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OnlyFans is a popular social media platform enabling users to enjoy sharing and viewing content that’s a little bit too saucy for Instagram. If you’re interested in the company, how it works, subscribing to a profile, or setting one up yourself, you’ve probably got some questions.

If you are interested in starting an OnlyFans page, there might be a bunch of questions that you’re asking yourself right now. Luckily, we have the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the OnlyFans platform and how it works. You might be asking these same questions and think “wow, they are reading my mind”.

If you have any questions that are not listed here, then you may find the answer elsewhere online (Google, Reddit, etc.). When you’re starting out with something like OnlyFans, it’s always a good idea to know what you’re getting into first so you can hit the ground running. The more informed you are about OnlyFans, the better you know about how it works (and what to do).

The following questions are separated by different sections (General Info, Earning Money, etc.). You can skip to the section you’re looking for or read through the FAQ in its entirety. Let’s start with the general information:

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General Information

How does OnlyFans work?

OnlyFans uses a subscription-based model for its content creators. In other words, you will have content creators who will charge subscribers on a monthly basis (or beyond) based on the prices they set. Subscribers will have access to content that is exclusive to their subscribers (and cannot be found anywhere else outside of OnlyFans). Users can be able to follow these accounts on OnlyFans, but some of the content that is published will be restricted to subscribers and not fans who follow them for free.

OnlyFans content creators can earn money through various methods. Of course, there are the subscriptions. Plus, you’ll be able to earn extra through tips, selling standalone content, pay-per-view messages, and more. You’ll be able to earn more money in addition to just subscriptions alone.

Who Owns OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is owned by Fenix International Limited. While little is known about its parent company, one of the key players of OnlyFans is Leonid Radvinsky. He also owns the cam site MyFreeCams.com.

Where is OnlyFans based?

OnlyFans is currently based in London, England, United Kingdom. However, the website is international and payments are primarily handled in US dollars to reflect that.

Who was the founder of OnlyFans?

OnlyFans was originally founded by Tim Stokeley, working with his brother Thomas. Stokeley had a history of setting up websites that were similar in theory to OnlyFans, with some focus on adult content. However, it is only when Leonid Radvinsky became director of the parent company that OnlyFans really ramped up the adult side of the business.

Who uses OnlyFans?

OnlyFans has content creators across various niches. These include creators who do fitness modeling, regular modeling, cosplay, adult modeling and films, cam girls, musicians, and so many others. Contrary to popular belief, OnlyFans is not a porn site (despite the fact it allows adult content).

You can be able to use OnlyFans as a content creator or as someone who wants to be a follower (and eventual subscriber) of the platform. Either way, it’s a great platform for anyone who might be fans of a certain niche or wants to further establish themselves as an authority like a fitness coach or musician.

Is OnlyFans bad for society?

Despite what the media spits out about OnlyFans, it’s not bad for society. The reason why this narrative is being peddled about the site being considered “bad” is that it allows pornographic material. So it can be easily assumed that it’s a porn site (despite the fact that there are content creators that never bare all).

Because of this, there have been content creators who have felt uncomfortable with the idea of showing their face on the site (let alone starting an account of their own). It’s easy for people to spread misinformation and lies. And it’s just as easy for other people to believe in them.

Whether you are a content creator or a subscriber, you are welcome to use the site as long as you are over 18 years of age. But it is not as bad as some people make it out to be.

Is OnlyFans banning adult content?

Back in 2021, OnlyFans did attempt to ban adult content from its website. The plan was to move to a site that permitted risque content, but nothing explicit. The theory was that the website had been through some scandals, and it wanted to float on the stock exchange, so needed to clean up its image.

The move caused a huge shockwave in the industry, followed by a massive backlash from creators who felt they were being unfairly treated after generating so much income for the site within the last few years.

Very quickly (within less than a week) OnlyFans reversed the decision and decided to keep allowing adult content. While nothing has changed since, some creators do now have trust issues with OnlyFans, amid fears that the site could make a similar move again in the future.

As such, more and more alternatives to OnlyFans are sprouting up, claiming to offer a safe haven for adult creators with promises to never ban adult content.

Earning Money

How do you make money on OnlyFans?

As mentioned before, you can make money on OnlyFans in so many ways. For one, subscriptions can be a great way to start. From there, you can earn more money through tips (which you can suggest each time you post content). You can also sell custom-made content (and other standalone content) packages for your followers and subscribers.

There are plenty of ways to maximize your earning potential on OnlyFans. It will also depend on the audience that you appeal to. That’s why it’s important to “know your market” so you have a good idea of what they like and the kind of content they are looking for.

The happier your audience is, the more they will continue to pay you regularly for subscriptions and other extras. Also, creating content on a regular basis is one great way to keep your audience happy. Do you think they’ll keep paying if you haven’t been active in a while?

Can content creators get paid via PayPal?

While PayPal tends to be the preferred payment method for earning money online, there is no official support between the payment gateway and OnlyFans at this time.

However, there are some electronic wallets that are supported by OnlyFans (but are only available to non-US residents).

Can you use OnlyFans without a bank account?

It will depend on where you are in the world. This option is not possible if you are a US content creator since your money will only be transferred to a bank account. As mentioned, there is no support between OnlyFans and PayPal at this time.

However, if you live outside of the United States you are able to receive a payout using any compatible e-Wallet (i.e. non-Paypal). However, it would be recommended that you link a bank account to OnlyFans as a way to receive the money in the event that something were to happen with your eWallet.

Do content creators on OnlyFans pay taxes?

Yes. Since they are creating money that is not through an employer, they are considered self-employed. However, depending on where you are in the world (and how much you make), you may still need to pay taxes.

For example, if you live in the United States and make more than $600 a year then you’ll need to report your income. OnlyFans will issue you a 1099 Misc. form that you will use to file your taxes. You may also qualify for tax deductions so that your tax bill can be reduced.

It’s important to consider keeping your personal and business expenses separate if the goal is to pay a lesser tax bill. For example, if you purchase a camera with the intent of creating better quality OnlyFans content, consider it a “business” expense as opposed to a personal one.

Will OnlyFans show up on my taxes?

The short answer: no. While you do need to describe your occupation on the relevant tax forms, you don’t need to specify that your income comes from OnlyFans. You can identify yourself as a “content creator” as your occupation when filing for self-employment taxes (if applicable).

Where do you promote your OnlyFans page?

There are plenty of ways to promote your OnlyFans page. One of the most popular ways to do this is via social media. You can promote your OnlyFans on platforms like Twitter, Reddit, or even Instagram.

With promo posts, you’ll need to be aware of what’s allowed on the platform. While Twitter and Reddit are two platforms that allow adult content, Instagram will not allow it. So be careful when choosing an image for your promo post on platforms where adult content is disallowed.

Another tip to keep in mind is where to post your OnlyFans link. You can post it on your profile bio so you can direct your followers to the page. The more followers, the more subscribers you can get in the future.


Can OnlyFans Be Anonymous?

Absolutely! It might be a good idea to go anonymous if you are using OnlyFans for creating specific content (i.e. adult content). This means you can use a stage name if you so choose. For example, you can use a currently existing stage name.

If you don’t have a stage name, some OnlyFans name ideas can come to mind out of the blue (or based on comments left by followers on other social media platforms). One tip to keep in mind is that your stage name should be as far away from your real name as possible.

What are some OnlyFans username ideas you can think of?

If you need an OnlyFans username idea to stay anonymous, here are a few hints to consider. First, take a look at your social media. Is there a username that you use consistently? If the answer is yes, that can be the username you can use on OnlyFans (assuming no one takes it).

Your username should be unique to you. It should match your personality or the stage name that you created. Once again, it’s very important to consider the idea of keeping it as far away from your real name as possible.

User FAQ

Is OnlyFans for simps?

There has been this stigma going around saying that OnlyFans subscribers are “simps”. The important thing to note is that just because there are those out there who subscribe to content creators on OnlyFans, doesn’t mean they’re simps.

They can be willing to spend money on their favorite content creator or buy something for them on their Amazon wishlist. They are doing something on their own time and on their own terms.

Are OnlyFans subscriptions anonymous?

Yes and no. The “yes” is based on the username that the content creator sees. Technically, you could use your name as your username (which may make you less anonymous).

To address the “no” part of the answer, you still need to use your real name if you are connecting a payment method like a credit card. Of course, they need to know if it is the real you before you go forward and subscribe to your favorite content creators.

Why is OnlyFans declining my card?

If your card is declined, it can be one of a few things. One of the most common issues is insufficient funds. So make sure that you have enough on your card before making a purchase.

Also, check to see if your card is up to date. You may need to update the card should it be close to the expiration date (at this point, you should receive a new card from your bank).

Are there content creators on OnlyFans with free subscriptions?

There are some content creators that offer free subscriptions. However, fewer content creators offer those compared to the many who have paid subscriptions on their page. If you want to subscribe to a few free pages, you can do just that.

But just remember, the best things in life aren’t always free.

Can you pay for subscriptions on OnlyFans with a prepaid card?

Absolutely. A prepaid card works just like a debit card. However, just make sure you have enough money on the card before making purchases such as leaving tips, receiving pay-per-view messages, or additional content.

You can purchase prepaid cards at almost any retail store like Walmart, CVS, Dollar General, etc.

What is an OnlyFans Viewer Tool?

Some websites claim to be able to let you view premium OnlyFans content for free using their own viewer tool. This is supposed to be a way around paying to see hidden content. Not only are these viewer tools unethical, but they don't really work either.

Most websites claiming to be able to let you view premium content for free are scamming you. You are likely to just lose your money, or download a virus if you try to download any free tool.

Plus, even if they did work, you're essentially stealing. And not from a large company – you're primarily stealing from independent creators who work hard to earn their living. It's not moral to even try – if you want to see someone's content, you should pay for that privilege.

Does OnlyFans have an app?

OnlyFans does not have a downloadable app for smartphones. No adult websites do – they are banned from the Google Play and Apple stores since adult content is not permitted to be part of these apps.

That doesn't mean the websites like OnlyFans aren't mobile-friendly. Indeed they are designed to be viewed primarily on mobile. Many people will set up a bookmarked link and add it to their phone's home screen, to work almost like an app.

But you won't find any official apps in the app stores for your phone. Anything you do see will be unofficial and should be avoided.


What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a social media platform which enables creators to share content in any format they like, including adult content of a pornographic nature. 

Users can also subscribe to creator content subscriptions which start at around $3 a month, with additional paid extras like private messages and tips on offer. 

What Kind Of Content is Posted on OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is mainly adult content, but it can be used for other reasons, such as sharing nutritional and fitness plans and content. 

Which Celebrities have OnlyFans Accounts?

Released reports detail that the following celebrities are just some of the famous people who have OnlyFans accounts, as of May 2020:

  • Daniella Westbrook 
  • Megan Barton Hanson
  • Katie Salmon
  • Blac Chyna
  • Danielle Lloyd
  • Kerry Katona
  • Safaree Samuels
  • Erica Mena
  • The-Dream
  • Cassanova
  • Dorinda Medley

Why is OnlyFans Better than Normal Porn?

A lot of people might be turned off by heavy porn, and prefer a more intimate experience. Creators on OnlyFans can provide more of a fantasy experience tailored to the overall desires and requests of subscribers, all whilst retaining control of their content and overall niche. 

Did the 2020 Coronavirus Make OnlyFans More Popular?

According to some media sources, OnlyFans saw a 75% increase in signups since the 2020 pandemic forced lockdowns across the world. With overall social media usage continuing to rise year on year, OnlyFans expects to see a continued rise in signups overall. 

Who Are the Best OnlyFans Accounts? 

According to several top articles, some of the best pornstars on OnlyFans are:

  • Riley Reid
  • Mia Malkova
  • Adriana Chechik
  • Nicole Aniston
  • Stephanie Santiago
  • King Noire
  • Alexis Texas
  • Lena Paul
  • Havana Ginger
  • Emily Willis
  • Lisa Ann
  • Angela White
  • In Love With JoJo
  • Jack The Rippher
  • Dillion Harper

Check out the top OnlyFans creators here.

Does OnlyFans Offer a Free Trial?

OnlyFans does not offer a free trial. However, creators may choose to offer subscribers free, time-limited access to their accounts. Some accounts are totally free.

Is OnlyFans illegal?

You may genuinely be wondering, “Is OnlyFans Illegal“? It's a fairly popular question. But we can assure you that OnlyFans is a legitimate website, and the content on there is all legal. Creators must sign up with their ID to prove that they are of legal age to create content, and any creators found to be posting illegal content will be banned by the website.

The general use of the OnlyFans website – with creators sharing content behind a paywall, and people using the site to buy that content – is absolutely legal. The only time it may stray into illegal territory would be if creators were using the site to facilitate meeting up with followers to offer adult services.

Again, any creator found to be breaking the terms of use in this way would be removed from the site.

Can you buy OnlyFans merch?

OnlyFans does have its own merch store where users and creators can buy official merchandise, featuring the OnlyFans log. Items include clothing, tote bags, hats, pillows, mugs, and more.

OnlyFans has also partnered with Teespring to allow creators to sell their own line of merch through their page. This feature was added in 2022 and lets creators choose items to be printed with their own imagery.


Can OnlyFans See Who Follows Them?

No, they can’t. You get a fan number that is assigned, and the only way that you can reveal your identity is with a manual name change. 

How Does an OnlyFans Subscription Work?

A creator's content is hidden until you subscribe to them, for the price they set. You then get access to everything they share, with potential optional extras to pay more for, including private messages. 

Can You Use OnlyFans For Free?

You can’t use OnlyFans for free unless a creator provides you with a free trial link or they have set their subscription to ‘free'.

Creators always have to pay a percentage of their earnings to OnlyFans.

Can OnlyFans See Your Email?

Your email address is amongst the ‘information you choose to give us’ section of OnlyFans so you don’t have to give it to the site. It is not listed as public information. Payments and sharing are done with third-party technology on the OnlyFans site. 

Do You Have to Show Your Face on OnlyFans?

You do not have to show your face on OnlyFans to either broadcast or view.

You don’t even need to give any personal details to sign up for a free account as a subscriber, you just have to provide acknowledgement that you are over the age of 18. 

Does OnlyFans Show on a Bank Statement?

When you make a purchase on OnlyFans you input your card details, and your bank sends a security code to your phone to check if the purchase is verified by you. 

Once you use that code and complete the purchase, your card statement will list the purchase as being made to OnlyFans. 

When Does OnlyFans Charge You as a Subscriber?

Once you agree to a transaction with a user you make a credit card transaction for an automatic payment to the user's OnlyFans account.

Alternatively, you can top up Wallet Credits on the site so that the funds in the wallet are used automatically for any auto-renew or purchase, as long as there is a sufficient amount in the wallet to pay for the services you want to use. 

How to Cancel and OnlyFans Subscription?

Cancelling a subscription to a creator on OnlyFans is easy. Users just need to head to the creator's page and click on the option for subscribing – the option will then be presented to end the subscription.

Users can also head to their own Settings page to manage all of their subscriptions in one place.

If you cancel a subscription with OnlyFans, you will still have access to the content for the remainder of the month. You won't get a refund. If you feel you want a refund, you can ask for one and OnlyFans will get back to you but it may take some time, and you will need to justify it.

Can I Get a Refund on OnlyFans?

You can't get a refund for a subscription on OnlyFans unless you have a good reason for one. Changing your mind is not a sufficient reason. If you can prove that a creator has misled you in some way, then OnlyFans may rule in your favor, and take the money back from the creator in order to refund you.


When Do I Get Paid by OnlyFans? 

You get paid by OnlyFans 5-7 days after requesting a withdrawal of funds. 

How Much Money Does OnlyFans Take from Creators?

You get around 80% of your OnlyFans earnings and OnlyFans gets around 20%. 

How Much Can I Make on OnlyFans?

OnlyFans say that you can earn between $1,499 and $7,495 per month which is based on around 1% and 5% of your followers subscribing. This can be boosted with tips and PPV messages. 

There are of course users who make more. An article in Vice featured a UK based woman named Paige who said she earns up to £20,000 (just over $25,000 dollars) a month from sexy videos and pictures uploaded on OnlyFans. There are also users who make less, such as Michaela from the Youtube video below who made just over $1,000 dollars in her first month. 

It is important to be realistic and recognize that every month will differ, and there are big differences between the smaller and larger account incomes. 

What Happens if I Create an Only Fans Account and Delete it? 

If you delete your account as a creator you will lose all current subscriptions. You will need to build them up again by creating a new account if you wish to return to the site. 

How Often Should I Post on OnlyFans?

OnlyFans allows you to post whenever you want. Some users post daily, and others weekly. It all depends on your schedule and your personal preference. It does make sense to experiment with content schedules to check how often your subscribers prefer to receive content. 

How Do You Create a Following on OnlyFans?

If you have a following on social media already, you can transfer that audience to OnlyFans, sharing new and exclusive content on that platform. 

For newbies, or those wanting to grow a following, the key seems to be finding a specific niche and giving high-quality content to subscribers within that niche. Listen to your followers and what they want. 

The more you interact, the more you will find out what they want, and your fans will feel dedicated and tended to, creating long-term loyalty and support. 

Is Content on OnlyFans Really Private? 

The media reported on leaks and privacy issues with OnlyFans after content from the site was shared. This was apparently not due to a hack, but rather, the content was not as secure as it could have been at the time. 

Since then, further security measures have been placed on the site, including subscribers only getting a black screen if they try and screenshot the content, and your attempt to take a screenshot is reported to the site automatically. 

Can OnlyFans Ruin Your Career?

It is important to recognize that placing content on OnlyFans could be an issue if you choose a future career with children. It could come up in a background check if you move to another country, or want to work for the government. 

This is particularly true with leaked OnlyFans content which can end up on the internet and is then almost impossible to eradicate completely. 

As with any sharing of sensitive, pornographic or adult material, it is important to think of the consequences and make an informed decision before doing something you might come to regret. 

Can I Sell Feet Pictures on OnlyFans?

Absolutely! You can sell foot-related content on OnlyFans including pictures (in fact, pretty much any photo you like), although the site caters mostly to live streaming and video content. (Check out the best feet fetish content here)

How Do You Stay Safe On OnlyFans?

OnlyFans published a handy blog about staying safe on the site. It lets you know how to block subscribers you feel are harassing you or crossing the line. You are also encouraged to use two-step authentication on the site to protect your account and to report if any of your content is pirated. 

Most importantly, be careful not to show or talk about any personal information such as your phone number, address, car registration, or even real name to ensure you remain protected. 

If you have more questions about OnlyFans you might find some answers on their site FAQs, or by searching here on Follower where we cover many OnlyFans topics. 

You can also reach out to OnlyFans on Twitter at @OnlyFansSupport. 

Is the OnlyFans support useful?

One of the biggest criticisms levied at OnlyFans by creators (and by users on some occasions) is the lack of quality customer support. OnlyFans is arguably a victim of its own successes – there are thousands of creators and millions of visitors to the site, and so it is hard for support questions to be answered promptly just due to the volume.

Instead, creators often lament being sent generic email responses which don't really answer their questions. There are FAQ sections on the website to help creators self-serve for support but they are not as in-depth as some rivals' sites.

Expect to wait a couple of weeks for a response to any issue or query. It may be faster than that, but these wait times have been reported widely in the past.

FAQ Summary

Whether you plan on using OnlyFans as a content creator or a subscriber, this FAQ list should serve as a guide so you know what to expect on the platform. You can earn some money as a creator or show appreciation to those who hone their craft across various niches.

As a user, there is no shame in subscribing to your favorite content creators. Even though it’s not a porn site like some people make it out to be, it’s a great place to view content that users can enjoy. If you are an aspiring content creator, what are you waiting for?

There are plenty of content ideas you can come up with and an audience that is hungry for it. Besides, you can make some serious money doing it. To see what OnlyFans is about, check it out for yourself now.