A good litmus test for a bookmaker’s mobile app is to compare it to the full desktop version to see which features, bet types or markets are missing. Betway passes this test with flying colours, with a mobile app that has all the sports markets and most of the bet types that are present for the web platform. That means a bet selection on the mobile app to rival any other, as well as plenty of sports markets. The bookmaker has only fairly recently added live-streams for sports outside of horse racing to its online platform, so it’s not surprising that horse racing is the only sport available for live streaming.
While there are promotions with the app, it is a little confusing, as clicking on the promotions button takes the user to an external link which opens in a browser. Here you’ll find all the promotions on the online platform, although in truth there are not too many offers on at one time with this bookie. All the sports markets can be reached from the home page, and there’s a banner across the top with links to other sections. Anything else can be reached by opening the menu, which is located in the top right. The design is really compact and consequently navigation around the app is fluid. In-play betting and the cash out both have their own sections. In-play can be reached via the bar on the homepage, while cash out can be accessed either via the main menu button, or by opening the bets slip if you have a live bet.
How Easy Is It to Place a Bet?
We’ve gone through the betting process at each operator to see how many steps it takes to place a bet. In my opinion, a well-designed betting process on a mobile sportsbook should take no more than 5 or 6 steps to completion. This operator certainly meets the criteria as the betting process is smooth, straight forward and a 5 step process.
The first step is obviously to choose your sports market. This can be done a couple of ways here, either through using the all sports tab on the homepage or by opening the menu and scrolling through until you find the sport market of choice. After this, you can choose the league or tournament directly if they are in the popular selections at the top, or first choose the country in which your desired fixture takes place, then select the relevant league. Once you’re in the right area, you can select the bet for the fixture if it is for a win/draw/win market by clicking the odds of the bet of choice. For other bet types, click on the fixture to open up all the available bet markets for the event. Click on the odds of a bet to add it to the bet slip and then when you’re ready, hit the bet slip icon. Once in the bet slip, simply enter in the amount you want to bet in the stake box, then click the place bets button to confirm the bet.
Functionality, Navigation and Live-streams
Betway have taken a slightly different approach to the design of their apps, which is refreshing to see. They have a dedicated iPhone betting app and an Android betting app. The homepage consists almost entirely of links to all the sports markets, along with a row at the top of the page with links to in-play at upcoming highlights. In the top left there’s a menu button, which reveals links to all the other sections, such as cash out, promotions and in-play. It’s a very simply layout and system that is extremely effective. The app also functions extremely smoothly. I only ever experienced minimal delays when betting in-play, which is totally normal, and odds updated quickly. The in-play infographic is also one of the most attractive and interactive I’ve seen, which adds another dimension to in-play betting with this bookmaker. After making a selection, you’ll be prompted to add the selection to the bet slip. The bet slip is located in the bottom right of the screen, looks good and is easy to use.
Like most of the operators reviewed here, it’s only horse racing that is available for live streaming on the mobile, with those sports that are free to view on the web platform not currently available. Though Betway have said to watch this space regarding this issue, which indicates that plans are in motion to bring more live-streams, especially football, to the mobile sportsbook. As I mentioned above, I rarely experienced any problems with the functioning of the app and this rings true when live-streaming too. We particularly like the live-streaming capabilities on the Ladbrokes mobile app.
The simplicity of the app is what has allowed it to perform well so far in our tests, but it also lets it down a little in the extra features tests. As I mentioned earlier in the review, while there are promotions available, selecting them takes you to an external page using your mobile’s browser. Strictly speaking then, the app doesn’t really have promotions of its own and it’s a bit of a strange system. Aside from this, the Betway mobile app supports live customer chat, which needless to say is a huge plus. The only other operator that allows punters to get expert troubleshooting tips whilst on the move is the Betfred mobile app, where the live support feature also works extremely well.
Exclusive Mobile Bonus & Payment Options
Since there’s no exclusive app promotions, I’m sure it will come as no surprise that there isn’t a special bonus available on mobile. Fear not though, as you can of course play through the wagering requirements for the welcome bonus via mobile. You can also access the full range of regualar Betway bonuses via the mobile sportsbook – see the full bonus offering in our Betway bonus review page.
On the other hand, the range of payment methods is huge, perhaps the biggest I’ve seen. There’s a huge range of different methods, from debit cards, to e-Wallets and pre-paid cards. As with the online platform, there are no fees on the bookie’s end for deposits via any method. I tested another of the various payment methods available and the processing times always remained inside those stated by the bookie, which meant deposits and withdraws were always processed rapidly.
The Download Requirements
The Betway sports betting app is available to download for users of iOS and Android devices. Although don’t worry if you use a different mobile or tablet device; you can still access Betway by using your browser to user the online platform on your mobile or tablet. The site is not optimised for mobiles and tablets, so the user experience will not be as good as with the app. But it’s better than nothing, and you can also download a shortcut to the page which can be saved onto your desktop in the form of a bookmark.
|All Details about the App Downloads
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For iOS users, you’ll need iOS version 7 or higher for the sportsbook app to function on your device. The download size is 44.4MB, and it can be found and downloaded from the iTunes store. Android users can download the app directly from the Betway website, since Google does not allow gambling or sports betting apps to be featured on its store. The app requires at least Kit Kat version 4.4.2 to function and the download size is 453kb.
Conclusion – Simple but Effective Mobile Betting
The beauty of the Betway mobile betting site is in its simplicity. The simple design, features and layouts makes navigating around the interface a breeze, and finding fixtures, placing bets and cashing out is no trouble at all. Below the simplicity though there is a wealth of sports and betting markets that will keep anyone interested. The multiple betting system is also extremely effective, allowing you to keep track of how your accumulators are doing easily through the tracking system.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Betway App
- Major Strengths
- live chat supported
- numerous betting markets
- easy navigation
- Major Weaknesses
- accumulator tracker function
- super-fast search function
There’s not really much here that can be deemed a specific weakness. Ideally I’d like to see the promotions contained within the app and not linking to an external Betway page in the browser, but it’s not really an issue. The bookmaker has performed well in almost all the tests we’ve thrown at it and the mobile app has done the same. This mobile betting site is a solid choice for any UK punter wanting to bet on sports on the move.
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What are the requirements to download the Betway mobile app for iOS Devices?
Apple devices require iOS version 7 or higher for the mobile app to function properly. The download size is 44.44MB.