To access your POF inbox, you first need an account on Plenty Of Fish. Your POF inbox is going to be the primary utility you will be using to send and receive messages from other users. Unlike other online dating sites, your inbox is completely free to use. It is important you understand how your POF inbox works both on the dating website and on the POF app. You do not want to miss out on an opportunity for a relationship or lose track of a conversation. While your POF inbox has multiple upgrade options, these are not necessary if you are looking only to write back and forth to another user. The inbox upgrades do enable you to perform functions such as seeing if the user you emailed has read your message or not.
Accessing Your POF Inbox
To access your POF inbox using your web browser, first sign in. Then you will need to click on the “new” tab (circled in red) at the top left hand corner of your screen. This will show an icon and the number of unread messages you have will also be displayed. This is convenient because as you are browsing other Plenty Of Fish profiles, you do not have to continuously recheck your inbox to see if you have a new message. Once you read an unread email from a POF user, then number of unread messages will adjust accordingly. If you are using the POF app, this works almost identical. The only difference is the icon is labeled messages. The POF app will send text like notifications to your mobile device.
Inbox Features, Reading, Deleting And Replying To Messages
Your POF inbox contains 4 different associated features labeled Messages, Sent Messages, Contact History and Top Prospects. Sent messages does what it says, shows you users who you have sent messages to. There is an upgrade option in there to see if they read your message or not. Contact history shows a sortable list of people you have contacted with multiple sorting parameters. Top prospects are users you might be compatible with. By default you are placed in the messages section. Once you are in the messages section of your inbox, if you have any messages you can read them by clicking on the username of the sender.You can also delete your POF messages by checking the check box to the right hand side of the screen and choosing “delete selected” at the bottom. This will remove any unwanted messages you do not want.
Replying to messages is extremely simple. After you have clicked on the message you want to read you will have a text area where you can send your reply. All you will need to do from your inbox is type out your response and hit “Send Reply”. If the user sends you an inappropriate message or is harassing you, the option to block the user is right there. This is shown in the example below labeled 1. Please note, sending an email with sexually explicit verbiage on initial contact will be filtered by Plenty Of Fish and will not reach the recipients inbox. Section labeled 2 gives you 2 options, the first is to block the user. This will prevent them from sending you any more messages. The next option is to see a list of users you have blocked. The final section labeled 3 will allow you to to view previous messages you and the user you are replying to have exchanged within the last 30 days. This is useful if you have lost track of a conversation or if they have said something earlier you are trying to recall.
The last 2 options you have when sending a message from your POF inbox are upgrade options. You can send extra images with your email that are hidden to other members. These will attach to the email based on your selection and allow only specific people to see them with your message. The other option is to send a gift. These are pre determined gifts that are images. All of which are pre selected by POF.
At the top of your inbox you will also see a list of your contacts who are online. These are people who you have previously corresponded with. If one of these users happens to be a great prospect, go ahead and say hi! In the past this feature would bring up a new window for the POF instant messenger. The only way to chat with online singles now is through your inbox.
POF Inbox Settings
Your POF inbox allows you to have specific settings set to where only certain users can contact you. These settings only work for people who are trying to email you for the first time. You want to be careful with these settings because if you email someone who you have filtered out, they will not be able to reply to you. So edit these with care. From your inbox, you click the gear icon. This will bring up a new page with advanced settings.
After you click the gear you will be taken to the advances settings page for your POF inbox. These selections will allow you to control who contacts you first. For example if you do not want to hear from Plenty of Fish users who live outside your area, you can change that. Or if you only with to speak to members who have upgraded their accounts, then this is possible also. If you want to avoid getting short emails, change the selection of “First contact emails must be” and it will give you a list of different lengths the first email you receive must adhere to. You can also edit you email associated with your account here.
This covers your entire POF inbox. By now you should have it mastered and be ready to meet men and women online using Plenty Of Fish!