Affairs website is a trusted source of verified reviews. That means they’ve taken the time to confirm posters are real users of the services they’re reviewing. Here is a sampling of what we found in connection to Mingle2 and its 1¼-star rating out of 5 with reviewers.
Peter of Houston, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 30, 2019
“Been on this site over 5 years, not one freakin date and when getting a response and replying back and forth about 2 mins. into the conversation they no longer reply. The green dot on their pic means they are still online but quit replying. Don’t waste your precious time with this cr@p site.”
William of Morrison, CO Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 11, 2019
“I have been a member in the past and have always been concerned about the ease with which ANYONE can become a member “in 30 seconds” – their claim to fame. I joined again last month and found what I had seen previously – pictures of women that had been heavily ‘photoshopped’ or a series of pics that didn’t match or pics that did not even match the profile descriptions. Recently, I have been very troubled by the influx of ‘women’ claiming to be ‘in their 20’s’ but anyone could see that they were not even 18 yo! Makeup cannot hide children’s faces.
I have reported this to them a number of times when I see a questionable photo but I’m not sure if they know the gravity of this “child trafficking”. I have suggested that they find SOME way of pre-screening potential members. I even found a company in the UK who does that for dating services, but that was last year when I told them of that and really little has changed. It seems that “the numbers game” is more important to them than members’ concerns.”
Amanda of Big Spring, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 21, 2019
“I joined to meet real people, hopefully in my area, and with whom I shared interests. Although it seemed to be going well at first, I quickly picked up on a few suspicious aspects of the site. I found that there were quite a few profiles with unusually attractive men claiming to be having difficulty finding women to date. The profile often did not seem to match with the person to whom I was speaking, either in location or other details. Also, it frequently seemed that the individual on the other end was foreign, even though their profile had them identified as American. Broken English messages are numerous on the site.
As mentioned in other reviews here, I also came across several men who claimed to be in the military; however, they would comment on things that did not make sense with regards to military service. I am also curious as to the image the person on the other end is seeing, especially if I am seeing a stolen or surreptitious image on my end. No one ever asked me for money or any other compensation, nor did anyone solicit inappropriate activity. Long story short, you get what you pay for, and in my case it was a whole lotta nada.”
Dan of South San Francisco, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 15, 2019
“First of all, the scammers are so easily identified that the company could, if they wanted to, make a program to weed them out automatically. Secondly, the only real people I have spoken to are in another country or on other side of the US, contrary to what their profiles say. And, these are not scammers and they have no idea why their profiles say that. I have had users send me pics of their profile and when compared to the profile I see, they are always listed as close to me. These are not scammers. The conclusion is obviously that the website itself is doing this. I have brought it up in the forums only to be blocked and given the same robotic answer.”
Tom of Lebanon, PA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 6, 2019
“Updated on 10/27/2019: A couple weeks ago I wrote a review on this company. They fixed it & now are asking for a picture (which I sent) & say it’s not me. Really? Have been on site for at least 5 years. Obviously there are bots checking the pics out & not real people. I look the same now as 5 years ago. This is getting old. One lady has over 30 profiles & they let that go (despite many complaints) They also have a automated reply to complaints on her. Customer service is non-existent Keith, sad.
Original review: This free site blocked me from sending messages. I have been on this site for years & never met a “real” person. Then they have the nerve to block me for calling out all the scammers on there. I report all the “fake profile” & they do nothing to stop it. I woman from Africa has over 30 profiles, everyday she has a different name & location in the USA. She tried scamming me on Google hangouts to Western Union her money. Mingle2 does nothing about it & her 30 + profiles are still on the website. Bye Mingle.”
Bill of Cut Bank, MT Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 25, 2019
“There are some real users on this site. I was bold enough to be direct with my chosen and now we are off to a relationship. The woman I found is the one closest to my dreams. It’s up to me now to nurture and develop a good match and be good to her.”
This last Consumer Affairs review is the only one we could locate with 3 stars, which was the most anyone offered. Admittedly, there is something off about the wording or phraseology of it, though.
Trustpilot.com Mingle2 Reviews
This site does a lot of reviews as well, and their mission statement is to fight fake reviews and improve users’ experiences. For their overall trust score regarding Mingle2, they gave it a 2.3 out of 5. This was slightly better than Consumer Affairs, but far fewer people posted on the Trustpilot thread than on Consumer Affairs, which accounts for the difference.
Jakob October 11, 2018
“Scammers’ place. The site has only false profiles and scammers. It is completely useless for serious users.”
Ted Johansen November 8, 2018
“I have a profile for several years. There is ONLY scammers.”
Spytrx May 24, 2019
“My friends signed me up for a laugh really – well, no. it was my birthday and they thought I need to get back into the business of dating and so they bought me a 3-month membership. They did a good job with my profile and I got a lot of hits every day: From Africa, America, East-Asia, and of course Russia even though my search parameters were set to 50 miles around my location.
The few messages I answered turned quickly sour. Either the women turned out to be fake, scammers or needing somebody to get into the country through a fake marriage. Oftentimes they would ask for money or gifts, most wanted to get my email address with the first message, and so on.
I never met my match – but if you want to learn about the bad side of human nature, sign up.”
All things considered, Mingle2 scores low for performance, security, and trust across the board. Because of this, the bottom line for a lot of professional reviewers is that there are many other options out there that are probably better suited for singles searching for matches.
It might be alright if you’re looking for casual dating, and you’ve got the time to sift through profiles (that may or may not be real). But its prospects for delivering true romance or anything even remotely resembling a relationship are thinner than with apps such as Tinder or sites like Plenty of Fish.
After careful review, our recommendation is to proceed with caution or skip it altogether.