With over 2 million swipes a day, Chappy is becoming one of the fastest-growing gay dating app available to download in Singapore. The app is backed up by another popular dating app, Bumble, and is currently controlled by Bumble’s shareholders. In mid-2018, the app has undergone full redesign and rebranding, and was officially named as Bumble’s official dating app for gay men.
The mobile app is the brainchild of reality star, Ollie Locke, who wanted to make a safe and comfortable dating platform for gay men. Locke was tired of seeing intimate pics of men looking for something casual in popular dating apps and saw an opportunity to create something that would cater to gay men who felt the same way. In Chappy, the user can set his preferences of the matches he wants to see, and profiles are also strictly monitored (so there would be no unsolicited vulgar photos).
Chappy is currently available only to some countries, but its creators are looking to launch it globally within the next few years.
Chappy is only available as a mobile app. Its features are made convenient for quick and on-the-go accessibility. Its design is made to give a pleasurable and fitting mobile user experience. The app uses your mobile’s GPS to prioritise users who are approximate to your current location in your match suggestions. Chappy aims for all its members to feel safe and comfortable with using its mobile app. Its goal is to provide a real and genuine experience for all its avid users.
You have to turn on your mobile’s GPS or Location Services
The app syncs your Facebook photos, name, age, and gender
Having an account in Chappy is only possible if you have a Facebook account. The app syncs the information and photos from your Facebook profile and automatically displays them on your Chappy profile. Your current Facebook profile photo will be your default Chappy profile photo. Same goes with your name and gender. You can manage your photos by clicking them on the profile tab of Chappy. You can delete or replace them, but you cannot leave your profile photo blank.
You can set your preferred match suggestions by adjusting the ‘Chappy Scale’
You can only message your successful matches
Chappy works on mutual connections. If you had swiped right to a profile from Chappy’s roulette-type matching feature, and that member had also swiped right on yours, both of you will get a notification that you matched with each other. You and that member will now belong to each other’s message inboxes and you can start a conversation. Unfortunately, that’s the only way to contact another member—if you and he had successfully matched.
The Chappy Scale
Chappy has its flagship feature which is called the ‘Chappy Scale’. The ‘Chappy Scale’ tailors the match suggestions that you get based on where you set your intention, whether it is on ‘Cute’, ‘Sexy’, or ‘Who Knows’. ‘Cute’ is Chappy’s term for users who are looking more for serious dating, while ‘Sexy’ is for users who are looking for fun or casual night outs. If you are unsure, you can set your preference on the middle of the scale, which is called ‘Who Knows’. It will display both ‘Cute’ and ‘Sexy’ users. This feature of Chappy helps set expectations among members.
There is a personally written ‘About Me’ paragraph
Fake profiles are almost non-existent in this app
Profiles in Chappy feature very few details about the members. At the default view, a member’s photo gallery or profile picture (if the member only has one photo) take up the whole screen, with the member’s name and age at the bottom. When you scroll down, you will see an ‘About Me’ paragraph which is personally written by the member. There is also an indicator of how near or far (kilometres away) you are from that member.
Your Facebook account and Chappy profile are closely knitted together. The photos, name, and age that are featured on your profile are all from Facebook. You can manage your photos, change your profile photo or delete some pictures you don’t want to get featured in Chappy, but you cannot leave your profile photo empty. The only way to change your name is if you also change your Facebook name. Chappy makes sure that there are no fake profiles in their mobile app, which is why the only way to sign up to their platform is through Facebook.
Members are straightforward with what they are looking for
More members are looking for relationships than casual fun
All members are gay
Users are usually college students and young professionals within the age range of 18-34
One hundred percent of Chappy’s members are gay as it is a gay dating mobile app. More than half of its member base resides in the United States and the United Kingdom, and majority are gay men within the age range of 18 to 34 years old.
In Chappy, members have the privilege to customise their matching preferences to what they are looking for in the app, whether it is a casual night out or serious dating. According to Chappy’s recent report, more and more of their members set their settings to ‘Cute’, which is their term for users who are looking for more than a fling. This is contrary to the prevalent notion that only casual fun and flings are what you will find in gay dating apps.
Chappy’s design is made to provide a convenient and enjoyable mobile user experience. The design appearance of the app sticks to its brand colours of salmon pink and its darker shades, giving a minimalistic feel that suits its millennial target market.
All the app’s features are easily accessible through the dashboard with just one tap. The slider that adjusts your preferential match suggestions can be found on top, while three icons are found at the bottom. The three icons are:
Profile Icon - takes you to your own profile that is also the gateway to your account settings
Chappy Icon - represents Chappy’s main feature which is a roulette display of profiles that match your preference
Message Icon - shows your mutual connections and gives you the chance to communicate with them
I’ve been a user of Chappy since its initial launch back in early 2017. Back then, I was already a fan of the app as it was a tamer version of Grindr and Bumble. And to my surprise, they launch a full redesign which looked so good! The features were also updated and I believe it would lead to more fruitful encounters. Back then I always set my preference to ‘Mr Right Now’, and I always got what I wanted. Now, in the newly redesigned Chappy, I am looking for something more serious. II have set my preference to ‘Cute’ and I’m currently talking to this one guy who might just be looking for the same thing as me. We are going to meet face to face tomorrow, and I’m just so glad that we both have our expectations straight. If not for Chappy, we will never even meet! - Kevin, 29
Overall, Chappy does provide an online dating app, which gay men may comfortably use. The unique feature of Chappy, the ‘Chappy Scale’, allows you to meet other members who have the same expectations like the ones that you have. There would be no more awkward conversations and unsolicited vulgar photos and language from members who you are not even interested in.
Chappy’s redesign has given what you may describe as a “clean”, safe, and convenient dating app for gay men that allows them to find exactly what or who they are looking for. The use of the app is completely free, so if ever you are looking for Mr Cute or Mr Sexy, or even if you are not sure yet about what you want, signing up just takes less than a minute. Why not try it today?
Who owns Chappy?
Chappy is owned by Chappy Limited, which is based in London, UK.
When was Chappy released?
Chappy was initially launched in early 2017. It was then re-released in mid-2018.
Can only gay individuals join Chappy?
Anyone can join Chappy, however, you must remember that it is a gay dating app.
How do I join Chappy?
As of now, joining Chappy can only be done by linking your Facebook account.
Does Chappy offer a premium membership?
As of now, all features of Chappy are free
How do I delete my profile in Chappy?
You can delete your profile through your account settings.
How does Chappy work?
Chappy works around mutual connections. Depending on your preference, matches are displayed in a roulette-type form wherein you have the option to like them or not.
What does ‘Sexy’ mean in Chappy?
‘Sexy’ means that a user is looking for a casual relationship. When you set your preference to ‘Sexy’, it will display the users that are also looking for ’Sexy’.
What does ‘Cute’ represent in Chappy?
‘Cute’ means that a user is looking for love or a more serious relationship. When you set your preference to ‘Cute’, it will display the users that are also looking for ’Cute’.
How do I tailor my match suggestions?
You can tailor your match suggestions by sliding the Chappy Scale found at the bottom of the page.
What does the star icon mean in Chappy?
The star represents Chappy’s ‘Favourites’ icon.
How do I change my photos?
Just simply go to your Chappy profile and tap on a photo once. You can either click ‘Replace’ or ‘Delete' the image. If you do a long press, you can switch the arrangement of your photos.
Why haven’t I got any matches or likes?
Maybe you could upload a new profile pic in your Chappy profile—one that gets more attention.
How do I send a message?
When you have a match, that match would automatically appear in your inbox. Just simply tap on your new match and send a message.
What security features does Chappy offer?
Chappy has published privacy policies and terms of usage, which if violated, can lead to account suspension. Chappy also has ‘Block’ and ‘Report’ buttons to help its members feel safe from abusive and suspicious users.
I am not comfortable with a member, how do I block him?
You can block a Chappy user by clicking the ‘Block’ button under the ‘Show More’ tab on that person’s profile. You can also tap the three dots found on your chat screen and select ‘Block’.
Someone is extorting money from me, how do I report him?
You can report a Chappy user by clicking the ‘Block & Report’ button under the ‘Show More’ tab on that person’s profile.
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