Gay Dating Apps – die 5 besten Apps im Vergleich

Es gibt allerhand Gay Dating Apps auf dem Markt. Jede davon bedient einen etwas anderen Nutzerwunsch. Hier finden Sie die fünf besten Dating-Apps für Schwule und Bisexuelle mit Ihrem jeweiligen Dating-Fokus.

Gay Dating Berlin

Online Dating für Schwule und Lesben dreht sich oft um das schnelle Vergnügen. Nicht so bei gayPARSHIP. Hier füllt man einen Persönlichkeitstest aus und bekommt dann passende Partnervorschläge zugeschickt. Homosexuelle aus Berlin, die auf der Suche nach einer echten Partnerschaft sind, haben so sehr gute Chancen, ihren schwulen Partner oder ihre lesbische Partnerin fürs Leben zu finden.

 Gay Dating Berlin

The best gay travel apps out there!

Which are your favourite gay apps for travelling boys?

Since we began travelling in our more (ahem!) junior years, smartphones didn’t even exist…Cue our elder Millennial lecture about the good old days…

Back then, the Internet was limited to email, ICQ and Windows Live Messenger. When it came to travelling, we simply had a Lonely Planet guide, a compass (for the geeks amongst us), an alarm clock on our wristwatch, a walkman with a few spare cassette tapes, those old-style cameras and a few spare negatives… (and naturally, plenty of spare condoms/lube, let’s not leave out the essentials!)

In this day and age, our iPhones have pretty much become our main go-to-item for almost everything, with apps to cover all the things above, and more. Whilst we appreciate this has made us lazier (that conversion of Indian rupees to dollars, forget doing it in your head, just whip out the smartphone and voila!), it’s also made us more efficient with both time and how we spend our money.

After many years of travelling all around the world, we’ve put together our top favourite gay travel apps we love using and have become so dependant on. A few points to bear in mind:

The best gay travel apps out there!

Wo findet Gay-F2F in Berlin statt?

In folgenden Gegenden finden sich einige Gay Bars, die wir für das Gay F2F Dating in Berlin auch bevorzugen. Es nehmen aber auch andere Bars teil. Einige schwule Wirte und Barkeeper haben uns angesprochen, ob wir es nicht bei ihnen machen wollen, auch wenn sie offiziell keine Gay Bar sind.

1-2 Tage vor dem Event versenden wir den Ablaufplan mit den genauen Bars.

 Wo findet Gay-F2F in Berlin statt?

Wie viele Personen lerne ich an einem Gay Event in Berlin kennen

Pro Tisch sitzen 4-8 Personen. Alle sind Personen deines Geschlechts, da Schwule und Lesben getrennte Runden haben. Das heißt du lernst immer mindestens 3 neue Personen deines Geschlechts pro Tisch kennen. Da du in 3 Barrunden bist, sind das also mindestens 9 Personen (3 Bars x 3 Personen). In der Regel sind es aber immer mehr Leute, die du triffst.

 Wie viele Personen lerne ich an einem Gay Event in Berlin kennen

Seit wann gibt es F2F Gay Dating in Berlin

Das Hetero Event gibt es sehr erfolgreich seit 2013 in Berlin. Die Gay Variante ging dann 2 Jahre später, also im Jahre 2015 an den Start.

Grindr Dating-App bringt Schwule in Gefahr

Screenshot der Grindr-Website: Die App wirbt mit Schnelligkeit und Effizienz

Grindr ist die beliebteste und am weitesten verbreitete Dating-App für homo- und bisexuelle Männer. Seit 2009 vermittelt die App Millionen Smartphone-Nutzern Kontakte zu Mitgliedern, die sie beispielsweise anchatten und im Anschluss vielleicht persönlich kennenlernen können. Damit das noch leichter geht, können die Nutzer innerhalb der App gleich anzeigen lassen, wo sie sich gerade aufhalten – sodass zum Beispiel spontan ein Date in der Nähe vereinbart werden kann.

Was in einer westlichen Metropole als praktisches Feature gelten mag, kann in anderen Teilen der Welt zum Problem werden. Grindr gibt es in 192 Ländern, und in einigen davon werden Homosexuelle verfolgt, bedroht, bestraft und womöglich gar getötet.

Die Standortanzeige kann also zur Bedrohung werden – erst recht, seit im August eine Sicherheitslücke bekannt wurde: Demnach können auch Nichtmitglieder auf bestimmten Wegen an die Standortdaten kommen, und zwar ohne sich selbst einzuloggen. Ein Unbekannter hatte Tausenden Nutzern in bestimmten Regionen Warnnachrichten geschickt und sie darüber informiert, dass ihr Standort mit nur wenig Aufwand auszumachen ist.

Für diese Lücke hagelte es Kritik an Grindr, etwa bei der „Washington PostCairo Scene“ behauptet sogar, ägyptische Geheimdienste nutzten die App bereits, um Jagd auf Homosexuelle zu machen. Es seien schon mehrere Menschen im Zusammenhang mit der App verhaftet worden.

Grindr hat jetzt auf die Vorwürfe reagiert. In einem Blog-Eintrag der Firma heißt es, wegen der jüngsten Anschuldigungen ergreife die Firma „proaktive Maßnahmen“, um Nutzer in schwulenfeindlichen Gebieten zu schützen. „Bei jedem Nutzer, der sich in diesen Ländern mit Grindr verbindet, wird die Entfernung automatisch versteckt“, heißt es in der Veröffentlichung. Zu den entsprechenden Ländern gehörten bisher unter anderem Russland, Ägypten, Saudi-Arabien, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan und Simbabwe, die Liste werde noch erweitert.

In den genannten Ländern werde den Nutzern nicht mehr angezeigt, dass sich der potenzielle Dating-Partner beispielsweise rund 500 Meter entfernt aufhält. Die anderen Funktionen bleiben laut der Erklärung aber gleich. Das heißt: Die Profile würden nach wie vor in der „richtigen Reihenfolge“ angezeigt, also mit demjenigen zuerst, der sich gerade am nächsten aufhält.

Wer sich nicht in den entsprechenden Ländern aufhält und trotzdem seinen Standort gern verbergen will, könne die entsprechende Funktion immer noch händisch deaktivieren.

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Screenshot der Grindr-Website: Die App wirbt mit Schnelligkeit und Effizienz

MISTERBNB: the gay Airbnb

Misterbnb is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community…

It is one of our favourite gay travel apps for planning because unlike Airbnb, you know your host is gay (or at least gay friendly). It’s also handy because your host will most likely show you the gay scene.

It’s very easy to use and the website also offers useful destination gay guides. Once you’ve signed up, you can download the app, or use the mobile-friendly version of their website and choose a stay.

Bonus: if you sign up with this link, you will get a $15/£10 travel credit to use towards your first booking.

MANABOUTWORLD: get inspired and informed!

ManAboutWorld is one of our favourite online gay media. It aims to inspire gay travellers with detailed, informative and up-to-date articles written by gay men (like yours truly!) who love travelling. As well as fascinating content about so many different destinations, they also give excellent advice about LGBTQ safety in countries where being gay is illegal or a big taboo.

We also love it because it’s as well as the very thorough and informative content, it’s available to download/read offline.

ManAboutWorld is unique because it’s the first gay travel magazine created specifically for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Whilst some of the content is free to view, the entire magazine is part of a paid subscription. You can claim a 1 year’s free subscription worth $39,99 by clicking this link and entering the password code: thanks.

GRINDR: connecting with gay locals

Whether you’re a solo traveller or a couple in an exclusive relationship, Grindr is a must, particularly when travelling to places where being gay is not accepted, or worse, illegal.

For most of us living in western Europe and North America where there is a very developed LGBTQ scene, and being gay is legal and very much accepted by society, Grindr is mainly used as a dating app for fun encouters. However, when travelling to a country outside this pink bubble, we found that Grindr literally “became” the gay scene, and was more an important way of finding out about any underground gay parties happening as well as connecting with LGBTQ locals.

When we were on the , visiting places like Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk where there are no gay hangouts, our friends told us that we needed a Grindr profile to get the local ‘word‘ on what’s happening. We had never thought to do this beforehand. When it used to be illegal to be gay in India, we used Grindr to find out to discover the gay parties taking place in Delhi – without it, there was no other way for gay travellers to find out about them unless you already knew people locally.

Some of the best friends we’ve made in each new place we’ve visited has been from Grindr, whether it was in Beijing, Buenos Airest or Bucharest. We applaud it and love the fact that it makes meeting locals so easy.

Also, note the many other gay dating apps, usually depending on where you are (and of course, what you’re into):

But ultimately, when it comes down to it, Grindr is the main one that almost every other gay man in the world is likely to have, which is why we headlined this section with it.

PrEP app

…a legit comment we heard at a gay bar in London one cold February morning in 2020…!

Whilst we’re not here to discuss or pass judgment on anyone who is or who is not taking PrEP, one thing’s for sure, it’s massively altered the way we gay boys approach and prepare for safe encounters. “Negative on PrEP” has become so prevalent across the gay dating app world and interwoven into modern-day gay culture. As far as we’re concerned, anything that promotes safe fun and helps to minimise the spread of HIV infections (when taken with all the precautions and checks of course!) is something to be celebrated!

So what has this got to do with travelling? Well, let’s face it, when on holiday, chances are, we’re all going to be more active.

If you’re taking PrEP daily or on-demand (event-based dosing), it’s easy to lose track of when to take your blue pill with all the change of timezones when travelling. One of the best apps that we’ve found, for gay travellers taking PrEP to keep on top of things, is this Thai/Polish app, which is simply called “PrEP”. When you search for “Prep” in the app store it will come up as the first one in the category of “Medical”.

We love this app because it also gives you invaluable information about PrEP, PEP and vaccines. However, information about local clinics is at the moment only limited to Poland and Thailand.

To use, you just need to enter your details within the app, then set the start date/time of your first pill, and the daily reminders will then pop up on your phone.

EXPRESSVPN

If you’re heading to countries with dubious anti-gay laws, a VPN is a must for all LGBTQ travellers.

Sadly, many countries in the world monitor Internet use in quite an invasive way. China is the classic example, where almost anything Western is banned (Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Dropbox etc…!).

Government monitoring of the Internet is also prevalent in most of the Islamic and Arabic countries, where gay apps like Grindr are banned. Examples include Lebanon, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Therefore, if you want to access any banned websites or apps, you first need to install a “Virtual Private Network” (VPN for short) on your device, then use that to go online. The way it works is by connecting to the Internet via a foreign server which allows you to access “banned” websites/app. For example, the VPNs we used when we were in Beijing (China) would connect to the nearest server they could find that is not subject to government Internet monitoring – usually in Hong Kong.

A VPN is also very handy if you want to watch your favourite TV channels online which otherwise cannot be accessed outside of your country.

Another vital reason we strongly advise using a VPN no matter where you go is because using a VPN allows you to browse anonymously. The VPN essentially creates a sort of “data tunnel” between your local network and the website/app you’re trying to access, masking your location and IP address, so your online actions become untraceable.

Thankfully VPNs are cheap and easy to set up. Our favourite go-to VPN that we now use is ExpressVPN. It’s the most user-friendly to install, with over 160 server locations. They offer a 7-day full money-back guarantee trial, which is what got us.

GOOGLE MAPS: to find the nearest gay bar

We found Google Maps to be the most accurate and user-friendly of all the map-based app. 

It allows you to download the maps of a particular place for offline use, which is super handy!

Google Maps has been one huge lifesaver for us during our travels in Asia, especially when travelling in India when tuk-tuk drivers frequently tried to take us to the wrong destination so they could get a commission.

Google Maps just keeps getting better and better all the time, and as a result, we rely on it more and more. We love that you can pre-download the map of the area you’re going to visit, allowing you to use your phone as a GPS during a road trip. You can easily find gay bars, gay clubs or gay hotels with the search function which comes very handy. In our road trip in Northwest ArgentinaUruguay and in Puglia, South Italy, we relied heavily on Google Maps to navigate our way around.

In addition, Google Maps gives you the best route to cycle, walk or take public transport to your destination, which makes it even more valuable. For example, trying to navigate our way from Berlin’s airport to the city centre was an absolute breeze thanks to Google Map because it has the latest information about any diversions, closures etc, so it was able to suggest the most efficient routes to take. In most cases, we’ve found ourselves being savvier than locals when it comes to directions as a result of Google Maps.

VIVINO: your digital vino-pedia

…but the older we get, the more discerning we become with our wine palate.

So, say you’re in a Tbilisi supermarket shopping to get a decent Georgian wine (a country that is so famous for its wine production, dating back 8,000 years!) but you can’t tell one bottle from the other, simply whip out the Vivino app!

Vivino allows you to take scan the wine bottle label, which it will search up and give you the rating out of 5 (based on other users‘ reviews), as well as a detailed description about the flavour and estimated retail price.

Vivino is so handy because it helps us decide what each bottle is likely to taste like and whether it is good value for money. The only downside is that it is completely dependent on you having Internet access and cannot be used offline.

XE CURRENCY: bye-bye calculator!

This is a crucial app every gay traveller needs, especially if like me you can’t do simple currency conversions in your head…

When researching flights, places to stay, transport options, tour costs etc, you’re going to be overwhelmed with a mix of your home currency, US dollars and a bunch of local currencies from the countries you’re planning to visit.

This app nicely unites everything on one screen and also works offline.

NETFLIX: for your favourite gay series

The Netflix app has completely changed our lives when travelling, particularly when delayed on a long plane journey or when stuck in an endless immigration line. The app lets you pre-download your favourite series to watch offline. Alternatively, if you fancy a night in at your hotel, you can, of course, tune in to one of the many films in the Netflix library to watch on your phone or tablet.

Netflix works across all devices with one account. So for us, we use Seby’s account and log into it from our phones (when at the airport or on the plane), or our laptops/tablets for a larger screen.

We particularly love the Netflix app because it allows us to watch shows relating to a destination we’re about to visit on the plane en route. There’s also a wide selection of gay series and movies which we love watching. The ones we loved the most that also inspire travelling are:

ESC RADIO: for the Eurovision gays

Every self-respecting European gay guy needs this app!

If, like me, you love to have gay music playing from your phone when in the shower, or while cooking, then you’ll love this app. This is the official Eurovision Song Contest radio station that plays all the Eurovision hits 24/7.

It includes the classics dating back to 1956 when the show started, to the present day pre-qualifying entries for the next contest.

Obviously, if you’re not keen on Eurovision, then just keep scrolling. However, if like us you’re a total Eurovision geek, then our pleasure!

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Themen

Online dating has never been simpler, and the number of dating app users in Berlin is growing by the day. New apps are springing up left and right for those that don’t want to leave romance up to chance.

So, which one is for you? From event recommendations for like minded people to a positive ‘match’ with people zero feet away from you (in case moving is a turn off), there’s plenty of choices. Here’s our list of the top five dating apps to use in Berlin.

1. Tinder

Tinder was launched in Germany in February 2014 and has quickly become one of the most-used dating apps. The app offers users a game-like interface and the opportunity to match based on location, mutual interests and friends on Facebook.

However, a flaw in this system (or plus, depending on which way you look at it) would be the users ability to manipulate interests on Facebook to achieve desired results on Tinder, i.e non-sporty users that like pages related to ‘Volleyball, Yoga, Tennis etc’ will more than likely match with sporty users interested in fitness and wellness.

4. OkCupid

OkCupid is a social networking site for dating, which now also has its own app. Matches are made through the information provided to OkCupid and by the answers users give to certain questions when they register. The dating service offers users an opportunity to interact via email, quizzes and texting. The app offers a similar ‘like’ feature to Tinder, as well as an opportunity to view the history of every profile you have ever have viewed on OkCupid.

5. Grindr

Grindr is the biggest all-male dating and friendship app for gay, bi and curious guys. According to their official website over 10,000 new users download the app daily. Grindrs aim is to link users by proximity, thereby providing them ‘zero feet away’ notifications. The main app is free but users can opt to upgrade and avail of Grinder Xtra which for a small fee offers increased functionality, bonus features and the premium Grinder experience.

Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more .

What a great list!! I already downloaded several for my upcoming trip 🙂 thank you!!!

Thanks Bernard. Grindr not yet with ChatSim when we last tried it but if you find otherwise please do let us know 🙂

I use (rather than Google Maps) when I travel as all of the maps (and they are really good quality) are pre-downloaded, so you don’t need to have a connection. Handy.

For us though we found G maps more user friendly especially since they allow you to pre download maps.

I swear by many of these. Its a great time to be alive when I don’t have to memorize exchange rates or do math on the fly.

Hello, Bonjour and Welcome to our travel blog. We are Stefan and Sebastien a French/Greek gay couple from London. Together, we have been travelling the world for over 10 years. Nomadic Boys is our gay travel blog showcasing all our travel adventures as a gay couple.

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