Can You See Zoosk Messages Without Paying?

Can you see Zoosk messages without paying? What exactly do you get as a free user? Is it worth paying the monthly fee for Zoosk? All these questions and more will be answered here.


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Zoosk claims it has over 40 million users that send over 3 million messages a day. Even if that’s half true, you have a potential audience of millions to chat to on this dating platform. Zoosk is part Tinder and part Plenty of Fish. It has a web-style interface with profiles and a search function and a carousel where you can swipe left and right.

Zoosk also has a free membership tier and a premium one.

Can you see Zoosk messages without paying?

You can do a lot with Zoosk as a free user but you cannot message other people. It’s a common tactic used by subscription services to get you to pay up. Like your mom letting you look through the toyshop window to see what you could have before telling you that if you do the dishes for a year, you can go in and buy something.

There is a way around that though. You can acquire a prepaid credit card or gift card and register for a 7 day free trial. You have to provide a credit card number to access the trial so using a prepaid is the easiest way to do this and not have to worry about the subscription fee after.

What exactly do you get as a free Zoosk user?

Zoosk has a free membership tier and a premium one. There are also extras called Zoosk coins which you buy separately from your subscription.

Free users can create an account and a profile, add profile pics, send smiles and hearts to other users and view other people’s profiles. You can also use the platform’s search function to see who is around you.

Free users cannot send messages, use the Zoosk SmartPicks feature, use the incognito mode, use chat or see who likes you. These are all locked behind the subscription. Subscriptions are rolling monthly unless you buy the 3, 6, 12 month packages but they will also auto-renew.

Subscriptions to Zoosk cost:

  • 1-month: $29.95
  • 3-month: $59.95
  • 6-month: $74.95
  • 12-month: $99.95

As well as the subscription, you can buy Zoosk coins to unlock extra features such as profile boosts and virtual gifts. Cost is $4.99 for 50 Zoosk coins cost while 750 Zoosk coins cost $49.99.

Cost is comparable with other dating platforms and seems middle of the road in terms of pricing. Other dating apps also have their own version of Zoosk coins so you’re not being overly ripped off here. No more than other dating apps anyway.

Is it worth paying the monthly fee for Zoosk?

The answer to this question depends on what you want from it. If you’re serious about dating, then you’re going to have to subscribe at some point. There’s no sense looking at potential matches, polishing your profile and being available on Zoosk if you cannot message anyone.

Unlike OkCupid, POF or Happn, you cannot interact with other users if you’re on the free tier. You can send a smile or heart but that’s the equivalent of messaging someone with just ‘Hi’. That isn’t going to get you anywhere.

If you want to get anywhere on dating apps, you have to subscribe. Some offer more for free than others but in the end, you need the full features of the app. Dating is difficult enough as it is without being hamstrung by only having limited features or only a couple of swipes per day.

If you’re not so serious about using these dating apps then you don’t have to pay. The free membership tier is great for lurkers or for those who want to see who around them is on the market without being too obvious about it.

One thing to be aware of as a free Zoosk user is that the system will often send you messages that look like someone is interested in you. The wording is very clever and makes you believe a real person has messaged you. As a free user you will be alerted to that message but you won’t be able to read it. Only once you pony up the subscription will you read messages.

If this happens to you as a free user, you will likely find that the message you thought was from a potential match was actually a system message with some special offer. It’s a common tactic and one many free users have complained about from Zoosk.

Do you use Zoosk? Like it? Loathe it? Get anywhere as a free user? Tell us about your experiences below!