Surge Review November 2021

The gay dating app, Surge, subverts the way men can meet other men of all colors and stripes from different backgrounds by distinguishing itself as a safe, judgment-free space with no labels.

1,500,000 Members
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Success Rate:
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  • Dating app for gay men looking for casual or serious relationships
  • No ads present on the app
  • You can only upload a limited number of photos on your profile. See profile quality
  • Photos and videos vanish immediately once viewed to ensure security. Learn more
  • You can only send private messages to people whom you've matched with
  • Premium membership is very affordable – you can also buy credits to use on the app
  • Free to download for iOS and Android devices
  • You can use Surge for free
  • Pricing starts at $4.99 / Month - More Information

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Who is Surge for and not for?

  • Gay men who are into casual flirting
  • Singles looking for casual or serious dating
  • Those looking for casual sex and hookups
  • Gay men who want to fall in love and find a life partner
  • Those searching for erotic adventures and casual encounters
  • Straight singles looking for serious dates
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What we like and don’t like on Surge

  • Secure and encrypted messaging with matches
  • Great app design that offers easy usability
  • Members are vetted for authenticity
  • Signing up takes only a minute
  • Not much members active outside major cities
  • Uploaded profiles go under approval process and can take 24 hours
  • Mobile app sometimes takes a while to load and experiences glitch issues


Can you try Surge for free?

  • You can use or try the service for free.
  • All members can send messages for free
  • You can read at least the first messages which you have in your mailbox for free

Is Surge expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Surge is low-priced.

Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
Premium Membership
1 Month4.99 USD / Month4.99 USD
3 Months5.66 USD / Month16.99 USD
12 Months5.00 USD / Month59.99 USD
Power Likes
5 Credits0.35 USD / Credit1.75 USD
15 Credits0.29 USD / Credit4.38 USD
50 Credits0.26 USD / Credit13.16 USD
Surge Cost
Free Services
  • Registration
  • Profile Completion
  • Like other profiles
  • One Power Like
  • View profiles
  • See your matches
Fee-Based Services
  • Be visible only to people you like
  • See everyone interested in you
  • View the "Locked Photos"
  • Search and edit your likes
  • Modify your location to see other men
  • Modify what type of guy you’re looking for

Payments are charged to your preferred app store's account upon the confirmation of purchase. The account is charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user. Take note that the auto-renewal feature may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. 

How can I delete my Surge account and cancel my subscription?

Please find more information here

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Who is really signed up here?

1,500,000 from USA
Members activity
400,000 active weekly
Gender Proportion
0 %
100 %
  • There are only gay men on the app
  • Most of the members live in the United States
  • Younger to middle-aged members make up the site
  • Most members register their fingerprints on the app
  • There are no women on the site

Most of the members are from the United States, but there are people from other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Finland, Indonesia, France, Israel, Kenya, Egypt, Russia, Ghana, and Germany who join the site.

The population is mostly on the younger side, but there is membership across all age groups. As it is a gay dating app, there are no women here, only gay men with different orientations but ultimately would like to date other gay men. Most members register using their Facebook accounts, but there are also those who opt using their email addresses.


Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

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Latest Surge Experiences

  • Clay*** 57 years

    Nosy-body Czechs monitoring client contacts in the old Soviet fashion. The app is a joke.

  • Fra**** 59 years

    The Surge app is full of fake profiles and scammers. I came upon 2 "models" within the same week. Both tried to get me to send them money for various ... reasons. Technical support was non-existent, and the developers have had a poor response to my complaints about the scammers and fake profiles.Using an email address to "verify" a profile does not prove they are real. It only proves that the email address given was a working email address, which anyone can do.As for the scammers, I reported them to the local authorities, but don't expect anything to be done. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER send money to someone you have never met. I didn't.I would not recommend this app to anyone looking for love. You will get taken for a ride$$$ «»

  • Fra**** 59 years

    Matched up with a very hot looking guy. We began chatting and he quickly wanted to move over to Hangouts. He then began carefully working me by tellin... g me how lonely he was, how he longed for a real partner, etc. He was a model and was in a competition to be the "top" model. I sent $500 via Western Union to a name in Chicago that was a "sponsorship" for him to gain extra "points" in the competition. Of course, the next thing he just had to have was money for an airplane ticket to come and visit me after the competition was over. I made him product pictures of him standing outside his hotel in Zurich Switzerland. He did produce the pics, which was surprising, but makes me think that Max Emerson is involved in this scam somehow. I have the pics and I archived the text stream from Hangouts. «»

Surge in Detail

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Signing Up at Surge

Surge Registration
  • Short registration time; only less than half a minute
  • There is email verification
  • Email, first name, password, and birthday are the only info you need to create an account
  • You can opt for a Facebook signup to automatically sync your info
  • Location is detected via your phone's GPS
  • You must be 18 years old to register

Surge has one of the easiest registrations in any dating app today. It has no frills, no fuss, and would absolutely take you less than half a minute to create an account. First, you must download the app on your device. It is totally free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

Once the app is installed, you can begin creating your account. To sign up via email, you would only need to fill in your email address, first name, nominated password, and birthday. You'd need to verify your email address by clicking on the link the app emails you. To sign up via Facebook, you'd only need to type in your Facebook login details to automatically sync your personal information. Both of these options are uncomplicated and easy to follow. 

Note that location must be detected by your phone's GPS since Surge only suggests people near or within your vicinity. You can change your location (to see other men from other places), weight, age, and other information later--as long as you have availed of a premium package.

Making Contact on Surge

Surge Contact
  • Swipe left to dislike users and swipe right to like
  • A match happens when you like a person and he has liked you back or vice versa
  • You can only chat with people you are matched with
  • You can send photos and videos via chat that vanish immediately after a few seconds
  • Use a "Power Like" to have an easier time matching with other people
  • Sending messages to other users is free for everyone

Surge not only promotes diversity within its community but it also places an importance on every member's agency. Most of the contacting features of the app are geared to be consensual and mutual.

For instance, although there is a chat function, you can't just randomly chat with other members. You must keep on swiping through the profiles. By swiping right, it means that you like them while swiping left means the exact opposite. So, the more you swipe right, the more users you like. If they swiped right on your profile, too, it would mean that you are both a match for each other. Once the like is mutual, the chat feature is automatically enabled so you can initiate a conversation with your match. 

The app developers know that this system might mean that matching will take time so they have created a feature called "Power Like" where you can immediately let another member know that you like him. He will instantly get notified that you like him which makes the process of liking you back or disliking you much faster and efficient. Each new member is given one free Power Like. However, they'd have to purchase more Power Likes if they'd want to keep using that advantage.

In cases of finding a match, the photos and videos you send via chat will immediately disappear after being viewed for security purposes. You don't need to worry about old photos and clips resurfacing with malicious intent since the app has taken the necessary steps to prevent this.

Surge Profile Quality

Surge Profile
  • Profile photos must be a clear headshot of you or else it will be rejected by the admin team
  • You can upload five public photos and three private photos
  • You can connect your Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify accounts
  • Only premium members can see the private or locked photos of their matches
  • You can change your location to see other members that are not within your vicinity
  • The profiles are not very detailed
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

Since Surge is quite a visual app that heavily relies on profile pictures, it is obvious that the app has strict guidelines when it comes to this. Profile pictures are reviewed and often rejected if they do not comply with the community standards. This can allude to the fact that the app's developers have been studying the trends of online dating that they only want what's best for their community. 

They want clear headshots of their users only--the more HD, the better. They reckon that having a well-lit, crisp, and clear photograph of your face can increase your chances of getting more likes and matches. Say goodbye to cute animal photos, group shots, blurry or dark photos since those are the major no-nos of this app.

Aside from the profile picture, you can also add five public photos of yourself and three private photos. The rules of these photos are laxer. As long as you are recognizable in them and they don't have any explicit content, these photos can be anything--may they be nature shots or group pictures. Note that only Premium Members can access the private photos you are willing to share. 

To further personalize your profile, you can link your Facebook, Instagram and Spotify accounts. Not only will this plug your other social media accounts, but you can also give others a glimpse of what you are really like as a person. They can check out your playlists or Instagram feed and might find a thing or two in common. 

Surge is also heavily reliant on location. Your phone's GPS automatically detects your location. The app will show you potential matches based on their location and whoever is the nearest. To view men from other cities, you must be a Premium Member to manually change your location. 

Surge App

Surge App
  • Tasteful design and layout
  • Available on iOS and Android version
  • Free to download on the App Store and Google Play
  • Has an average of 33,000 Apple users and 87,500 Android users monthly
  • 100 MB in size; still lightweight and doesn't strain your mobile phone

Surge has a distinct look and branding to it that when you see a sliver of a screen, you immediately know that it's Surge. With its use of cool blue and dark grey tones, the app has a unique, muted, yet still youthful feel to it. Despite Surge's tasteful and classy design, its features are not confusing and hard to navigate around at all. In fact, the app has one of the easiest usability of all the apps that we have tested. With simple features and well-organized buttons, the user experience is definitely friendlier than some. 

It is available on iOS and Android version. It is also free to download on Apple's App Store and Google Play. Currently, Surge has an average of 33,000 Apple users and 87,500 Android users worldwide monthly. 

It takes up about 100 MB in size. However, the app still remains lightweight and won't cause any strain on your mobile phone at all. In fact, it can run on background and still won't drain your battery too much, or cause any trouble at all. 

Special Features

Surge, in its very core, is a fun app with a simple premise--to find your match. This basic tenet has dictated what features the app can offer you in a very simple and easy manner. To explain, here are some of the app's features that can help you find a match quicker:

Power Likes

Having a Power Like is a major advantage. Matching can take time. Interacting with others, even more so, since the interest must be mutual before you can start chatting with each other. Surge provides a shortcut with the "Power Like" feature. Once you avail of "Power Likes," you can use these to immediately notify the person that you like him. He, in turn, can decide immediately if he likes you back or not. 


Even in real life, sparks tend to wane and die out completely. Online dating isn't safe from this. Let's face it, people change, so do their decision and likes. They can unmatch with you or you with them, completely erasing your chat history. However, life goes on and so does swiping. 

Fingerprint Security

To safeguard your activities even more, you can opt to enable fingerprint security. Your device, however, must have a fingerprint sensor in order to avail this security measure. It is still a nice feature to have, just in case!

Private Mode

You can turn on the private mode so your profile is only visible to others that you've liked. Surge provides absolute discretion should you need it with this feature.

How can I delete my Surge account and cancel my subscription?

Uninstalling the app will not cancel your subscription.

How can you cancel your Subscription?

  • You can cancel via profile settings
  • You can cancel by managing your app store subscription

Will your subscription automatically renew?

  • Yes, your Surge subscription will automatically renew. The notice period for opting out of automatic renewal is 7 Days.

Is there a money back guarantee and do you get refunded the full amount?

  • Usually you will not get back the full amount, it will be reduced by the time or credits you used for Surge.

Will your credits expire?

  • Yes, your credits expire within 180 Days.

Editor's Conclusion Author Chris Pleines
Chris Pleines
Author of "Online-Dating for Dummies"
In today's society that puts tremendous pressure for a person to be pigeonholed into something that can be easily explained, Surge provides its users a reprieve from that. After all, humans are complex creatures with complex needs and wants. 

Surge FAQ


How do I message someone on Surge?

You need to be a match in order to be able to send a message to that person. You must keep on swiping. When the person you like has liked you back, the chat feature will automatically be enabled. In short, you must mutually like each other to be able to chat.

I was notified that someone likes me on Surge but I can't see who.

Only in the Premium membership are you allowed to see who liked you. If you are a standard member, you just need to keep swiping and hope for the best!

One of my chats disappeared.

If one of your chats on Surge has disappeared, it can only mean two things: either the user has deleted his account or used the "Unmatch" feature. That's not a good sign but that's online dating for you. You can still keep on swiping to look for better prospects.

How can I edit my profile on Surge?

To edit your profile, just hit the profile icon on the top left-hand corner and select “Edit Profile." You can edit your name under which you want users to see you, your birthday, your weight, and your height. You can also edit the About section, saying a few witty words about yourself or what you’re looking for. Finally, you can set your relationship status.

In this section, you can also add up to eight photos (5 public, 3 private).

How do I unmatch someone on Surge?

If you are not feeling the spark, you can either unmatch him instantly while on the Messages tab by swiping left or in the chat window itself by hitting “More” and then “Unmatch." A message pops up to confirm your decision so you don't have to worry about unmatching someone by accident.


How come my photos keep being rejected?

Surge prides itself as a visual app. The developers wanted clear pictures of their members' faces for transparency. In their studies, it has been shown that users that have high-quality headshots on their profiles will get more matches. That is the main reason why nature shots, kitten photos, and group pictures are usually rejected.

Are there any rules for public photos?

As a visual app, Surge requires clear photos of its members' faces for profile pictures. However, this rule is laxer when it comes to public photos. As long as you are recognizable on them and they have no explicit content, these are allowable.

Someone stole my photos on Surge and uses them as their own. What do I do?

In cases like this, you can report the user and contact the app's moderators. The team will immediately look into it and take the necessary steps if needed.

What does being verified mean on Surge?

A check icon appears on some members' profiles. This means that the administrators have confirmed that the profile is authentic and went through photo verification.

I deleted my Surge account and can't reset my password to log in again.

Deleting your account is a serious and permanent action. That’s why you’re going to need to create a brand new account with a brand new e-mail address. You can't register with the same e-mail twice.

Does Surge sell your data?

No, Surge does not sell your data.

Was Surge hacked in the past?

No, Surge was never hacked.

How precisely does Surge track your location?

Surge tracks your exact location.

Do your Surge profile pictures and/or profile information show up in Google Search Results?

No, your Surge photos and personal information won’t show up in Google Search Results.

Who can view your pictures on Surge?

All Surge members.

Is your phone number required for signing up at Surge?

No, a phone number is not required for signing up at Surge.

Can you erase your personal data on Surge?

Yes, you can erase your data on Surge.

How can I delete my Surge account and cancel my subscription?

Membership and Cancelation

How do I cancel Surge premium membership?

You can cancel your Premium membership at any time. To cancel it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  1. Go to the App Store on your iOS device.
  2. Scroll to the bottom.
  3. Tap Apple ID (your Apple ID email).
  4. Tap View Apple ID. Log in if it asks you to.
  5. Scroll down to Subscriptions and tap Manage.
  6. Select Surge and set the auto-renewal slider to Off or select Unsubscribe.

To cancel your subscription on your Android device:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app. Search for Surge.
  2. Select Cancel or Unsubscribe.
  3. Confirm.

Premium subscription is valid for 30 days depending on the subscription type selected. Payment is charged to your iTunes or Google Play account at the point of purchase. Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of your current subscription. No cancelation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period. Deleting the app and/or your account does not cancel your subscription.

What is included in the premium membership?

Surge offers a lot of exclusive features for its premium members. You can see who liked you, have an access to the whole history of your likes and dislikes with the possibility to change your mind later, change your location to see what the guys are like anywhere else, set up more filters, reverse your previous dislikes, and send stickers.

Can you try Surge for free?


How do I message people?

On Surge, you just can't automatically message anyone. You must swipe through the profiles to like and dislike people. Only after you get a mutual like with someone, a "Match," would you be able to chat. 

Can I delete messages?

Sadly, you can't delete messages on Surge. You can only delete the whole conversation by unmatching with the user. However, this is a permanent and irreversible action.

I got a new message notification but I don't see it.

This could mean that the user either unmatched you or deleted their account on Surge. To double-check, try logging out and then logging back in.

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Final Results table

Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 3.0 / 5
App: 3.0 / 5
Real Life Review: 3.0 / 5

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Company:Surge Gay App s.r.o.
Address:Rohanské nábřeží 678/23, Karlín, 186 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic