The 10 Best Gay Dating Apps For iPhone And Android
There’s now a wide range of gay dating apps available to find love, a date, or just some casual fun.
We’ve compiled a list of the best gay dating apps for iPhone and Android and taken a look at some of their key features.
Whether you’re looking for a partner, a friend, or a friend with benefits, there’s an app for that! Here’s a list of the most popular gay dating apps currently available for iPhone and Android along with each applications key features.
Grindr was originally launched in 2009 and quickly became the most popular gay dating app. Grindr says it has over 6 million users across the globe and that this number is growing by 10,000 new users each day.
The apps creators also claim that up to 300,000 users are logged into Grindr at any given moment. Recent updates include the addition of ‘tribes’ which allows you to choose the group that you most connect to. As well, filter features that let you remove those guys that don’t interest you.
Available: iPhone and Android
Further Reading: Meet Grindr: How One Gay App Changed The Way We Connect by Jaime Woo
Scruff’s tagline reads “meet 8+ million gay guys in your neighborhood and around the world”. The app intuitively learns what kind of person you like with each swipe you make.
A recent update has introduced SCRUFF Venture, a new feature focused around gay travel. The feature allows you to connect with guys visiting now and arriving soon in destinations around the world. Using Venture, SCRUFF members can list and view places to rent on Airbnb and other services.
Hornet is a free app that claims to have six million users worldwide.
As well as allowing you to have both private and public photos, Hornet lets you find guys anywhere in the world. This helps with planning future business or pleasure trips ahead of time instead of last minute browsing upon arrival.
Recently, Hornet have been beta testing a web version of their network, making it more convenient to get into your conversations and browse guys around you from the comfort of your computer.
GROWLr is a gay dating app designed specifically for finding gay bears near you. It claims to have over 5 million members and you can view profiles from around the world or right in your own area.
Like other apps, you can send private messages and pictures, plus, it also features up-to-date bear bar listings in your local neighbourhood.
With this particular app, you can take the best of Manhunt’s popular website in your pocket – you can find guys close to you and have access to your buddy list.
Guy Spy offers unlimited chat and multiple photo uploads, plus, you can record and receive voice messages, exchange videos and instantly send your location.
If you choose to upgrade to GuySpy+, you can see who’s been checking out your profile, who’s added you as a favourite and who’s liked your photos.
For those looking for something a less risque than other apps, Distinc.tt may be the gay dating app for you.
Distinc.tt describes itself as “the first LGBT+ social network for people of all ages”. It’s the only gay dating app on iTunes approved for those 12 and up, which clearly differentiates it from our the other gay dating apps on this list and focuses more on socialising.
The Jack’d app boasts over 5 million users around the world and it claims to be “the fastest-growing gay app in the world”. The initial download is free and from there, there are some in-app purchases available, ranging in price from $4.99 – $24.99.
Jack’d is an app that doesn’t take itself too seriously, releasing this funny promotional video entitled “19th Birthday”…
PlanetRomeo describe themselves as “the experts in gay online dating for desktop, iOS & Android with more than 1.8 million active users worldwide.”
PlanetRomeo’s app is compatible with Apple Watch and other features include the ability to save your contacts and group them with tags. It also shows you a visitors’ list so you can see who’s been checking you out.
According to its founders, Manjam gives people in countries where same-sex relationships are criminalised the freedom to connect and express ideas openly without prejudice.
Manjam founder Mitch Munro says “In some countries being caught with a gay dating app installed on a mobile device could mean the difference between life and death. Allowing users to access Manjam.com without having to download an app is essential in countries where being gay is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, torture, or even death.”
Manjam’s creators claim it receives more than 3 million visitors and 67 million page views every month, across America, Europe, the Middle East and Southern Asia.
Available: Manjam works on your mobile, tablet and computer browser.
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u2nite is a 100% free gay dating app, allowing you to use all of its features and functionalities without any limitations.
Like most other gay dating apps, u2nite shows you other users in your area, however your search for partners is anonymous and secure as the app blurs your exact location.
What’s your best gay dating app? Which one’s have you used before? Which gay dating app gives you the most success? Leave your comment below or tweet us @rukkle.
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