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In 2014, when asked about offensive and racist speech on Grindr, the app's creator Joel Simkhai said in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he "didn't like it" but he "[isn't] a sixth grade teacher" and it "[isn't his] job to police such things." In April 2018 a Norwegian non-profit organization called SINTEF reported that Grindr's data bundles sent to third party companies could potentially contain users' HIV status.This discovery is generating conversation about Grindr's privacy policy as a whole.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.The user interface has been redesigned and brings stability improvements, a new endless scrolling feature, larger grid images and a unified chat inbox.

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.

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.

In 2011, added the Best Dating App category, and out of all the nominees, Grindr is the only exclusively gay app to be nominated – not to mention the first gay app to win the title of Best Dating App.

In January 2012, a software vulnerability potentially exposed the personal details of hundreds of thousands of users.

Grindr subsequently commenced legal action and pursued software changes to block the site responsible.

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