Lifestyle  Love   ·   25 Jun   ·   12:06 AM   ·   4 minutes Read

Looking For Love? Try These Free Dating Apps


Single and ready to mingle! As you grow older, you will realise that dipping your toes in the dating pool gets harder each year. Not that you get less desirable as your age, but rather the time spent on finding the right partner gets more and more tiring. However, this shouldn’t stop you from searching for ‘the one’ – that’s if you are open to a relationship – and there are many options available out there. The easiest way? Dating apps!

Of course, there are hits and misses when it comes to putting your profile out there and chatting with a stranger based on his or her photos and bio, but if you don’t start, you’ll never progress. However, please be mindful of the people you are swiping right and be careful when you go out on dates! Choose somewhere public for your first date and text your family member or friends on the location so that you know there’s someone out there looking out for you.


Online Profile Tips

For someone who has been on some of these apps listed – some of which I am still actively on – let’s just say there are some ways to make your profile more attractive.


1) Put some effort in your dating bio

Sure, it may seem a little unnatural or narcissistic to praise yourself or analyse your personality into a few words. Know that the more information you give about yourself, the clearer it says about you and people are more willing to connect with someone who is as open as them. A half-finished profile or the go-to ‘dog-lover’ does not do you justice. It just shows your laziness. And please, I do not need to know your personality type ‘INFP/ENTJ, etc’.


2) ‘Hi’ is not enough

So, let’s say both of you have swiped right on each other and want to start a conversation. Instead of just a simple ‘Hi’, add something else in the conversation. Perhaps talking about her hiking photo or a hobby that he listed. It’s nice to know that someone has read your profile and is interested in knowing who you are.


3) Photo of your face

Please, at least 1 photo with a face isn’t too much to ask. I have seen photos of your holiday trips (great, adventurous type!) to you sitting at a beach or mountain (romantic…?). Those are perfect attributes but if your face is as small as an ant in all of those photos with your back facing the camera, I simply can’t connect with you. Am I dating the sun or you?

Now that you are ready, check out these dating apps that you can download and start your journey to BTO!




Tinder is probably the most common app in the world. The set up is pretty straight forward, asking you to write a short bio as well as to upload at least one photo. Swipe right if you like what you are seeing and if the other person likes you too, it’s a match! Both of you can start to chat with each other.



  • Able to link in your Instagram and Spotify
  • The app fetch contacts depending on the location of the user continuously
  • Super Like: Swipe up to super like someone. All matches that are super-liked by you consist of a blue star
  • Block a person


Paid Versions ($13.92/month for Tinder Plus; $20.89/month for Tinder Gold)

  • Unlimited likes
  • Rewind (for cases that you swiped left by accident)
  • More ‘Super Likes’ per day
  • Passport (Go international)
  • See who likes you before you decide (Gold)
  • Displays a daily selection of profiles by algorithm (Gold)




What makes Bumble unique is that the women are encouraged to make the first move – they have to initiate a conversation within a 24-hour window once both parties make a ‘connection’ (match). The men must then respond to that message within 24 hours in order to continue the chat. There are quite a number of success stories from Bumble, which prides itself as a ‘female-forward’ app. No more unsolicited pictures, thank you!



  • Video and voice chat, perfect for this who don’t want to share their phone numbers just yet
  • Option to find platonic friends (Bumble BFF) and business partners (Bumble Bizz)
  • Per-use upgrades: SuperSwipes (indicate you’re particularly interested in someone); Spotlight (make your profile one of the most popular in your area for a period of 30 minutes)


Paid Version ($12.98/month)

  • Pre-screen for potential dealbreakers like pets, kids, habits, etc
  • Limit your match queue to people who have already swiped right on you
  • Extend the 24-hour deadline
  • Re-connect with expired matches if you accidentally let a match expire or your match didn’t initiate a conversation


Coffee Meets Bagel


Also known as just ‘CMB’, this dating app values quality over quantity, limiting the number of profiles (Bagels) you get to view per day. The app was created primarily to counteract the endless swiping and casual connections that doesn’t really extend to physical dates.

With this function, you are encouraged to cherish the limited number of matches per day where you can either choose to ‘like’ or ‘pass’. If you like someone who likes you back, you can start chatting with each other… for only 8 days.



  • Limited curated matches per day
  • 24 hours to either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ on a person’s profile for a new batch refreshes everyday
  • CMB texting platform is only available for 8 days
  • Earn in-app currency (coffee beans) to re-open expired conversations or unlock more Bagels


Paid Version (S$46.99/month)

  • An ‘activity report’ on each Bagel
  • 8 free ‘takes’
  • 15% more beans on all purchases
  • Seeing mutual friends for all matches
  • ‘Skip The Line’ – puts your profile towards the front of a popular match’s queue




Proudly #MadeinSG since 2013, this dating app is said to be the ‘Asian Tinder’, boosts an extensive database of Singaporeans and is one of the most widely used dating app in Singapore and Asia. If your dating pool is mainly Singaporeans, then perhaps this is the app for you.



  • Group chat with other members who share similar interests
  • Reward system to earn points for various activities on the app
  • Gifting options to gift virtual items like a bottle of wine or flowers to other users


Paid Version ($34.98/month)

  • Filtering system of possible matches
  • View people who have liked you
  • Receive daily Paktor points to send gifts and direct messages
  • View suggested profiles
  • Reply to any direct request messages from compatible people


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