It’s a mobile world we live in, and betting online has been caught up in the wave of change that mobile access to the web has brought about. Betting apps can now be downloaded directly to your device, allowing you to access global betting opportunities 24/7, as soon as they arise.
In this betting apps guide, we will cover everything you need to know about mobile betting apps and how they work. If you’re confused about how to choose one, things will be a lot clearer if you read to the end.
Best Betting Apps 2017
The following apps are our current favorite apps for betting on our mobile smartphones or tables.
Sports Betting on Mobile Phones and Tablets
The best sports betting apps will give you access to a wide range of markets covering all of the major sports and then some. Hundreds of markets from all around the world can be accessed including football, tennis, boxing, and even most major American sports. At least that will be the case if the app is worth downloading.
The best online betting apps should also be compatible with both Android and iOS devices including tablets and phones. All the major branded apps like Bet365, Paddy Power, Betfair, and others will be compatible with whatever device you are using.
Bets can be placed instantly using these apps, often with one click of a button. All you need to do is create an account, download the app, fund it, and you’re ready to go.
What to Look For in a Betting App
There are endless betting apps on the web, and making a decision about which one to choose can be difficult. Read through the following checklist and make sure the app you are considering has these features at a minimum:
Access to a Wide Range of Markets
While most decent betting apps cover the major sports, there are differences in what you can actually place your bets on. The Bet365 betting app, for example, is renowned for the staggering number of markets it allows you to bet on.
Whereas Bet365 allows you to bet on not only the final score, but lots of proposition bets like number of corners, free kicks, substitutions, which team will see a player booked next, etc, many of these bets are not available at other sportsbooks and their apps.
You might not require access to such a huge number of markets, and perhaps betting on the next goal scored or the final result is enough for you. Still, check out what markets you can bet on and what the range of bets within those markets is before deciding if the app is for you. The more available markets, the more opportunities there are to profit.
Live Betting Capability
The old days of having to wait until the final whistle blows or bell rings before you can collect your winnings or count your losses are over. Live betting has revolutionized online betting, and the best betting apps will allow you to cash out your bets at any point during the game, match, or events, as action takes place and the odds change.
This works both ways, meaning you can either take your profits early or cut your losses before the end. Live betting apps are one of those things which once you experience, you are unlikely to go back to the old school betting apps again.
Easy to Use Betslip & Features
Your betting app should be easy to use on your device. Of course, there’s no way to know if this will be the case until you actually download it and experience it for yourself.
You will want the app to have:
- Quick, bug-free navigation (especially if making use of live betting).
- A bet slip which allows multiple entries and which calculates your total potential profits, preferably with one-click betting.
- Since you will most likely be keeping an eye on the matches and games you have a stake in, you should also look for an app which has streaming or at the very least live updates.
A Range of Payment Methods
Check that the app has a range of payment methods and the ability to add credit to your account and make withdrawals quickly and easily.
The last thing you want is to see great odds on a bet you want to make, and have to go through a time-consuming hassle to find your account before you can make it. Especially in the live betting markets, this could lead to the loss of opportunities altogether.
If you have a preferred payment method such as PayPal, Neteller, or Skrill, make sure it is available.
Incentives, Bonuses & Offers
Most standard sportsbook accounts will have real money free bets, enhanced odds bets, best odds guaranteed, and more in the way of promotions and offers.
Look for a betting app that gives you more on top of what players using standard accounts get. They’re out there, so you might as well get the most you can. Extra bonuses, exclusive free bets, and regular cashback on losses are all potential benefits you can get from using a mobile betting app.
Getting the Right Betting App for Your Device
There are several types of betting app. Which one you will need depends on the type of device you are using and most importantly its operating system.
Keep in mind that most of the time a betting site you visit will automatically detect your device’s operating system, so you don’t have to worry about downloading the wrong type of app.
Despite what Apple would like you to believe, Android is by far the biggest smartphone platform in the world, and it is likely to remain that way for a long time to come.
Android betting apps are widely available and almost every reputable online bookmaker will have one.
Second to Android comes iOS, which is the name for the operating system Apple devices run. iOS betting apps number in the thousands, but you will want to stick with one from a reputable and trustworthy sportsbook. Check out the list of apps we have put together below.
Again, there isn’t a sportsbook in the world worth noting that doesn’t have an iOS compatible app ready for download. If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Apple tablet, this is what you are looking for.
Blackberry may have passed its prime (some would say that is an understatement), but there are still Blackberry betting apps out there, so if you’re clinging to your BB and refusing to move on, worry not, you will still be able to bet online.
Do note that Blackberry compatible apps are definitely fewer in number than the iOS and Android alternatives. You might have to do a little digging to get one which works.
Some betting apps for Windows phones do exist, and the biggest operators tend to have you covered. Ladbrokes, for example, which is one of the UK’s premier online bookmakers, offers a Windows app for betting.
While sports betting apps are the main topic of this page, it is also worth knowing about the other kinds of betting app available. Sometimes sportsbooks which have other features like casinos and poker rooms offer all-in-one apps, allowing you to access multiple features from one app.
Casino apps allow you to play a wide range of casino games directly from your device. Not so long ago, mobile casinos would limit players to a few main games and slots, but that’s not the case anymore. Things have progressed and you can now carry an entire casino in your pocket.
If you’re partial to a hand or two of Texas Hold ‘Em during the game, just to get double thrills, then poker apps could be a good thing to look into.
There are lots of sportsbooks which have poker rooms as another feature of the site. You might be able to download two apps from the same provider, or you might get a sportsbook and poker app in one.
Financial Betting Apps
This is a massive betting market with 24/7 opportunities for profit, but lots of punters overlook it either because they don’t know it exists or because they don’t understand the markets.
Financial betting apps are a great way to get started and open up a whole new world of betting. It’s a non-stop carnival and financial ‘trading’ (code word for betting) has produced more than one multi-millionaire who figured it out and capitalized.