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4/5 67 Reviews
Review by Jake Lyons
Despite the people who make me feel a bit uncomfortable, and I can imagine that it’s worse for people who aren’t masculine “looking”, so I can’t speak on behalf of that perspective, but I can speak for the fact that I’ve held more conversations on Grindr and had more fulfilling interactions on Grindr than anywhere else. I use Bumble, I use Tinder, I use Hinge and none of them compare to just how many people are willing to have a sustained conversation which I think is important for that infamous question of meeting in real life. If I could change one thing is the expectation of Grindr being mostly for sex, but honestly I’d rather have to delete a message from someone twice my age for the fifteenth time and meet someone meaningful than meet no one at all.
Review by m743
Update: it’s still the same, but now it’s kind of funny. I’ve never taken the time to review an app, but having been using this one since its inception it seems apt to give my 2 cents: the inconsistencies, lax monitoring and outright biased moderation of profile images, profile content and underage members is outrageous. I’ve personally had it at this point, sick of half my messages not getting through and half messages sent to me showing up on notifications but when I open up the app... nada. On this particular day, though, I’m really, really, really incensed by the discriminatory, inconsistent and offensively undeniable practices relating to profile pictures. I’ve always experienced very, very strict vetting to the extent of images not violating any guidelines rejected; furthermore in the past few days it’s come to my attention that there seems to be an abundance of guys out there that get a free pass and are exempt of certain regulations... without going into detail, it’s very frustrating to submit the same image over and over cropping just a bit more even though there’s nothing to crop as per the guidelines... long story short picture rejected 6 times so far, and they do reserve the right to crop at their discretion yet no... This is bullsh*t. Anyway, I’ll be back to continue this tirade.
Review by fercrazy2
This I think is the best hook up app for gay men, it has some bugs and honestly is pretty decent sometimes. The problems come when 1 the taps are useless, guys refuse to use it and when you get taps most of them are bots trying to scam, and this is a big problem in the app, the amount of scammer there are like, bots, “porn stars” passing by, “sugar daddies” that want to give you a crazy allowance in exchange of your bank info and other personal data, is just ridiculous, and if you don’t pay extra you have to deal with it cause limited blocking. That’s another thing, 20 bucks for extra and 40 for unlimited, are you nuts? That’s waaaaay too overpriced for unlocking a few options that are not really worth it, I had xtra for a month, and tried unlimited for a day, now both are the exact same thing, why is unlimited so expensive? Cause I can see who looked at my profile that day? And the icon change to gray? Tf? Xtra is expensive too, to unlock a few filters that won’t change anything really, the most useful thing is be able to filter tops and bottoms and see who is online at the moment, that’s it, the price shouldn’t be that high.
Review by Luc76985
Grindr has gone way downhill and the latest new “Unlimited” membership updates only make it worse. The worst problem this app has now, BY FAR, is that the ads on it are out of control. We are used to seeing ads, we know it’s a part of the trade using free apps - but these things are obnoxious to a new level. Sometimes it seems like every other time you click a profile you have to watch at least 5 seconds of a full screen pop-ad before you can do anything else. It’s so annoying, I’m tempted to download an ad blocked onto my phone. Next, are some of the new features. “Viewed me”, in particular, is off-putting. Why is Grindr now showing people when we view them? Not cool!! Did you just check out your ex boyfriend’s new shirtless torso picture? Well, now he can see that he made you look. Got a crazy ex roommate you’re keeping tabs on? He too can see that you looked. It’s not cool. Literally the ONLY thing this app has going for it anymore is that it is well known. But considering how far downhill it has gone, between bots, ads, and annoying new features, I think it’s about time to search for greener pastures. Thank you, next.
Review by Banned Arbitrarily
I was banned because it was claimed that I engaged in spam activities and/or tried to obtain personal information from people. I would never engage in these activities. What made it weirder was that Grindr refused to give me specifics about these claims. A google search shows that being banned from Grindr arbitrarily is a problem. Thankfully, I hadn’t paid for one of their exorbitant subscription services before being banned for really no reason. The only thing I can think was that I was hacked or I was maliciously reported by someone I ignored (maybe even more than once) or something I had messaged to someone (can’t think of what that could be) was taken out of context or erroneously flagged. Anyhow, the customer service person I messaged with was absolutely of no help and was as vague as the ban itself. What makes all of this even more frustrating is that it’s common to see spam accounts, behaviors, and profiles that blatantly violate the terms of service on Grindr. Anyhow, thankfully I hadn’t paid for any of their services before being banned for something I didn’t do. Also, all of this prompted me to research Grindr, and there are privacy concerns with the app. I’d give it zero stars if I could do so.
Review by ?(6!$&
One of the best apps for the LGBTQ community however the features, the price and, and the monthly fee amounts are a little bit ridiculous. The rate of robot profiles and scammers are a little bit ridiculous and I feel like they should be under a bit more control. Minors are running rampant as well. I think the verification for an account should a bit more strict! Like entering and license or state id number. That way more real people are verified and using the apps. It’s one of my most used apps even though A lot of it is just spent a huffing and puffing over the features. The unlimited subscription price for $40 a month is outrageous and the $8 a month xtra price would be reasonable for the unlimited features. I feel like for the premium features it should be $8 and for the features of xtra it should be 2 to 5 dollars a month. I feel like more people would buy into it in more subscribers would use it. I would certainly consider it at the price then where is now. Grindr works well and better than other apps but for the extra features that are free on those one, Grindr should be a bit more reasonable.
Review by Midnight_Moon88
I’ve been using this app for a while now, if I’m being honest I haven’t had problems with the app at all, I would totally give it a high rating, the only issue that has been occurring as of late is the fact the my account was banned for “spammy activity” all because I was talking to multiple people in a short amount of time. I’ve been asking whether or not this was permanent or if the Grindr support representative that I was talking with would cooperate to unban my account, all he said was that he “reviewed” my account and considered it spam and was gonna make sure that my account stayed banned. Like I said, no problems up until this point so I decided to create another account because I wasn’t gonna deal with that, now that account was banned within the few hours of its creation and it’s been two days since I’ve written a report about it not being spam or whatever they say this time and I haven’t gotten any response, I just want to talk with people and the representative I talked with took that from me, and that’s what angered me and led me hear to write a review, I’m hoping now that someone will read this with any advice to give.
Review by tuy51
I feel like Grindr is the easiest & most convenient of the dating apps. Adam4Adam is decent, has been around for a while, can have much more detailed info; but sometimes has a weird crowd. Sometimes attracts the users on their home computer, who don’t own a smart phone… not saying smart phone owners can’t be shady. Honestly, one of the main complaints I have as of late, with Grindr, Is that using voice text within the app seems to work a little differently than if you were using it anywhere else… As in texting, Safari, Chrome, etc. The words are horribly incorrect the majority of the time. Like 80%. lol. I don’t know if it’s a different software they use or what, but so much editing has to be done if I use voice text. I don’t always want to type if I’m chatting with someone. Also the app is incredibly slow moving and loading during “peak” times. Even if it’s on and I’m not using it, it heats up my phone so much. Sometimes it’s so slow, and the voice/autocorrect is so pathetic, I give up. But I still use it...
Review by Thecute:)1
The app used to be better before they wanted to charge. Now that grinder wants to charge they are allowing an extreme number of advertisements that constantly pop up and they say well if u pay u can have no ads. Lol also the number of bots on here spamming is ridiculous about 1 out of 4 people on here are fake accounts trying to get you to sign up for their website. I understand apps wanting to make money no one deserves to work for free but why pay for an app that over 25% of the people are fake accounts and another 40% are just on here to collect pics or sext they all flake when it comes to actually meeting. The forum of grinder is not really for dating or really even casual hookups anymore it’s become a joke. The tap feature is annoying and should be removed or users should be able to disable it and not allow for taps if they don’t want to be tapped. And there should be a feature that allows people to report flakes and other people can see it lol as to prevent people from getting on here and wasting people’s time lol
Review by AnnoyedUserInNC
I came to see if anyone else is experiencing the App Store redirect spam. Practically every 5 minutes and often three times in a row, quite often it’s Audible but other things in the App Store as well. Have frequently brought up the fingerprint subscription option just trying to close one of the 500 adds that pop up. Yet every time I read these reviews, especially about the App Store redirect, on top of the numerous other shady elements, the comment is to report the add. It’s not an add that’s being clicked, it’s just redirecting almost every 10 minutes and this never used to be an issue. Stop asking people to report the adds and just try using your own app. Scruff is far better, but grindr retains popularity because it’s more well known. I can understand the add pop ups. They’re excessive but manageable. But the App Store redirects need to go. Really people just need to stop using this app all together, but, if you do, beware that you will most likely spend more time fighting to access the app and view profiles amidst App Store spam and adds than you will actually communicating with people.
Review by PreuschDewey
...To say the least! An app which used to be a great app for exactly what the app is for, HOWEVER, has now turned into Spam Bot Central!! At least 4-8 times a day I either receive msgs from bots who tell you they’ve been beat up and held at gunpoint from meeting someone on an app, then proceed to insist you put your information in a website and pay to make sure YOU are who you say you are. I am also tired of the endless msgs with pictures and message to go to other websites. A big part of what made Grindr my go-to app, was the nonexistence of this. Yet I am here at a crossroads, and am on the edge of deleting the app for good. And to top it off, these spam bot issues seemed to start skyrocketing as soon as Unlimited was released/introduced. Almost as if a way to make you rationalize spending an obscene amount of money on something you’d spend a fraction of the cost on another app (ie. The same profile can be found on other apps). All with no spam bots. So, Disappointing is all I can say.... unless the guys at Grindr can correct the issues in their entirety.
Review by get jackd up
Yea, I know.. some of you will probably roll your eyes at this. Because nowadays, people will call anything racist and I’m not one of those people. I’ve give Grindr substantial time to fix their “selective filtering” issue, and nothing has been done. I’ve had my pictures block because they apparently violate some policy that have about pictures. Ok, that fine, sure. But when I see Whites or Latinos with the same type of pictures posted on their profiles, it leads one to question. I’ve screenshot and sent those pics to the their customer service corespondent and each time, they’ve given excuses like “our team is working hard to ensure all users upheld policies.” But I find that hard to believe. It don’t take them long after I post a pic of me in a make bikini standing next to a pool for them to block it. So that leaves me only to believe that their selectively enforcing policies on certain users.. and it seems like it’s only black people. Because every other race of people I’ve seen with underwear shots or towel shots are not black. Something needs to change. Make this fair for every user
Review by Dacarso
How is it the a multi-million dollar company can’t solve this issue? No other app has a bot/fake profile issue like Grindr does. I get 40-50 fake taps per day. And when you remind Grindr this is happening, they ask you to email their support group or report profiles for them. Just look at the other reviews. I’m starting to wonder if this problem is intentionally being ignored so as to boost stock prices by convincing investors that the community has more growth and members than it actually does. And I know that I’m not the only one who is starting to feel this way. Want to convince an ever growing portion of your members that this isn’t the case? Solve the problem and stop responding to reviews in a way that makes it sound like we are a team. The bot problem belongs to the platform, not the users. The platform should be using all of its own resources to combat this issue while remembering that your community members are not company resources to be used to fill in the gaps of your poor performance. Stop acting like a start-up and start employing security practices worthy of a mature, publicly traded, company.
Review by Nathan Doering
I have used Grindr for well over a decade. This app used to be very easy to use in order to meet someone, and at first the occasional ad was the only inconvenience. When they introduced accounts, while I did feel more secure as a user, I also noticed an uprise in accounts related to illegal activity. Underage Users, Scamers, Bots, and Prostitutes alike. It seems like whenever they get reported and banned, they would just simply make another account and be back on in 10-20 minutes. I started paying for the Xtra membership at $30 for 3 months because I tried it out and liked it, and I wanted to support the developers. I was happy to pay the $10 a month, even $15 I thought would be reasonable, that’s about what Tinder charges and I view Grindr as the most comparable Gay app to Tinder. I was content. I was upset when Grindr Unlimited was introduced (the premium upgraded version). It feels like big a cash grab at $50 a month?! Are you kidding? Suddenly the Xtra Account I was paying for was inferior, and it now included random ads for the Unlimited. I have since unsubscribed from my Xtra account because I felt like I was wasting money, anything I would give the app now would clearly be used to develop the Unlimited portion of the app that I was not willing to pay for. The entire experience has left a bad taste in my mouth. I really used to enjoy the app, but I have started to look for other apps to begin to use in its places.
Review by TAPD808
Time and time again I see too many profiles that violate the profile rules of no nudity and no underwear photos. I have to report these upwards of 5 times for any mod to do anything. Yet I get a photo remover of me in a sheer tank top or topless. It’s obvious that whoever is approving photos is playing favoritism because these guys have more toned bodies than other guys and are “fun to look at” but it’s this blatant favoritism and disgusting disregard of rules for some people that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. They need to hold everyone to the same standards and not let rules slide for some people. I have slowly stopped using this app more and more because I am tired of reporting things and nothing happening. There was once time I had a photo removed for a thong strap showing, yet there are 15 profiles right now of guys in jock straps and nothing else. All because they are in better shape than me. And I’m not in terrible shape. Funny thing is that same profile picture of mine they removed has been approved and is my main photo on 3 other dating apps.
Review by SoCenSaGuy
If you've used Grindr for more than a few minutes you've probably noticed that you have accidentally open your web browser by touching an ad that mysteriously appears under your finger at the bottom of the screen. That's not an accident, Grindr intentionally places ads in spots on your screen where you're most likely to accidentally touch and open them. Doing that gets them the clicks they promise advertisers despite the fact that most users don't want the products being shown to them nor did they mean to click the ad. It's dishonest to both advertisers and users. Grindr is already riddled with ads but the practice of placement for accidental taps is almost criminal. I know having ads keeps Grindr free - I bought a year membership but Grindr cancelled it a month into the membership because I mentioned in my ad that I was looking for a roommate- but have you ever seen anyone actually view the ads? Not one person ever.
Review by ROKaf#99
So we all know lately Grindr has been infiltrated with spam accounts and recently I submitted a ticket asking why I’m no longer able to report spammers. Apparently, according to the customer service rep, we’re allotted a quota on reporting spam accounts. I was dumbfounded to learn that paying for this app is no different than the other mediocre apps. Instead of one click reporting we’re expected to: Take a screenshot of the user's profile. Block the user. Send your Grindr account email address and the screenshot of the profile to customer service with a detailed and complete response. I’m so disappointed with Grindr that I cancelled my annual subscription. Why pay this app if I have to be subjected to at least five fake profiles a day; and I’m not sending five different emails to report this. It seems they don’t mind all the fictitious accounts associated with the app.
Review by Yourappislame
View a profile, watch an ad, block a profile, watch an ad, send a tap, watch an ad. The free version of this app is frustrating. I get that they are trying to make money but it makes the free version unbearable so why even offer it. I also just counted 55 out of 102 guys in my nearby list we're showing "offline". Some of them were "last seen" online over 50mins ago. Wasting space! To sort by "online now" you have to pay and even then I'm not sure it's really worth it. Also just saw a profile pic approved of a lesbian/transsexual with her bare breasts out but if I post a pic of myself in underwear it’s denied. Also, I constantly block the same ppl and then they just show back up over and over again. Losing my patience with this app. Now they’ve started playing ad recordings (not videos, just audio) which comes out of nowhere and it’s jarring. Ridiculous.
Review by FlamingoSteve
I generally like Grindr, and to their credit they regularly add new features and functionality. There are quibbles— such as the inability to see who has been checking you out— but for the most part it serves its purpose. There are a lot of bots, hustlers and other nefarious types to deal with, but that’s to be expected when you also have the largest user base among the gay apps. My biggest gripe is the lack of network reliability. It fails to connect, fails to refresh, fails to deliver its messages reliably. Guys who seem to take forever to reply— which would normally imply they’re not interested— swear they respond as soon as they get the message. The message goes from “sent” to “delivered” to “read” about as fast as the Pony Express. Grindr should take the time to invest in its server and network capacity and capabilities before it works on the next Great Feature.
Review by Jerry~D
Update 9/7/19: The latest shady tactic is the invented “who’s viewed you“ feature which displays fictitious profile icons. When clicked, the supposed member is within a 2000 foot radius but does not actually show up in the real member scroll list. Attempting to click the message button does not open a message window. Its purpose is to recruit more suckers to subscribe to their Premium or Xtra “upgrade.” Conversation at Grindr headquarters. A mandatory, all-hands-on-deck meeting. Topic: finding new and inventive ways to inconvenience, annoy and/or enrage new customers while never addressing the familiar bugs and gripes of existing client base. The meeting was a success! Make pop-up ads more frequent, near-constant, in fact … and make them extremely persistent and more difficult to close without inadvertently clicking approved/sanctioned spam. Add a new module to introduce a random frustrating bug every day (particularly on late-night weekends and holidays). Route support email inbox to trash bin. Mission accomplished.
Review by KAO.K
I am a blind person. When I first started to use the app I had a lot of issues accessing features using a screen reader. After so many failed attempts, I complained by sending an email, a customer care agent was very rude in his reply. He basically emailed me and said, we have fixed some issues, stop complaining. Those were not his exact words. Now, with the new update, a lot of the features have become, yet again, inaccessible through using a screen reader. I have discontinued my extra subscription and will no longer be able to use this app. The very process of trying to contact customer care is almost impossible. Many of the buttons and choices I have to make to send an email are not spoken aloud by a screen reader. Very unfortunate, I actually think that they don't care. Disabled people, especially the blind, are simply not a population that brings in a lot of subscriptions
Review by nikko1790
I’ve been on and off Grindr for the past 5 years. It has been okay until about a year ago with the amount of ads and bots attacking your screen. I will not and won’t ever pay for this app for what it’s for. I was attacked for months by the same person no matter how many times I’ve blocked and reported them for harassment. And when I finally put my foot down and told this person to stop attacking me I was banned for harassment. That finally drew the line for me to leave this app for good. There are way better meet up apps with easier functions less bugs and way less bots. Grindr does not care about their users even if you pay the full year amount of the unlimited. They even ban subscribers for no reason and will not give you a reason. Also, it’s full of ingrates and just all around terrible people. I don’t support Grindr and will be signing any petitions to get it shut down.
Review by WhoIAm2U
It’s happened a few time on this site to where it was brought to my attention that a user was using my photos. Im not even on this site. They do nothing for verification and those using my photos were harassing other users. This is troubling especially in contrast to the work that I do. If you use this app expect to meet those with fake profiles and those that solicit money for sex. Next time I will have to taking legal action against the app for defamation if they continue to allow the use of my copyrighted photos. Such apps should not be allowed on the App Store. On all personal sites, not one should be allowed to troll with no photo, no info, with out verification. If these sites used verification, it will end fake user and identity theft. Discretion defeats the purpose on this site and catering to those of discretion causes way more problems then the disallowing of it. It’s a personals site, stop allowing those that hide and watch the app soar.
Review by Mei Phat Dong
The number of profiles that are blank, have no pic or both is ridiculous. I don't know that I can blame it entirely on the app but there should really be better enforcement and removal of profiles that don't have @ least a face Pic. I used to be a subscriber but based on the issues find my money is better spent elsewhere. I don't understand how people are able to get away with no pic profiles. I have problems getting a Pic approved wearing swimming trunks. Seems they need better filters. I wont entertain renewing my payment until they have better profile enforcement. I counted and found that over half of the profiles showing up had no pictures. Too much competition out there and it's sad that this app seems complacent vs doing everything to stay relevant. Also seeing the same ad for apps I already have is insane. I mean these advertisers at really wasting money. All they incentivize me to do is delete the apps out of annoyance.
Review by anothaguylookin
I think the tech response for refresh upload and reply response is the worst I have ever seen on any program. Dropped messages or just hanging up for hours at a time is not good. Also, I understand advertisement but to force me to have to Be exposed to advertisement that I don’t even pay attention to the content I just wait for the moment that I can close it is that good business either. Also having those pop-up that I know opportune moments when you’re trying to look at her profile or trying to block a profile or trying to navigate through the system is really bad. Pretties two reasons alone I would probably never pay for this program it’s just not worth it your text that good enough and we need for advertisement is just too overwhelming
Review by Nola87
I never leave reviews, but after an experience I had I felt I had to. Someone created a fake profile using my pictures and was also using profanity towards me. I immediately reported them and contacted the support team through the app. I was contacted back almost immediately with instructions on what to do and the problem was resolved very quickly. I’m very impressed how quickly Grindr took action and had the fake profile removed. A big thank you to Denver on the support team for helping me. If you ever see a fake profile or someone uses foul language toward you and makes you feel uncomfortable please report them.
Review by trying1lastime
GRINDr was once the ‘Go To’ App that I used to efficiently meet like-minded men for a variety of reasons. However, it’s lost pace with competitors who’ve outperformed the once industry leading App. I will give a few examples. GRINDr launched a be KINDr initiative and became more stringent upon negative comments on its’ platform ... I applaud that But, GRINDr also limits the number of block options free users have within a certain period. This results in users who can’t/won’t afford GRINDr’s increased fees, from escalation prevention. Other platforms afford free users unlimited block options and if the aim is that the community becomes KINDr, then everyone should be able to stop commentary from those who’d definitions of kindness differ from our own, especially considering the fact that GRINDr’s KINDr definition isn’t universal. Additionally, GRINDr inhibits free users normal use of the system when searching outside of their current locale. This level of service is below industry standard. Finally, GRINDr has more BOTs and spam attacks than any of its’ chief competitors ... This trifecta severely impacts my experience and has reduced my usage by about 50%. In addition, the increased fees have thwarted my desire to subscribe during times when I’m not in school.
Review by Pringleman9000
I’m a young adult, 18. and I gave a picture of myself(non-explicit) to an 28 year old man without knowing his age beforehand. This was fine and all until I blocked him because he was starting to creep me out asking to do sexual activities that I did not want to participate in. Eventually he made another account and then I blocked him again. Ok he can’t come back a third time can he. Of course he can. So I made another account and somehow he found my exact same one maybe based off of age or something and followed me on there too. He claims I was being rude by blocking him and then said he would post a picture of me on Facebook without my permission. I asked him to respect my privacy and even tried to rationalize with him. It did not work. Nonetheless he is trying to sabotage me in some way or another and I can’t even report him because he blocked me after his irrational logic. Is there nothing I can do?
Review by freeruby
I think it should be mandatory that people show there distance and there profile . We are hitting people up that are far far away from each other and I get hits from people I’ve never seen on grinder. They just pop up. It’s a little frustrating when you’re horny as hell and there’s a guy hitting you up from 500 miles away. Jack’d has the right idea where it shows the distance and the profile. You guys have a great product I just think that you shouldn’t allow people to have the ability not to show the distance. Thank you Please let me know if I’m using grinder incorrectly.
Review by Soitsme
Been on this app/site for years. There have been many changes. Including creating a new app. So I cant say there hasn’t been any effort. But why does it seem that with every step forward there’s 2 steps back. - Can’t seem to see what my profile looks in search. Now that it’s of on it’s own. - Can’t zoom into all photos. Profiles with multiple pics. - Adds adds adds never ending adds !!!! I get it. You need to make money. It’s so obnoxious that I look at one profiles and then close the app at onset of an add. Adds at times have no way to silence them. They are loud. All this probably for the good cause. The less time spent on this app, the better for me. But not good for the app. - Bots bots bots and more bots scammers and fake profiles!!! I almost think these are from the developer to get you to on to the app to see the adds. You get notification; you access app; you see it’s a spam account; and then adds. - Features are all for the most part unnecessary for me. Therefor to pricey for me. In summery, this app is no longer fun. It’s the same tired local faces. It’s a finite group of people. I’ve moved it into a folder. It’s only a curiosity when traveling to check out the locals. Best I can give you is 2 stars.
Review by sSsKingGrimsSs x_x
I find it absurd that even though I don't pay for the exclusive features (which in my opinion is too expensive anyway),Grindr is showing me people from too far away. I would be in New York and in the top row of people I see someone who I message and they say they're in South Carolina. Um, yeah no not helpful at all. Also, the ads. The ADS. I get it, you nEeD tO mAkE that $ but come on, it's every single profile I try to view and it's making me NOT want to buy the exclusive or unlimited version. And lastly, the blocks. Boy oh boy do I have MANY problems with this one. I know for a fact other users have had this problem too. I refuse to spend money just to stop some old man from spamming and borderline harassing me through my messages. Blocks should be unlimited in the free version of Grindr. Please PLEASE reconsider these poor decisions when developing the app further.
Review by jsager15
Grindr needs to fix the problem with it’s security. So many profiles ask for your bank information and private information because they claimed to want to “help you”. They say they want to be your sugar daddy which even if you want that kind of thing, they’re not real and won’t ever meet you in person. There are also many catfishes. I’d rather have a million discreet guys who never show their face over some person in another country trying to steal my money and information. Every time i report them it’s like Grindr just ignores it because it just keeps happening and i keep seeing the same fake profiles over and over. I start talking to a guy being optimistic thinking he might be real but no it’s too good to be true and he asks who i bank with.
Review by Zekrom321
I go back and forth whether I personally like this app or not, but that’s not anything to do with why I gave it two stars. The reason for that is 8/10 times I download it, there’s a bug of some sort. Currently, even after deleting and reinstalling the app, as well as deleting and redoing my profile, the app won’t let me upload profile pics, which, as should be obvious, are quite important in getting people to talk to you. I’ll try to upload one, and it’ll say “pending approval.” Then, I’ll get the “profile pic approved” banner and think I’m good. But when I go to look at my profile, it says “pending approval” over the picture still, and I’m still getting asked by guys to send a face pic, which I assume means that they don’t see one and so it’s not just on my end. I’m tired of the bugs and about done with this app.
Review by BromoSLC
This app keeps getting more and more and more and more expensive. They change the price every six months it seems. I had been an off and o. Paid subscriber for years. They just have gotten too expensive. Their pic moderation seems extremely biased and is not consistent. If you aren’t a twink or muscle guy any pic seems to get moderated. I have screen shot over 280 pics where the pic wasn’t moderated and mine was. Either it’s racial or body specific. I talking to an attorney to see what type of class action lawsuit can be filed for it to either have them consistently moderate or shut the site down. Also seems like an abnormal amount of bots are allowed now and an overwhelming amount of underage guys are on the site another filing I’m working on with an attorney. Chances are that Grindr won’t even respond to this review, but I’d steer away from this site.
Review by dcsccr2233
No other mobile app I’ve used has ever had to be uninstalled and reinstalled as much as grindr. It’s so common you’ll see it often on profiles that someone “lost all my messages” because the app had to be reinstalled. That alone should be motivation for people to switch to another service. Not to mention Grindr’s poor history of securing users’ data, uncontrolled spam accounts, and adds that pop-up and redirect without warning. But despite all that, it still seems to have the largest market share in the US, and a social app is only useful if other people you want to connect to are also using the same app. Scruff is more reliable, but caters to a slightly different demographic. Hornet and Romeo only seem to be popular in other countries. So here I am again. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Review by SwampyGamer
I woke up several days ago to find my account had been randomly banned. I didn’t do anything to get banned so I was rightfully confused. I made a customer service request about the matter and mentioned that it was a possibility that I was hacked. Three days later I get a response. First I’m told that they can’t find an account associate with the email I gave them and asked for a screenshot of what I’m getting on my phone. I sent them one (which had my email on it) and they responded with my account had been reported for “spammy activity” and that the ban wouldn’t be lifted. So I made a new account. And I woke up the next morning and, after only a few hours, I had been banned again. I haven’t done anything! It’s like the rep I was in contact with didn’t even try to help me. I’m starting to feel that the whole ban thing is a scam and the rep is a part of it.
Review by m13345
Most of the other gay apps have, fewer ads, less bots, less people trying to scam you, and better performance. Because they have the most amount of members they’re the most popular app, which means that you’re a captive audience to ads every time you attempted to do anything. You can’t click on a profile without a 8 second ad, you can’t open your messages without getting an ad sent to you, banner ads everywhere, and there’s scammers and bots on the app. All of the new features make privacy and using the app more and more difficult as well to adding more ways to place ads. I’d recommend using any other app, and if you choose to use the app, make sure you watch out for bots and people who are trying to get your sensitive information.
Review by 🤨🧐😤🤬😡
I’d like to understand why Grindr ads keep things free when Grindr is a multi-million dollar company. Ads generally enable Grindr to make money, as if payed subscriptions is not enough. Not to mention Grindr subscriptions are not affordable for your average user, and it makes me think Grindr is creating a whole class to invite the type of gays that are wanted on their app. The higher the cost of Grindr, the more likely there will be men that look like the men on your Grindr ads, am I right? I’m sure there’s more to that as well. However, Grindr could do without all the ads, and it is not necessary either. I can’t be made out to believe Grindr relies on ads to sustain itself. The LGBTQ community may have suffered so much and still does, but man don’t they enjoy capitalism, and feeding to the core of their own community.
Review by Drerod22
Love the app. I’ve been using it for almost 10 years now. Easy to use, bugs get fixed quickly if any and it doesn’t drain my battery like it used to with older versions. Although I do miss certain functions as new upgrades are released, the replacement features are neat. Their is always someone on no matter what time of day or night so you get sucked into opening up, refreshing profiles and checking messages, but that’s social media! Absolute guilty pleasure, pun intended 😋. And like all social apps, everyone complains about it but continue to use.
Review by pasaroth
I’ve been a mating member for a few years. Last month they screwed up something and my account wouldn’t load. I tried reinstalling the app but I’m locked out for some reason. What reason is that? They have literally no idea. I’ve been locked out of my paid account for 3 weeks now. Responses take days and say “we’re working on it” Twice they’ve set the problem to “solved” while nothing has changed and I have had to contact them to make sure someone is at least pretending to work on it. This is their job. They get paid to do it for a living, and you can’t let me into my account or give me my money back? After almost an entire month? I would be fired if I worked like that. I want my account and money back. Don’t pay them. Just use the free service or spend you money on a different app.
Review by Christian_Rapido
Update: Biased moderators are still a problem despite what Grindr says. The biased moderators kill this app. This has been brought to Grindr’s attention numerous times over the years. If they haven’t done anything about it by now, then they’re not going to. I’ve been harassed by 1 guy who keeps coming back after being blocked. I’ve been called all sorts of derogatory names, and hit up for money. I report the profiles and Grindr does nothing. Reports “await moderation” sometimes for 2 days and then they don’t do anything. In my opinion, the app is not safe, because Grindr isn’t making an effort to make it safe. They allow all this stuff to go on and then ask you to pay for Extra when you run out of blocks. Contacting customer service does nothing and the employees patrolling these reviews don’t have the power to do anything.
Review by elementzn30
Grindr is still the best gay dating app out there, but I’m consistently baffled at how the developers manage to make the app less stable with each update despite claiming “stability improvements.” This update has been a mess in terms of app crashes and connectivity problems. Things that were working just fine in the previous update. Please guys, fix this. My other main complaint with the app is the inexplicable standards when it comes to photo approval. I have submitted profile pictures multiple times that are clearly within the rules that get rejected, yet I also notice many profiles with pictures that are clearly NOT within the rules that get approved.
Review by Bill0812
Seriously? You guys want us to pay $20/mo for things like multiple pics, and the ability to tell if your message was read? Things other apps give us for free? Then, to add insult to injury, you now want us to pay $40/mo for crap like the ability to see whose viewed you and if the other person is typing? Things other apps charge $10/mo for? The only option we have to lower the price to anything even approaching reasonable is to pre-pay for a one year subscription? What’s the matter? Are you afraid people will sign up for it and then realize it’s not worth it and cancel? I have been using this app since it was $3.99/mo for the premium version. It was a good app for a fair price. Since you guys purchased it from the developer, you have completely run it into the ground with spam and bugs. At the same time, you’ve consistently raised the prices to the point that it’s completely unreasonable for the feature set provided. Try using SCRUFF instead. It's a lot better. Maybe once all of Grindr's customer base starts transferring over, they'll start listening to their users. Of course, by then, it'll be too late.
Review by fascio2scrum
Of all the gay hookup apps, Grindr is generally the most effective for finding a hookup. However, the hurdles you have to jump to make it happen are starting to make it not worth the effort. The ads are constant, and now, you can’t even X out of them without it opening the App Store or crashing the app. About 90% of the taps and messages that I receive are from bot spam accounts. In order to push you to buy Xtra, Grindr hides a substantial number of nearby profiles. For instance, my partner doesn’t show up on my grid even though we live in the same house. I keep Grindr because when it works, it works, but overall, it offers a really bad user experience.
Review by Hobbit2690
Good to find guys around u but extremely difficult when it comes to taking care of all the needs of a customer because there is no way to speak with a human . I pay for Grinder extra so I have all of the bells and whistle‘s I think that it is very micromanaging to have to go click by click by click click into a profile you click to message and to get out of it you have to do the same thing click click click you can just click that message and then go back to the profile and if you ever get locked out of your account pray that you remember everything you have on there because you’re going to need it or else you will lose everything and you’re still be charged. Because Grinder will not help you retrieve it if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for help for.
Review by Kdove98
I’ve uploaded some of the same pics I’ve seen approved on others’ accounts yet mine get rejected. They say you can’t be in your underwear (even with a shirt on) standing in front of your living room mirror (because you can only be half naked in public places apparently) - yet just yesterday i talk to a guy who had that exact shot in his living room as his main pic; and the outline of his d*** was completely visible. You guys are total scammers and your moderators use very dishonest practices dependent on your preferred visual interests. Glad I don’t pay for this crap app. Never will considering this is how they treat random people while treating others different. I’m not even exaggerating. His pic was the same as mine except you could totally see his peen. He’s the reason I even took the pic I tried to upload that was randomly rejected twice.
Review by Poetik1
Grindr is an exclusive club for the white, light, physically fit, and tight. If you’re a PoC, you’d better be in shape and have a tv face. Because race is a major factor in this app (and others like it). Now, that isn’t necessarily Grindr’s fault, but they don’t do much to curb it. For such exclusion, they are exceedingly expensive when paying for their Xtra features. It’s literally priced similar to a home utility service. The tons and tons of spam and bot accounts are ridiculous. Their inability to control that issue is perplexing; considering their cost for paid services, as well as the ad revenue. There should be some sort of implementation for the requirement of photographs (preferably face pix). I understand some people have employers or coworkers to hide from, but even a hidden images feature would do nicely. Also, a feature to block contact or hide your profile from a set filter, be it age groups or other, including faceless profiles. Grindr is a great place to meet guys, depending where you’re located. However, it could stand to use some useful features. The “tap” feature is not one of them. Neither is the “new faces” banner.
Review by Disappointed Cudtomer
I was an idiot and paid for this stupid app. Don’t be an idiot like I was. My picture keeps getting rejected, a picture I’ve had up for over a month, a picture that is surrounded by a plethora of other profiles with far more revealing photos. The reason why my photo was rejected was because it showed “skin below the bellybutton”. This is incredibly stupid, since in the App Store where you go to download this app (that is controlled by bitter trolls) displays an advertisement that shows a torso pic that extends below the bellybutton. Hypocritically ironic, right? Seems like these bitter divas that monitor the app like to play favorites. It’s called Grindr, grow up and be a bit more self aware. It’s pathetic. Also, you think very highly of yourself charging over $200 for your xtra xtra features. You guys need to be humbled. Download Scruff.
Review by JC19932466
Bad app. I log on and every time I get messaged by a robot profile. Same likeness stolen photos. I’m beginning to think that grindr is responsible for these fake profiles. Why does it take forever to report people for drugs and prostitution. After I get done setting up on other gay dating apps I’m done with this app and it’ll just be another meme. Goodbye very very soon and thanks for wasting years of my internet data with bad design and drawing me in based on that it use to be the only option out there. Bye hope you get enough 30 dollar a month subscribers to at least pay your developers cus none of that money is actually going to the app. If I could give zero stars I would... so saddened. Who ever owns this app or company will probably be reborn as a cockroach or being chilling in the seven circle. 💃💃💃😟😟😢😢😫😫😕
Review by Steven Antonioo
I’m new to the Grindr app, after experiencing Grindr, I quickly uninstalled it. Not only is there this beeping while the phone is on silent/vibrate, but I occasionally get actual, full-on music sometimes. The most recent version of the ‘Apple advertising guidelines states:’ Audio: Audio must be user initiated (with the exception of audio in pre-roll videos) and appropriate for all audiences. For example, suggestive or sexually oriented audio, or audio that contains profanity, vulgarity, or violence etc. is not allowed. Considering there is no video happening at all when the beeps or music occur, this is a clear violation of Apple advertising standards. Grindr can’t just pass the buck to the Clumsy Ninja app, they should pull that ad(s) until that app’s advertisers conform to Apple guidelines. If not, this issue will be reported to the App Store. #frauds #hackers #spies #moneyhungry
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