Betting Apps Guide

The UK betting market is flooded with apps from the major names to some smaller lesser-known companies. When you search on iTunes or Google Play you’ll find 40+ different apps.

We have taken the time to independently rate them all to provide our list of the best betting apps for iPhone and Android.

Best Betting Apps List

This is our list of the top 10 apps, other apps are available and we review new apps when they are released.

Best UK Betting Apps

RankAppFeaturesGet AppRatingScreen ShotsReview
1 - Bet Fred AppBetfred app icon UK
  • Best bookmaker for horse racing betting including full tote options
  • An excellent football bet builder which gives you an instant price on your selections
  • The best app for football coupons wit numerous markets and leagues available
  • In our opinion, the best Android betting app
Get App & See Offer9.8Betfred screenshotsRead App Review
2 - Bet Victor AppBetvictor app icon UK
  • Bet builders are available for popular sports and main events
  • Scroll through the popular sports and casino games on the top navigation
  • Home page has the top games of the day and an in play section for easy use
  • Highly rated for iPhone users
Get App & See Offer9.7BetVictor virtual sports imagesRead App Review
3 - Bet365 Appbet365 app icon UK (1)
  • In our opinion, this is one of the best apps across multiple devices
  • We found excellent live streaming options covering various sports
  • A hub of virtual sports with events starting every few minutes
  • Full suite of other apps including casino, live casino, bingo and poker
Get App & See Offer9.6bet365 screenshotsRead App Review
4 - William Hill AppWilliam Hill app icon UK (2)
  • A well known and respected brand in the UK
  • The self titled "home of betting" has everything you need in one app
  • Covers multiple sports, mainly focuses on football and horse racing
  • There is also a flashy Vegas type slots app on the App Store
Get App & See Offer9.3William Hill screenshotsRead App Review
5 - Betway AppBetway app icon UK
  • Nice clean graphics and layout make getting used to the app quick and easy
  • Betway plus loyalty scheme available for bigger bonuses for regular players (Ts & Cs apply)
  • Good levels of customer service offered via email and social media (UK customers)
  • Good app for all round sports betting
Get App & See Offer9.2betway Android app home screenRead App Review
6 - Coral Sports AppCoral Sports app icon UK (1)
  • Famous for their outrageous new customer offers
  • Best for obscure markets and specials
  • Best for tennis with Accumulator insurance on hand
  • The most popular casino games are built in to the sports betting app
Get App & See Offer9.2Coral virtual sportsRead App Review
7 - Ladbrokes AppLadbrokes app icon UK
  • Best odds guaranteed plus giving you more than SP odds on UK & Irish racing
  • Daily price boosts to take advantage of covering most major sports, head to each sports home tab to see what is available
  • Best for Greyhound racing betting.
Get App & See Offer9.1Ladbrokes screenshots
8 - Paddy Power AppPaddy Power app icon UK
  • Instant access to your winnings with your cash card PPlus
  • Money back specials and power prices to take advantage of
  • Best for novelty bets, Celebrity betting, TV betting and football transfer betting
Get App & See Offer9.0Paddy Power screenshotsRead App Review

Betting Apps: Ultimate Guide

Best iPhone & iPad betting apps

There is a full range of iPhone betting apps that are available on the UK App Store. These can all be downloaded for free and you will need to register before you can bet. All real money betting apps have to be licensed in the UK to be approved on the App store. Apps are regularly updated, so to make sure you get the best experience keep them up to date!

iPhone betting apps have grown massively in terms of performance and popularity since they first launched. They are now all excellent apps that perform to high specifications and make gambling on your phone simple and easy. They all have levels of mobile security that they have to conform to so you know your information is being kept safe.

The UK App store also has other licensed gambling apps such as casino apps, live casino apps, bingo apps and poker apps.

There are many popular events where you will see betting apps in the top 10 apps in the UK. These are major events such as the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National Saturday.

Top 5 apps – on purely i0s rating

  1. Bet Victor iPhone app
  2. BetFred iPhone app
  3. Bet365 iPhone app
  4. William Hill iPhone app
  5. Betway iPhone app

Features

  • Customisable notifications
  • Pin, Touch ID & Face ID for secure login
  • Live streaming of various sports – Varies by location
  • Deposit via Apple Pay – Varies by app
  • iWatch integration

Best Android betting apps

The Google play store is packed with gambling apps. These cover sports betting, casino and others. They can be real money apps or “play” apps where you bet with coins and never see any returns. We only consider licensed sports betting apps for our Android betting apps list.

Top 5 based on Android ratings and where to get the apps

  1. Betfred Android App – Google Play
  2. Betvictor Android App – Google Play
  3. Bet365 Android App – Google Play
  4. Betway Android App – Google Play
  5. William Hill Android App – Google Play

How to install Android betting apps

Android users have two options for installing. You can download the version from the Play Store or you can install the mobile site as a short cut. The only difference is the mobile version takes up less space on your phone or tablet.

Sometimes we get asked about APK’s for betting. APK files are the files for android apps on the Play Store. Before Google allowed betting apps bookies would offer APKs that could be installed as a 3rd party app if you changed your device’s settings. In the UK this is no longer required as all apps are on the Google Play Store.

Features

  • Live streaming – Varies by the app
  • Secure logins
  • Other gambling apps that you can use from the same account
  • Inbuilt casino games and slots

Compatibility

To ensure you can download these apps it is best to have the latest Android software installed. If you have an older version you may not be able to get the app, you would then need to install the mobile site short cut instead.

Scoring Criteria

We have our own unique review scoring system and those that have scored the highest get the privilege of appearing on this page. Our system provides a score out of five across the following areas:

  1. App navigation
  2. In-play betting
  3. Live streaming
  4. Speed of bets
  5. Multiple bet features
  6. Offers/bonuses
  7. Choice of markets/sports
  8. Odds offered
  9. Deposit/withdrawal method
  10. Cash-out options

We also check out other apps from the same company such as casino apps and bingo apps.

We then take the average score to create an overall score for each app. Below you will find the apps as well as some detailed analysis on what each app excels at.

Popular sports to bet on

It is no surprise that football is the most popular sport to bet on in the UK as it is the nations favourite sport.

Here are some of the most popular sports for betting

  1. Football
  2. Horse racing
  3. Tennis
  4. Cricket
  5. Rugby
  6. F1
  7. e-Sports

Depositing options

All license apps offer a range of depositing options for you to choose from, such as –

  • Debit card – Usually fee-free
  • PayPal – Fees apply with some
  • E-wallets (Neteller, Skrill etc) – Fees vary
  • Bank transfer – Usually fee-free
  • Cheque – Yes really! You can still send a cheque to some to deposit into your account!

Credit card deposits are no longer allowed in the UK.

Responsible gambling in the UK

The UK has one of the most established gambling markets in the world and all bookmakers are fully committed to responsible gambling in the UK. There are a number of measures in place that can help you keep in control of your gambling such as

  • Self exclude – Restrict access to your account for a set period of time
  • Deposit limits – Set a limit for daily and weekly deposits that you are comfortable with
  • Bet Blocker – An app that will block all gambling sites and apps from your phone

All licensed operators have to abide by the rules laid out by the gambling commission.

The gambling commission also offers support to people who feel they may have a gambling problem, or know someone who has, through begambleaware.org.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best UK betting app?

From our independent ratings, we have selected the Betfred app as the best overall betting app. This is due to the stability of the platform along with how easy it is to register, deposit and bet. It also offers excellent responsible gambling features.

Are the odds different on betting apps?

No, the odds for the desktop site, betting app and mobile site are all the same.

Is sport betting legal in the UK?

Yes, sports betting is legal via betting shops or online. All operators in the UK must be approved by the UK Gambling Commission to operate and follow their rules and regulations.

How does tax on gambling work?

In the UK, the tax is applied to the bookmaker rather than the customer. This came about as a change of law in 2001. The bookmakers pay a levy on their income which is incorporated into their costs. Any winning bets are not taxable as an income in the UK.

What is the Tote and how does it work?

The Tote is a racing betting system that pools the stakes together and splits the pool between the winners using a weighting system. The more money that is on a particular horse the less the returns will be, the less fancied a horse the more you will win if you select that horse. This is a very popular way of betting partially when on track.

This differs from fixed odds betting where the returns are at a set price regardless of how many people bet on it.

Why do the odds change in live betting?

If you’re betting on an app with live betting you many notices the odds change before you get the bet placed and you have to reconfirm. This is due to the changing conditions affecting the odds. This can be a thing such as goals scored, runs scored, wickets are taken and time changes. It’s perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

What are bet builders?

Bet builders are becoming very popular across betting apps. They allow you to place multiple bets on the same game. Football betting is by far the most popular sport for this type of bet followed by cricket betting and tennis betting.

Can I cash out on betting apps?

Yes, all the betting apps we feature have different cash out options. On most apps, you need to go to either the cash out tab at the bottom or into my account and then my bets to see your offers. Some also have partial cash out options available including Bet Victor and bet365.

How do I verify my ID?

To register, or withdraw, some accounts will require you to verify your ID. This is usually a passport or driving license along with a recent utility bill. This can usually be a photo that is uploaded through the app to be verified.

Can I use a UK betting app abroad?

If you have downloaded an app from iTunes or Google play then you will be blocked from using it outside the UK for licensing reasons. However, you can use a mobile browser to place your bets in some instances.

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