Welcome to betting apps UK – The home of the best betting apps. Latest update – January 2020!
bettingapps.co.uk has been up and running since 2012 and in that time the market for mobile sports betting has changed considerably. We have been at the forefront of betting apps for years now and have a vast knowledge of apps and platforms as well as UK licensing regulations and mobile security.
As experts in mobile betting, we take the time to rate and independently review sports betting apps that comply with UK gambling legislation. Safety and security of users are at the forefront of our reviews and we only cover brands that we are happy to recommend.
Take a glance through our site where you’ll find our honest bookmaker reviews, as well as highlighting our favourite bookmaker apps on iPhone and Android.
Top 10 UK Betting Apps
Coral Betting App
Why use the Coral sports app?
Get an instant price on any football match bets that you with the quick and easy to use bet builder
Find enhanced prices on daily horse racing on the horse racing home page along with race writeups from the Racing Post
Play live casino games from within the sports betting app under the live casino tab.
We rate and test the apps on the following criteria – Design, performance, range of markets, range of coupons, ease of bet placement, live streaming and we have recently added “Bet Builder options” as criteria for the new trending market.
We’re always on the lookout for more apps to review – head over to our contact us page if you have an app you think we should be reviewing on our site. You can also get in touch if you’d like to query an app’s ranking or if you have anything you’d like to ask.
We review all the betting and sports apps on our site individually and without bias. We are regular users of a number of apps and we keep up to date with the latest updates and design changes from all the major UK bookmakers.
Our reviews are based on a 5-star system. We cover many aspects of the app including design, performance, usability, stability, odds, range of markets, casino and poker options and more. This comprehensive scoring system helps us find the best app for each platform regardless of which bookies app it is.
Here’s a guide to what we look for when reviewing apps
Aesthetical design and appearance
Ease of use and navigation
New customer bonus
Existing customer promotions across sports
Ease and speed of place multiple bets and multiple bet options
Safety and security
Overall feel and look of the app
What Other apps are available – Casino, Bingo, Poker, and others
If you have an issue with the service from a betting app or betting company then there is a set procedure to make your complaint. You can raise it here with the Gambling Commission in the UK and they have a set process to deal with it. This can get a much better response than taking the complaint further with the bookmaker by yourself. It’s always good to take a constructive approach to make your complaint – avoid ranting and lay whats happened out in detail with any evidence you have.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports to bet on around the world with the various formats of the game giving lots of betting options. You can bet on the explosive 20-20 matches or take a more considered view on the longer test series.
There has never been more to bet on in cricket with the betting markets growing with each major event. You can now use the bet builder features to bet on individual matches as well as betting series. These include bets on players, wickets, stumpings, sixes hit, player sixes and boundaries and many more options. Check out the Betway Sports Android App to see their #Betyourway markets and odds on the upcoming games.
If you are a more serious bettor and want to bet on trends or strategies then we would recommend the Betfair app – Our best-rated app for cricket betting – head to the Exchange app. It covers lots of markets and the exchange betting is excellent for in play bets. From the IPL to the Ashes Betfair has got all the markets you could ever want on their app.
Best Cricket betting apps list
Betway Sports – Lots of markets and includes pick your own bets with #Betyour way
Betfair Exchange – Best odds and lots of liquidity for trading bets.
Bet365 – Range of markets and live streaming of some events
Paddy Power – Excellent range of promotions and offers for major tournaments
William Hill – Wide choice of markets and cricket coupons
Tennis betting is a fast pace way to bet with markets varying from the outright tournament winner down to the intensity of point by point betting and everything in between. You get a whole range of markets with most bookmakers and we include tennis betting in our app scoring criteria.
With numerous grand slams through the year as well as lots of tour events to bet on you’ll always find some tennis to bet on. The more you built your tennis knowledge around the up and coming players the more you’ll be able to spot the upsets!
There are some interesting rules to get used to with Tennis betting. This is mainly due to injuries and as it is player v player then the markets are settled differently when these events happen.
Here’s our guide to the general rules of tennis betting, it is wise to check the specific rules of your chosen bookmaker before betting.
Player retires before a ball has been hit – This usually means all bets are void as the match has not taken place. The other player automatically advances to the next match but in betting terms they have not won the match.
Player retires during the game – This varies from bookmaker to bookmaker but the general rule is if the match isn’t finished then match results bets will be void.
If you have bet on a specific event then this will need to be concluded for the bet to stand. For example, if you bet on the first set winner then the set must be completed for the bet to stand. If the player retires 1 point before the set finishes then your bet will most likely be voided as no one has won the set.
Our Recommended Tennis betting apps
Bet365 – Excellent coverage and live streaming options
Betfair Exchange – Great odds and trading options
Betvictor App – Solid stable app
Betway Sports – Good ongoing promotions for major events
Paddy Power – Good for money back specials on major tournaments
Horse race betting is one of the most popular sports to bet on in the UK. Since racing began it has been associated with betting from the early days of on-track betting through to today sophisticated apps to calculate horses based on sets of rules.
Our top betting apps for racing
Bet Victor App
Paddy Power app
The above apps all have features that are beneficial to racing fans. They all offer live streaming of UK and Irish racing when you have had a bet on the race. On your phone, the steam will be full screen, on iPad or tablet the stream will be in view screen alongside the in-running betting market for that race.
Features of we looked for in our top-rated apps –
Live streaming on races – Usually, you need a 50p/ £1 bet on the race to view. This is usually the same coverage as At The Races has or Racing UK.
Horse finder – See more below
In running racing options
Odds on horses
Stability and quality of the app and the stream
What form and write-ups are covered? See more below
Horse Finder Software
This is something that has become more popular on betting apps over the last couple of years – software that will find horses based on your credentials. Add in what your requirements are and these will find the horses for you to check out and bet on. If you want to find a 4-year-old with the previous form at the track then set the filters and see if any are around. This is a great tool for big events like Cheltenham where you can see which horses have good form at the track.
Horse Racing Form
When you open your chosen betting app you’ll see that most offer racing form in some way or other. The better apps also include small write-ups from either the Timeform team or the Racing post, but what does the rest of the form mean? Here’s our simple guide to how to read the racing form.
Form – These numbers are the performance of the horse in previous races. They read from left to right with the furthest left being the most recent race. They work as follows
A number – This is a completed race and the position they finished. An “0” means they finished anywhere outside the top 9.
U – Unseated rider (basically the rider came off the horse during the race.
“-” This signals a different racing season
“/” This signals a break in racing with an injury, for example where a horse has missed an entire season
“P” or “PU” – This means pulled up, this is where the horse has been stopped in the race by the jockey
“R” – Refused to race, this is where a horse hasn’t started to race or has refused to start the race
You can now access some of the betting apps we feature on your iWatch or Samsung gear. The actual betting on the watch is limited to a smaller range of markets, but they can be used to cash out which is handy.
There are also some decent football apps to get your goal alerts and football updates on your wrist. This is a growing market with more and more applications launching. Check out any iPhone review to see the watch options for that app.
William Hill is the market leaders in iWatch betting and their app continues to improve. Each time there is an update the app is improved and each time there is a new iWatch it improves again.
The first version of the iWatch app was a simple bet checker but now you can do so much more. You can see the top bets of the day and back them. You can also quickly and efficiently cash out your bets with one press of your watch.
Betting Apps with iWatch application (UK)
A few other apps have offered iWatch betting functionality in the past, like Betvictor and Coral, but these are no longer available. The William Hill iWatch app is the only one in the UK market and they keep making it better. For iPhone other alls, like bet365, offer extra functions in your notifications.
There’s now a wider choice of apps for betting exchange fans with new players in the market trying to break the dominance of Betfair. We’ve covered other exchanges such as Betdaq and Matchbook to help give you a more informed choice of which exchange to use.
This is our preferred way of betting as the options are better for laying off bets and you’ll get some great odds on the exchange too. Getting to know how the exchanges work takes some time but if you’re a value bettor this is, in our opinion, the way to bet.
Current Exchange Betting Apps in the UK and standard commission rates
Betfair – 5%
Betdaq/ Ladbrokes Exchange – 2%
SMarkets – 2%
If you want to learn more about exchange betting then have a listen to our podcast on Sound Cloud here.
Best Betting App Software
Betting apps are built on a range of different software that underpins the technology. This goes some way to explain why there is a lot of apps that are similar in appearance to each other, especially in the casino and bingo sectors. We’ve covered some of the main software as a guide and tried to find who is using what. There are a couple of companies whose apps are self-built, namely the William Hill app and the bet365 app.
“Source of Success”
With more than 5,000 employees spanning 17 global locations, Playtech is one of the biggest global software players on the betting scene. Their proprietary technologies include the Playtech Information Management Solution (IMS); Business Intelligence Technology (BIT); the Playtech Portal and the Playtech Open Platform (POP).
Beyond apps on iOS and Android, their software also powers websites, desktop apps, fruit machines and even bricks and mortar bingo halls, making Playtech a genuine omnichannel software company. This allows the gambling powerhouse to offer ‘cross-product’ suites, which offers players a seamless experience – with a single account and wallet – when using an app or website across multiple devices.
With in excess of 600 casino games to their name, Playtech has the most extensive portfolio of casino games covering all channels and every device, and also provide the technology behind iPoker – the world’s largest regulated dot.com poker network.
Other gaming and betting categories Playtech cover include bingo; live dealer; sports; and virtual sports.
Over the years, Playtech has acquired tens of gaming content creation companies, games studios and software suppliers (including Origins, Ash Gaming, Sunfox and Vikings in the casino category; and Virtue Fusion, ECM Systems and Eyecon in the bingo category).
Also separating them from their competitors is the fact that Playtech provides solutions to B2B, as well as to B2B.
“The Most Reliable Provider of Sports Data”
Enetpulse provides a wealth of live sports data over multiple channels, delivering scores, results, and stats through their XML & API data feeds, as well as front-end solutions to betting brands such as 10Bet, Betfair and Sportingbet.
The sports data feeds are compatible with virtually any digital platform – such as online media, televisions, mobile/tablet, consoles, and Teletext.
Data types include live scores and results; fixtures and standings; live stats; performance stats; action zones; historical data; odds comparison and special events.
Alongside data streams, Enetpulse also provides hosted betting mini-sites and ready-built sports data widgets that are drag-n-drop customisable and easily integratable.
Novomatic is the titan among betting app software companies, turning over €2.5 Bn in 2017 alone. Notable slot gaming titles of Novomatic’s include Dragon’s Pearl™, Pyramid Fortunes™ and Wave Patrol™, among hundreds of others.
They also boast four gaming platforms under their name: NovoLine, CoolFire, Impera and OctaGames.
“The world leader in live dealer gaming”
Evolution Gaming specialises in live casino games (their roulette category alone has 12 variants of roulette – ranging from Live French Roulette to Live Slingshot Auto Roulette).
However, their technology also provides services for an array of global betting brands – including 888 Casino, Betway, Betvictor, Partycasino and William Hill.
The key components of the integration of their technology include a third-party integration engine; one-wallet integration funds transfer integration and Live Casino Administration System – Back Office.
With 12 years in the industry, Evolution Gaming today turns over €175.2 Million across 11 regions.
App security is a key part of our app reviews and we are fortunate that in the UK all the major players we cover also take this ever seriously. you can feel safe in the knowledge that all the apps are encrypted so your personal and payment details are safe and secure whatever betting app you use.
In the UK companies have government guidance for cybersecurity that they are required to follow.
GDPR came into play across Europe on May 25th, 2018 and applies to all companies, not just betting companies, who contact you. They must now have your full consent to get in touch with you for marketing reasons.
You can easily opt-out of these when you sign up or in your account settings when you’re in any particular bookies app. All the apps we feature are UK based and all must comply with the latest GDPR and privacy regulations.
Best Betting Apps is run by a small team of UK based sports and betting enthusiasts. We are mainly football fans and our support is divided between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Take a look at our About Us page for more information and how to get in touch. Between us, we’ve used and reviewed all the apps you’ll find on the site. We always have the latest sports betting apps on iPhone, iPad and Android devices reviews as well as some older devices to check how they perform there too. By becoming experts in this field we understand what it takes to make a great app for betting or sports apps.
What We Do
As mentioned above we regularly bring you the best betting app reviews from across the web ensuring you’re delivered all the latest information including their functionality, markets and best offers within the app.
This will come across everything from sportsbook apps to casino, poker and more. We’ll find you the best odds app, the best offers app, as well as the best bookmaker app iPhone and Android, has to offer.
We really are your one-stop shop for mobile sportsbook betting.
Outside of sport we also do our best to provide you with the best mobile apps across the likes of casino, slots bingo and more.
Here at Betting Apps, we love a good offer. It’s why our expert team do what they can to ensure you’re delivered with the very finest.
We’ll bring you the best mobile free bets, no deposit free bets, enhanced odds and money back specials.
With every review, you’ll be highlighted with the finest offers they currently have, as well as how to sign up with them.
Betting apps have evolved over time to the super sharp and quick apps we have today, but this wasn’t always the case. When Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007 they didn’t allow real money Gambling on their App store – exactly the same as Google on the Play Store. The iPhone really took off and so did apps but initially, Apple stood firm on their stance on gambling.
We launched our site in 2010 and to start with we provided guides on how to install a web app to your phone – This seems so dated now! Here’s how bet365 mobile looked back in 2010!
It wasn’t until 2012 that Apple softened their stance and started letting the likes of William Hill and bet365 to launch App store versions of their mobile sites. These were an improvement on the mobile sites but still a long way from today’s apps.
Over time the apps improved greatly along with the speed and range of markets. In 2016 Google finally caved and started to allow real money gambling (Sports betting, casino apps, poker apps & bingo apps) app on the Play Store.
All through these changes, we’ve continued to test and rate the apps to share with you the best betting apps regardless of your phone. While all apps have their advantages we still feel that some have an edge over others.
Just for fun here’s how the early William Hill mobile app looked – It used to be called “mobet”!
Here’s our comprehensive guide to betting on mobile or via apps – If you have any questions send us a tweet to @bettingapps and we’ll add it to the list.
One of the best things about current apps are the options for live streaming, from high-level football like the Bundesliga to the more niche sports like handball (It’s a Scandinavian sport – check it out, it’s brutal!). There are varying rules on the requirements needed to watch – usually you need to have an account with money in it, or have placed a bet in the last 14 or 30 days. Some events, mainly horse racing, are bet to watch – place a £1 bet on the race and you can watch it.
You know what it’s like – every time you download a new app you get asked if you want notifications on. With bookies you may or may not do – that’s up to you. Most betting apps now give you notifications on games you’ve bet on with the standard goals and full-time results. Some will offer additional notifications such as cards, corners and other options.
This is a great way to keep up with the games you’ve bet on but is a little annoying if you’ve got a 15 bet accumulator on a Saturday afternoon!
How do I stop notifications from my betting app?
You may need to do this in your phone’s settings rather than the app settings. On iPhone head to setting> general> notifications scroll down to the list of apps and just knock notifications off. On Android follow the same steps heading to setting and turn off all notifications on the app.
Where can I get corner notifications?
We hear you on this one! Until recently no one has offered corner notifications but recently for us, the bet365 app has started to. We are not aware of any others doing this currently. This is great if you’ve got a bet builder or similar on.
What is the most downloaded betting app in the UK?
Unfortunately, this is not something we get data for as the app store does not share this information and the bookies also do not share this information. The best guide we get is on the Google Play store and the downloads are grouped together.
These apps all have over 500,000 downloads on Android
– Bet365 Sports app
– William Hill Sports App
– Sky Bet app
Which betting apps offer live streaming?
Almost all the major bookmakers offer this, with bet365, William Hill & Paddy Power offering the most from our testing.
Why can I not stream some events in the UK?
In some cases, it may appear that an event can be streamed, usually displayed by a video icon by the game, but it may be geographically restricted. For example outside the UK some bookmakers will show the Capital One Cup to residents in Europe but due to broadcasting rights, they can’t show it to anyone in the UK. This is picked up by the location of your IP address when you log in.
Why won’t the app steam in full screen?
This is usually the case on iPad apps or on Android tablets. The bookies want you to have a bet on the app as well as stream the game so on the larger screens they’ll display the action in a smaller screen so you can see the odds and bet at the same time. On your phone, there isn’t enough room so most events can be shown full screen, but you then have to close the stream down to place a bet.
Popular sports to bet on
Based on the research we have seen these are the 5 most popular sports to bet on in the UK
Football is by far the most popular sport to bet on and on big games, you usually get a choice of over 125 markets to pick from, but where do you start with that! Here are some of the more popular markets and a quick look at the options, we’ve avoided the WDW and the Over/ Under.
Both teams to score – Simply a question of will both teams score a goal with a straight yes/no answer. There are some good value options on this one too including to win and both teams to score and the difficult to predict “Will both teams score in both halves” market. This has some very high odds and you occasionally see some massive wins on social media but it is so tough to even get 1 game right let alone 3.
Corners – Always a popular side market is corners betting. Again there is a good range of markets to go from starting with the simple over and underlines. These can be anywhere from 6.5 to 12.5 depending on the game. There are also corner match bets and Asian handicap corner bets.
Make your own bets – These first came about via Sky Bets #Requestabet on social media where you could tweet them a bet for a game and they’d price it up. After being overrun with demand for it other bookies moved in and now these bets are all priced up for you on the app. Head over to any game and you’ll find other peoples options showing as well as the option to select your own. These all have various different names – Bet Victors is #Priceitup, William Hills is #Yourodds, Ladbrokes is Get a Price and my personal favourite is bet365s bet builder.
Here are some frequently asked questions if you’re having an issue with any betting app in the UK?
Why do the odds change when I’m placing a bet?
This happens a lot if you’re betting in play. The odds change based on time and events in the game. There is usually a 7-10 second delay between you pushing the place bet button and the bet placing. This is so you can’t be live at a game and get a bet on before the news has hit the bookies about what is going on. Someone in Australia was recently arrested for getting bets on the tennis from in the stand before Betfair got the notification of the points.
Why can I not install some apps?
To get the latest apps you need to have the latest software
Legal apps in the UK
The UK has some of the toughest gambling legislation in the world, where gambling is legal. You’ll be pleased to know that not just anyone can rock up and launch a betting app! There are steps to go through and you need to prove you’re a fit a proper company and have the finances in place to cover customer wins.
Once they’ve been through this process they will be given a license by the gambling commission in the UK. They’ll usually be registered as a gambling company too in either Gibraltar or Malta where most operations are based for tax reasons.
If you have any doubts about a betting app being legitimate then look for the license information – it should be shown somewhere on the app. If you’re near a computer then the information is always in the footer of the website. You can then check its legitimate here. You can also report any issue to the commission too.