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Needs an update
This is a great service and an alright app. I’m really tired of everyone losing messages when they get new phones, myself included. It needs the option of cloud backup built-in. I also really wish it was usable across multiple devices. Sometimes I’d love to take a break from my tiny screen and chat with the keyboard on my iPad, but the iPad app isn’t landscape friendly... and each device holds its own conversations, no sync. I would love to see an update that fixes these things. What exactly do I pay the premium rate for if not for continued development?
Honestly this is the best app for my taste. I’m a cub/bear and love big guys/bears. So this is a perfect site to find them. BUT I think you could improve it. Please try to do what Scruff does. For instance, when are checking on someone global, you could list the guys according to its distance. The ones closer to me should come first and so on... Another great feature at scruff is the way we send Picts. Picts remain there already. They are stored. You just need to check them and they (many at the same time) go altogether to the guy I’m chatting with. Here I have to send one by one. Too much work. In the end I use scruff all the time. Waaaaay more than Growlr. Because it’s just more practical to use it. I’m even a PRO member on scruff without paying a cent (probably bcs I use it a lot, they gave me that perk). Honestly I’d rather use Growlr much more. Because guys here are just my type. Much more than those muscle guys. So please I beg you to improve the way to use the features here... so you can have many more customers.
Pop ups. Ads. Spam. Mass Messages. Horrible app.
All this app is anymore is constant pop ups every time you reopen the app. Usually up to 5 or 6 in a row that you have to close each to you open up the app. Then after you close all of them you have to sit through an add and close that. Then another issue is the constant spam account that send you links. I’m not even done there because then you have to deal with what they call SHOUTS which are these mass messages that people can send out to everyone in their area. All that you have to get through just so you can see a very VERY small amount of people in your area because they want you to pay for A FEW more. It’s such a shame because this used to be one of my favorite apps to use. I’ve met some great people from it. But it’s not even close to what it used to be. And empty shell of an app. Hopefully someday someone that works on the app will actually care about it enough to make it good again. Clearly no one cares about it who works on it now. I would never pay for anything about this app. It’s horrible. I’d give this app ZERO Stars if it would let me.
Too many scammers soliciting for business
Used to be good but is now getting ruined by daily scammers — I feel obliged to report them every time the apps directions and then I’m going to block them it’s very time-consuming and annoying and I paid full subscription price for the app — Why is it my job to scream scammers?? Growlr fix it or I’m outta here And also could use a redesign/significant update — It should be easier for us to get rid of select read messages — Currently u have to go through all your history and select which ones to delete or the app clogs up your phone’s memory — would be nice — there should also be a way to block msgs from faceless profiles (which should be banned in 2019 for Pete’s sake) — tired of having to block them — and how about the ability to add more photos than 5 a la Scruff or at least to select multiple photos at once — in the age of rapid change don’t make the mistake of resting on your laurels a la Bear 411 — we put the bread on your table — I suggest you listen or make it more intuitive should I be missing anything here...
This app is the greatest I’ve ever used, and the primary reason is because most of the profiles are people just like me instead of just a handful, and it’s NOT dominated by twinks and people looking for a fit and trim body. I’m a large guy. And I’m finding that most of the guys messaging me are looking for just that. I was practically ignored on every other social app I tried bc I didn’t look like a ken doll, and that takes a toll on your self esteem after a while. With Growlr, I had several people messaging and chatting with me within just a few hours after making a profile. I can’t believe the response. If you’re a guy with a few extra pounds (or you like them that way), and you’re sick and tired of the attitudes from the people looking for the perfect athletic body, I highly suggest you try this app. I think you’ll be surprised.
Mediocre, at Best
This app is clumsy, difficult and totally unintuitive to navigate. It feels like the person who wrote the app really didn’t know how to program on a mobile device. Summary: Not so bad I will delete it, but quite annoying to use. The profile displays an often long list of jumbled adjectives. You should be able to see top/bottom/vers and other stats without scanning through a list of a dozen or more other things. In general, the entire profile display/editor is a mess and needs to be totally redesigned. The app uses “shout-outs” as a method of blasting a message or hookup ad to a bunch of guys at once. Yes, you can turn them off entirely, but then your only other option is to block individuals. This is apparently a sad attempt to stand out from other apps/sites. You don’t need it and it’s a lame alternative to posting ads or flipping an on/off “looking now” switch. Biggest annoyance with the simplest fix: You can ONLY view it in iPad portrait mode, and ONLY in the default position (i.e., you can’t flip it upside down). I’m sure the developer will tsk tsk and ignore this criticism, but it’s a fundamentally EASY thing to fix!!! Also, a minor point: There is too much exposure of profiles to guys in distant locations. Until I specifically put that I wasn’t interested in the text of my profile, 80-90% of the messages I was getting were from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. This is rare on Scruff.
A buggy mess now
So GROWLr use to be a great app, and I was even a premium member a few points in time. However, GROWLr was sold to a bigger tech company in March 2019 for roughly 12 million. From then on, it went down hill from spam messages, constant ad pop ups that you can’t exit from because the X is placed off screen, or the ads don’t even load properly, either way you have to close the app, reopen it and cross your fingers that you don’t get a pop up ad. Now the app doesn’t even load properly, and take forever for it to open. What’s worse, is you’ll get a notification that someone sent you a message, you go to open the app, lets say it opened quickly... but the message isn’t there. You can close the app and reopen it but that message still isn’t there. Don’t worry though, in an hour or two it’ll show up. GROWLr should have never sold it, and the company that bought it should step up and fix it. This problem has been going on for God knows how long, and there hasn’t been an update.
I've contacted GROWLr several times I continue to get the same response which other clients who pay for the premium account are getting also. If you try to use your iPad to download your profile photo only the very bottom of your left ear lobe will appear. The scale is completely off and cannot be edited in the iPad. One must go use their iPhone in order to submit a photo that will show up in your profile. When I have contacted GROWLr support I receive the same boilerplate response: "when Apple upgrades their software hopefully this problem will go away." If you are using your iPad to access GROWLr, it can only be used in the upright position as this app will not rotate when the screen is used in a horizontal position. When I have contacted GROWLr support I receive the same boilerplate response: "when Apple upgrades their software hopefully this problem will go away." When using the iPad to access GROWLr the messages will not sync and update to include messages received on the iPhone. When I have contacted GROWLr support I receive the same boilerplate response: "when Apple upgrades their software hopefully this problem will go away." I cannot wait for a savvy entrepreneur to come along use The growler format as an example and tweak it before charging people for using it.
App layout steps on the toes of iOS
I have an iPhone XR and that puts a lot of the navigational stuff in this app out of the reach of my thumb. iOS addresses that with reachability, but the designers of growlr put buttons in the space where you swipe to activate reachability, so when the screen slides down, the context changes (usually to the Pro Membership signup screen) and the Back button you were reaching for goes away. Also, there should be a more straightforward way to get to the unread messages screen from anywhere in the app—depending on where you are in the app, you might have to cycle through several screens to get to a message when it comes in—and that’s even more of a pain because of the violations of the reachability trigger space that I mentioned above. The content is pretty good but the UI needs to be reworked in pretty major ways for this to be a good app.
Lots of Bots and Spam no Support
It’s the same people day in day out. It’s buggy; try doing a location search and typing the name wrong, and then try to fix it and type it again. You have to exit all the way out, change to global, change back again and then retype it. Then it’s a constant stream of messages from spam 4000 miles away. Why isn’t there a way to shut off and reject anything more than a certain distance? I don’t know what it would be like being a paid user, I certainly would never do it with the kind of experience I have had, but there’s just about no features in it that are usable. There is no way I can see to contact support- it’s just a loop of FAQs. I keep reporting the spam message but I keep getting more. I’m planning to drop it. It also doesn’t keep up with location changes. I can be 300 miles away it’s still showing meet people where I was four hours ago.
Failing to Meet Expectations
I’ve been using GROWLr for years now and I definitely noticed the app start to tailspin months ago. I almost exclusively used this app. I finally took the plunge and upgraded to Pro around Thanksgiving. I was charged, but didn’t receive any of the updates. No biggie - send a support request. It’s around a holiday, I don’t expect to hear back for a few days. Until a few days goes by and I send in another. And another a few days after. I finally have to research who the parent company is and messages them. Yup. No response. Two weeks after activating Pro (and not seeing any of the benefits), I get an email response - not from GROWLr Support, but from the parent company. I follow their instructions; no response back. My subscription is set to renew in days and I’ve literally heard NOTHING ELSE from support. Don’t waste your money.
Fix this app for iOS 13. You knew it was coming. No excuses
Very user friendly and have met some great guys through the app. Just a few items I'd love to see it into a future release and then it will get 5 stars: 1. Cross device synching. That also would mean having the ability to have the iPad and the iPhone apps share the same account. 2. Better "nearby" reporting upon refresh. If I change locations and then refresh, it should determine my new location. 3. The most aggravating thing about this app that makes me want to throw the phone against the wall is when the app fails to deliver a message, the message completely disappears. You should be able to resend a message that couldn't be delivered. Considering how unreliable the Growlr server is, this is a very sore point. Even Scruff gets this functionality right.
Favorite app but problems
Let me start off with, this is one of my favorite apps. So much that I spent money to upgrade. But right now there are some problems that seem to be hard for me to ignore. I can be right in the middle of typing a message to someone when all of a sudden the whole app just disappears. Like it crashes. I have to turn it back on and start all over again with what I was typing. And also I have to sometimes turn off the app and turn it back on just to see my messages. I would get a notification, but but when I would go straight to it it wouldn’t be there. I hope that the developers see this so that they know what’s going on. It’s a little frustrating, but it’s still one of my favorite apps.
Crashes and freezes constantly
I’ve been using Growlr for years with a paid subscription. Using iOS 12.4.1 on iPhone 6s. The last version of the app is horrible. The app freezes every single time I open it. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled (meaning you lose all messages and settings) and no help. I’ve written directly to the app support and received a canned response about how they’re “looking into it.” I’ve messaged them on Twitter to no avail. Gues they do not really care about their customers; especially ones that pay. I’ve also used their Shout service to send a broadcast message. I’m going to assume they also don’t want revenue from that feature either. Too bad because it’s a popular app, but no support and a poorly performing app isn’t what I’m paying for.
Constantly having problems with deleting my profile photo. I try to follow their guidelines and have posted face and upper chest cropped, only to have it yanked. Posted a headshot... yanked posted a headless torso shot with a inch above pubic area, guess what? Yanked. Yet I see many other showing much more? Never had so many problems trying to get a photo posted. I guess I am supposed to not show any flesh below neck line? Or is it some mad jealous asshat reporting me to be a jerk? You know when you send announcement telling me my photo has been removed maybe you could explain why??? The guidelines make it sound like what I was posting was fine. For a gay sex hook site pretty lame. Anyways cancelled my pro account which is a waste of money and deleted my account. So don’t really care but it did aggravate me with the photo thing
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