Profile creation is a fairly minimal experience, focusing on a profile pic, user name, and a few simple questions, and choosing a "Tribe" that describes your type, and then you're up finding other users and chatting them up in minutes.
Grindr is free to use and advertisement-supported, but the premium version, Grindr Xtra, offers ad-free browsing in addition to other features like adding multiple Tribes and advanced search filters. Unlike other dating apps, push notifications for messages require Grindr Xtra.
While the app is free to use and sign up for, a premium subscription adds extra features.
Grindr (Android, i OS) allows gay and bisexual men to meet up with like-minded men nearby.
Match is also testing out a phone-based service called Ask Match that puts you in touch with a dating coach for advice and pointers.
Ask Match is currently available in New York City, though the dating service hopes to bring it nationwide by 2020.
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But rather than rest on their laurels, OKC keeps refining and adding on features to its apps, such as a new system of "Flavors" that allows users to quickly view evocative flavors of potential matches, such as Kinky Nerds, Beard Lovers, World Travelers, etc.Created as a counterpoint to other prominent gay dating apps — and to put a greater emphasis on safety — Chappy (Android, i OS) is backed by Bumble and part of the bigger Badoo network of dating services.Chappy aims to provide a safe, fun place for gay men to date, with features like account verification, mandatory confirmed profile pics, and photo moderation.You create a simple profile with a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself, then throw yourself at the Internet's mercy. If you like one, swipe the photo to the right; otherwise, swipe to the left.If you both swipe right, you can send messages and set something up.You can Like photos of other users, and if the interest is mutual, the app will link you up to chat.