ePassion is a recent addition to the lineup of dating sites under the Ashley Madison umbrella. And with that name attached, you know the platform is full of singles and attached people looking for hookups, booty calls, and casual encounters. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect from an ePassion experience.
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The audience of the site
For now, ePassion is a small-time dating site for casual hookups, and it works for singles and attached people alike. The platform welcomes straight and LGBTQ+ individuals and highlights local connections over cyber affairs and online-only dating.
Although the dating site is relatively new, it's slowly gaining popularity among Ashley Madison fans and other online daters. And while it's especially popular among male users, there's no shortage of female accounts, either.
The first impression
For now, the ePassion dating site is nothing but a landing page with a single "Join Today" button that redirects to the Ashley Madison platform. As such, the design, layout, and navigation are top-notch. The website is minimalistic, but endless profile photos make it look like your Instagram or Facebook feed, only better because everyone on the platform is out to find a partner for a night or two.
The platform looks sleek thanks to hidden menus and toggles, but they slide out on both sides of the screen smoothly while letting you focus on your search or chat most of the time. And while user profiles could be more detailed, they host just enough information to get the conversation started and keep it going.
ePassion account sign-up is pretty easy. At registration, the platform will request your contact and personal details. The first one includes your email, username, and password. The latter range from your relationship status and goals (single, attached, straight, or same-sex), your ethnicity, date of birth, and location. Once you confirm your email, you can log in and build a compelling dating profile. Although you don't have to upload a photo or fill in personal details immediately, you'll need to do both to get attention and dates.
Filter and search
As we've mentioned, the filters on the Discover page are hidden, but you can access them by pressing the button in the upper right-hand corner. The basic search filters include age, location, gender and relationship status, last login, and members with private and public photos. And additional filters are available in the "More" section, where you can specify the desired body type, height, ethnicity, and relationship goals.
Be aware that by default ePassion searches for single profiles anywhere, so if you're looking for new possibilities in the local dating pool, you should set the distance parameter carefully. Alternatively, if you're after an erotic chat or cyber affair, you can ignore the location and distance filters to broaden your options.
ePassion is primarily a local hookup and affair website, and the communication toolset is the best reflection of that. Live chat is the only way to reach out to fellow daters, though you can spice things up with priority messages and private key requests and offers. Besides, only the initial message will cost money, after which you can chat indefinitely until you're comfortable switching to another platform (perhaps, with video chatting functionality) or meeting in person.
The mobile application
ePassion members can use Ashley Madison iOS and Android mobile apps to log in and chat on the move. Mobile apps share the web platform functionality coupled with a more streamlined design and navigation tailored for a mobile device. However, you can also use the mobile version of the website if you prefer, though the experience won't be as smooth. We expect ePassion will get dedicated mobile applications once the platform gains traction and expands its dating pool.
Be aware that you will need to pay a one-time $18 activation fee to get mobile access.
What does a free version allow?
With a free ePassion account, you can use the basic features, such as:
- Profile setup, editing, and settings
- Searching for members using basic and additional filters
- Browsing profiles and public photos
- Sending 3 winks per day for free
- Adding profiles to favorites
And while that seems like a lot, the list is missing a crucial component—private communication options, which are reserved for members with a premium subscription.
While ePassion is free for women, men need to invest in premium membership to make the most of the platform's benefits. Luckily, the dating site relies on a credit-based system, so you get complete control over the money spent and can take a break from online dating anytime.
The three credit package options on ePassion include the following:
- 100 credits – $59
- 500 credits – $169
- 1,000 credits – $289
You can send a regular message for 9 credits or a priority one for 14 credits, and once you initiate the conversation, the following chat exchanges are free. However, you also need credits to request private key access and send winks. Or you can opt for a Member Initiated Contact ($31.49 per month) to get 10 free private key requests and 20 free winks daily.
Pros/Cons of paid subscription
- New users can get double the credits for the money
- Live chats include regular and priority messages
- Premium users can exchange private keys to browse extra photos
- Credits can buy additional winks
Scam and protection
Much like its parent company, ePassion highly values user privacy and security. For example, you can use ePassion anonymously by choosing a nondescript username and blurring or masking your profile photo. Moreover, you can hide your location from search results and set your status to "Offline" even when you're actively browsing potential matches.
Other security measures in place include two-factor authentication, as well as reporting and blocking functionality you can use to protect yourself from suspicious ePassion users. Beyond that, you should rely on common sense and basic online security rules, like using Google search results to find real owners of profile photos, keeping sensitive information to yourself, and refusing payment requests from strangers.
You can access the ePassion help center in the menu on the left. By default, the platform will take you to the FAQ page with detailed posts responding to the most common user queries. But if you can't find the answer or need urgent help, you can email the support team using the contact form. However, be aware that the team runs on standard office hours, so you may need to wait till Monday if you run into any issues over the weekend.
Although Ashley Madison and ePassion did previously run a customer support hotline, it has been deactivated throughout the pandemic, so email is your best bet for getting a response from a human agent. Luckily, the help center articles are pretty detailed and cover common issues.
ePassion lives up to Ashley Madison's reputation, thanks to its sleek design, deep dating pool, and flexible search. Besides, premium membership is pretty affordable, considering the complete control you get over your expenses. So whether you're looking for erotic chat partners or short-term local affairs, ePassion can help you fulfill your relationship dreams.