Grindr is the dating app for gay men to meet other gay and queer men, at least that’s what the over 25 million members the platform has amassed since its foundation in 2009 can certainly vouch for. What made Grindr so innovative when it emerged last decade, is precisely what makes it so attractive today: its location-based matching. No more running around the country in the search of a new gay bar at 1 am, this is dating, hook-ups or anything else you might be interested in, made easy and accessible.
How Does Grindr Work?
After a quick registration through email or Facebook, add a nice picture and some personal information about your gender identity and general interests and you’re all set up.
Personalized search filters will connect you with the profiles of men nearby, many more than could fit into a single bar. It’s your swiping which then lets you narrow down your pick, right for your preferred matches and left for those who don’t make the cut.
Once you have made your selection, you reach the decisive crossroad: send them a message or drop them a tap. Whilst the first will let you start up a normal conversation, sometimes a little emoji speaks louder than words and so the second option will let you send just that. Depending on what you’re looking for select between “Looking”, “Friendly”, and “Hot” to let them know about your interests.
Grindr offers a variety of other features like Tap to give you more freedom in the way you chose to connect with members.
A discreet way to save profiles for later is to favorite them – no one likes to have an overflowing shopping cart.
If you are living in a small town or are just looking for something a bit more exotic, the explore feature lets you connect with men outside of the country, as long as you have a premium subscription.
To navigate around uncomfortable cultural differences, Grindr even provides a ‘Holistic Security Guide’ to stir you away from your own trouble or any trouble you might unintentionally cause to someone else.
This lets you express yourself across 500 unique Gaymojis to bring some fun to the chat or spice up your talk.
- Sexual Health
This section lets members put up their HIV status and the last time they were tested to promote safe encounters across the platform.
Costs and Prices
Grindr’s main interface is free to download. However, if the 100 profiles provided by the basic version is not enough and all the ads are just too much, you can upgrade to Grindr XTRA from $24.99/month, or splurge on the $300/year unlimited version. This unlocks up to 600 profiles a day, along with other special features like unlimited favorites, read receipts and ‘Explore’ mode to name a few.
- Connect with people nearby
- Find people from all backgrounds
- Allows for spontaneous and quick encounters
- Well established hook up culture, easy to connect with minimal communication
- The recurring issue of fake profiles
- Disruptive ads and popups in the free version
- Unjustified banning of real accounts suspected to be fake or spam
- Not ideal for those looking for serious relationships