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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 4,500,000 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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- 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 9.01

- iPad support
- Optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
- Send Meet Requests to nearby users
- Travel indicators for users that are new to the area
- New "I Am" and "Looking For" types
- Directly access your messages from search results
- Misc. bug fixes and performance enhancements


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Customer Reviews

Great App For Us Bears and Bear Lovers

I've only been been using these apps for not quite a year and out of all of them, Growlr is the one that works for me and the kinds of guys I like. I started with Grindr because it was the one I'd hear the most about. I used it for maybe a week before I realized it was not for me. Then I tried Scruff. I like the format and it has a some cool features, like the would you meet, but some are just not necessary and quote inaccurate (the feature that shows people the kinds of guys you're interested in based on the profiles you view. Great app, but it has become too much like Grindr, a lot of Vapid Gay Men that self obsessed, but with more hair.
While I'm sure there are guys on Growlr I would never consider meeting, I'm more likely to find guys I like.

Best app for bears, but could use some work.

Growlr is the best app for bears and I do really enjoy it. That being said... Only reason I'm withholding a star is because I'd like to have a way to delete several messages at once, without clearing all my messages..

I also don't like that there's a limit to my favorites.. 275 goes faster than you'd think..

And I think there should be a feature that lets the other person see if you've read their message or not. Nothing bugs me more than seeing I have 4 or 5 messages from 1 person and they're butt-hurt because I haven't responded quick enough for them, when I haven't even read the message!! So I know I would greatly appreciate that feature.

Great app for Bear Trapping!

I find this app very appealing and easy to use. I upgraded right away and like the functionality. It would be cool to have a distinction of who's paid and who hasn't. Maybe if guys see more paying than not it would be considered the thing to do. It's not expensive.
As far as improvements, it would be nice to keep notes attached to the guy rather than a separate notes section. Also, when you look at the messages (read/unread) it would've nice to see their screen name there too rather than open the message, open their profile again cuz I haven't the ability to remember anything. LOL!!

GROWLr: Gay Bear Social Network
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.01
  • Size: 11.8 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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