Mobile Betting Apps – A Definitive Guide

Betting On The Move Has Never Been Easier!

So, you can’t make it home in time to place a bet on your desktop device on an upcoming event. Luckily, thanks to mobile betting apps, you won’t need to worry. You can get a bet on anywhere at any time on your mobile device, once you have an internet connection. In our guide to mobile betting apps, we reveal our list of the top betting apps, we look at how the different betting apps work and we also examine the difference between native apps and web apps. Find out more by reading on.

Best 7 Mobile Betting Apps

  1. 888sport Logo
    888sport
    4 / 5
    Free Bets
    $30
    30FB
    18+, New customers only – Minimum deposit of €10 using deposit code 30fb - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least €10 (€20 e/w) placed on any sports markets - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply - full T&C’s apply
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  2. Unibet Logo
    Unibet
    5 / 5
    Sign-up Offer
    100% up to £50
    18+ www.begambleaware.org Minimum deposit £10. You must wager your bonus money 3x to make it withdrawable at minimum odds of 1.40 (2/5) in Sportsbook, 25x for Casino. Bonus will expire after 30 days of opt-in. Further T&Cs Apply.
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  3. SportNation Logo
    SportNation
    4 / 5
    Sign-up Offer
    100% up to £50
    SN50NEW
    New customers only. Valid once per customer. Bonus expires after 30 days. Offer expires 31.05.19. 7x turnover at 1.6 minimum odds before withdrawal. Skrill and Neteller deposits excluded. 18+ only. BeGambleAware
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  4. bet365 Logo
    bet365
    5 / 5
    Sign-up Offer
    100% up to £100
    Open Account Offer Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
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    Betfair Logo
    Betfair
    5 / 5
    Free Bets
    £100
    ZBBC01
    New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.
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  6. MoPlay Logo
    MoPlay
    5 / 5
    Free Bets
    £30
    Bet £10+ at odds 1.50+, get 2 x £15 free bets, 7 day expiry, credited after first bet settles. Opt in, 1 x customer. Bet type, Free Bet restrictions and T&C's apply.
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What Makes A Top Mobile Betting App?

So, what should you look out for when deciding what is the best betting app? Well, there are a number of key considerations you should take into account. The best mobile apps should have software that operates smoothly and page loading times should be quick. It should be easy and fast to get a bet on and the fewer clicks it takes, the better.

The interface should be user-friendly and the app should be simple to use. Other important factors include sign up bonuses, ongoing promotions and the number of sports and depth of markets. We also compare native apps and web apps. So, if you want to know what makes a top mobile betting app, keep on reading!

Always Look Out For A Mobile Welcome Bonus!

So, one of the first things to investigate before downloading or using a mobile betting app is whether there is a welcome bonus on offer. Some betting sites are a lot more generous than others when it comes to mobile betting welcome bonuses. For the most part, the welcome bonus can be claimed on both desktop and mobile.

For example, at the time of writing if you signed up with Bet365 via mobile or desktop you could claim a cool £100 worth of free bets. If you decide to open an account with Unibet, you will qualify for a £40 sign up sportsbook bonus. No bookies that we researched had a separate sign up bonus if you joined via their mobile betting app.

Mobile Betting App Only Promotions

Although they aren’t very common, some bookmakers do run mobile-only betting promotions. One of the best examples is the MoPlay Bet £10 to get £5  Miami Open promotion. To get the free bet you need to place a £10 bet on certain markets on your mobile device. You will then be rewarded with a £5 free bet that has to be used on the MoPlay mobile betting app. Other bookies run the occasional mobile-only promotions too, keep an eye out for news on new specials from your betting site.

MoPlay Logo
MoPlay
5 / 5
Free Bets
£30
Bet £10+ at odds 1.50+, get 2 x £15 free bets, 7 day expiry, credited after first bet settles. Opt in, 1 x customer. Bet type, Free Bet restrictions and T&C's apply.
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Will I Need To Download the mobile betting app?

If you are going to bet on the go, you will need to use a mobile betting app. If your bookie of choice has taken the trouble to design a native Android or iOS app, you will have to download it to start betting. iOS mobile betting apps can usually be downloaded directly from the App Store.

Native Android apps are normally downloaded via a link on the bookies’ site. You may have to give your phone permission to download the Android betting apps. If your bookie has not designed a native app, you can use their web app and no download is required. Simply use your mobile browser to visit the web app, sign up and start betting.

SportNation Logo
SportNation
4 / 5
Sign-up Offer
100% up to £50
SN50NEW
New customers only. Valid once per customer. Bonus expires after 30 days. Offer expires 31.05.19. 7x turnover at 1.6 minimum odds before withdrawal. Skrill and Neteller deposits excluded. 18+ only. BeGambleAware
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How is the mobile betting app structured?

So, as we pointed out in our introduction, how a mobile betting app is designed is vitally important. It should be simple to place a bet, while navigating the app should not be difficult either. We really liked how the 888sport web app was designed. The sign-up button is highly visible in the top right-hand corner and the app operates nice and smoothly. Page load times are minimal and these are all important attributes that make 888sports native app well worth checking out.

Bet365 have not gone to the trouble of designing native apps for iOS and Android devices. They have instead gone down the web app route. The Bet365 web app can be used on any mobile device and like the 888sport mobile app, it is nicely designed and the software is flawless. You can avail of all the same promos and specials on the Bet365 web app that are available on the desktop site. So, for betting on the go, the 888sport Native Apps and Bet365 web app are well worth checking out.

888sport Logo
888sport
4 / 5
Sign-up Offer
£30
30F
18+, New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least €10 (£20 e/w) placed on any sports markets - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply - full T&C’s apply
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bet365 Logo
bet365
5 / 5
Sign-up Offer
100% up to £100
Open Account Offer Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
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Can you deposit and withdraw easily on the mobile betting app?

So, when you open a new betting account it is crucial that you are able to deposit and withdraw funds with ease. For us, it is very important that bookmakers have the same payment methods available on desktop and their native or web betting apps. We always like to see as many payment methods as possible.

William Hill is a bookie that accepts a nice range of payment methods, as you can see from the image above. You can deposit via Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards. You can also use PayPal, as well as other e-wallets like Skrill and Neteller. Some bookies have more payment methods, while others have a lot less. Shop around to find the bookie with available payment methods that suit you best.

What sports are available on mobile betting apps?

The majority of mobile betting apps have markets available for the most popular sports. For example, you will be able to bet on football, tennis, cricket, golf and a whole host of other mainstream sports on the vast majority of mobile betting apps. However, some bookies have a better and bigger selection of sports than others.

Is there live betting on the mobile app?

With a mobile betting app it is usually possible to bet in play, depending on the bookie. Bet365, for example, have a superb live betting suite on their mobile app and you can bet in-play on a large selection of sports. From tennis to football and everything in between, the Bet365 mobile app has every angle covered when it comes to betting in-play on those events.

The thing that sets the Bet365 mobile web app apart is the fact that you can bet in play on horse racing. Usually live betting on horse racing is only available on the exchanges like Betfair and Betdaq. However, if you sign up with Bet365 you will be able to bet in play on every UK and Irish horse race. You can also stream sports live on some mobile betting apps too, including 888sport, Betway, William Hill and Bet365.

Betfair Logo
Betfair
5 / 5
Free Bets
up to £30
ZSK200
You must sign-up with Promo Code - ZSK200 | You must deposit £10 via debit/credit card or Paypal only | Other E-Wallet deposits will not count for this promotion | You must place a £10 single bet on any sportsbook market to qualify | Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/5 (1.2) | Only bets placed and settled within the first 30 days of account opening qualify | Cashed Out and Voided bets do not qualify | Multiple bets are excluded and any single bets in multiple bets are also excluded (e.g Lucky 15) | Free bets are valid for 30 days.
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Is there customer support available on mobile betting apps?

If you are using a mobile betting app you should be able to get in touch with customer service easily if you have any issues. The main avenues through which most bookies communicate with their customers are email, live chat, telephone or less commonly, post.

The best and quickest option for getting any issues dealt with is live chat. Some mobile betting apps have 24 hour live chat available, while others only have it for certain periods during the day. Most bookies answer emails within 24 hours, while with some bookies you can also get in touch by picking up the phone. Check out our in depth bookie reviews to find out more about customer service.

How quick do pages load on mobile betting apps?

There is nothing more frustrating than waiting on pages to load on mobile betting sites. If a betting site is serious about their mobile and web apps, the software should be up to date and page load times minimal. The Betfair and 88sport mobile betting apps really impressed us with regards to page load times.

If a bookie has a native app for iOS or Android, page load times are usually nice and fast. Web apps can work well too, but sometimes page load times can be painfully slow. The William Hill web app, for example, is nicely designed but page load times could be a shade quicker. Quick page load times are vital for live betting, as odds can change rapidly and you don’t want to miss out because of shoddy software.

Watch out for special features on mobile betting apps!

If you are considering signing up with a betting site and betting mostly via your mobile device, you want to make the experience as pleasurable as possible. So, we always like to see innovative and original extras on any of the web or mobile apps we use. Match trackers are used by a number of bookies on a few different sports, including football and rugby, among others. Coral have live tennis match trackers, as you can see in the image below.

Betting Apps With Cash Out

Also, another feature to watch out for on mobile betting apps is ‘Cash Out’. Most bookies now have this useful tool, but some don’t, so if you want to have the option of cashing out early you can do so with Bet365, William Hill and lots more bookies too. Check out our Cash Out page to find out more about what bookies offer cash out.

Can you check stats on mobile betting apps?

The final area we will look at is the provision of information and stats on different mobile betting apps. For example, if you are having a bet on a football match, it is nice to be able to check previous results, head to head records and other useful stats. The amount of information on each site varies dramatically, and different betting sites are better on certain sports.

As an example, we looked at the 888sport mobile betting app to see what sort of information they provided. They provided recent form figures as well as the latest head to head results between the two sides for the Euro 2020 Qualifier between England and Montenegro. They have similar stats available for every major match. So, if you want to stay informed when you bet, then the 888sport mobile betting app is well worth a second look.

888sport Logo
888sport
4 / 5
Sign-up Offer
100% up to $100
New Customers only; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 100% of deposit up to £100; Offer can be claimed once per household; Wager the qualifying deposit and bonus amount 5x within 30 days to convert bonus winnings into real money; Wagers must be on min. odds of 4/5 on singles or acca bets with min. odds of 2/5 per selection to qualify; Max. stake contribution to wagering requirement is the value of your bonus; Certain bet types are excluded; Terms apply; 18+
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The Overall Verdict On What Makes A Quality Mobile Betting App

So, as you have learned from the information above a lot goes in to making an effective and top quality mobile betting app. There are a number of important factors including design, welcome bonuses, page load times and customer service.

All of the top mobile betting apps we list on this page have different strengths and weaknesses. 888sport have a very good mobile app and we were very impressed by a number of aspects. Page load times are fast and we liked how they provided stats for football matches.

Coral, William Hill and Betfair all have mobile betting and web apps worth checking out too. You should have no problems finding a mobile betting app that suits you best, check out our mobile app and betting site reviews for more detailed information on each individual mobile betting app.

Mobile Betting Apps FAQs

Can you download android mobile betting apps from the play store?

No, unfortunately, Google does not stock gambling apps in the Play Store. If you want to download a native app to your mobile device you will need to download it direct from the betting site. Most mobile betting apps can be downloaded for Android via the landing page on their mobile sites.

Do any mobile betting apps have live streaming?

Yes, we are happy to report that you can stream live sports via a number of mobile betting apps. The most common sport that is available for streaming is horse racing, and you can stream racing live on the Paddy Power, Bet365, Coral and William Hill mobile betting apps. Some sites also have streaming of football, tennis and other sports, check out our detailed bookie reviews to find out what sports can be streamed with your chosen bookie…

Can I use PayPal to top up my account on mobile betting apps?

If your betting site accepts PayPal on their desktop site, you should be able to top up your account via PayPal on their mobile betting site. William Hill are one bookie that accepts PayPal as a payment method, but they aren’t the only ones. There are a number of decent alternatives to PayPal that are also accepted as payment methods, e-wallets Neteller and Skrill. Check our bookie reviews for more information on accepted payment methods with all the biggest and best UK betting sites.