Top Ten Hookup Apps For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender(LGBT)

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Hookup apps have become pervasive in today’s modern society.  It seems there are more and more apps appearing in the app store every day, many of which offer a focused on specific groups of people and others that just seem like poor knockoffs of the most popular apps.  Of all of these apps, there is a large number that caters to gay Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender.  While Grindr and Scruff are the most well known and popular, there are many others that are gaining the attention, and use, of the community.  Following are brief reviews of the top ten hookup apps for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender.

Grindr App
Grindr App

Grindrwww.grindr.com

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 3.6 out of 5   Installs: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

App store: 2.1 out of 5   2.4K Ratings

Launched in 2009, Grindr is the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people around the world.  With over ten million users worldwide and boasting millions of active users online every day from countries around the world, Grindr connects people with a growing LGBTQ community anywhere they are.  Grindr is more than just a way to meet and chat with people who share similar interests and preferences, it provides a welcoming window into a passionate and progressive lifestyle by facilitating a social media platform to share and collaborate on any topic of interest to its community.

Grindr actively pursues its mission to promote justice, health, safety, and more for the LGBTQ community around the world.  Its wide-ranging initiatives impact communities on the issues that matter the most to them.  The company is passionate about mobilizing, informing and empowering its users so that together, its unified voice is heard.

 

Scruff App
Scruff App

Scruff –  https://www.scruff.com/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.3 of 5   Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000
App store: 4.6 out of 5   7.1K Ratings

Targeting more masculine, scruffy men than Grindr, Scruff is a top-rated gay dating app and social media site with over 12 million members representing a diverse community of gay, bi, trans, and queer guys around the world.  Highly rated in the app store and with powerful search tools and filters, the app empowers members to quickly narrow down the field and discover interesting guys.  Send a Woof to a cutie, view and chat with local guys only or anyone around the world.  Check out who is interested in you with only a click.

Scruff Match presents a new set of guys every day.  Using artificial intelligence, as you use the app its gets smarter and learns what kind of guys you are interested in.  Scruff is also a social guide to gay events and parties happening around the world to better connect its users with the community.  Scruff Venture is a global travel companion helping people plan amazing vacations.

 

Growlr App
Growlr App

GROWLr —   http://www.growlrapp.com/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.1 out of 5   Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000
App store: 4.4 out of 5  8.1K Ratings

Launched in 2010 and among the highest ranked in the app store based on customer satisfaction reviews, GROWLr is the complete social networking app for gay bears and those that love them.  With more than eight million users and winner of the 2014 Cybersocket award for Best Hookup App For Gay Men, GROWLr members can view profiles from around the world, send and receive private messages and pictures or videos.  The site also offers up-to-date bear run and bear bar listings.

Although more littered with tips and popups, the site offers a wide selection of interesting people who are ready to chat.  With a geography selection feature and the ability to shout to others online, there are a variety of features that make using GROWLr interesting and entertaining such as the ability to show more than one photo without unlocking them.  The social aspect of the app gives a true sense of the bear community.

 

Surge App
Surge App

Surge –  http://www.surgeapp.co/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.5 out of 5    Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000
App store: 4.6 out of 5     2.6K Ratings

With a five-star rating in the app store and touting itself as the cutting-edge gay dating app, Surge empowers guys to discover hot gay men nearby and claims to be the fastest growing gay dating and social networking app in the app store.  Offering dating, friendship, and long-term relationships, Surge is an open platform that encourages people to be themselves with no labels.  Surge is changing the way gay men approach new, sexy guys.

With a swiping feature similar to Tindr, Surge lets users start chatting with interesting guys right away.  Surge offers some good features, especially for premium members.  These members can manually select geographies, reverse swipe decisions and chat only with selected favorites.  Its Power Like feature lets a hot guy see that you like him before he swipes left or right on your photo.

Known for being highly similar to Tindr, Surge offers more profile stats, but trades off that benefit with more advertisements.  Create a profile with five public and three private pics but send personal videos and pics to a special guy that disappear quickly.

 

Hornet App
Hornet App

Hornet –  https://love.hornet.com/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.0 out of 5     Installs:5,000,000 – 10,000,000
App store:  3.1 out of 5    343 Ratings

Released in 2011, Hornet is the world’s premier gay social network, enabling gay men to connect in meaningful ways.  A social media community for gay men that offers more than just dating, Hornet also facilitates business networking, job searching, explore moving, or to plan a vacation.  One of the highest rated apps in the app store, with over seven million users, and similar in design and user interface to DaddyHunt, the sleek design is inviting and easy to use with few ads.

Hornet offers a large number of guys that you can view at once with multiple pictures of each guy readily available.  There is no limit to how many profiles one can search even with the free version, you can even forward profiles to friends.  The free version allows for up to four public and private photos and its explore feature lets users connect with others anywhere in the world, which is especially handy for anyone who travels a lot.  The premium service allows members to see which users visited their profiles.

 

Romeo App
Romeo App

Romeohttps://www.planetromeo.com/en/app/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.1 out of 5    Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000
App store: 4.1 out of 5    1.2K Ratings

Experts in online dating since 2002 and getting its start in Germany, Romeo is Europe’s number one gay social network connecting millions of gay men all around the world.  With over two million users worldwide, the app provides a friendly environment for all gay, bi, and transgenders to fully live and experience all aspects of their lives.  At Romeo, you can show it, talk about it, share it, and live it.

Romeo’s users, also called Romeos, create a profile that includes a physical description, personal interests, and photos.  The user can classify his photos into one of five categories depending on how explicit they are.  Users can set a location anywhere in the world while keeping their current location private.  In addition to personal messaging, any user can create a club or guide profile and encourage people with similar interests to join in.  Users can express their level of interest in others with fun icons.

 

VGL App
VGL App

VGL –  https://vgl.me/

Installs and Ratings:

App store: 4.8 out of 5   4.2K Ratings

Launched in 2013, VGL promotes itself as the number one gay dating app for twinks and jocks between the ages of 18 and 35.  The app allows its members to browse and messages as many members as desired for free, as well as to post and view an unlimited number of public and private photos.

The app offers a few unique features that make working with the app a bit more interesting.  The app encourages users to rank one another and the highest ranked profiles are placed into a Hottest category.  However, only VIP members can talk to this category.  Members can also follow each other to quickly build a network from their favorite’s photo posts.  Likes and comments can be a useful attention-getter or flirting technique, and its scroll down My Feed shows the latest photo uploads.  The user interface could use some improvements with information sometimes being placed on top of a photo.  Compare to other apps on this list the VIP service is a bit more expensive than others.

 

Disco App
Disco App

DISCO

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.5 out of 5   Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

DISCO is a brand-new chat and dating app for gay men.  Claiming over twenty million members and more than 100,000 joining every day, with DISCO it is easy to find a hot guy.  Free to use, the app celebrates diversity and welcomes all gay, bi and transgender people.  DISCO is dedicated to presenting the most exciting gay people nearby for its users to choose who they like and who they don’t like.  The app is an excellent way to discover new friends, start a relationship, or just keep things interesting and casual.

 

Jack'd App
Jack’d App

Jack’dhttps://jackdapp.com/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.0 out of 5    Installs: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

App store: 1.5 out of 5    229 Ratings

Jack’d is a location-based mobile app for gay, bisexual, and curious guys to meet other guys anywhere, anytime.  One of the highest rated apps in the app store based on customer satisfaction reviews, and a more affordable choice that Grindr and Scruff with premium rates starting at just over two dollars per month, Jack’d is geared toward young gay black men and is dominated by men of color.  The app is less anonymous that Grindr and is more geared toward dating than just hooking up.

Launched in 2010 and with over five million users, its premium service is less than five dollars per month, a cheaper alternative than the industry-leading apps.  With a functional interface and location-based connections, there are some improvements that could be made to more quickly facilitate connections.  The free version limits the numbers of profiles that can be viewed each day but users can message others without matching or wait until a match is made.  The app also has a reputation for eating up memory on the smartphone.

 

Blued App
Blued App

Blued –  http://www.blued.cn/v4/en-US/

Installs and Ratings:

Google play store: 4.0 out of 5    Installs:1,000,000 – 5,000,000
App store: 3.1 out of 5   94 Ratings

Launched in 2012 initially as a Chinese gay dating app, Blued has now blossomed into a more widespread and widely used gay dating app.  Blued is one of the world’s most popular free gay social apps with over fifteen million users worldwide.  It is the fastest, easiest and more fun way to connect with nearby gay men.

Blued lets users check out other profiles and blogs, follow other users, share status updates, photos and videos, and send text or voice messages.  The app’s accurate geolocation feature empowers men to check out guys nearby or in a certain location, which is handy for people who travel often.  It lets users send voice messages and stickers to any other users.  Blued is an excellent app for the social media gay guy who wants to tell their story, share adventures and has an impact on other’s lives.