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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 6,000,000 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, pictures and video. 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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What's New in Version 9.50

- NEW VIDEO FEATURE! Add up to 30 seconds of video to your profile.
- Misc. bug fixes and performance enhancements.


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Customer Reviews

A breath of fresh bear

Everything about Growlr is refreshing: the app structure, the clear guidelines, the message thread behavior, the powerful search/browse tool (phrasing), but most especially the options we're given for reporting users that are misbehaving, willfully or otherwise. It feels like there's a customer service structure behind the scenes ready to take my feedback seriously. Most of the dudes that I've spoken to on Growlr have been respectful and decently-mannered (with the notable exception of the usual proto-stalkers in my town). I haven't been contacted and judged by freelance activists patrolling profiles for anything that might run contrary to their own private preferences (like on Scruff or Grindr) and I feel comfortable enough to interact honestly. I love the puns at startup, except for the one about the app being so easy that a 'straight' guy could do it. (C'mon, fellas!) I'm stoked for Growlr. I'd planned on giving Growlr four stars (due to the UI, reminiscent of iOS 6) but I decided on five out of five stars. Awesome app! Awesome culture! Thank you! (Also: who came up with "Initech LLC"?! That's hilarious!)

Spams, scammers and fools

This app is like s joke! Sometimes good sometimes worthless! It have to many scammers or spams or just people whom pretend to be other come with the story of peace keeping or crap like that and they are just after one thing (money or still your identity) this app should have better option to prevent those type of things like better report page or comments and no just report photos or pictures not everything is about photos it other things that we should worry about to report like spams, scammers, identity theft stilling pictures and pretending to be someone else! This report page should have comment box so we can explain better what's wrong with this freak users instead to try to charge for everything upgrading to pro! Growlr do something with this thief prevent to save pictures when people view our profiles do better filter with location, locations should be required not an option for this thief everybody should have the obligation to view how far or close this person are do something for our bear community don't make us look like fools when this scammers comes and ask for money or still our identities. Growlr owner do something and be better!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Needs a serious update

The ads have become so intrusive on this app its ridiculous. They pop up on your screen and do not allow you to continue for 15 seconds or more. WORSE is when a video ad pops up and blares music when you use the app. I understand the need to make money with an app but some advertising is going beyond the pale. What is the developer doing wit the money he rakes in? The app STILL looks and feels old. Other “scruffier” apps constantly update, and while they have a pay model, the ads are not so intrusive as to not be in your face.

It’s no doubt that this is a fun app to use. Seeing all the people and chatting, etc. But what needs to reviewed is the functionality of the app, not the people using it, and this one is terrible.

The developer constantly hounds you to upgrade to “Pro" but the app itself hasn’t even been updated to look, feel, and work like an iOS8 app. Each iteration of the app takes something AWAY from users to entice them to upgrade to a “Pro” version. Don’t get me started with the fact that it STILL isn’t iPad compatible. That is just a sorry app developer. The iPad has been out since 2010! All the other gay social apps have been updated to work with an iPad.

The app in it’s current iteration crashes all the time and there are many GUI problems like the keyboard disappearing.

GROWLr: Gay Bear Social Network
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.50
  • Size: 14.9 MB
  • Language: English
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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