Jack’d was launched in 2011 by Cornell University as location-based app for gay, bisexual, and curious men. Users can connect with fellow guys and express interest either in friendship, dates, a long-term relationship, or a one-time casual encounter.
The app is one of the few that's available in iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It is one of the several dating apps owned by parent company Online Buddies LLC. This review does not have real-time screenshots of the app since Jack'd disabled the screenshot function in all mobile devices. This was in response to the rise in hate crimes against the LGBT community since the 2016 US election.
Free, quick, and easy
Sign-up using your email address and a password
Profile details can be skipped
Image-based user authentication
Can log-in via Facebook
Downloading the dating app is free. Since only a few fields are presented (and they can all be skipped), you can create an account in less than a minute. To prove that you're not a robot, you have to pass the image-based authentication process. In a grid of illustrated fruits, you have to pick the image of a guy eating a fruit. That simple.
Free users can view the reply percentage of others
Completeness of the profile is up to the owner
Many fields are not required
Edit your profile anytime
Can upload up to five photos
Since fields are not required during registration, you might find some incomplete profiles. Aside from age, height, weight, and their distance from you, you will find an intro that's usually funny or witty. Users can have up to 3 public and 2 private photos. Free users can only view the percentage that someone has replied when receiving messages. For more insights, you would have to upgrade to Jack’d Pro.
Searching for other members can only be done through the grid in the dating app's homepage. The manual search feature is not available. In the filters, you can choose your preferred scenes from these choices: twinks, bears, big muscles, strictly friends, long-term relationship, or bi/straight-curious. You can favorite a profile as a way to bookmark them. You can also "show interest". The user won't be notified, but if he shows interest too, you'll both be notified. Anyone can message anyone through the user-friendly chat function.
40% of all members chose "LTR" or "Strictly Friends" over any other scene on the app
67% of US members are between 18 to 26 years old
60% of US members are Black or Latino
Dedicated to all gay men around the world
Jack’d has 1.2 million users all around the world, spanning 2,000 cities in 180 countries. Even if the app markets itself for people looking for friendships, dates, or one-time things, almost half of members chose the "long-term relationships" or "strictly friends" options on the app.
Jack'd has almost the same features as its fellow gay dating apps which are under the same parent company, Online Buddies LLC.
Swipe to match
By swiping right (essentially selecting "yes"; swiping left means selecting "no") on profiles, you can secretly match yourself with gay guys. If he swipes right on you too, you'll both be notified. This feature is available for guys near you and worldwide.
Who viewed you?
You can see who viewed your profile, and how long since they checked you out.
View data on a user like how often he responds to messages and what kind of gay guys he likes.
Due to privacy concerns, screenshots are not allowed
Free users will see banner ads
Design is up-to-date and aesthetically pleasing
Available for Android and iOS users
Free to download from Google Play and Apple App Store
The app's interface is user-friendly and its functions are simple, making them easy to find and use. The ads are only limited to banner ads at the bottom of the screen, so they don't disturb your browsing. As a security measure against harassment and hate crimes, Jack’d has a new tool that disables the screenshot feature while the app is open on your device.
"Jack’d is really more of a hookup app. Most of the guys I met on here have used it as such. Let's be honest, would you really be able to find friends only with the chat feature and profiles with thirst traps photos? Maybe if it had a social timeline/feed (like Facebook) where users could post anything and anyone can comment, it would work like the social networking app it tries so hard to be." - Web Developer (29)
Even if the statistics state that most Jack’d members chose the "long-term relationship" or "strictly friends" scenes, our inbox during our test said otherwise. We found that most people started their chats with sexual invitations immediately, much like Grindr. However, the user base of Jack’d isn't as big and active as those of more popular gay dating apps. If you want dating apps with more members to interact with, try the ones in our Casual Dating category.
What does Jack'd do?
Jack’d is a location-based dating app for gay, bisexual, and curious men to find fellow men.
Is there a Jack'd for Windows phones?
Yes. You'll find the app in the Windows Phone Store.
Why is Jack'd blocking my device?
You've either deleted your account, Jack’d deleted your account, or your device previously had a Jack’d account and it was deleted.
How do I unblock my device?
After deleting your account, you have to wait 30 days before your device is unblocked and you can create a brand new account.
How do I see who viewed me on Jack'd?
You have to upgrade to Jack’d Pro. You will see this on the left toolbar on the app.
Can you use Jack'd on a computer?
No, it's only available as a mobile app.
Why can't I login?
You either provided the wrong email and password, Jack’d deleted your account for violating their terms, you haven't updated to the latest version of the app, or their servers are currently down.
How do I download Jack'd?
Look for Jack’d on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Window Phone Store. It's available in 180 countries; hopefully your country is one of them.
How do I logout from Jack'd?
Swipe left to see the menu, select "edit profile", click the gear icon on the top right, and scroll to the very bottom where you'll see "logout".
How do I uninstall Jack'd?
Go to the app store of your phone, look for the "installed apps" section, select Jack’d, and click the uninstall button.
How do I change my password on Jack'd?
Swipe left to see the menu, select "edit profile", click the gear icon on the top right, and select the password field. You can change your password here.
How do I unblock someone?
You can't unblock anyone, so you have to really be sure before you block a user.
How do I delete my profile on Jack'd?
Swipe left to see the menu, select "edit profile", click the gear icon on the top right, and scroll to the very bottom where you'll see "delete account".
Why can't I upload pictures?
Check your internet connection, make sure your new photo is larger than 200px by 200px, uninstall and reinstall the app, try uploading through a different source, or try again in an hour in case the Jack’d servers are temporarily down.
Why can't I take a screenshot?
Due to the increase in LGBT hate crimes, Jack’d has disabled the screenshot feature for all mobile devices. Screenshotting can be a harmful tool: it can be used by vindictive men to take note of your details and plan an act of violence or they could post your private photos on Facebook/Twitter/etc., hence it was banned.
What is Jack'd Pro?
Jack’d Pro is the premium version of the app. Subscriptions start at 3.99 USD for one week.
How do I cancel my Jack'd subscription?
Go to the app store of your device, look for the section where your subscriptions are managed, and click "cancel auto-renew" or something similar. Your subscription won't be auto-renewed for the next period.
How can I contact Jack'd?
You may contact them at email@example.com.
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