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Grindr Review

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With over 2 million daily active users in 196 countries, Grindr is the largest all-male mobile social network in the world. Since its launch in 2009, the app has grown to become a fundamental part of users’ daily lives across the globe, rivaling – and perhaps even supplanting – gay bars and online dating sites as the best way for gay men to meet.

Grindr was a trailblazer in the truest sense of the word. It was the first ever gay geosocial app to launch in the iTunes App Store. Positive reviews circulated via the gay blogosphere and word of mouth, and by 2012, the app had reached 4 million users in 192 countries with 1.1 million users online daily.

A flood of awards followed. Grindr has received multiple awards at the iDate Awards industry conference, including "Best Mobile Dating App" three times. The app was named the winner of TechCrunch's 2011 Crunchies Award for Best Location Application and About.com's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Dating App. Grindr was also selected as an Official Honoree of the 2012 Webby Awards for award-winning work in the Social (handheld devices) category.

So what's all the fuss about?

Grindr's base product is a free, ad-supported app that uses location technology in iOS and Android devices to instantly connect men with other men in their area. For a small fee, users can upgrade to Grindr Xtra, a premium subscription service, for an ad-free experience and access to additional features.

The app is visually uncluttered and extremely simple to use. To sign up, input your email and date of birth, select a password, and turn on your phone's location services. Upload a profile photo, then choose a display name and write a short “About Me” blurb to introduce yourself.

The Grindr profile's most interesting details are found in the 'Stats' section. The standard dating app fare is there – height, weight, ethnicity, body type, relationship status, looking for – but Grindr adds sections designed specifically for its gay user base. Users can indicate a preferred sexual position as well as any Tribes they belong to (Bear, Clean-cut, Geek, Jock, Otter, Poz, Twink, etc). A 'Sexual Health' section allows users to display their HIV status and last tested date.

To view possible matches, head to the cascade page. Men in your area will be displayed using geolocation. Profiles automatically load as you scroll down your cascade until you've reached the maximum number of profiles allowed. Refresh your matches by placing your finger at the top of the cascade, pulling your finger down, then releasing it.

Matches can be filtered by 'My Type' or 'Online Now.' 'My Type' includes basic filters available to all users and premium filters that are only available to paid subscribers. Use 'Fresh Faces' at the top of your matches grid to view the newest users in your area.

To view a user's profile information, swipe up anywhere on their profile photo. If you're not ready for that kind of commitment, use Peek – a long press on a cascade tile that shows a large preview of the photo without taking you to the profile information. Tap the chat bubble at the bottom right corner of the screen to access your messages.

Grindr has two messaging features that are unique to the app. The first is saved phrases for Grindr Xtra users. Saved phrases may come from messages you have sent or messages other users have sent. Store your favorites and most frequently used for easy access.

The second fun messaging feature is Gaymoji, a collection of over 500 LGBTQ-themed stickers. Use them to personalize chats in-app or text messages you send on your phone. Grindr plans to add more emojis to the collection in the future.

The majority of the app's functionality is available to free users, and though you will see ads, they're so unobtrusive that many users never feel the need to upgrade. Those who do will be able to view more matches and use more search filters, as well as chat with saved phrases and send multiple photos at once, all without banner ads.

For its ease of use, breadth of free functionality, and large user base, Grindr is an excellent option for gay men looking to test the dating app waters.

Positive Features of Grindr

  • Grindr's simple profiles make it fast and easy to set up an account and start matching
  • With more than 2 million daily active users, Grindr presents a wealth of match options
  • Grindr's profiles encourage users to be upfront about what they're looking for, simplifying the process of finding a match who shares your wants and needs
  • The free version offers complete functionality in exchange for viewing advertising; however, the ads are very unobtrusive and many users never feel the need to pay for a subscription

Negative Features of Grindr

  • Potential matches are only shown via geolocation; users cannot search for matches themselves
  • Though the simple profiles make for quick viewing, they don't delve into the deeper subject matter found on some other dating services
  • Some users find that the technology of the app's messaging system doesn't always function optimally

At a Glance

Address:
Grindr.com
Regions:
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, International
Languages:
English
Member Numbers:
Not Available ?
Cost per Month:
Free to $6.99 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Complete
Paid Upgrade

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Grindr Free Membership

  • Included:
    • Create a Profile
      • Sign-up
        • Email, Password, Date of birth, Turn on location services
      • Edit Profile
        • Display Name, About Me
        • Stats: Age (Can toggle age display on or off), Height, Weight, Ethnicity, Body Type, Position, Tribes, Relationship Status, Looking For
        • Sexual Health: HIV Status, Last Tested Date
        • Social: You can add your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook account
      • Upload Photo
        • Take a photo or choose from one of your social galleries
        • Photo review typically takes 20-45 minutes depending on volume
    • Message other members and read their messages they send you
    • Basic filtering of matches by using their general location
  • Not included:
    • No banner ads
    • See 6x the profiles, up to 600 at once
    • Unlimited blocks and favorites
    • Access to all filters and views
    • Chat easily with saved phrases
    • Send multiple photos at once

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Gay
  • Couple

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • In a Relationship
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Look For

  • Casual
  • Dating
  • Friends

Grindr Costs

  • Prices last confirmed March 27, 2017. Please check Grindr for most recent pricing
  • Two membership types: Free and Paid
  • Free Membership Includes:
    • Create a profile and add pictures
    • Send and recieve mail
    • Use of Gaymoji
    • Filtering of matches via geolocation
    • Fresh Faces (new members)
  • Paid Membership Includes:
    • All features of a free membersip
    • No advertising
    • See 6x the profiles, up to 600 at once
    • View only users who are online now
    • View only users with a profile photo
    • Unlimited blocks and favorites
    • Access to all premium filters
    • Chat easily with saved phrases
    • Send multiple photos at once
    • Purchase 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions
    • Costs (USD):
      • 1 Month for $9.99
      • 3 Months for $20.97 ($6.99 per month) - Save 30%
      • 6 Months for $29.94 ($4.99 per month) - Save 50%
      • 12 Months for $47.88 ($3.99 per month) - Save 60%
  • Grindr accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards
  • A free trial is offered once per user account
  • All subscriptions automatically renew on the same terms until cancelled

Grindr Viewing & Communication Tools

  • Profile
    • To view a user's profile information, swipe up anywhere on their profile photo
  • Photos
  • Mail Messages
    • View your messages by tapping the chat bubble located at the bottom right corner of the app. A red dot indicates that you have received a new message
    • A green dot next to a user indicates that he is online
    • The yellow circle next to the chat shows how many unread messages you have with that particular user
    • To send a photo in a private chat, tap the camera icon within the chat window
    • Save phrases if you have Grindr Xtra
      • To add a saved phrase, tap on the chat bubble located at the bottom right of your screen. Select a conversation to work within. Tap and hold the phrase you would like to add your saved phrases
      • You may select phrases from messages you have sent or messages other users have sent
  • Gaymoji
    • Gaymoji is a collection of over 500 LGBTQ-themed stickers used to personalize chats in-app or text messages you send on your phone
  • Peek
    • Long press on a cascade tile of a user you may be interested in to see a large preview of the photo
    • A longer press will move you into the profile view so you can see the user's profile information
  • Grindr does not offer a standard search – all matches are determined using geolocation
  • Cascade
    • Profiles automatically load as you scroll down your cascade until you've reached the maximum number of profiles allowed allowed
      • Free users can see up to 100 matches
      • Grindr Xtra users can see up to 300 matches
    • To refresh your matches, place your finger at the top of the cascade, pull your finger down, then release it
  • Filter matches by 'My Type' or 'Online Now'
  • My Type
    • Basic Filters
    • Age
    • Tribes (Bear, Clean-cut, Geek, Jock, Otter, Poz, Twink, etc)
    • Looking For
  • Advanced Filters
    • Photos Only
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Ethnicity
    • Body Type
    • Position
    • Relationship Status
  • Upgrade to unlock all filters
  • Fresh Faces
    • View newest users in your area in 'Fresh Faces' at the top of your matches grid

Other Grindr Information

  • With over 2 million daily active users in 196 countries, Grindr is the largest all-male mobile social network in the world
  • Grindr has won multiple awards at the annual iDate Conference
  • Grinder received TechCrunch's 2011 Crunchies Award for Best Location Application at the Fifth Annual Crunchies Awards Ceremony
  • In January 2016, Grindr announced that it sold its 60% stake to a Chinese gaming company, Beijing Kunlun Tech, for $93 million

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