GBA Lifestyle News
By Andrea Lo | June 21st, 2018

Everybody’s on dating apps these days and Hong Kong has several to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quick hookup or a lifetime of love, this handy guide should help swipe right on the app that’s best for you.


This app from France is supposed to make it easier for you to strike up conversations with people who cross your path. Interested parties can “like” each other, and when the action is reciprical, it’s a match made in Happn.

Cost: Free.


This app works very much like Tinder, with a couple of exceptions. You swipe left on profiles if you’re not interested and right if you are. However, you only get 24 hours to strike up a conversation with your match, and — here’s what makes Bumble popular with women — only female users are allowed to start talking. Guys can try to extend the day-long window with an extra 24 hours, but you can only do that with one girl a day. Ladies, if you connect with someone of the same sex, these rules don’t apply.

Cost: Free.

Pros: It makes it easier for women to be in control. Fuck the patriarchy!

Cons: Not so great for guys — the nature of the app means it’s predominantly catered to women. Also, being the one to start up conversation can be nerve-wracking.

Bumble Dating App
Who run the world? Girls, girls.


Swiping through a sea of potential partners can be tedious. Enter Hinge, which looks to hook you up with friends of friends on Facebook. When you sign up to Hinge, you fill in a pretty specific list of info about yourself. Every day at noon, you are sent five potentials — friends of friends — who match your preferences.

Cost: Free.

Pros: You’re presented with a shortlist from an already small network, rather than whoever happens to be nearby — and these people have characteristics you’re looking for. All of this means an increased likelihood of a match.

Cons: The app has a feature that tells users whether their matches are listed as being in a relationship or married on Facebook. Pro or con? We’ll let you decide.


This dating app is exclusively catered to those looking to set up threesomes, or group sex with three or more people. Just like Tinder, on 3nder you can opt to swipe your selections, but the difference is you can actively search up to four couples of five singles at the same time, aged between 18 to 70, of all genders and sexual orientations. You can even add tags to your profile to show specifically what you’re looking for.

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.

Pros: The app is super flexible, covering all bases for those who are looking for a menage a trois. Don’t want your coworkers to know what you get up to after dark? Pay HK$8 to ensure none of your Facebook friends ever sees you on the app.

Cons: The app seems to predominantly consist of straight couples looking to meet single girls, which might not be much fun if you’re anyone else.

3nder Dating App
The more the merrier.


You’re probably already pretty familiar with the holy grail of Hong Kong dating apps, which has a huge following around town. Haven’t logged on yet? To get started, all you have to do is connect your Facebook profile to the app, enter your preferences for gender, age range and location, and then the app shows user profiles near you. Swipe right for people you like, and left if you’re not feeling them. If they like you back, the two of you can start a conversation.

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.

Pros: It’s a complete no-brainer. Your potential life partner is just a swipe away!

Cons: You have to pay for a lot of the cool features now. Actions that will cost you include “rewind”, which allows you to undo your last swipe if you accidentally swiped left on your future husband/wife. “Passport” is another premium feature: if you’re looking for a holiday fling, you can pre-swipe people who live in your selected destination. How much does true love cost, really?


A dating app aimed at gay men, Scruff offers a huge pool of guys to choose from — you can check out users from around the world right down to their exact address. In your search results, tap other people’s profile photos to see if you’re a match. You can “woof” at guys you like to indicate interest.

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.

Pros: Scruff is location-specific, which means finding someone nearby — even right down to the same building — is a breeze.

Cons: The app seems to be focused on hookups rather than long-lasting relationships. Whether or not that’s a bad thing depends on who you’re talking to…

Scruff Dating App Screenshot
Woof! Woof!


Before Tinder, there was Blendr, created in 2011 by the founder of wildly popular gay hookup app Grindr as a heterosexual equivalent. It’s a location-based app that lets you talk to people near you. However, Blendr isn’t supposed to be all about casual flings — it’s more for meeting people you actually want to see again.

Cost: Free.

Pros: Not having much luck on a singles’ night out? You can check into locations on the app, which gives you a long list of people nearby.

Cons: It’s not as popular as Tinder, meaning there’s a smaller pool to choose from.


Paktor, which means “dating” in Cantonese, connects people based on shared interests. You don’t actually see photos of your matches — only information like gender, distance and job are shared — and you will eventually match if you have a common interest. You then have the option to start a conversation.

Cost: Free.

Pros: You’re guaranteed to meet a match who’s into the same stuff as you.

Cons: For those who put physical attraction first and foremost, Paktor might not be too helpful.

Paktor Screens
Hey man, what’s your favorite movie?

Coffee Meets Bagel

It’s an easy-to-use “yes or no” kind of dating app, but Coffee Meets Bagel, founded in New York, comes with a catch. One potential partner — a “bagel” — appears on your app every day at noon. If you say yes and they do the same, then you have seven days to start a conversation and make it happen. If not, they’re gone forever.

Cost: Free.

Pros: It weeds out the time-wasters. If you’re not interested in someone, they disappear forever… until you inevitably meet them in real life.

Cons: The gratification that comes from choosing from a huge pool of people is diminished. Also, coffee beans are used as currency on the app. Some features, like finding out who your mutual friends are with a match, will cost you coffee beans. You regain coffee beans by continuing to “play,” which makes the whole experience feel just a little bit juvenile.

[Updated June 2018]