Grindr is a popular social network for gay and bi men. It utilizes location data from devices to enable real-life connections. The app runs on certain versions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as on thousands of devices running on Android. It really works better on mobile devices but if you want to Use Grindr on Your PC or laptop, here is a guide on how you can do so.
Installing The Software / Use Grindr on Your PC
First of all, you’re going to have to install some software on your system that “emulates,” in other words, makes it look like and function like a mobile device. Because in order to install it, you’ll need to have the right permissions available on your computer to enable you to install new software. Depending on where you work and what your role is, you may or may not have the right to put new software on your system — sometimes these rights are reserved for the people who manage and maintain your work computers. Assuming you do have the rights, you’ll need to select an emulator to install — there are many available for PCs that will simulate either the Android or the iOS experience. If you have a Mac, there is a tool called a Simulator available in a set of Apple Developer Tools called XCode.
Once you install the emulator, you’ll be able to search for and find the Grindr application just like you’d be able to on an iOS or Android device. You can then open it within the simulated environment on your desktop or laptop computer.
Tread with Care
Even if you have the right permissions to allow you to install software on your computer. Some companies have strict policies regarding how equipment provided by the employer can be used — and may have mechanisms in place to track your activity. You don’t want to be the guy who gets called into the boss’ office because the IT department reported that you’ve put some third-party software on your system and have been logging in to it for extensive amounts of time.
some of the emulators can be tricky to install and are often reported as being slow, and “buggy.” Lastly, some of the features in Grindr may not work as expected since they are being used in an environment that they were never intended for. One of the biggest concerns would be whether your location information would show up correctly if it even showed up at all. Grindr uses the GPS technology in your mobile device to identify your location, which it then uses to “find guys near you, anytime, anywhere.” If your location information isn’t available or doesn’t show up correctly, you may be presented with a few matches or matches that aren’t in your area.
It might be best to save your Grindr sessions for your breaks and off-work hours when you can comfortably use your phone or tablet to browse and interact.