With smartphones and social media, it has become easier to meet new people across the country and even across the world! Your opportunity to find love and has expanded exponentially, and you’ve got to thank dating apps for that.

If you’re single and ready to mingle, here are 8 dating apps for you to try to help you find “the one”.

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Tinder

One of the most popular and widely-used dating apps, Tinder facilitates over 1.6 billion swipes per day in the world.

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The central concept of Tinder is its “swipe” mechanism where users swipe right or left on profiles that they like or dislike. If both users swipe right on each other, it’s a match and only then can the pair of you start chatting. If you’re scared of meeting up with online people, turn on the “Social” mode so you can swipe and meet up as a group.

It’s fast to set up and easy to use, making it great for anyone finding love, friendship and anything in between.

Coffee Meets Bagel

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If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your matches on Tinder, you might want to try Coffee Meets Bagel. Founded by women, the app recognises the different dating habits between men and women and creating a more user-centric algorithm.

Women are presented with up to 6 “Bagels” a day, of which the men have already expressed interest. Women simply have to “Like” to start chatting! Use the in-app “Beans” currency to discover more daily Bagels and to send in-app gifts. Chats close after 7 days so it encourages the pair of you to take it to the next step if the feeling’s right!

OkCupid

Founded in 2003, OkCupid is one of the first online dating sites ever launched. Now available on mobile as well, OkCupid prompts you to answer interesting questions which helps it’s algorithm to give you quality matches.

OkCupid
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Paktor

Our local answer to Tinder, Paktor is a Singaporean dating app that adopts a similar interface and mechanic. Swipe left or right to pass or like respectively but you can also filter your search by gender, age, job and education to help you find your perfect match.

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You can also send gifts to get matched faster using their in-app currency.

Prefer to make offline connections? Paktor also has an offline dating agency called GaiGai, which offers an offline platform for you to meet singles through fun activities and social events.

Badoo

Badoo is the largest social discovery network that aims to help you date and meet single people. It has a safety verification process and you can choose to chat only with verified users. You can even request for a “live selfie” to confirm that you’re not actually being catfished!

Badoo
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While it also has a similar Tinder “swipe” mechanism, you can also match with new people in other manners. You can also discover people who are nearby or people that you have crossed paths with. Probably one of its best features, the other party can only send you 2 messages until you reply.

Happn

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Whenever you cross paths with a Happn member in real life, their profile will appear on your timeline. If this sounds a bit stalker-ish and dangerous, don’t worry! The app doesn’t actually reveal your location to the other party, just the number of times and when you crossed paths. And like Tinder, you can only chat with the other party if there is a mutual interest.

With Happn, you might just be able to chat with that beautiful stranger you passed on the street!

LunchClick

 

Another local company, LunchClick is a dating app that hopes to bring dating back to the old school – actually meeting up in person! Similar to Coffee Meets Bagel, users are sent 2 to 5 curated profiles a day and profiles go through a strict verification process so you can rest assured that your matches are single (or at least not married)!

LunchClick by lunch actually
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Not the charming type? The LunchClick app provides Q&A style questions that you can send to your match to answer. If you’re ready to meet up, you can select the venue through the app and propose a date. Perfect for socially awkward people who don’t know what to say!

Bumble

 

Bumble
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Changing the way we view online meetups, Bumble isn’t just an online dating app, it is also for networking and making new friends.

On Bumble, only women can make the first move. The chat will expire after 24 hours, but if men are really interested in a match, they can use their daily 24-hour extender.

Use Bumble BFF to find new friends, and if you’d like to expand your professional network, you can try Bumble Bizz.

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