The average dating app is full of straight people, and the queers are left outside the online dating world. Scruff was destined to win the hearts and minds of many people. In 2014 the app was acknowledged by the New York community and won the best app title.
Regardless of the awards and public appreciation, the app went through some hard times. It was rejected by the online stores multiple times. The brightest example is the scandal with the Play Store. It has rejected the app without explaining. The app creators decided to review the policies and the content of the app. As a result, a lot of rules were introduced. Things like nudes and no-shirt pictures were banned. It resulted in the loss of some customers since the traditional maneuvers that could be used in dating were banned. Using creativity, the developers made up a new rule that allowed people to create private albums and share anything.
If you want to see what the app has to offer, browsing through the profiles does not require registration. However, the app will demand your precise location.
Becoming a member of Scruff is an exciting and unusual process. The app comes up with the questions and rules that seem confusing initially. If you think about it, they help you be more productive on the site. The information that must be provided is your email, age, password, and photo. Scruff also asks for the description of the photo. You will be given the option to select whether it is a selfie, a body photo, or your face or body, not on the picture.
Since the app is based on location, it requires you to give access to your device. In case you want to change the location, you can do it one time within twenty-four hours. The app uses Google Maps to locate you.
The profile layout is the following:
Since the website encountered some issues with the content, they decided to ban the photos with nudity from the public eye. It is still possible to share them in your private albums. If you want to show your nudes to a user, open their profile and click the lock button.
All the users are categorized depending on their preferences. It is not obligatory to have one category in your preferences. You are free to go for gay, trans, chub, etc.
When filling in the profile on this app, pay attention to the photos you upload. The great emphasis is on the private photo album as well. Users tend to fall for indiscreet people about their sexuality and feel like sharing some teasing photos. Also, note that your location is vital for the proper functioning of the app. The location cannot be changed anytime, so when you set it initially, make sure you are in the right spot. If your location changed, but you have not changed the app’s settings, it will bring you irrelevant matches.
Scruff got creative with the chatting options. Instead of traditional ‘hello’ or ‘wink,’ the user sends to the uniqueness of the service. There is even a list of most ‘woofed’ people. A lot of tools for messaging are available at Scruff: Snaps, gifs, texts, photos.
If the user is ready to meet you just looking at the profile, they can tick a box to notify about it. The other way to start communication with someone is opening your private album.
The member quality of the website is high. Males dominate the world of Scruff dating. The categories you can find are abundant muscular, chubby, queer, trans, leather, discreet, etc. The community is diverse, and every man can find an interesting partner. People come to Scruff for various reasons like casual relationships and even long-term ones.
The app looks at the age limit. It is 18 y.o. Since users are allowed to exchange nudity in pirate messages and albums, underage users are banned. The most popular age category on the app is 20 – 25 y.o.
The app was developed by gay CEOs who wanted to create a safe space for the LGBT+ community. Hence, everyone is accepted. It is not the best place for straight people. The users are free to select a couple of gender preferences.
The HQ of the company is in the US, and most users come from that country. As to the nationalities, you can find any. Whether you are looking for a hot Arabic Alladin or Danish Viking, your options are abundant.
Scruff profile does not have a separate column for religion. You are free to express any opinions.
Scruff is not getting the ownership of your content, but whatever you post on the platform will go public. By registering, you agree to the policies of the website. Hence, the content you post will be translated if needed, modified if it violates the app’s code of conduct, or even deleted. The rules of posting the photos and content are stated in the section ‘Terms of Service.’ The company that manages Scruff is called Perry Software. They are responsible for managing your personal information and, of course, protecting it. Before you start sharing your content, get acquainted with the rules, and make sure you understand everything. In case you have questions, address their support.
Scruff was involved in an issue with Google Play. It resulted in the development of better policies and improvement of the platform. Not only the technical side was upgraded but legal. Some of the photos and content pieces that users are used to sharing online were banned. However, the app became a more social platform with a nice atmosphere. Currently, the moderators’ team is working on the app to prevent any illegal activities and make sure that all the profiles are real. It is rare to see a fake account that stays on the website for a long time. They are usually identified instantly. Besides, the app uses reliable payment systems.
It is safe to say that Scruff is not trying to suck the money out of your pocket. It is an averagely priced app. You are offered a subscription for one month ($14.99), three months ($39.99), or one year ($119.99). Note that messaging and basic features are free, so subscription is optional. Since it is an app, you can easily pay from your phone or credit card. Besides, the account upgrade is instant and can be performed anytime. If you feel like getting some extra services, click the button and you will get it.
The website exists to guide the user on how to use the app. It contains the basic info on the app capabilities, the links for downloading it, etc. It is vital to get acquainted with the code of conduct to avoid troubles with uploading the photos.
Company: Perry Street Software, Inc.
Address: 489 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
For California residents:
Address: 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112, Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 445-1254; (800) 952-5210
Scruff is not a part of the huge media holding, as it is with many apps. It uses advertising for income. It is probably the biggest frustration for the users. Everything else is flawless. The service has the member pool that Tinder would be jealous of. 99.9 % of users are on the website daily and do not plan to stop their visits. Although the app has glitches, it sometimes does not prevent you from matching with people and communicating with them. Within a couple of years of working, Scruff is the app known by the international queer community.