Other than viewing online dating profiles of people you want to meet, your POF inbox will be where you are spending most of your time sending messages and replying to people looking to date you. If you are using the POF app, this section is called messages. The POF inbox is pretty straight forward. Once you use your POF login inbox messages appear instantly. If you have ever used an email, you will be familiar with most all of the functions available in POF inbox. There are a couple email functions unique to Plenty of Fish. Most dating sites charge to contact members. On Plenty of Fish your inbox is completely free to send and receive messages. Becoming familiar with reading, replying, deleting, and sending emails from your POF inbox is an important step in finding love.
The use of your POF inbox on POF.com vs. the Plenty of Fish app are very similar but for a couple slight differences.
Getting started with your POF inbox
Before you use the POF search and start finding users to send messages to you might want to get familiar with the inbox. There are five basic elements available to help create a successful line of communication with other PlentyOfFish members. Getting yourself accustomed to how they work can help you pinpoint the type of person you wish to correspond with.
There are some differences between the mobile app settings and the desktop version of PlentyOfFish. The desktop version has more in depth setting adjustability than the app. With the app you are limited to only making adjustments to message notifications. On POF.com however, you can limit who starts a conversation with you based on five different custom message filters.
To get to your message settings on pof.com you will need to go to your inbox. On the top right hand corner of your inbox look for the gear icon. Once you click this, you will be taken to a separate screen where all of your message adjustments can be made.
This setting will allow you to receive messages from your preferred gender. If you happen to not have a preference, you can leave this set to ‘anyone’.
Here you will be able to select the minimum and maximum age you would like to get messages from. Remember on PlentyOfFish you can only contact users within 14 years of your own age.
Leave this set to ‘any’ to accept messages from people all around the world. Or, if you have a specific country in mind you would like to be messaged from, you can select that country alone.
This will limit users who are located within 75 miles of you. If you do not mind corresponding with other POF members long distance you can set to ‘any’.
First contact messages must be
Adjust the amount of characters required for another POF member to contact you. So for example if you want a message with a bit more substance, try setting your first message limitation to 100 characters or more. This will help in weeding out all of the ‘hi’ messages that leave little room for response.
Allow a user to see that I viewed their profile
This is self explanatory. If you do not want users to see you viewed them you can change this to ‘no’.
In the POF inbox settings you can access a list of users who you have blocked previously. Clicking this link will give you the option to unblock them.
Reading your PlentyOfFish inbox messages
To read your POF mail or check for new inbox messages you will need to sign into PlentyOfFish using your POF login. If you are signed in from your desktop, you will automatically be directed to your messages. Your unread emails will display a green icon. To read a new message just click anywhere inside the message display. The POF app works the same way other than you will need to tap the messages icon from your home screen first.
Replying to a user
Once you find an email in which you think you may want to engage in a conversation, you are going to want to reply. On POF.com and the mobile app there will be a text field at the bottom where you can message the user back. When you are satisfied with your reply press the send button and watch the sparks fly. In the event a user has sent an inappropriate message you can block them as well as report them to PlentyOfFish. To block a POF user there will be a link in the lower right corner of the screen next to the reply box. To report another POF user for inappropriate content, click the link in the upper right hand corner next to the original message.
Upgraded members have the option to attach an image or gift to their reply. POF mobile users have the ability to respond with a voice message.
Deleting messages from your inbox
Sometimes when corresponding with other online dating users you may not feel a connection and wish to delete a message. You can delete multiple messages by selecting the check boxes located to the right of the message and then pressing delete. If you wish to delete an individual message there is a link at the bottom of every email that says delete conversation.