Cast the first stone who never met someone through a dating app or website. A decade ago, it was a taboo to reveal the truth, when friends, acquaintances – or mum and dad – asked you where you met your new boyfriend for the first time. Nowadays, nobody will judge you when you introduce your boyfriend or the guy you are dating, if you say you first virtually met him.
Like in other big cities, it’s almost impossible to find a gay guy in Berlin who doesn’t have at least one dating app on his mobile phone. Even though the traditional gay cruising is still a thing in the German capital.
Grindr became almost a synonym for gay dating app. Its 3 million users spend an average of 54 minutes a day connected! Operating with the GPS of your phone or tablet, it helps you find all types of guys nearby.
It may look perfect, but not so many guys can be visualized on the grid of the free version. The trick is to use the filter features to narrow your search. It removes the profiles that you are not interested. There is no push notifications either. You must go online to check your messages. Another tip: Grindr has an interesting website that offers quite an interesting array of “good reads”.
Best known for its former name – GayRomeo – is also called by the locals “die blauen Seiten”, or the blue pages.
You can sort the men by distance from where you are, those who were most recently logged in, or anyone who is new in your area. The plus is the funny compilation of footprints, with a special mention for the horny pig – geile Sau, auf Deutsch.
Users can set their location anywhere they want, which can be very useful before traveling and they can also keep their location totally private, which can be annoying, because you never really know if the guy you are chatting with is really around.
There is a web version, with a complete search engine that is perfect to find your dreamy German daddy.
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While this app practically means hookup for straight people, for “the gays” it looks more like a Care Bears book. It’s one of the simplest dating apps: it uses your Facebook profile to create your Tinder one and your geographic location to find you the boy next door. You just need to swipe right and start a conversation. You can undo an accidental swipe if you subscribe to Tinder Plus.
The name says it all: Scruff is for hair lovers. On this app, you can find all the types of the furry hotties: from otters to wolves, polar bears and bulls. Yes, we like our “categories”!
The free version offers push notifications, showing the beginning of the message and also presents the funniest feature ever: the woof button, a kind of shoutout to your “target” guy.
The messages and photos shared are stored on the cloud, which is perfect if you want to do an “app rehab” and delete it for a while. On the other hand, be sure to quickly do a screenshot of that hot cock pic, as it will not be available anymore if you are a chat-active kind of hairy man – or chaser!
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Since 2011, Hornet has grown to 18 million total users and it can be defined as a “Grindr extended” app. You can see up to 4 uncensored profile photos and ask to unlock the XX ones. The nearby grid is endless, so you can scroll down like there’s no tomorrow!
Besides that, you can find guys anywhere around the world and get push notifications in the free version. Make sure to check out their website for some interesting and funny dating stories.
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Its military name delivers what you will find on this app: Fetish, fetish and more fetish. From the classic ones, like sportswear, leather and rubber to the kinkiest ones, like fighting, gunge and sounding (google it if you don’t know what it means!). The users rate doubles during the gay festivals like Leather Week on Easter and Folsom in September.
Expect a lot of headless torso profile pics and, since the number of profile views is limited, be sure to train your intuition and know which one hides a great surprise.
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*Article by Domingos Lepores. Edited by Tulio Edreira.
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