The proportion of Internet users who go online with a tablet or smartphone is already very high and will continue to increase. The method of playing has also changed a lot with the apps and this also applies to online casino games. Since the already established download software and instant games do not work on mobile devices, we first had to develop our own apps. But the casinos started relatively late and so the mobile game selection doesn’t reach the same extent as on the PC – but which mobile casino has the best offer so far?
Overall, NetBet has the best mobile casino. The game selection is not the largest, but still above average with over 200 mobile games. You can also play the million jackpots of all major providers, including the Age of the Gods jackpots. The web application for the browser is suitable for all common operating systems.
Some brands have a web application for the browser and downloadable programs for Android and iPhone/iPad, some still have very limited game offerings and others have no live dealer games. Gambling is the most important, but not the only criterion for a good casino app.
That’s what a good mobile casino is all about!
When comparing mobile casino games, the number of games comes first, but there are other criteria to consider. In the following I would therefore like to take a look at the operation and clarity, the advantages and disadvantages of the web version and download apps as well as the availability of play money and real money games.
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How many games are available from the individual providers?
As already mentioned, the choice of games is not only the most important factor when comparing apps, the following overview also shows that individual online casinos are far superior to others. But an excellent casino on the desktop doesn’t have to be good on your mobile phone. If you want to play on your mobile phone or tablet, you should know which games you really want to play – only then can you choose the right provider based on this table.
As you can see in general comparison to the games, at most casinos only a fraction of the games are available on mobile devices. BetVictor has by far the largest selection of games in a direct comparison of apps, but even at 888 a large part of the games is already available on the move – even if this is comparably low in absolute figures. In terms of the number of games, the Microgaming casinos are also quite well positioned, but there are no live games yet and they can only be played in a mobile browser.
What are the differences in operation and clarity?
During the development of the mobile software, the casinos naturally also had to adapt the operation to the devices. On the one hand, all elements must now be accessible safely and reliably with the finger instead of the mouse pointer; at the same time, all games and information must be clearly visible and clearly arranged on the small displays. The following video shows you some examples of how well (or badly) some casinos have done this.
As you can see, there are no really big differences in the apps, only InterCasino makes it a bit too complicated for itself. But the real problem of Inter is only the meager range of games.
Download vs Browser – what are the differences?
At the mobile casinos you can find both real apps to download and versions that run directly in your browser like the well-known instant games. The games are available in the browser of all casino providers, but many casinos do not offer download apps. There are various reasons for this. On the one hand, there are still uncertainties about how the stores of Google, Apple and Windows treat programs with real money games. Occasionally one reads in the technical literature of various Tools, which were removed from the Store for most diverse reasons, so that the Web portals of the casinos represent an always attainable alternative.
In addition, the development of a native app is also more complex than a website optimized for mobile devices. Since the game has to be developed in the browser for the reasons mentioned above, a download app only serves as an additional alternative. For the players, however, a real application is a bit more user-friendly. Especially the start of the games is much easier. While you can start it directly by clicking on the icon, in a web app you first have to open the browser and bookmark the casino page or enter the URL directly.
The differences in the operation itself are rather small. The games are divided into categories, which can usually be quickly overlooked. You can scroll with the familiar wipe gestures and a game is called up directly with a simple click. In the games themselves, the art is to present both the game and the options. In slot machines, these are the stakes, the number of paylines or the car game. In addition, some providers have further improved existing games in operation. This can usually be seen in titles by the addition “Touch”.
Can I try out the mobile games for free?
The purpose of these mobile casino apps is, of course, to play for real money, which is why the problem of availability in the App Stores still exists. At the same time, gambling exclusively for play money in the stores is no problem at all – so the question is justified. In most cases you can also play the games for free. However, there are different approaches in casinos. While in some casinos you can switch between real money and play money at any time, this is not so easy at other casinos. At InterCasino, for example, if you want to play for real money, but if you want to try a game for free, you have to log out. A few casinos do not offer any free games on mobile devices, which I personally find very intrusive.
Are there any bonuses for smartphones and tablet users?
Of course, when you play with a casino app, you don’t have to forego the welcome bonus. Once you sign up, you can claim your bonus by making a deposit from your mobile device. Special bonuses for mobile phone users are more the exception than the rule – but there are such bonuses. Unfortunately, our Top10 don’t have such a bonus on offer, but you’ll get a huge welcome bonus just like everyone else.
But if you would like to start with a little extra gift, maybe the offer from All Slots Casino is something for you. Here you get as a new registered player a 5€ starting present, if you try out the mobile games. You can even win real money. Of course there are also conditions for this offer, especially how you can get your winnings paid out. You can find out more about this on the bonus page in the bonus conditions section.
Compatibility and minimum requirements
The compatibility has to be differentiated between a web application and a native application. If you download an app, it depends solely on the operating system whether this program can be installed and used. Since the Web app runs in the browser, it also depends on the browser whether the required minimum requirements are met. In the following table you will find the minimum requirements for the download versions.
In general one can say that the applications presented here work with most halfway modern smartphones and tablets. Restrictions usually exist with Windows Phones and Blackberrys. Here there is often only the possibility to play in the browser, if at all, but even that is not always possible.
What you need to know when installing on Android devices
There are also differences in the installation. While real apps for iPhones and iPads can only be downloaded from the iTunes Store, the situation on Android often looks exactly the other way around. Of course, some providers can also be found on Google Play, but in most cases the casinos will offer the apk download directly on their site. However, it is important to activate “Allow installation from unknown sources” in the security settings before installation. Unknown sources are all those that are not part of the Google App Store.
It is recommended either to select the option “only once” or to deactivate this function after installation. This protects you from accidentally installing apps that have no place on your phone
Useful tips for mobile users
There are a few tips for playing on a smartphone or tablet. Most of the tips are generally valid, but some refer specifically to casino games.
Never save your password
You should never save your password for both the native app and the browser application. Even if this is very convenient at first, not having to enter your login data every time (especially with the small display keyboard), you should still do without it for security reasons. Imagine losing your mobile phone and the finder or thief gets access to your device, which isn’t really difficult today. All they need to do is launch your app or browser and have immediate access to your real money account (that’s why you shouldn’t store banking data on their mobile phone). The money cannot be paid out to a third party, but this prevents the verification of payment methods when disbursing via a new payment method. However, they can gamble all your credits, but then it will be difficult to prove to the casino that you were not. Also, the terms and conditions often state that you are responsible for the security of your casino account and stored passwords are probably not one of them.
Ensure a stable connection
In principle you should always keep an eye on the fact that you are playing with a reasonably stable internet connection. If reception from your mobile network operator or WLAN is very poor, your connection may be interrupted more often. However, a mobile casino has provided for such cases in its connection protocols. Once you are connected to the provider again, the game will continue. The worst thing about these abortions is that they can be very annoying. If the game is interrupted several times in a row and has to be reloaded if necessary, the game fun is over.
Keep an eye on data consumption
Of course, data is constantly transferred to and from the mobile casino while playing. Apart from loading the games in the web apps, the game data is relatively small. However, the Live Dealer games on the mobile phone are interesting because they are video data (streams) – partly in HD quality. The problem here is that these streams can quickly consume the data volume of your mobile contract. If this is exhausted, the connection becomes either very slow, which can be seen immediately in the quality of the transmitted images, or additional data volume must be purchased at high cost. If you have the possibility, you should always play with a WiFi connection. However, if the connection there is too slow or if you want to save your mobile data, you should do without Live Dealer games and use the normal mobile casino games.
Watch your battery consumption
The casino games of the latest generation also have various demands on graphics and sound. Therefore, the processor of the mobile device is well challenged, which is clearly noticeable in the battery consumption. You won’t be able to change that, but there are a few little tips that can help you avoid unnecessary energy consumption, so you can play longer or stay reachable longer. To list all the little things would go a little too far here. Nevertheless, I would like to give a few general tips: Minimizes display brightness, uses WiFi instead of the mobile connection, disables unnecessary feedback on keystrokes such as vibration or sound, and closes unnecessary active programs. Even the correct charging causes the battery to lose less power in the long run and those who are on the road a lot should think about a replacement battery.
With mobile games, online casinos still have a lot of catching up to do. The game offerings do not yet match those of the desktop versions, but there are already some positive exceptions like the BetVictor app, which can convince with an above-average number of games. Also only a few offer the popular Live Dealer games, available only in the 888 Casino App and in a downloadable app from Ladbrokes. Otherwise the number of games is between 50 and 80 for most providers, which is a decent choice with enough variety. Only InterCasino could not convince with only 12 games.