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This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
In App Purchases
Microtransactions
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

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Grindr is a mobile social networking and dating site for gay, bi, trans, and queer people to connect. This app is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store for free. It is rated for users 17 years of age and older.  This app features both in-app purchases and advertisements.  This app is not safe for kids.

About Grindr - Gay chat
In-App Purchases
yes
Rating
Mature 17+

What is Grindr - Gay chat?

Grindr is a free social networking app for those within the gay, bi, trans, and queer community. Touted as a chat app, Grindr is commonly used as a “dating” app that features geo-targeting in presenting member profiles to users.

 

Grindr is for adults ages 18 years and older, is free to download and features in-app advertisements and purchases.  Grindr is available for both iOS and Android devices.

 

The most popular gay dating app on the market, Grindr features a no-frills interface that’s easy enough for non-tech-types to navigate.

 

Most reviews of the Grindr app make it pretty clear that it is much like Tinder, where gay singles can go to look for a hookup that more than likely won’t turn into anything of substance.

 

Grindr makes signing up easy, asking for just an email, username and birth date to “verify” users are of legal age. Users can give as much or as little information as they want.

 

After creating their account, users then specify what “tribe” of men they’re interested in, the desired age range of matches, and what sexual interests they’re looking for in a match.

 

Grindr “tribes” are self-designated categories members use to label themselves on the platform, which typically indicates their physical appearance. Grindr tribes are meant to help users navigate the platform more smoothly and narrow down their matches to those types to which they’re typically most attracted.

 

As the tribe categorization might suggest, Grindr is much like most other dating apps in that it is heavily based upon appearances. Because of the emphasis on looks and the ease with which users can sign into the platform, fake profiles and catfishing are rampant on the platform.

 

Many users report these scam profiles are created to elicit photos, typically nudes, from other users via private messaging. Grindr does, however, enable users to report other members if they are violating the terms of use and moderators are typically quick to respond.

 

Pop-up ads are featured throughout the Grindr platform and in-app purchases come in the way of subscriptions to Grindr XTRA, which range in price from $11.99 to $77.99.

 

Grindr XTRA accounts remove banner ads from the subscriber’s interface and provide a slew of additional filtering options to make navigating the app much more straightforward. XTRA subscriptions also allow users to block an unlimited number of profiles on the app and send multiple photos at the same time.

Is Grindr - Gay chat safe for my kids?

Parents need to know that Grindr is a dating or matching app that uses geolocation data to find and connect nearby users.

As if that alone is not a parent’s worst nightmare, Grindr allows users to send texts, photos, voice and video messages to one another.

Make no mistake, this app is designed to connect virtual strangers, and parents should take note if they find the app on their child’s phone

Simply put, any app with the aim of matching complete strangers is not an appropriate app for teens, especially when it offers geo-locational matching and the ability to send private messages and photos.

This app is not safe for kids.

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