Let’s face it, life without a tech device in Singapore is…difficult! From transport to shopping to food, when you’re living in Singapore, you’ve got to download these apps to make your life a whole lot easier! Choose restaurants and shops, find parking and directions, and even learn a little Singlish while you’re at it – we’ve got the top apps to download right here!
Transport apps are the way to go especially when you're in need to be someplace right here, right now. With the exit of Uber, Grab has taken over the reins and is mostly chosen because of its affordability. All fares are clearly displayed upfront with no hidden costs. Ryde is similar but it's a real-time car-pooling app where you can defray the cost of each trip. Gojek and Tada are also private hire apps to consider. ComfortDelGro has always been a reliable choice and features full-time taxi drivers that are directionally proficient. It also has a fixed fare option that might save you a bit especially during peak hours. Our tip? Download a whole suite of these apps to compare and get the best price per trip.
If you're looking to rent an electric car for a day or two, then BlueSG is what you're looking for. Go even more ec0-friendly and rent bicycles instead with Mobike, SG Bike, or Anywheel.
ComfortDelgro - taxi booking
BlueSG - rent an electric car
Parking.sg - payment for street parking
EZ-Link - pay for public transport
BTT SG - practice for the basic theory driving license test
When it comes to food, you will want to use both Deliveroo (ios/Android) and GrabFood (ios/Android) when making your orders. This will allow you to compare pricing, preferences in food choices, discounts and even distance and time taken to arrive. If you’re eating anywhere outside an office, house or hotel, remember to be specific with your details as there’s a chance the food may take longer to arrive while the driver searches for you. Chope (ios/Android) and Burpple (ios/Android) are perfect for the occasion when you want to dine in a restaurant and you can use both of them to reserve tables ahead of time. Both apps allow you to search for specific cuisines and locations to narrow down your choices.
RedMart on Lazada - grocery delivery
Amazon Fresh - free 2-hr same-day groceries delivery
FairPrice - convenient 2-hr time slots
Happycow - find vegan restaurants and stores
For the latest updates in Singapore especially during this pandemic, download these news apps to have information immediately on hand. The Straits Times app provides free access to some articles, but others require a subscription. The Channel News Asia (CNA) app is also reliable and you can enable push notifications to get the latest news updates that are pretty useful.
Nowadays, banking is no longer having to wait in line for hours at the bank. Just tap on an app and you can check your balances, make payments, transfer funds, and more! Going cashless is the preferred mode of payment and ever so often you'll hear, "Just PayNow me!" Download the PayNow and PayLah! apps and you're pretty much sorted for almost everything in Singapore. For secure online transactions, PayPal is definitely the way to go!
PayPal - secure online payment solution
Fave Pay - deals, payment, cashback, and rewards
Singtel Dash - all-in-one mobile wallet
Xe Currency - trusty currency converter
If you're intending to head outdoors in Singapore, checking the weather is essential and these handy weather apps are just what you need. The basic go-to app is MyEnv (iOS/Android) app, the one-stop platform for environmental, water, and food information at your fingertips. There are several weather apps to choose from ranging from those that simply give a generic forecast to those with a more detailed weather and air quality outlook.
AccuWeather - detailed forecast with radar
aqicn.org - air quality and pollution index. Useful during haze season.
Shopping in Singapore has never been easier with all these apps that are so convenient and absolutely fuss-free. Apps like Amazon, Lazada, Shopee, and Qoo10 are all the rage, especially with their discounts and rewards. You can get just about anything through these apps! Carousell is great for getting the best bargains on pre-owned items. This list is by far not exhaustive; these are just some of our faves!
Carousell - buy and sell portal
Zalora - shop multiple brands
Reebonz - pre-owned luxury goods
Nespresso - order all your coffee needs
Uniqlo - shop app exclusives
Singsale - lots of time-sale discounts
Sephora - all your makeup and skincare needs
ShopBack - discount coupons and promo codes
Paneco - alcohol delivery
Value Club - shop electronics
Making doctor's appointments and even check on your Covid test status is made simple with these health apps tied to specific medical institutions. You can also download the Watson's app to get your ready supply of toiletries delivered to your doorstep. Easy!
HealthHub - digital health services
Watson's - toiletries and pharmaceutical needs
Raffles Connect - make medical appointments and access your health records
MyDoc - Singapore’s first public digital health consultation service
New to the city or navigating around is just not your forté? Now you can find your way with this handy app, gothere.sg, an online site that not only shows you the destination on a map but also calculates the total travel time and approximate fare. Like Google Maps, you can plug in your current destination and your final destination and find the best way to get there via public transport. Want to explore Singapore's history? Download BalikSG for an immersive journey back in time or the Visit Singapore Travel Guide for a full experience of the city.
Visit Singapore Travel Guide - explore everything Singapore with this handy app, from food to activities and directions.
BalikSG - explore Singapore River and around Fort Canning Hill
Coast-to-Coast Trail Mobile App - interactive, curated walking experience across a series of parks and park connectors.
Explore Singapore on MRT - click on the stations and plan your route
Hosay! - have fun and learn how to speak Singlish like a local!
Searching for a suitable property to buy or rent in Singapore is easy with the Property Guru app that showcases those available. Ever since the pandemic began, courier service apps have also been on the rise with fewer face-to-face interactions. If you have a less bulky item to deliver, download the Ninja Van or QDelivery apps. For larger items like furniture and electronics, La La Move would be better suited.
Property Guru - check rental and sale prices of Singapore properties
With TraceTogether being a must in this 'new normal', having the app on your phone is crucial. It allows you to gain access to everywhere and anywhere, plus it enables contact tracing should there be a spike in active Covid-19 cases. The Singpass app is also extremely useful to gain access to your personal records and certain online transactions.
Singpass - your digital Singapore identity
TraceTogether - community-driven contact tracing
SGWorkPass - employment admin
SGSecure - emergency response information