Growlr Review – All You Need to Know

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Julia Bendis
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Considering the amount of dating sites that are available on the web, it is expected that any site you wish to join meets certain expectations. The world is rife with shady characters in bars and clubs, which is why sites like GROWLr provide gay dating services. This dating site review seeks to capture the ins and outs of said site, with a particular interest in the platform’s features. Find out if GROWLr is all it claims to be or if it’s just another glorified classifieds site.

Hits and Misses

So what’s in store for new GROWLr members?
Chat features are free on this dating site.
It focuses primarily on gay men – users know what to expect upon registering.
The site is exceptionally good (and exclusively) on mobile devices.
There is a huge pool of members in the USA for excellent gay dating.
Location settings work well to connect you with members nearby.
It’s meant for gays – but it fully embraces the LGBTQ community.
Registration is short and sweet – create your profile in less than 2 minutes.
There is no desktop version available.
It may not sit well with gay men seeking men only, as the site now boasts women.
User registration not possible via Facebook or Instagram.
Easy registration makes for less than adequate profiles and potentially unsafe dating.
Unregistered/unverified members can view profiles.
The app seems to be outdated.
Memberships are quite pricey compared to competitors.

What Is GROWLr?

It’s safe to say the site meets the standards of a dating app. It was created primarily to connect gay, like-minded men for intimate chats, and since it has grown to include the LGBTQ community. Incepted in 2010, the site has grown to a large user base, with users joining from all over the world.
Members:The site claims to have 4,200,000 global members
Best for:Men and women seeking bisexual or same-sex relations
User base: Men and women from the LGBTQ community
Recommended age: 25 - 35

Membership Base – Who’s on This Site?

With 10,000 active members weekly and 60 % of that number being males, our review couldn’t ascertain if the profiles were of real members.

App – GROWLr Gone Mobile?

The only way to access this dating site is via the application – there is no desktop version available. It is neat for on-the-go users, but not everyone is tech-savvy enough to enjoy the mobile-app dating experience.

Costs and Prices – Pay or Go Away?

While there is no mobile version available, it is above average in terms of pricing compared to other sites.
1 month
$9.99/1 month
3 month
$8.00/1 month
6 month
$28.80/1 month
12 month
$6.00/1 month

GROWLr Features

Location-based searching - it lets you find “bears” based on proximity, favorites, and online activity.
Check in to public areas near you, and the app will connect you with members in the vicinity.
Bars listings - a section highlighting bars that have a huge influx of bears, usually listed with the closest one to you first.
Events listings - get to see what bashes, e.g., birthdays, bears will be attending.
This site seems to boast a load of features, but they all cater to the same thing – meets. The site could use improvement or innovation with more useful features.

Safety on the Website

It can be said little regarding safety on GROWLr. Seeing as it’s an app-only site, your phone will facilitate most of the security measures because little is known about TSL encryption on the site. The ease of profile creation raises suspicion as to the authenticity of GROWLr ads.

Our Experience on GROWLr

sign up process on growlr

Sing up Process

The signup process will leave you eager to begin browsing the boatload of personals available. However, the process takes a mere two minutes (or less). There are limited verification and background checks, which leaves users wondering about the authenticity of profiles. Also, members would prefer to sign up on the site via their Facebook or Instagram, which isn’t possible.
growlr profile

Profile – Creation and Visuals

The profiles are wanting, to say the least, because photo uploads aren’t required upon GROWLr sign up. The dating experience is a tad boring, too, because it seems updates aren’t scheduled regularly. Profile information is scanty, and fake profiles were detected in the GROWLr review.
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Dating is accessible only on the GROWLr app, which isn’t cluttered, but it seems outdated and could use an upgrade. Searching for members is free. Engage in gay dating using multiple parameters, including who is online or nearby. To reach out to more people, personally or for business, there is a SHOUT option.
contacting on growlr


GROWLr members can enjoy video and voice chats. Chatting is free for everyone to engage members and plan for intimate gay dating, but this is where it gets tricky. Our review noted a couple of fake profiles, which means contact, may involve several Bots and scammers. With the lack of a vetting process for profiles, this dating site leaves you browsing at your peril.

Review Conclusion

After browsing a few gay dating sites, I had to search for something cheaper, and boy, did I get it. The site’s features are very enticing for friendly dating, coz it facilitates free messages, including videos. I would have preferred a site that verifies ads, even if it would mean me taking longer to get registered.
Is GROWLr Safe?

We cannot ascertain safety on the site because profiles aren’t vetted before approval.

Is GROWLr Legit?

It provides a dating service for countless users worldwide and is recognized as a legal dating app.

Is GROWLr Free?

The site is free to join, but video chatting and ad-free surfing is a paid option.

Try GROWLr dating app for free today – keep in mind other gay dating apps offer more value.