Grindr Review

grindrGrindr is mainly a social mobile application that is aimed at gay and bisexual men. The mobile applications are available on for the Android Google Play Store, as well as Apple iOS. This app has gained much popularity amongst the LGBT community due to its geosocial function, where you can get the chance to interact with others nearby.

The sign-up Process

To start on this mobile experience, users will have to first download the app from their device's respective download centre. Next it is compulsory to agree to the Terms of Service which states that the user is 18 years old and above. Users will automatically have a profile created, but will have a blank profile. They are encouraged to fill in the profile and upload a picture so as to increase the chances of finding a date.

What are the members like?

The makers of the app claim that they have 1.1 million users currently. The majority of the users come from main countries like the United States and Australia, but amazingly is also used in countries like Iran, Iraq, Israel and Kazakhstan.

The members identify themselves if groups or tribes, which are basically classifications of the type of gay they are. These tribes help others easily find what they are looking for. The groups are Bear, Clean-cut, Daddy, Discreet, Geek, Jock, Leather, Otter, Poz, Rugged, Trans and Twink.

Is it easy to meet people nearby?

Grindr uses GPS to track the user's position and also show the location of other member's nearby, thus making it an exceptional application to use for quick meetups with others. As the app is rather popular amongst gay men worldwide, it really can be easy to meet someone in your location.

Are there any fun features?

Aside from the ease meeting someone nearby, the app has an effective search filter that can funnel out other members according to age, tribe and even physical attributes. At the main window of the app, there is a dynamic picture collage that shows the members' pictures, including those that are online. You can simply tap on a picture to find out more about that member through this profile.

Once you have found someone who interests you, an in-app chat service allows you to communicate with them through instant messaging. Additionally, you can add friends, read their statuses, and block or unblock profiles.

Are there any usage charges?

The Grindr app is free to use, which is one of the reasons for its popularity. However, the app is supported by advertisements, which can be rather distracting when using the application. If you'd like an advertisement-free version, there is Grindr Xtra, which also has extended features. For example,the app can load up to 300 users at once, and allow for unlimited blocking of other users, and quickly swiping between profiles.

The application is paid for on a subscription basis. In the iTunes store, the app costs 99 cents to download, but in-app purchases are available for 1 month subscriptions at US$11.99, 3 months for US$23.99, 6 months for US$39.99 and 12 months for USD$59.00. Grindr Xtra is not available on Android.

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