The best mobile sports betting apps rank relatively close to one another in overall quality. States with legal mobile sportsbooks enforce strict regulations on the critical issues of fairness, security, and responsible gambling.

As a result, it is hard to go too far wrong as long as bettors always stick with licensed operators. However, that does not mean every sportsbook is a perfect fit for the unique needs of every bettor. On this page, BettingUSA breaks down the best mobile betting apps in simple terms so bettors can get started on the right foot from day one.

The following mobile sportsbooks are generally regarded as the best, and for good reason. Each is operated by an experienced gaming operator and has achieved significant market share in the US due to high quality software, fair betting lines, and frequent promotions.

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One of the key differentiators among sportsbooks is the quality of lines, but no mobile betting app has a lock on the best lines. The quality of the lines for every sportsbook varies by sport, with some sportsbooks better for NFL betting and others better for the NBA or other sports.

Bettors can download several apps to compare the lines, but an easier way to quickly compare the odds across multiple sportsbooks is to visit the BettingUSA odds page. There, users can use the live odds board menu to select their state of residence, favorite sport, and category of bet to quickly compare the odds across the most popular mobile sportsbooks.

  • Available in: NJ, PA, CO, IN, IL, NH, WV, IA, and TN
  • Welcome bonus: 20% up to $500 deposit bonus + $500 risk-free first bet
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 4.8/5 (131K ratings)

DraftKings’ prior experience as one of the nation’s two largest daily fantasy provider has served the company well in its mobile betting pursuits. The DraftKings Sportsbook app looks and functions like a large-budget development, which it is.

Pros: Covers sports leagues big and small from around the world, extensive market depth, busy in-play betting calendar, frequent promotions, and a “stats hub” full of line moves and a plethora of data for handicapping

Cons: Only contact method offered within the DraftKings app is an e-mail form

  • Available in: CO, IA, IL, IN, NJ, PA, TN, and WV
  • Welcome bonus: Up to $1,000 risk-free first bet
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 4.7/5 (84K ratings)

FanDuel operates as DraftKings’ chief competitor and also entered the sports betting business with years’ worth of daily fantasy experience behind it. FanDuel has the technical know-how to manage a mobile betting app, which translates to a user-friendly interface and fast response times to user input such as taps.

Pros: Qualify software, intuitive navigation, generous welcome bonus, frequent promotions, live streaming broadcasts for some sports, sharp in-play betting interface with many markets per game

Cons: Does not cover international sports in great detail, only method to contact support is to submit a help ticket

  • Available in: IN, IA, NJ, IL
  • Welcome bonus: Two risk-free $500 bets
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 4.6/5 (1.9K ratings)

PointsBet is the most unique betting app on the market. While PointsBet does offer standard sports bets, it also offers PointsBetting markets in which bettors bet an amount per point on the outcomes of games for variable outcomes. As PointsBet puts it, “the more you’re right, the more you win.”

Pros: Unique and interesting way to bet, still offers a full menu of standard wagers for all major leagues, “Good Karma Payouts” occasionally refund all bettors shorted by an exceptionally bad call or bad luck, choose your own spread/total markets, heavy emphasis on promotions, live chat customer support offered within the app

Cons: PointsBetting can produce losses that exceed original stake, limited deposit methods in some states

Once an average, middle-of-the-road sportsbook, BetMGM is now a strong contender in a crowded market due to ongoing development work since the day it debuted. Today, the BetMGM mobile app ranks well in the key categories of sports covered, in-play betting options, and additional features.

  • Available in: CO, IN, NV, NJ, TN, and WV
  • Welcome bonus: Up to $500 risk-free first bet
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 4.7/5 (4.6K ratings)

Pros: Provides live streaming video for some sports, detailed data provided for in-play betting events, covers all major US and international sports, same-game parlay builder, many in-play betting events provided every day, frequent promotions, live chat support offered 24/7

Cons: Mobile betting app is a bit cluttered, could improve navigation, customers forced to view a self-help section before accessing live support

  • Available in: CO, IL, IN, and PA
  • Welcome bonus: 100% up to $250
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 1.8/5 (118 ratings)

BetRivers is a quality sportsbook, but the mobile app still has some issues to work out as noted by its below average review score in the App Store. The most frequently cited issue is performance related, with some users reporting frequent lags when attempting to place wagers.

However, BetRivers is strong in other important areas such as the value of the odds, in-play betting schedule and live streaming video options.

Pros: Live streaming video for certain sports events, competitive odds, frequent in-play betting markets, important games covered with 200+ betting markets

Cons: App lags at times for some customers, promotions are decent but not great

  • Available in: CO, IL, IA, IN, NV, NJ, and WV
  • Welcome bonus: First deposit bonus up to $500
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 4.5/5 (1.8K ratings)

The William Hill name is backed by a long-term reputation for professional as the nation’s largest operator of retail sportsbooks. William Hill extends that tradition to its mobile app, which is simple, responsive and reliable. Betting options cover a whole world of sports leagues and frequent in-play betting events every day.

Pros: Clean and easy to use app, backed by a solid reputation, multiple methods to contact support from within the app, in-play events often feature 100+ markets, numerous deposit methods

Cons: Does not offer as many promotions as the competition

  • Available in: IN, NJ, and PA
  • Welcome bonus: $30 in free bets for signing up + $600 risk-free first bet
  • Supported platforms: iOS, Android, and desktop
  • App Store rating: 2.9/5 (56 ratings)

Unibet was not a known name when it first debuted in the US, but it comes to the market with a wealth of experience in international markets. That experience translates to a mobile betting app that is sleek and easy to use. The Unibet mobile app foregoes flashy design and graphics for an almost minimalist aesthetic that aids in navigation and usability.

User reviews from the App Store generally favor the app’s design and range of betting markets, but the two most common complaints are slow withdrawals and location verification issues.

Pros: High profile games often covered with 225+ betting markets, app is easy on the eyes, extensive coverage of US-centric and international sports leagues, customer support provided in-app via live chat, phone, and e-mail

Cons: Lacks live streaming video, occasional user reports of slow withdrawals, some users report location verification problems

iPhone Betting Apps

All major sportsbook operators offer iOS betting apps. Customers can download any iOS sportsbook in one of two ways:

  • Open the App Store and search for the betting app by name
  • Visit an online sportsbook’s website for a direct link to the appropriate page on the App Store

Apple vets every mobile betting app to ensure it is legal and licensed before making it available on the App Store. The App Store does not list unlicensed betting apps, and there are no workarounds for illegal sportsbooks.

App Store guidelines section 5.3.4 states:

Apps that offer real money gaming (e.g. sports betting, poker, casino games, horse racing) or lotteries must have necessary licensing and permissions in the locations where the App is used, must be geo-restricted to those locations, and must be free on the App Store. Illegal gambling aids, including card counters, are not permitted on the App Store. Lottery apps must have consideration, chance, and a prize.

Android Betting Apps

The Google Play Store does not list sports betting apps, so bettors must download Android betting apps directly from the websites of their preferred sportsbooks.

Getting started is still relatively easy:

  1. Visit your sportsbook’s website from your mobile device
  2. Wait for a prompt to download the mobile app or look for the Android link to start the download
  3. Trust the sportsbook .apk file (you may need to go to settings and allow installs from your current source)

This workaround is just as safe as downloading an app from the Play Store as long as bettors stick with licensed sportsbooks in each state.

Google will likely change its policy at some point. The Play Store does permit licensed sportsbooks in other countries where sports betting is legal, but it has not yet extended that policy to the US.

The current Google Developer Program Policy states this on Android betting apps:

We only allow content and services that facilitate online gambling in:

  • the UK, Ireland, and France
  • Brazil (limited to approved apps published by Caixa Economica Federal)

These apps must meet the following requirements:

  • Developer must successfully complete the application process in order to distribute the app on Play;
  • App must comply with all applicable laws and industry standards for each country in which it is distributed;
  • Developer must have a valid gambling license for each country in which the app is distributed;
  • App must prevent under-age users from gambling in the app;
  • App must prevent use from countries not covered by the developer-provided gambling license;
  • App must NOT be purchasable as a paid app on Google Play, nor use Google Play In-app Billing;
  • App must be free to download and install from the Store;
  • App must be rated AO (Adult Only) or IARC equivalent; and
  • App and its app listing must clearly display information about responsible gambling.

For all other locations, we don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including, but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, and games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other real world value.

Mobile Betting Apps and Geolocation

The Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May 2018 to authorize sports betting in states that regulate the activity, but the Wire Act is still in effect and prohibits sports wagers from crossing state lines.

As a result, the law in every state with legal sports betting requires licensed operators to ensure customers are only able place wagers from within state lines. Mobile sportsbooks do so by contracting with third-party geolocation services such as GeoComply that use a combination of methods to accurately detect the physical location of every customer.

Most of the work happens behind the scenes. Customers simply download their preferred sports betting apps, sign up for accounts, and play. In the background, services such as GeoComply quietly work to detect and verify the location of every customer.

Geolocation was an imperfect science early in the legal US sports betting industry, and customers located near state borders frequently reported trouble accessing mobile betting apps even when they were located within state lines. In those early years, geolocation providers had no choice but to err on the side of caution.

The technology has improved drastically since then. Today, geolocation technology is very good at detecting the exact location of every customer. Bettors today can launch a betting app and watch as wagering is restricted the second they cross state lines.

Federal law does not prohibit bettors from downloading mobile apps, signing up for accounts, or even making deposits when out of state. All major betting apps allow bettors to sign up from anywhere, which can be useful for bettors who are planning to travel soon to a legal sports betting state.

The only restriction is on placing wagers when out of state. Bettors may view the odds and plan their bets from anywhere in the country, but they must be physically located within the boundaries of a state with legal online betting to place their wagers.