How to Search & Find Someone on POF?

Trying to find someone on plenty of fish? we got your back. We asked our experts on this, and the short answer is you can totally do this (without needing to be a computer wizz!)

Yes, you can quickly search for someone on POF. We have 5 different tricks for you to try, plus some free tools to save you searching time.
Yes, you can quickly search for someone on POF. We have 5 different tricks for you to try, plus some free tools to save you searching time.

Preview: Search & find someone on Plenty Of Fish (POF):

  1. Use a reverse lookup service, like UserSearch.
  2. Sign up for POF and do a basic or advanced search.
  3. Reverse image search their profile picture.
  4. View the source code of the user profile and crack the Hashmail.
  5. Gather information on the user and use POF to search by location & characteristics.
  6. Read the rest of this article and find more methods.

What is Plenty of Fish, aka POF?

Plenty of Fish app was launched in 2003. Currently, Plenty of Fish has over 90 million users around the globe. Thats more people than the whole population of the USA!

How Does POF Work? (the short version!)

You can sign up on POF for free. After the sign-up process, you get matches based on your profile info, you can send messages, and recieve them. The paid membership get benefits like an ad-free experience, viewing extended user profiles, and a stand-out profile. This means, if you do have paid membership, you can see more personal information on the members inside. Thats not to say, you need paid membership to search and find a specific person, as we do have some nifty tricks that can do the same thing!

Is it easier to search POF with a paid membership?

The short answer is yes, kindof. POF tries to force you to pay, in order to see more inforamtion about user profiles. And, it costs around $7.5 to $13 per month for this. So it is easier, in that you can simply see more information on a person if you pay. What extra ‘stuff’ can you see?

  1. If you are looking for a premium member, they can have up to 16 images on their dating profile, as aposed to free members which are only allowed 8.
  2. You can see profiles parts of a profile called ‘extended profiles’. This is basicallly extra personal information about that person, which can be pretty useful if you are using that information for some reason.
  3. You will be able to check whether the sent messages are read or deleted by the other receiving member. Basically, read recepts (and delete recepts). Free members, can send messages, but they have no idea if the message has been read.
  4. When you upgrade to premium membership, your profile will be moved up from the rest of the profiles. Therefore, your profile will be viewed more often by other users.
  5. Paid members can see if you have looked at their profile. So, be mindful of this if you are not using fake profile to browse someone who you may be searching for. They can even see the time and date of the visit (useful for working out a rough time location, or verifying if the location information in the profile is accurate).
  6. You can search POF by username, if you pay the free. But, there are free tools that can do this for you, such as UserSearch.

Search & Find POF users: 5 tricks

POF does not make searching for a specific user, entirely possible by username or email address. They try to protect this information and rather you discover users by profile simularities. On saying that, we understand you sometimes need to find someone, specifically (such as checking if your husband is on here!). We’ve asked our experts, and detailed 5 different ways you can search for POF users:

For starters, after you create an account, you need to decide what kind of personal detail you want to share. For instance, you might be creating a profile to you spy on your partner. If that is the situation, don’t share any personal photographs. Also, don’t provide a familiar name or personal details too. The idea is not to let that person find you on Plenty of Fish. Then you can check their activities.

2) Find POF Internal Searching

There are two types of searches that you can Initiate on Plenty of Fish. Depending on the requirement and the membership type, you can choose any one of them. And remember, both of these search types are very valuable for finding POF.

POF lets you search for users on their own website as a basic and advanced search options window.  You can filter the search based on the characteristics of the person or geolocation of the person.
POF lets you search for users on their own website as a basic and advanced search options window. You can filter the search based on the characteristics of the person or the geolocation of the person.

First, log in to your Plenty of Fish account. Locate the Search icon located on the top-right corner of your screen. Then click it. After that, a screen will come up with plenty of options for picking the right person. So, you can find your match accordingly.

2.2) Gender, Location, and Age

After creating a profile in POF, submit all the relevant details to your profile. Also, don’t forget to sync the necessary detail such as age, fender, and location. Therefore, you will find a partner of your liking much more easily. But, always remember most people provide fake information when it comes to age and location. Most people do this to hide their true identity while cheating. So, it would be best if you were careful. To avoid this, try a limited search. If it does not give you good results, insert your age or location. It might help immensely.

2.3) More Details

Apart from the age, gender and location, you can select more options. For instance, you can select education, dating intent, last visit, distance from your zip code, city, body type, ethnicity, and many more specific options. If you are not ready to provide such information, you can select any of these options.

Also, remember, if someone needs a causal relationship, they won’t tell you that in your inbox. But, their profile might say wanting a relationship or are dating. So, you should be caused by such users.

We believe that now you got an excellent idea about the basic search option. You can do lots of things with a basic search. But, what about the advanced search?

Close to the basic search tab, you can locate the advanced search option. If you are seriously looking for an ideal match, you should definitely search via the advanced search. With the help of an advanced search, you can select a profession, pets, income, eye color, and many more features. This advanced search option can do wonders for you. Use of this advanced option might decide the success or failure of what you are finding. So, we highly recommend using the advanced search to find POF.

3) Using My Matches Option

On the top left corner of the Plenty of Fish app, there should be a light blue button. Click on that button. Then select the My Matches option from the next screen. Now select the age range and distance. By giving a specific age range, you can filter out age groups that you do not want to view or date. Also, when you are providing the distance the same thing is applied. For instance, it allows you to give the desired distance according to your current location.

Also, another thing you could do is you can select users that you have not connected to until now. This is an excellent way to filter out users that you have ruled out up until now.

4) Using My City Option

If you are looking for people that are living in the same city as you, this My City option is the best for you. When it comes to searches, most of the time, using the above search method won’t give the desired results for you. So, using the My City option will help you with that. To access the My City option, click on the light blue button on the POF screen. Enter the location and distance information to the My City option. It will filter out people that are living near you.

Another advantage is, that sometimes, all the above-explained search terms might have overwhelmed you. Therefore, if you are just starting on POF, it would be easy to choose people from the My City selection.

5) Searching for Someone Using Their User Name

Username search tab. Just enter the user name and click Find user.  Simple! the downside is you'll only get a hit if the user is on POF.  Whereas, using a username lookup tool can scan many dating sites in one go.  You also need to be a registered user.
Username search tab. Just enter the user name and click Find user. Simple! the downside is you’ll only get a hit if the user is on POF. Whereas using a username lookup tool can scan many dating sites in one go. You also need to be a registered user.

POF has an advanced username search function. But, this option is only available for members that have Premium membership. earlier in the article, we discussed Premium membership and its advantages. So, if you are really serious about online dating, go for a premium membership.

Can I Find it on POF Without Registration?

All the above talked about methods of searching require a POF account registration. However, there are several methods that can find on POF without registration. So in this section, we will look at those methods.

1) Using Google Images

As mentioned in the previous section, the POF username search feature is only available for Premium members. But, there is a method that you can find users without upgrading your POF account or registering at POF. Open Google images. Then type the name of the user that you need to discover. Then type and click on the Search button. Now Google will display all the images that are related to the Plenty of Fish username. You might not get all the results. But, it is possible to find loads information without having your own POF account.

2) Use People Searching Tools

You can find any information about a particular person using online investigating tools. Some of these tools can load results from different types of dating sites. So, here are the two best tools to complete such an operation.

3) Using UserSearch to find someone on POF

This is one of the best people searching tools on the internet. It has the most prominent social media and dating site profile collections. So any user can use this tool to search for people and their information on the internet.

First, visit the official Social Catfish site. Choose the type of search that you want to execute. Enter the available information and hit Search. After that, you will get a detailed report about your search. Then you check the listed information of that person to find out about POF profiles.

Sometimes, you won’t get any positive results. But that does not mean that person does not have a POF profile. You might have to try other people’s search tools. So, try the next one. You will definitely have some success.

It’s a simple yet effective OSINT tool that can help you with a lot of searches. For instance, they have three search options on their home page.

  • Social networks sites
  • Dating Sites, Chat websites, and Forums
  • Email Searching

Then you will receive the necessary information about that person within 15 seconds.

Can I Find Email Addresses On Plenty of Fish?

Finding email information on dating profiles is a nearly impossible task. Most people won’t put their email addresses directly on their POF profile. So, is there a way to get this email address?

Yes. This section will teach you a simple trick to finding someone’s email address on POF. So, follow the below steps.

First, visit the official Plenty of Fish homepage. Then sign in to your account. Afterward, navigate to the profile where you want to find the email address. Then right-click on the webpage that contains that profile. Select the View Source option. After clicking the View Source button, it will open up a notepad that contains web page information in a coded manner.

Here you can see the hashemail. highlighted in orange color.
Here you can see the hashemail. highlighted in orange color.

Find the hashemail line. Then copy the hashemail to a new notepad. This Hashmail is the actual email address of that user. But, it comes in coded form. So it would be best if you decrypted Hashemail. If you can decrypt the hash email successfully, you will get the actual email address of that person. This is a simple yet effective method to extract an unknown person’s email address on Plenty of Fish.

Another Email Trick…

If you just want to know if someone is on POF and all you have is their email address, you can do this in about 5 seconds. All you need to do is attempt to register a new account using that email address. If that email is already on POF, you’ll get a message on screen, which says you cannot register as its already on here! Now, it doesnt tell you when it registered, or if the account using the email address is active…but its a pretty good starter for 10! With the 5 tips in this article, plus some background information, it wont be long until you find that profile. And…if you use our advise correctly, and perhaps send them a message with a paid membership, you could see pretty quickly if they read your message (remember the read recepts mentioned earlier?).

So, with a bit of elbow greese and knowlage, its totally possible to find someone on POF, and pretty quickly.

Final thoughts on How to Find On POF

We hope that today from this article, you got a good idea about how to find POF. We talk about five different steps that you should always follow to get the maximum result from your search. Using options like My City can greatly benefit you, especially if you are new to Plenty of Fish. On the other hand, you can buy a premium membership if you need good search results.

If you need to find some detail anonymously, use the methods we discussed in the Can I search Someone On Plenty of Fish Without Registration section? Either way, you can get the best dating experience from POF, that if you use it correctly.

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