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Grindr Review

Reviewed by
Raffael Krause
Reviewed on
Editor Rating
Membership Base
Match & Search
Cost & Prices

Pros & Cons

Simple and fast to build a profile and start using the app
Free version available
2 million active users
Range of singles (people looking for long term relationships/hookups/one night stands)
Location-based searching only
Hook up culture over long term relationships
Focus on looks over the profile
The messaging system on the site can sometimes fault

Is Grindr Legit

Grindr is one of the biggest sites in the world with over 3 million active users and is often considered the Tinder of the gay community. The app is legit, but as with any large, free dating app, there can be many spammy accounts on the site.

How Does Grindr Work?

Grindr works by using your location to help match you with other gay singles (or couples) in your local area. The geolocation cannot be turned off but will update if you travel, and the search radius can be changed easily. Users on the gay hookup sites are invited to build a profile and provide a selection of photos and indicate what type of relationship they’re looking for on gay sites.
Users are then shown a ‘cascade’ style screen that will show free users 100 member photos per day (the screen can be refreshed by “pulling down” the top of the screen. Users can use to explore more about their matches by clicking through their profile or deciding whether they like the look of the other Grindr members based on the photo they are shown. When two people like each other, they will become matched and can start a conversation in the private messaging area.

Member Structure

Grindr is one of the world’s most well-known LGBT and gay hookup sites globally and has over 3 million unique daily logins and 27 million worldwide users. Our review found the site is most popular with younger men – especially single gay men in the 25-34 age bracket – however, there are people from all age ranges on the Grindr App.
Gay singles on the site look for a range of different relationship types – hookups, swinging, online relationships, love, one night stands, etc. Users are invited to list the type of relationship they’re looking for – so every member profile can be matched more accurately.

Costs and Pricing Plans


Duration/ Credits Costs Total
1 Month 13.00 USD / Month 13.00 USD
3 Months 9.40 USD / Month 28.20 USD
12 Months 5.20 USD / Month 62.40 USD


Duration/ Credits Costs Total
1 Month 41.11 USD / Month 41.11 USD
3 Months 20.39 USD / Month 61.17 USD
12 Months 14.71 USD / Month 176.46 USD

Grindr Special Features

Gaymojis :

There are over 500 gay and LGBT emojis on the Grindr app that cannot be found on any other dating or social media platforms.


Send a flame to the member profile you like without having to send a message.


DAI helps you to hide the Grindr app when it’s been downloaded on your phone, keeping your love life discreet.

Security and Support

The website uses GPS, 4G, and WiFi to track your current location when using the app. Members can create “anonymous” accounts by leaving their profile vague and not including a photo. The site performs background checks on all users with the aim to limit spam accounts. The Grindr app will not link to other social media sites such as Facebook unless you link them yourself – meaning your account will not be traceable on social media.
Our Experience on Grindr

Sign Up Process

Sign Up Process
The Grindr app is downloaded directly from the app store or google on your phone; when you open the app you’re then invited to sign up. Signing up to the site is completely free and building a profile takes just a few minutes. You can sign up with your email account or Facebook profile if you would prefer, and you are not required to verify the account in any way.

Once you’ve registered, you will be invited to upload a photo that the Grindr app support team will need to approve. Once your photo is approved, the Grindr app team will then request further information to verify your age, birthday, gender, and identity before using the app.

Profile Creation

Profile Creation

Once you have had your photo and information approved by the Grindr app support team, you can get into a profile building mode. It is quick and easy to build a profile as there are few sections to fill in – however, most fields are not mandatory, and you can skip them and/or edit them later on.

You can only upload one photo at a time to the app, and the about me section must also be filled out. You can – if you wish – fill in the following sections too: age, height, weight, body type, ethnicity, relationship status, position, ‘My Tribes’, and ‘I’m Looking For’.



Unlike most gay dating sites, there is no search option to match with other members, and instead, users are matched with local profiles that have things in common. Users who match can contact each other freely on the site, while it is also possible to message people you haven’t matched with on the site – even with a free account. Members can also send Taps or flames to one another to indicate their interest and encourage a conversation.

Contact Other Users

The Grindr app offers two different ways to contact other members on the site, including sending messages – using their unique gaymojis – and using taps. Taps are often the most common way to say hello on the site, as you’re not required to start a conversation – but you can still let other users know you’re interested in them. Basic and free membership still allows you to message people in the same country as you for free.

Experts Conclusion
Our review found the Grindr app easy to use with simple functions and an easy to navigate platform. The site does have a problem with spam accounts – but that is expected from any free dating site or gay dating app. The app does help to bring matches together – however, the app encourages more casual relationships than serious ones for our experience. The app is great for young users looking to explore relationships but has problems for older people and looking for something more serious.


1. Is Grindr.com owned by Tinder?

Grindr was founded in Los Angeles in 2009 and is owned by San Vicente Acquisition LLC.

2. Can I renew my Grindr membership?

Renewal is automatic unless you cancel it.

3. How do I block another Grindr member?

Go to the member profile and block the account from the icon in the top corner.