Grindr is a geo-social networking app aimed at gay, bi, trans and queer people, designed to help them connect with each other through proximity, chat and photo sharing.
Free users can view up to 100 profiles at a time, while paid or ‘Xtra’ users can view 600 profiles at a time. Grindr Xtra includes additional features such as filtering, saving, unlimited blocking and favourites, locking the app with a PIN, searching outside the local area and linking social media pages to the account.
Grindr is rated 18+. The sign-up process requires a date of birth, password and email address, however there is no way to verify these details.
As with any third-party entity, discretion is advised when providing personal details. Never include sensitive information in profiles such as telephone numbers, full names, addresses or birthdates.
Safety concerns have been raised about Grindr and other geo-location apps being used for triangulation — a method of pin-pointing a user’s exact location — even when the ‘show location’ function is disabled. Users are advised to be mindful of these potential risks when using geo-location apps.
The app is free to download and sign up to, with the premium version available via in-app purchase. Grindr Xtra purchases will automatically renew once the initial period ends. Cancellations must be completed 24 hours before the first term expires.
Users can block or report profiles that breach community guidelines, are inappropriate, offensive, fake or where the person appears to be underage.
All complaints and support requests are made directly via the app or a form on their website. Grindr does not provide any further contact details.
If you are unsatisfied with how your complaint has been handled, contact the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for advice.