Want to find the best betting apps in the UK?
Here is our quick guide to the top 10 apps. These have all been independently rated and reviewed by the team to compile our list. We have tested the majority of licensed apps on Android, iPhone, mobile browser and tablets.
UK betting apps list
|Rank||App||Features||Available on||Bonus||Get App||Ts & Cs|
||Up to 100% in bet credits*||Get the app||New Customers only. Up to £100* in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5* or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.|
||Bet £5 and get a £30 bonus*||Get the app||New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Sports/Virtual Sports Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Payment Cards only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly|
||Bet £10 bet £30||Get the app||New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘SPORTS60’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.|
||Bet £10 get a £30 welcome bonus*||Get the app||*New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.|
||Get up to £30 in free bets||Get the app||New UK and Ireland Customers Only. Min Deposit: £/€10. First Deposit matched up to £/€30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Additional Terms Apply.This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered|
||Get up to £100 in free bets with the Betfair bet bundle*||Get the app||*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.|
||Bet £5 get £20*||Get the app||18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.|
||Get £5 get £20 in free bets*||Get the app||*18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.|
||See the latest bonus on the site||Get the app||Ts & Cs apply 18+|
||See the app for the latest bonus information||Get the app||Ts & Cs apply 18+|
Betting apps guide
Here you will find all our information on how we review the apps, how to contact us and responsible gambling.
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 placing 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.
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.
App Security and GDPR
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 very 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.
- 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 1,000,000 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 Carabao 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 stream 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.
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 installed for your mobile operating system. Check in your device’s software update settings to see if there is an update available. Alternatively you can visit the relevant bookmaker’s mobile website and save this to your homepage, rather than installing the dedicated app.
- My betting app has frozen and will not load correctly.
The first thing to try is to completely shut down the app and open it back up again. If this does not resolve the issue there may be a general server problem affecting the service. Check to see if the app loads correctly on a different device or check social media to see if anyone else is experiencing issues at the same time.
If people are or the app is failing to load across multiple devices, then it will be a matter of waiting for the relevant online bookmaker to fix the issue. They are normally quick at sorting these errors as the longer it is down, the longer the bookmaker is losing out on taking bets. If the app is loading on other devices, try uninstalling the app from the device it is failing to load on and then re-installing it.
If the problem persists after re-installation, contact the betting app’s support team, reporting the issues you are experiencing.
- My Android device will not allow me to install betting apps that are not from the Play Store.
By default Android devices are set to block the installation of apps that have not been approved by Google. Any app that falls outside of the Google Play Store has not been checked or approved by Google. This is not to say that the app is not safe, just that it has not been checked and approved.
This security setting can be switched off to enable users to install unauthorised apps. Depending on which Android version you are running will depend how to remove this block.
Android 8.0 Oreo and onwards
Go to settings and tap on the “apps and notifications” option. Now select “advanced, followed by “Special App Access”. Finally, tap “Unknown Apps” and from the list of applications presented, choose the mobile web browser from which you wish to use to side-load third party apps.
Android 7.0 Nougat and previous
Select the settings icon on your device and then tap on “Security Settings”. Now turn on the checkbox alongside “Unknown Sources”. Your device will now be ready to install apps from outside of the google Play Store.
Meet the team
Betting Apps is owned by Black Marlin LTD and 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.
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