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GROWLr: Gay Bear Social Network

By Initech LLC

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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 5,000,000 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 and pictures. Complete and up-to-date Bear Run and Bear Bar listings. Blogs, 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, $7.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 3 months, $19.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 6 months, $36.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 1 year, $59.99 USD

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- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.

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What's New in Version 9.2

- New FLASH! Feature: Instantly unlock your private photos for all users in a specific area.
- Misc. Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.


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Customer Reviews

Full Screen Video Ads

Growlr really dropped the ball in the last update. It now includes full screen video ads that play sound even if the phone is muted. So ... no more using Growlr at work or anywhere in public where I don't want sound playing. No more using Growlr when I'm not connected to wifi and don't want my limited data to be consumed with videos I did not ask to play. There is another app that has the same people on it without the new aggravations Growlr added with this update. That's what I'll be using now. On another note, the new feature that allows a person to unlock private pics to everyone in the area ... how does that get pass the Apple censors? We all know the locked pics are nudes. Unlocking your pics to 1000 people at once is essentially equivalent to having a nude pic on your profile, which Apple does not allow.

RIP, Growlr

This used to be my favorite app, but since the latest update, there's been nonstop pop-up ads, video ads playing at full volume (even on mute) and you virtually can't click on a menu option without -- you guessed it -- another ad popping up. I've been routed to the App Store so many freaking times when I wanted to look at a guy's profile, it's upsetting.

I get that Coley (Growlr creator) and his husband are the sole staff/tech support on this, but this is NOT how you make money off an app. Lower the subscription prices! Lower price = more guys will try it and if they like the paid version, they WILL keep on. But bombarding your users with ads? You're going to end up with people leaving. When I find myself going to GuySpy, Hornet and Scruff over Growlr -- and trust, I DESPISE Scruff! -- that says something.

Fix Growlr, please!

Only good as a paid subscriber

I paid for the app for about a year and it was great. No ads, lots of guys. But i decided to go unpaid because of a few hinges like being optimized for iPhone 6 (I only use an iPod) so the main screens look tiny. The flash feature? Great now people who can't get people to talk to them pay so you're forced to see their junk. Since I've been unpaid the ads are horribly intrusive. The fact that everyone whose blog I followed is now gone and it won't let me follow ANYONE is horrible. I'm completely deleting the app. I'm sure the guys who run it are nice guys, but with too many features you have to pay to use, it's not worth it.

GROWLr: Gay Bear Social Network
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.2
  • Size: 11.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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