Gaystryst ReviewThe simplest way to date a gay
Free sign up and paid 3-day trial
Numerous safety and security features
Easy reporting available to increase safety
Full audio and video chat features available
Pros & Cons
- Good software
- Audio and video chat
- Like gallery
- Problems with billing
- Time-limited messages
Plans & Pricing
You can join GaysTryst for free. This will give you access to the Like Gallery and profile searches. However, you can’t message anyone and you can’t read any of the messages you receive.
You’ll also be reminded every few minutes by offers of 30% and 40% discounts.
If you are going to join, I recommend waiting for the 40% offer. Just check your emails or spend a few minutes on the site—an offer will pop-up eventually. The following prices have a 30% discount applied, as we have never seen anything less than this being offered.
- 1 Day = £0.99 per day
- 1 Week = £10.44 (£2.13 per day)
- 1 Month = £29.99 (£1.53 per day)
- 3 Months = £65.37 (£1.11 per day)
GaysTryst is a gay dating site owned by Together Networks Holdings Limited, a brand connected to numerous dating websites. This site is aimed at connecting men who are seeking romance with other men. They boast a large group of singles on their site that you can easily search for by likes and dislikes.
Ease of Use
Signing up to GaysTryst is fairly simple. You will have to provide some basic details, such as your email address, password, and date of birth, before gaining access to this dating site’s features and sizable membership.
GaysTryst has been accused of sending fake messages to new users. They only allow you to read and respond to messages when you have a premium account, and so users argue that they send you fake messages to make you curious.
Sometimes, dating sites are sly. They’ll ask their customer support team to create accounts and then send sporadic messages to new users. Other times, they just use bots and send messages to every new member.
In my opinion, GaysTryst falls into the latter category.
I joined the site to put this accusation to the test. In anticipation, I set my location to the most remote part of the UK and used a picture of a chimpanzee.
On previous tests, I have simply Googled “ugly man” and used the least appealing picture I could find. But that leaves room for people to argue that “there’s someone for everyone”, which, in turn, means they can argue for the messages being real. After all, attractiveness is subjective.
I wanted to remove all doubt.
My age was set to “78” and my status to “monkeying around”.
To my surprise, the image was automatically rejected. I thought that was a good sign. Maybe they were paying more attention than I had given them credit for.
As I studied this rejection message, mere seconds after joining, two messages came in from “other members”. I quickly ran a search for another suitable image, and after a few minutes, I had received another 8 messages.
Throughout this time, there was no profile image or information on my account, only a “monkeying around” status, which looked completely random now it was no longer accompanied by a wizened old chimp.
The problem with this tactic is that not everyone will understand those messages are fake. Imagine how a real 78-year-old would have reacted in my shoes.
They live in a small town with only a handful of residents. It’s Sunday evening, they have nothing to do. They’re lonely, bored, and so they join a dating site. Before they know it, they are contacted by a dozen young men (because all of these messages came from men aged between 20 and 40).
But before they can respond, they have to whip out their credit card and pay a subscription.
They will do it, and when they do, they’ll read those messages, respond hopefully, and then receive nothing but silence in return.
To make matters worse, these messages have a timer on them. If you don’t join within 60 minutes, they are deleted and lost forever.
Of course, the owners of this site will argue that no such tactics are used. Maybe they’re right. There is a chance (a very small chance) that all of these young men genuinely were interested in a 78-year-old who didn’t have any picture or profile info and just might have been a chimpanzee.
There is also a chance that they were online at the exact moment that I joined and sent a message within 2 or 3 seconds.
I have my doubts.
One of the great things about GayTryst is the number of messages you’ll receive, even without a profile picture or filling out your profile. After a few more minutes, I accumulated 22 messages in total.
These were sent in batches of 10 to 12, all at 1-minute intervals, and with a break of 10 minutes in between. All accounts had little to no information, just a name, age, and picture. Based on some of these pictures, I’d guess that most were actually taken by users in the USA, and not Scotland, as their locations suggested.
Some of the other features on GaysTryst include the Like Gallery, whereby you can search through multiple pictures and “Love” the ones you like, and Flirtcast, which gives you some icebreaker ideas.
GaysTryst lets you Block users if they pester you, and there are “Report” options as well.
Many users have complained about repeat and unauthorised billing. They also say that you need to phone the USA to cancel your subscription.
If you ever have such an issue, I recommend contacting your bank first. Tell them to cancel any authorisations and make sure they don’t take money from your account in the future.
Surprisingly, the GaysTryst support team has tried to stem the flow of bad reviews by responding to them and offering assistance. I can’t attest to the quality of customer support when contacting via email or phone, but there seem to be no issues in that regard.
Phone SupportPhone support is available at 0-808-271-1599.
Online dating sites don’t like being accused of having fake accounts and sending automated messages. For some of them, it’s incredibly hard to prove. In this case, however, it’s glaringly obvious. It doesn’t matter what they say, it’s hard to avoid this fact.
I’m not the only one saying this, either. GaysTryst review pages are littered with headlines like “Blatant Scam Site” and “Piece of Trash”. I’m not paraphrasing, those are actual review headlines.
Of course, you can’t control angry customers and sometimes they exaggerate and accuse you of things you didn’t do just to vent.
But in this case, I’ve seen those things myself, and I have to side with the reviewers.
If you’re looking for an honest online dating site, this isn’t it.