GROWLr Gay Bear Social Media

General description

GROWLr is an app for dating the bear kind of gay men. Its title and logo clearly show that. It’s described as free and fun. It was launched in 2010 in Columbus, Ohio, by Initech LLC and has gained 10 million members worldwide since then. The majority of users are in their 30s, 40s, and 50. Winner of the 2014 Cybersocket award for Best Hookup App for gay men.




Growlr Pro 1 month: $9.99

Growlr Pro 3 months: $23.99

Growlr Pro 6 months: $44.99

Growlr Pro 12 months: $71.99

Flash!/Shout! 1 month: $4.99



  • Quick registration
  • No pre-moderation of profile photos
  • The best profile interface
  • Woofs included in messages
  • Travel indicator
  • The bulletin of bear-centric events
  • Free chat
  • Exchanging pictures for free
  • 5 slots for private photos
  • A positive atmosphere (less sarcasm in conversations)
  • Photos depicting nudity or sex acts are strictly prohibited


  • Many ads in a free version
  • The number of favourites is limited: 75
  • Messages disappear for technical reasons
  • Growlr galleries are useless, impossible to find or meet the men from it
  • Vague and fake profiles happen
  • No desktop version

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Users’ comments:

“I stay with this app for 2 years now although I get tired of ads and fakes sometimes. Still, I am a huge fan of bears and there are plenty of them here. I didn’t miss even one weekend without meeting someone new which is a serious advantage. No chances to meet a lifetime partner here though. Although other gay apps are also for fun only, it’s a bit frustrating. One day we get mature enough to spend a longer period of time with the same person.” (James, 32, Bahamas)

“Everything started for me from this app, GROWLr! I met my first man here! Maybe nothing to be proud of, but it was so cool. I am still here and I recommend it to all my friends. I was told a stable sugar daddy can be found here too, but most of the bears I met here were simple guys and not sponsors. Anyways, I enjoy it here, almost no bugs, although no big quality either. It helps to kill the time and flirt or have a quick hookup anywhere.” (Matt, 24, Toronto)


Expert’s opinion:

GROWLr is a specialized bear gay dating app which quality is ok but not sky high. It isn’t trendy, isn’t stylish, and isn’t ultra modern, that’s probably why it is rated rather for older folks than for youth. There are both handsome guys and average guys among them. Reportedly, there are also professionals of different kinds who offer their services for money. Some fake profiles are present too. But these disadvantages are typical for today apps and can be easily forgiven.

But that’s the content thing. As to the search process, it became more annoying lately because of the enormous number of ads and commercials popping up all the time. GROWLr doesn’t crash very often so it can be called more reliable and relaxing than some other ones. Although it is called “Grindr for poor”, it just has another specialty and options, and after all, a paid Pro version is still better than a free one. Plus, there’s mostly another age category that doesn’t tend to waste so many funds on hookups.

As a final conclusion, we would say that GROWLr meets users’ expectations since 2010 till now, even though those expectations are rarely about lasting relationships. It’s a calm and reassuring platform where every bear can find a pleasant companion for an evening or for the upcoming trip. Its plus is a wide territory of members’ location including Europe, Asia, UK, Canada, US, even Russia and Indonesia where other gay apps may be restricted. It’s popular literally in every spot of the world so it cannot be completely bad. We would say that other gay dating apps that seem to be more famous, let users down much more often so GROWLr is definitely worthy of our recommendations if not a complete delight.


Expert’s Rating

Overall                       4 stars

Price                           5 stars

Features                      4 stars

Communication          4 stars

Safety                         4 stars

Customer Support      4 stars

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