kiara Hello there!
As far as I know, Grindr (like most apps) should work fine with Sandboxed Google Play.
As a first step, I just want to make sure that you've set this up properly:
- Install all 3 Google apps from the "Apps" app on your phone.
- Open Play Store and click on "Sign in" to initialize Play Services (this is required even if you won't use Play Store to get your apps)
- After doing all of that, then install Grindr and see if it works.
If you've already done all of that, or have now done it properly and the app still doesn't work, it may have a hard dependency on Play services geolocation APIs.
Please follow the steps outlined here to do this:
Specifically, this portion:
By default, apps using Google Play geolocation are redirected to our own implementation on top of the standard OS geolocation service. If you want to use Google's geolocation service instead, you can disable the "Reroute location requests to OS APIs" toggle and manually grant "Allow all the time" Location access to Google Play services. For it to be fully functional, you also need to use "Google Location Accuracy" link to access the Google Play services menu for opting into their network location service. This will send the nearby Wi-Fi and cellular networks provided via the Location permission to their service to retrieve a location estimate. The Nearby Devices permission can also be granted to give it access to nearby Bluetooth device IDs. If you stick with the default enabled redirection mode, none of this needs to be granted for working geolocation in apps. In order to fully take advantage of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning, you also need to enable the scanning toggles in Settings ➔ Location ➔ Location services which are disabled by default rather than enabled by default like the stock OS.
If you do this and it still doesn't work, do one final sanity check of uninstalling and re-installing Grindr one more time and let us know if that doesn't fix it.