How to Use GROWLr for iPhone

Meet men and find your tribe with the gay dating app for iOS

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GROWLr is a mobile dating app for men who are interested in or identify as "bears." According to GROWLr, bears are "muscular or heavy set, hairy, and ruggedly masculine gay men." Creating a profile is free, but with GROWLr Pro for iPhone, you can remove ads, add more pictures, and video chat with other like-minded men.

Information in this article applies to the GROWLr app for iOS. There is also a version of GROWLr for Android.

How to Use the GROWLr Menu

After you log in or create a new profile, you'll come to the main menu screen. Here, you'll find all the ways you can interact with the app and the GROWLr community:

  • Bears: View profiles of users online from around the world.
  • Messages: View your messages and chat logs.
  • Viewers: See who has been checking out your profile.
  • Video Calls: This feature is only available for iPhone users who have a GROWLr pro account, so you cannot video chat with all other members.
  • My Feed: See a log of your recent app activity.
  • Profile: View and edit your profile.
  • Galleries: View photos from other members.
  • Search: Search for other members based on location, age range, height, etc. Upgrade to GROWLr pro to unlock additional search filters.
  • SHOUT!: Available as an in-app purchase, this feature sends a message to all users in a defined area that have been active in the last week. 
  • FLASH!: Available as an in-app purchase, this feature unlocks your private media, such as pictures, to all users in a specific area.
  • Checkins: Share your current location and find nearby guys.
  • Meets: Display any meet-up requests you have sent or received.
  • Events: Search for festivals, parties, and other bear-friendly events in your area.
  • Bars: Find local bars that bears like to frequent.
After you log in or create a new profile, you'll come to the main menu screen.

How to Browse Profiles on GROWLr

When you tap Bears on the main menu, you will be presented with a grid of online users. Tap an image to open that user's profile. At the bottom of the screen, you will find three options for displaying GROWLr users:

  • Online displays all users who are currently online from around the world.
  • Nearby displays users who are geographically close to you (if you allowed GROWLr to track your location)
  • Favorites shows you the users you have tagged as favorites.
Tap Bears on the main menu, then tap an image to open that user's profile.

How to View GROWLr Galleries

If you're mostly interested in looking at pictures, then you can filter your searches to only include users with photos on their profiles, or you can select Galleries from the main menu to sort users with pictures by various criteria.

Select Galleries from the main menu to sort users with pictures by various criteria.

How to Check In on GROWLr for iPhone

To share your location with other GROWLr users:

  1. Tap Checkins on the main menu.

  2. Select a location from the list, or type the name of your location into the search field to find it.

  3. Tap Check In to share your location.

    Select a location, then tap Check In to share your location.

Your location will now appear under the Checkins tab on your profile for other GROWLr users to see.

How to Send a GROWLr Shout

The shout feature broadcasts a mass message to all users within a 5, 10, or 20-mile radius based on your iPhone GPS location for a fee. Shout messages appear in other users' inboxes just like regular instant messages, and your identity is visible to the recipient.

This feature is a great way to market a business or make connections when you're in a new place. To send out a shout:

  1. Tap SHOUT! on the main menu.

  2. Tap the Location field to choose your current location or a different city.

  3. Tap the Radius to define how wide an area to broadcast your message.

  4. Enter your message in the text field.

  5. Tap Purchase to send your message.

    The shout feature broadcasts a mass message to all users within a 5, 10 and 20-mile radius based on your iPhone GPS location for a fee.

Shouts are billed through your iTunes account. Rates start at $4.99.