Worked for us
The most notable aspect of this app is that if you have a defined spiritual path and want to meet someone similarly situated, this works. It worked for us. It was very simple: My wife, a Japanese Buddhist, searched for Buddhist men who were serious about the path. She contacted me - American yogi Bujew- and the rest is a sweet, infinitely unfolding story. Is it a coincidence that mindfulness is the central aspect of Buddhism?
Found the love of my life!
I was on this app for about a year. This past December, I matched with the love of my life. Now I’m not saying this will work for everyone cuz it definitely took time to find each other. This app is definitely more personal and gives more information on potential partners than tinder or bumble. We’ve been dating for 2 months now & I can’t believe I get to wake up with the love of my life. Thank you MeetMindful! 🙏🏼
Beautiful and Unaffordable
By Mystic Mathias
This is one of the nicest apps I’ve used for meeting people. It also has the highest subscription price I’ve ever seen. As well as some confining limitations for basic accounts.
This app is different from others by asking mindful questions and prioritizing holistic matchmaking. In other words “text”. They are charging a premium for different “text”.
This dating app is terrible. The people on it are not mindful at all. And they’re the same people every week. On top of it, they have the misleading and subversive policy to auto renew the membership. So, I wasn’t even aware i was being charged until I looked at my bank statement. Now I’m being charged for 2 months I didn’t use. And there is no customer service phone or e-mail. If the developers are reading this, please contact me because I would appreciate a refund.
Don’t waste you money or your time!
By looking for my guy
Worse dating site ever. They tantalize you with possible matches but once you sign up and pay the matches they entice you with are fake and then they send you no matches. Criminals!
Free version too limited
I appreciate advanced services for a price. I’ll likely upgrade but when the timing is right.
Keeping the free version without the ability to message feels predatory and out of alignment with a stated altruistic desire to help mindful people meet. I keep getting all these likes but can’t see them. And I don’t seem to be matching perhaps because i am not being shown their profiles or at least timely? I suggest make it so that those who like get served in that matches dailies as a priority. That would be more in alignment with your mission.
Give people what they want
From a UX designer's perspective.
This app feels "difficult" to use because everything the user wants is not accessible to them, and the app ends up not really solving the problem it intends to.
Why? Instead of anticipating their basic needs, this app fights against the user's needs by pushing their agenda to pay for basic features.
The user then feels manipulated and frustrated, and this gets reinforced over and over again, building a negative relationship with the app. Not good!
I would also say that the developers are being too rigid about their pay philosophy and end up ignoring new ideas that don't fit that philosophy. At what expense? Are there consequences to that choice that impact the app's popularity, or ability to thrive and build momentum and gain a following? Does that in turn affect the bottom line for funding the team and better functionality? Questions worth checking out.
(A great app's user journey is so natural it isn't even felt by the user - it anticipates their needs and makes design and functionality decisions that align with that.)
The pay structure philosophy goes in direct opposition to the average user's primary goals, which is why so many keep bringing that up as a point of frustration. While I get it in theory, it's worth considering what the consequences are to this decision and evaluating if it's really in anybody's favor to do that.
Seems to me like this choice alone may be bottlenecking an already-limited niche user base and cutting its legs off right out the gate. This is probably going to be felt most in areas where the mindful lifestyle is still catching on or in less populated areas. It also alienates the user who just won't pay for dating apps on principle. They need to be considered and engaged in some way too.
If users in a bottleneck area end up paying for premium, and they can't find who they're looking for, they feel like their money was wasted, they don't tell their friends, word of mouth suffers, the app loses traction where it could have been gaining. It also becomes less likely for the average user to have a satisfying experience with it.
- consider removing the paywall until you have more users to justify the cost to the user
- offer other ways to get past the wall that furthers your business goals in a way that doesn't dead end the user experience so dramatically
- get crowdfunding to fix the bugs and fund the team until the user base is large enough to pay to support it
- hire a UX person to help reimagine the user journey, strategy and implementation (crowdfunding, intern or professional volunteer)
- this question a UX professor asked me once: "A good app advertises itself. What are you going to build into your app experience to get people to share it and bring in new users?"
(build in a way for people to naturally share your app as an essential part of an average user journey - so many ways to do this that still aligns with your mission)
- unlock basic features
- relaunch a new version by invite only with lots of hype time to generate a diverse, well populated crowd (crowdfunding is great for that too)
- partner with similar-mission companies with a similar user base
- look at what the average user is used to from other apps to and commit to meeting or exceeding those expectations as a non-negotiable standard for success
- design a user journey to deliver the maximum value possible based on their goals
- basically, basic features should not be limited; browse should not be held hostage by the team's need to get paid. those are separate issues that can be solved with creativity - think about funding and functionality as standalone issues
- look for other ways to solve the intentionality problem beyond pay walls (not all users will want to pay; not all users who don't pay are not intentional in their search. look for ways for all to have a satisfying experience)
- instead of spending money on ads, keep the money to fund a promo, or try giving each user incentives to share the app with conscious friends for a free month if somebody signs up
- do a promo for 3 months for 99 cents of premium like Spotify - entice free users to pay something
I feel that this app has a ton of potential. It's a refreshing concept. It's a great beginning to a solution of a problem with great opportunity.
I want it to succeed. The current methods are really limiting it from taking off. The reviews here are a great testament to that.
It's hard creating something unconventional and getting negative feedback. I think your team really cares and it seems they're working hard to stay kind and understanding in the face of all that. I can appreciate that and respect it. But if the user's perspective matters, the frustration is also valid and worthy of more serious attention and serious resolution.
I hope to see this become wildly successful! Hats off to all your dedication and efforts so far - keep going!
Promising but immature
The app itself is great. Based on the questions and format of the app I feel like my profile on meet mindful is extremely deep and reflective about who I am.
However...there’s not a lot of people on this app. And there are a noticeable amount of blank profiles.
I’m a free user and I’ve matched with other free users but in order for us to know one of us us liked the other, one of has to be a paying user. So the app is a bit exploitative of that.
Supposedly I try to message each person I’ve liked to find the person who’s liked me back but I would have to try and message EVERY single person I’ve liked, get the ‘no they haven’t liked you modal’ and eventually find the person who has liked me back.....
The payment plan is way too expensive and in short is exploitative. I should pay for advanced features. The ability to know who’s liked me and message them is not an advanced feature.
High potential; low delivery.
Great questions, but it almost seems like the more you fill them out, the less interest you get.
Few people actually write back... maybe it’s just me, but I’ve tried to pursue authentic questions and conversations and keep it light hearted.
Paid subscriptions don’t seem worth it at all... they bait you into them, but the lack of users and the somewhat cumbersome app—as much as I theoretically prefer the depth potential of it—have yielded essentially zero results other than a consistent loss of time and money.
Match or Tinder has honestly been the best so far, but that’s just my experience in my area (Michigan).
Frustrated by model, love format
By Chulie Z
UPDATE: I finally took the bait and paid for premium. And the app still won’t let me do anything that’s not free. I have the receipt and it’s saying I still need to upgrade, but I’m not going to pay AGAIN for this. Honestly I searched the app and website and anywhere I could find for customer service or a contact form and I haven’t found any way of contacting you about this issue except for right here. So unfortunately my customer service complaint is now also part of my review. Please get in touch so we can straighten things out. Thank you! I want SO BADLY to like this app. Honestly I’m rooting for you, and my experience is just consistently frustrating.
Ps here’s my actual review:
First of all, I think the questions we get to fill out are the best of any dating app I’ve been on in terms of finding people who are cool and deep and intentional. So I appreciate how much bio space there is for good questions not just surface things.
But why even pretend to have a free version of the service when you actively keep people who like me out of my daily matches so by definition I will never make a connection for free? It seems ridiculous that I sat on this app for a month without a single connection.
I get that you’re trying to be a paid app and I respect that, but then don’t pretend to have a free version. Bc really you actually don’t provide any free services and it feels shady to have to figure that out on my own.
Would love to hear from you wonderful folks creating this. 🙌🏼💕
Bait and switch
Just a scheme for full version with no trial access. No thank you.
They don’t have a enough options.
There isn’t a ‘None’ check for religion/ ‘Don’t Believe’ for astrology. Your forced to be religious and believe in concepts or be the creepy person who clicks ‘Rather Not Say’, which is also not the issue. They also lack ‘Outgrew’ for cigarettes and alcohol. For a site that gets to the heart of things you can’t really represent yourself accurately.
On top of that, your daily matches are completely random. Half of them don’t have a profile filled out. There is no algorithm that will match you with say other vegans or sober people. So your daily 10 consistent of alcoholics who eat anything. They don’t do the most basic job they have, matching people.
Craptastic at letting you interact with the app before committing money. Seriously only 3 likes a day and you can see only 10 profiles a day with basic. You cannot make a decision to throw down $ with such pitiful options. You can’t even see who liked you so you can choose to pay to respond to them.
Love the concept but their implementation leaves too much on the table.
Love the intention!
This app is completely different than any that I’ve ever seen. I love the way that it really gets to the core of who you are. The lifestyle filters are helpful to be able to determine if someone is a good fit.
It seems that it’s not widely adopted yet, so the selection of individuals limited. But then, I’m really only looking for one person. 😉
The match, then message approach leaves things a bit more to the algorithmic fates than I’d like. But, the premium feature allows you to message anyone, which cuts through the red tape.
Overall, I love the intention and approach to this app!
No new matches each day
I really wanted the other bad reviews to be wrong. This app generates 10 match previews each day that are supposed to be new and unique. I’ve been on this app for four days and so far every single day has repeated at least five of the same matches the day before and today I only have two new unique matches out of 10.
I live in the Pennsylvania/Washington DC area and my mile radius is over 120 miles, age range 40-55. You cannot tell me that there are not 10 unique matches within that mile radius and age range! To upgrade, the cost of one week is the same cost as one month on other apps.
I have liked five people - even with all of the limitations. Unless they like me too there’s no way to start up a conversation. I have to agree with the other reviews that the algorithms are not set up for you to meet mindful but to pay for an overpriced app that doesn’t even do the basics it said it would.
Not gonna waste my time.
Overpriced, not enough users, not enough options
Too expensive for the user base. Maybe if there were more people using the site it might be worth it. Also you don’t have the option to browse by race. For people who prefer dating people of a specific race this forces you to view all possible matches of any race. I don’t want to pay for a service that enforces an ideology on me especially when no one uses this site for how expensive it is.
Signed up for premium, got charged, and still unable to access the premium features. Not worth the hassle
Not worth your money
This app is the worst. After 6 days and several repeats in my daily matches, I have run out of local matches. I paid for the premium subscription. I live in Chicago. I’ve even expanded my searches to the largest radius possible and I still only see repeats, and I have yet to have a conversation with anyone. It’s too bad bc I think this has a lot of potential, but there are not enough users on here. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. I did.
Billed twice / Wouldn’t make it right
I recently signed up for premium and they billed me twice for it. When I contacted them they refused to do anything about it.
I would never give this a company another penny of my money ever again.
From before my most recent issue:
Rarely works and when it does it works poorly. I’ve had to reinstall it (and rewrite my profile) several times in the last six months and it still doesn’t work. Too bad. Nice idea.
Looking at the responses from reviews the past two weeks makes me think the developers are scammers. Despite nearly every review saying the app is buggy or doesn’t work they apologize and suggest we contact them for support. HELLO! When everyone is having problems your app is lousy and you should fix it.
Note to developers: The same apology over and over again becomes meaningless when you refuse to fix your app!
By Josh Whedon
the app sends me a notification “XXX liked you, go to your daily matches and see if it’s mutual.” when i open my daily notifications, that XXX person is nowhere to be seen among the 10 “free” matches. but then the app says “if you want to see all matches, buy premium”.
this happened every time i get a supposed “match” notification.
so this app only wants to force you to buy premium by using tricks like this.
The app has SO much potential. It is definitely centered around the core of who you are and want to be, so you can really see who might be a match or not.
With that said, it’s definitely set up to make you pay for premium. If someone “likes” you (and you’re a free subscriber), they will NEVER be in your daily 10, so you won’t ever get to actually speak with them. I say this because I’ve been on for a month, have many people that have liked me, but none of them have ever come through my dailies. You might be thinking, well there are a lot of people on the site. No. I am getting sent repeats, so that’s not the case. I’m in LA, so there are plenty of people for repeats to not be needed.
For an app sent on being a better person, you’d hope they’d set people up for success in finding a partner, not just setting the algorithm in a skeezy way by baiting them to pay the ridiculously high subscription rate. I believe dating apps should be rated on how quickly you’re able to get off. At this pace, I won’t even make a connection that I am interested in for another year or two. TIME WASTE.
I just purchased the “premium” membership for a week tontey it out but it wont allow me to do what it should. Is this a bug or should I consider canceling my membership. Please help!
It may not be a bug at all. Maybe there’s actually no such thing as a Premium account? As with many other reviews after I paid for the Premium upgrade nothing changed - even after logging out and back in.
Not having this bug fixed after so much time and so many comments is a clear indication of how “mindful” they really are.
Good idea, bad business model
Paid subscription for half a year.
The idea is great. Finding someone who is on a spiritual or similar journey is a ley factor for many of us.
Unfortunately the business model doesn’t allow the idea to flourish much: it’s a sea of ghost profiles. Unless they make it free (like Hinge, etc.) it’ll probably disappear to a competitor who does.
By Tamara Star
So refreshing. I felt very alienated and like prey on several mainstream dating apps. Here at Mindful I feel empowered and connected to Myself which helps me be more clear about who else I want to explore and let into my life. Thank you for creating this App.
No way to contact support
I signed up for the “premium” account. It definitely went through my bank account. But I can’t browse any matches and it continually tells me to sign up for a premium account. When I go to that link it says I’m already signed up. Unfortunately, there is no one to contact. I can’t find any help except for some generally published help articles. I hope I didn’t just throw that $30 down the drain, when I could get just as much use out of the free version.
Location search needed
Just signed up and the two people I liked are both in San Francisco and I live near Washington DC… Doesn’t seem like that’s a good match.
I am trying to be hopeful about this app...
Hello. I love this concept and idea of this tdating app. But I’m not sure why I’m not getting any likes. Just like every other dating app. I wonder what else I could do, I feel people aren’t even seeing my profile. Also it tells me I have a message when I don’t. I really wanted to give app a 5 star because I was so hopeful but I guess it’s the same 😕
Second time around
I signed on originally over a year ago and decided to try it again tonight. The updates are obvious abd are an improvement. The last star is missing because the photos cannot be enlarged and I'm not sure yet if you can send attachments within messages..
A solid dating app!
I only met and dated smart, sophisticated, and mature women on meetmindful. All with warm hearts, accomplished, and with good values—humanists and progressives at their core.
In fact, I met the love of my life on Meetmindful, and we’re deeply in love.
It’s not for everyone. This system works for mature people with a higher level of intention and emotional intelligence.
I made a payment via my iTunes account and it still says I should upgrade to premium. Kindly pls reply me back as soon as you can.
A different dating app
Focuses on the importance of real relationship.
Sound app, easy to employ SiddersCA
App has a lot of issues for paid users
Multiple times during my paid subscription the app did not recognize me as a paid user and kept prompting me to purchase (again). I reached out to meet mindful both times and received “we’re updating the app!” responses. Felt like such a waste of time (in addition to lost money) that I stopped checking the app altogether. Please do a better job with fixing the glitches in your app. The “chat” line is a joke—back in 30 min, more like not actually manned. And while I received a response the first time within 24 hours. The second time it took 5 days for them to respond. While the app and ads looks polished they need to spend more time and energy on app functionality and operations.
The WORST dating site ever
Signed up for premium membership. Very few matches, very glitchy website, micromanaged experience where options are limited.
Cancelled my subscription the day after I paid for it, then 3 months later they charged my credit card again!!! Still attempting to get refund but very poor service
Go with any other site for a better experience
App Doesn’t Work
I’ve tried downloading the apps several times on different days. Each day nothing populates in the app.
Higher quality dates immediately!
Great support. Took a little persistence but remedied the situation fairly quickly. Appreciate being able to contact like minded women
Mediocre App Somehow Acceptable?
Odd how my review mysteriously disappeared! Ok, let’s make this one fairly short. If you all are going to have an app (especially a paid one) you need to produce a product that works and that people can actually use. I read the reviews here and it’s like being in the Twilight Zone. Endless users complain about a buggy app yet nothing is done about the problem. I experienced it for myself and deleted my account. I don’t see how you all can stay in any kind of business with such an outstanding issue! Elephant in the room folks!
Interesting but glitchy
By Sibley Dweller
I like the idea of this! It makes me slow down and pay attention to who I "like" since you only have a limited number of matches and likes a day. The interface is kind of glitchy though and isn't as intuitive as other apps I've used
Not very mindful
Be careful as they use model looking pictures to get you to sign up for their premium benefits. Just got scammed as “liked” the guy, paid for a month so I could message him and bam then another picture, not the original one I saw appeared. Plus they lied on location and omitted even his profile write ups. Was shocked but only after they got my money did I even see the “real” person. Not only is this unethical it is not very mindful. Karma bites!
Long Way to Go
I joined Meetmindful for like a day. At some point I could not log into the app on my iPhone and the site was buggy on my laptop as well. I initially had trouble trying to delete my account but ultimately I found a way to get it to work thankfully. In the short time I was on the site I was not at all impressed with the profiles I viewed. There were a number of liberal haters which was the last thing I would have expected from this site. All of the guys were quite unattractive physically (bad photos, unkempt) and in what they had to say. What a shame. Y’all are going to have to bump up your game if you want to continue to stay in business. Glitchy apps with limited users are not going to get anyone anywhere.
Surprised to have found my twinsie/soul mate
I downloaded this app thinking I’d meet more friends since I’m new to the area. But alas, the very first guy I met, quickly discovered was my twin, my needle in a haystack, my ride-or-die, my fellow dreamer. I’m so grateful I responded to that Facebook ad. My life single was good, and now it’s good to with a best friend and lover by my side ;)
Oh if you’re curious to see us, look up “lilli and Charles” “what are you doing New Year’s Eve” on YouTube or Facebook.
Couple things about it. Sure there are less people than say tinder or bumble, because for one it’s newer, and for two the people seem to have more quality on it. I never paid for subscription personally so I would t have any opinion about rates. The free version worked for me!
Met someone magical!
I honestly just gave this a try because I was so sick of the other apps. Surprise surprise I think I may have met my soul mate! You don’t have to swipe left or right on anybody and it feels SO good. Thanks MeetMindful for bringing us together
Glitchy. Paid for premium and never got it - stay on the free version
By I Adore these conversations!
Super glitchy app. Ripped off. Paid for the premium services and never got the premium access. Customer service is only available via FB messenger and never responded. Truly dissatisfied- great concept but terrible execution...also you keep showing me the same matches day after day..
Get better developers!
Worst app experience of all the apps I have. Love the concept and demographic. Yes not many people but that part of the charm too. The iPhone X experience is horrible. Crashes, top buttons are unusable on some screens and all you can do is force close the app and launch it again. Free apps do a better job than this paid one.
Great concept... do the free for a week and see. I paid and within 2 days almost no one was coming up within a 100 mile radius. Save the money.
Nice people, technical issues
By Leigh Goldfish
So far people I’m meeting are more polite but I just paid for premium and it keeps saying I have paid for it but won’t let me do anything that comes with the premiere service 😞 a notice keeps popping up saying I need to sign up for that and then when I click to sign up again it says I’m already signed up... hoping someone can contact me Monday and trying to stay zen about this.
Terrible UI and Buggy
Great concept, terrible absolutely terrible UI and buggy too. Sending messages with the system is like digging nails into your hand, any other program works better. Finally questions could be better, for example you can say you have kids or want kids, but you can’t say you have kids and want more kids... lots of problems like these also with the actual information design. App should be rebuilt from the ground up using better code and a better UX professional.
Waste of time
This app is a complete waste of time. I doubt that the supposed “matches” see you as a “match”. This app is geared toward getting your money and forced you to become a premium “paying” member.