In August 2013, Grindr released an updated version of the app which requires users to create an account.
Grindr says this was done to reduce spam and improve portability.
In May 2016, a group of computer scientists from Kyoto University had demonstrated to Andy Greenberg at Wired Magazine how location pinpointing is still possible even when the "show distance" feature is disabled., or any LBS app that shows photos of nearby users in order of proximity.
Grindr has been criticised for not taking sufficient action to prevent the display of offensive, racist, and homophobic language by some users.
Grindr was purchased by a private Chinese company in 2017, since which time the ads have become more aggressive and the pricing structure for Xtra has become considerably more expensive (it is now .99 a month).
Several studies have revealed that Grindr is a conduit for the solicitation of drugs among gay and bisexual men.
In April 2012, Grindr announced that About.com's readers named Grindr the Best Dating App for the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, with 74 percent of readers choosing Grindr over Are You Interested, SKOUT, Tagged, Tingle and Zoosk.
Separately, Grindr was crowned the winner of the 2012 i Date Awards in two of the 12 categories for Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology at the ninth annual Dating Industry & Internet Dating Conference in Miami.Grindr Xtra is the advertisement-free, subscription version of Grindr, which makes use of the Apple Push Notification Service.Additionally, Grindr Xtra contains features such as loading up to 300 users at once, unlimited blocking of other users and quickly swiping between profiles.The place to go is Soi Twilight that has many go go bars with shows such as BBB – Bangkok Best Boys or Future Boys.These shows are explicit and starting late at around 10.30 to 11.00 pm, held every odd hour until 2.00 am.