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Winner of the 2014 Cybersocket award for "Best Hookup App" for gay men!

What's a Bear? A Bear is a masculine gay man who belongs to a very inclusive part the gay community. Some are have hairy, some are muscular, and some are heavy-set. ...And some are none of those things. Being a bear is about being yourself, and being accepted for it, and we are all amazing no matter how we are labeled.

With over 10,000,000 members worldwide, GROWLr allows you to meet other Bears from around the world or right in your own neighborhood. GROWLr is fast, reliable and easy to use.

It's the perfect way to meet guys and make friends whether you are sitting at home or traveling abroad. Send and receive private instant messages, live video calls, pictures and video. Add private posts and see what's new on your own customized feed. Complete and up-to-date Bear Run and Bear Bar listings. Galleries, Checkin features, Notes and More.

GROWLr allows only males 18 years or older. Photos depicting nudity or sex acts are strictly prohibited.

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GROWLr PRO Membership Subscriptions:

GROWLr PRO - 1 month, $9.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 3 months, $23.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 6 months, $44.99 USD
GROWLr PRO - 1 year, $71.99 USD

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What’s New

Version 10.52

- Misc. bug fixes and performance enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25.3K Ratings

25.3K Ratings

bcstxboi ,

Love it!

This app is the greatest I’ve ever used, and the primary reason is because most of the profiles are people just like me instead of just a handful, and it’s NOT dominated by twinks and people looking for a fit and trim body. I’m a large guy. And I’m finding that most of the guys messaging me are looking for just that. I was practically ignored on every other social app I tried bc I didn’t look like a ken doll, and that takes a toll on your self esteem after a while. With Growlr, I had several people messaging and chatting with me within just a few hours after making a profile. I can’t believe the response. If you’re a guy with a few extra pounds (or you like them that way), and you’re sick and tired of the attitudes from the people looking for the perfect athletic body, I highly suggest you try this app. I think you’ll be surprised.

soundspz ,

Worth it!

Over the years it has always been a reliable source of contacts and chats with buddies all over the world. I enjoyed it much, and I hope it continues to work for years to come! Thx for the hard work guys!

As a suggestion, I find it could be improved: a feature that would allow me to ‘play’ with profiles (swipe left I like, swipe right you are amazing, swipe up let’s meet!) would add more time spent on the app itself, and the woofs and such could be immediately available instead of scrolling to find and use them.

NicK0ol ,

A buggy mess now

So GROWLr use to be a great app, and I was even a premium member a few points in time. However, GROWLr was sold to a bigger tech company in March 2019 for roughly 12 million. From then on, it went down hill from spam messages, constant ad pop ups that you can’t exit from because the X is placed off screen, or the ads don’t even load properly, either way you have to close the app, reopen it and cross your fingers that you don’t get a pop up ad.
Now the app doesn’t even load properly, and take forever for it to open. What’s worse, is you’ll get a notification that someone sent you a message, you go to open the app, lets say it opened quickly... but the message isn’t there. You can close the app and reopen it but that message still isn’t there. Don’t worry though, in an hour or two it’ll show up.

GROWLr should have never sold it, and the company that bought it should step up and fix it. This problem has been going on for God knows how long, and there hasn’t been an update.


Initech, LLC
49 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2010 Initech LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. GROWLr PRO Membership $7.99
  2. GROWLr PRO Membership $3.99
  3. GROWLr PRO Membership $9.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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