Only Lads was founded by UK-based entrepreneur Jimmy Forrester-Fellowes, who thought that gay dating apps lacked something and/or needed some improvement. With over six years since its official launch, the dating site has already gained over 3 million registered members worldwide.
Because of the perks of being a free member on the website, more and more gay and bisexual men are choosing Only Lads as their main dating platform. It even offers a one-day premium membership trial to all its new members, so you get to experience what it’s like to be a premium member and get to decide whether it is worthy to get your membership upgraded full-time.
Registration takes 1-3 minutes
You can sign up via Facebook
You need to fill out a personal information form
Profile activation code is sent to the email you provided
Signing up in Only Lads is a quick and easy process. You have the option to sign up through Facebook to make your registration quicker and more hassle-free. If you wish not to, you can register by providing your email and filling out a personal information form.
Afterwards, a profile activation code is sent to the email you provided. You need to enter the code to validate the authenticity of your account. Thereafter, you are redirected to the profile setup page, which you can and do later. A successful sign up automatically grants you a one-day free trial of Only Lads’ premium membership.
You can add members you like to your ‘Favourites List’
You can send friend requests to users you want to keep a close connection with
Only Lads’ contacting features are basic. However, what makes it different from other dating sites is that it offers many perks to its free members. The different contacting features of Only Lads are:
Icebreaker - sending either a wink, a smile, a wave, or a poke to other members
Chat - send messages to other users
FavouritesList - contains interesting members that you have favourited
FriendsList - the members you approved to be part of your Friends list or who have approved your friend requests
Searchnearby - displays nearby members
Being a premium member of the dating site allows you to have an unlimited number of messages sent per day, as well as an unlimited number of members in your ‘Favourites’ and ‘Friends’ lists. A free member can send up to a maximum of three messages per day, and an unlimited number of ‘Icebreakers’. Free members can also manage at most 10 friends in their ‘Friends List’ and 20 users in their ‘Favourites List.’
As a member of the dating site, you can view who visited your profile and the members who sent you ‘Icebreakers’. Being a free member only allows you to have a preview of these lists, nevertheless, it could still be a great help when you want to connect with another member.
You can upload photos to your ‘Locked Album’ and ‘Messenger’ Album
Profile information and profile photo can be edited later
Public photo gallery is visible to everyone
Profile displays your ‘Friends List’
If you decide to skip the 6-step profile setup after registering to be a member of Only Lads, you can still go back to the setup anytime you wish. Just simply click the ‘Update Profile’ found on your ‘Home’ page or in the drop-down menu under your name.
The sections that appear on each members’ profiles depend on which sections they decide to fill up or skip. At the most top of the profile are the cover photo, profile photo, your username, and profile headline. The four contacting features are also in this section.
Below these sections are your photo gallery and the ‘Introduction’ paragraph about yourself. You can have three different types of photo galleries. One is the ‘Public,’ which is displayed to all members of Only Lads. The other is the ‘Private,’ which other members need permission to access. And the last is the ‘Messenger’ album which has the photos you can send as attachments in messages.
After the photo gallery is the ‘About’ section that has your basic personal information and details about your appearance. The next section is all about what or who you’re looking for on the website. It contains a paragraph and basic details about your match criteria.
The bottom part of your profile shows details about your lifestyle and interests. It also displays your ‘Friends’ and ‘Favourites’ lists if you have one.
Only Lads’ mobile app has the same features as the website. The only difference is, it is optimised for users who are on-the-go. Whenever you click a user from the search results, the whole screen will show that member’s profile photo, with basic details at the bottom.
These details are his name, the types of relationship he’s looking for, age, how far away that member is from you in terms of kilometres, and the number of photos he has on his gallery. When you scroll up, you will see that member’s full profile along with the contacting features.
Only Lads’ web design was well-thought of in terms of providing a seamless usability for its users. The design is clean and straightforward. There are four tabs on its main menu found on the upper left side of the page. The first tab is the ‘Home’ where you will see the six main interaction page features that you can view and use. This design is similar to its mobile app, with the features hidden in a collapsible menu.
The six features are:
Nearby - shows you the members who are approximate to your current location
Chat - your message inbox
VisitedYou - shows you the members who recently viewed your profile
Friends - your friends list
Favourites - the members who you put into your ‘Favourites List’
UpdateProfile - would take you to the different profile sections that you can edit
You can also find a sidebar menu consisting of the same features listed above, with ‘Account Settings’ added to it.
The next two tabs are the ‘Search’, which would take you to the ‘Nearby’ members search results page, and the ‘Chat’ tab which is your message inbox. The last tab on the main menu is your name, which is a collapsible menu that has the ‘update profile’, ‘account settings’, and ‘logout’ function buttons.
“I’ve been using different gay dating apps for over 3 years now. I did have successes in some, but I don’t think it was worth paying the hefty monthly membership fee. The other completely free gay dating sites, on the other hand, were full of fake profiles and members who just wanted to scam me. And then I found out about Only Lads which offers a one-day free trial for its premium membership, and also has limited but nevertheless, amazingly fair perks for free members. With the perks that come with being a free member, I still get to interact with other members. Plus, I am sure that the users I interact with are genuine with using the website because the site is not totally free. I feel safe and content with what Only Lads has to offer.” - Joey, 33, London
Up to 10 friends you can have in your Friends List
Up to 20 users you can put in your Favourites List
View a preview of who visited and favourited your profile
Fee based Services
High definition viewing of photos
Unlimited browsing of profiles
Unlimited sending of messages
Access to unlimited search results pages
Unlimited number of friends
Unlimited number of users in your ‘Favourites List’
View the list of users who visited your profile
View the list of users who favourited you
Ability to turn off advertisements
Only Lads has a premium membership that is offered monthly. The site usually offers 30% to 46% discount from time-to-time to encourage its members to upgrade. Having a premium membership in Only Lads unlocks all limitations of being a free member. You can send an unlimited number of messages and have an unlimited number of friends and favourites.
Overall, the simple features of Only Lads are straightforward in connecting gay and bisexual men with each other. Even if it offers no unique features, it gives free members a chance to use and experience what the site has to offer by giving them generous perks.
As a free member, you can enjoy the site’s features only for a limited number of times. Still, this can make wonders for men who are looking for friendship or any kind of relationship through gay dating apps. Yet, if you think this website is not for you, you can browse our other reviews in our Gay Dating Sites category and determine if another dating site fits your needs better.
Who founded Only Lads?
It was founded by entrepreneur Jimmy Forrester-Fellowes.
When was Only Lads first launched?
It was first launched in 2012.
Is Only Lads only for gay men?
Yes, the site is exclusive to gay and bisexual men.
How do I join Only Lads?
You can sign up on the registration page or connect your Facebook account for a quicker registration.
Does Only Lads offer premium membership?
Yes, it has one type of premium membership that can last for a month at $12.95 cost.
How do I permanently delete my Only Lads profile?
You can delete your profile by going through your ‘Account Settings’ and clicking the ‘Remove Your Account’ button.
Can I temporarily hide my Only Lads profile?
Unfortunately, there is no option to temporarily hide your profile.
How do I cancel my Only Lads premium membership?
You can cancel your premium membership by clicking the ‘Membership Management’ link on your ‘Account Settings’.
Does Only Lads offer refunds?
Under no circumstance are refunds offered to members who decide to cancel their premium membership.
How do I send a message in Only Lads?
You can send a message to any member by going to that member’s profile and clicking the ‘Chat’ button.
How come I cannot send a message to another Only Lads member?
Free members are only allowed to send a maximum of three free messages per day, so maybe you have exceeded your daily limit. If you wish to send an unlimited number of messages, you can upgrade your membership to premium.
What is an ‘Icebreaker’?
An ‘Icebreaker’ is a quick contacting feature of Only Lads that you can send for free. You can send either a wink, smile, wave, or poke.
How come I cannot see the full list of who favourited me?
Only premium paying members of Only Lads can view the full list of those who favourited them.
How do I remove the advertisements showing on my mobile app?
You can remove ads from your mobile app by upgrading your Only Lads membership.
Why can I no longer add friends to my list?
Free members can only have a maximum of 10 friends in their list. You can upgrade your Only Lads membership to have an unlimited number of friends.
What security features does Only Lads offer?
I suspect a scammer, how do I report the user?
You can report an Only Lads user by clicking the ‘Report profile’ button found on his or her profile.
Someone is being abusive, how do I block that user?
You can block an Only Lads user by clicking the ‘Block profile’ button found on his or her profile.
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