More Bears in More Places...
Winner of the 2014 Cybersocket award for "Best Hookup App" for gay men!
What's a Bear? A Bear is a masculine gay man who belongs to a very inclusive part the gay community. Some are have hairy, some are muscular, and some are heavy-set. ...And some are none of those things. Being a bear is about being yourself, and being accepted for it, and we are all amazing no matter how we are labeled.
With over 10,000,000 members worldwide, GROWLr allows you to meet other Bears from around the world or right in your own neighborhood. GROWLr is fast, reliable and easy to use.
It's the perfect way to meet guys and make friends whether you are sitting at home or traveling abroad. Send and receive private instant messages, live video calls, pictures and video. Add private posts and see what's new on your own customized feed. Complete and up-to-date Bear Run and Bear Bar listings. Galleries, Checkin features, Notes and More.
GROWLr allows only males 18 years or older. Photos depicting nudity or sex acts are strictly prohibited.
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GROWLr PRO Membership Subscriptions:
GROWLr PRO - 1 month, $9.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 3 months, $23.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 6 months, $44.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 1 year, $71.99 USD
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- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.
Terms of Service: http://www.growlrapp.com/tos
- Misc. bug fixes and performance enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
OK but needs UI improvements
The UI is very poorly designed. Clicking on a thumbnail brings up a page in which the top half is reserved for the profile main image, which rarely shows the entire image. You have to tap the image yet again to get a full screen view. The profile page should present the same image as the thumbnail only bigger.
Beneath the profile image is a horizontal bar of thumbnails, one of which is for the image currently occupying the top half of the profile page. It’s not space efficient and it’s redundant. Those repetitive icons should be replaced by a button with an ellipsis, thus freeing up valuable screen real estate.
Also, the icon placed at the lower right corner of the main profile image suggests editing when in fact tapping it brings up the profile’s feed entries. Additionally, this icon usually fails to work. Instead of displaying the feed it brings up the full screen main profile image unless tapped with a forefinger.
And the feed includes items for when a user has added a private photo, which is pretty useless to know unless that user has unlocked his photos for you.
The toggle controls are too wide and too close together vertically such that you have to be very carefully to select the correct one.
The UI is outdated, cumbersome and in desperate need of an update.
- Initech, LLC
- 49 MB
- Social Networking
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2010 Initech LLC
- In-App Purchases
- GROWLr PRO Membership $7.99
- GROWLr PRO Membership $3.99
- GROWLr PRO Membership $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.