Allow Fake GPS/ Mock Location
Please allow Fake GPS/Mock Location for safety and security purposes.
With latest update, Grindr now not only collects data from your device but now also records your devices ID which is a random number created when you setup your device. Which means if you get banned for spoofing your GPS there is no way to create a new account, even if you delete the app and reinstall it, trying to create a new account, you will still get the banned message, showing that randomised number under the banned message.
The only way to recover from a ban is to factory reset your device and a new number will be created, thus allowing you to create a new account. It's drastic, but if your device is backed up you shouldn't lose any data. Just make sure you delete the app first.
Spoofing your GPS is easy enough, and it is possible to hide spoofing apps from Grindr. I do it for safety. Even if you turn your distance off, people can still work out where you are. After being stalked and attacked once before, I feel safer setting my location some 5 or 10 km from my home.
Grindr needs to adopt a more intelligent way of dealing with scamers and catfish. Some way of proving your identity, many other sites do it and they don't have all the drug dealers, prostitutes and scammers which Grindr is full of.
I use Grindr on a spare device to experiment and work out these workarounds of using fake GPS and getting around bans.
I'm all for GPS spoofing, but until Grindr addresses it's user's legitimacy with some form ID validation to keep out minors and other unwanted users off the site, people will use GPS spoofing for devious reasons.
I mean, anyone can join using a fake email address and use a new SIM card for the phone number confirmation. So until they sort this out we will keep getting bombarded with scammers, kids, sex workers and the rest of the crap we see on Grindr.
There are better apps wnich are better secured and safer to use. Even if it means sending photo proof of your identity, as well as a pic of yourself showing you holding your ID.
Best of luck!!
HUAWEI. USER. commented
this would never exist, you just come up with stuff that you don't bother thinking about their consequences.
that is just bots encourangment. and stalking by false location.
you got the explore function it's just not entirely free they want you to fully pay in order to actually speak to people. should you pay? No chance in my opinon
B B commented
All that would do is gives Bots and the like to exploit Grindr more then they do now!
Don't send ur location if ur worried about your safety
Worst idea I’ve seen. Everyone already has the ability to turn their location off. Faking it doesn’t make anyone more safe. It ONLY creates more problems, more fake profiles and more scams.
Also, if you (Grindr) want real input.... DOWN VOTE BUTTON.
Juan José commented
Some users can use FAKE GPS,
Doesn't that already work? I do it all the time I always leave my location at home For security reasons I don't want people knowing that I am not home
Could be misused to manipulate police. Does not contribute to safety but hurts it. Instead allow for automatic random offset of location by undisclosed distance. User MUST not be allowed to set fake location
Jessica Rose commented
Just turn your distance off idiot.
What nonsense is this?? Um NOOOOO
for my safety put back the false gps function. please
Chris Martinez commented
Well now we know who is trying to cheat on their live partners...
You should re-word this suggestion as: "Allow scammers to fake their location in order to fool us". This is the dumbest idea I have seen posted here other than the morons who whine about people using the gender and pronoun fields to be funny. If someone decides to stalk me and use Grindr to track my location, they better be well armed because I will be very mean to them. Location should be turned on by default. Why? Because of scammers! In case something bad happens I also screenshot photos and profiles so I can identify people who did something bad to me. When you use a social app like this, privacy is important, but your security is your own responsibility, not Grindr's.
GC MOD commented
I like the locator as it is. This prevents those posers from ever lying on where their real location is. Allowing mock locations will just add to the roster of lying and deceitful members in deceiving those who are really looking for hookups. So no to mock locations. It's not an issue of privacy, this will just be prone to be used in catfishing. Besides, the current locator only tells of the distance, and not the exact location, unless you give it to people you trust, which has now become the member's responsibility.
If people are worried about people knowing how far away they are, they can turn off their GPS location, no need for fake GPS. - Sean
Tired of seeing taps from people that are less than 5 miles away, but after looking at them the mileage changes to over 1000 miles away. Obvious scams that waste my time - Sean
Would just make spamming even easier.
Vengeful Toaster commented
pretty stupid. people can fake location and make them catfish
This could be implemented by clearly disclosing that a mock location is a mock location (distance shown with a different color or with a small icon next to it...).
In this way:
1) The user using the mock location is protected. A potential harasser would know that the user is not at the specified distance, but they would never be able to know where the user actually is.
2) Other legitimate users are protected by potential scammers or harassers. Legitimate users would know that a specified distance is not the actual one and they could take that into consideration.
If you don't like grinder stay off that sample