So that punters are able to bet on-the-go with us much ease and convenience as possible, Ladbrokes have developed their mobile app with the same layout and design as the desktop sportsbook so that it operates in pretty much the same way. Out of all the betting apps for iPhone this was one of the best. Sports market wise, there is a far more condensed version than what you see on the desktop platform. Rather than having the full selection of around 30 different sports markets, the mobile version only offers around 9, with only the most popular sports such as golf, football, greyhounds, cricket and horse racing being included. Although there are arguments for having a more compact version of the full sportsbook for mobile, we do feel as though Ladbrokes could have retained just a few more markets; sports such as cycling, MMA, ice hockey, and even some of the specials betting market options have been left out, which does make us think Ladbrokes may have made just a few too many compromises when trimming down list of sports markets to fit the mobile app.
On the other side of the argument, the exclusion of some of the slightly less popular sports markets means that the overall depth of coverage is retained. Many of the more obscure world leagues and competitions that you find on the full desktop site are still available, and there are also a number of extra added options in the menu such as the “My Accas” tool and the results centre.
The fast odds updates and the inclusion of the live infographic on live sports fixtures means that the in-play area on mobile works pretty much the same as on desktop, and the availability of the cash-out symbol is marked by the small green cash icon placed alongside the relevant betting market.
How Easy is it to Place a Bet?
As you would expect, the bet placement process here is as quick and as easy as can be. For normal single bets, punters need only follow the same process as on the full desktop version; simply touch on the odds price displayed next to the given betting market and the selection will appear on your bet slip on the right hand side of the screen (for multiples betting options simply select more singles markets). In the empty box on your bet slip, key in the amount you wish to wager, check the potential earnings value and the fixture on the bet slip once more to make sure that everything is how it should be, and then click on the green “Place Bet” button to confirm your wager.
For all the punters out there that enjoy making those quick-fire, spur of the moment wagers, the quick bet function on the Ladbroke app works much better than other we’ve seen on the market. With no more than three touches of the screen, you can select your favourite sport, locate the desired betting market, select your stake amount and be at the bet confirmation stage. The function already pre-selects the wager amount so that you can quickly choose between a £1, £2, £5, or a £10 bet so that you don’t have to waste time fiddle around typing in the exact figure.
As stated previously, the mobile app has been carefully designed to retain most of the same design features as the main desktop platform. This means that the same seamless navigation has been retained, and the vast majority of the features you see on the desktop sports book are accessed in the same way on the mobile app. The a-z sports menu for instance is accessed by clicking on the main menu tab at the top left hand corner of the screen, and the quick links to the different daily promotions, price boosts and racing streams are all located to the right hand side. To access the in-play area, select the main menu button at the top left of the screen on the home page, and click on the “In-Play” menu. You’ll notice that it looks pretty much the same as the platform on the full desktop version; all the fixtures currently in play are displayed on the left hand side of the screen together with the different sports categories, and all the fixtures coming up later in the later day can be viewed by clicking on the grey button marked “Upcoming”.
When it comes to live streams, Ladbrokes are one of the only operators that offer a service that’s close to the full desktop version. Ladbrokes are not too far behind the best with their gigantic offering of well over 25,000 fixtures on show every year. With action live from over 10 different competitive leagues from the around the world including the English FA cup and the Spanish La Liga, the depth of coverage for football is particularly impressive – top level tennis, basketball, darts and snooker also appear in the impressive catalogue of Ladbrokes sports streams. As far as restrictions go, you first need to have a balance of at least £1 in your account to watch live sports streams – the only exception here is horse racing; in which you need to have at least placed a single bet with a minimum stake of £1 in order to view the race.
Some of the extra features on the Ladbrokes app that are well worth a mention is the “My Accas” tool, and the live scores and results centre. My accas can be accessed directly from the main menu and lets you keep extra close tabs on all of your football accumulator bets. The handy feature allows you to use your mobile device to check the status of any bets you may have placed in store; simply enter the reference number on your receipt into the key pad on your device and find out immediately whether your bet is a winner. The results centre – also accessed from the main menu – allows you to check out all the nitty gritty statistics and past results for every sport on the site. You can also look and see which betting markets have proved to be a successful in the past, as well as all the settled results, voided bets and unconfirmed results from the last seven days.
Mobile Bonus and Deposits
Ladbrokes unfortunately don’t offer any exclusive bonus deals for the mobile app. However, you can occasionally find some exclusive free bet deals of up to £10 and some special price boosts. These are subject to change from time to time so to ensure that you don’t miss out on a some of the limited-time only offers, make sure you check the “promotions” page on the app daily. For additional info on all the different promotions and bonuses available on the mobile sportsbook, check out our complete Ladbrokes bonus review page.
Depositing via the app is just as easy as on the full desktop site. The deposit button is located at the top right hand corner of the screen; to make a deposit simply click on the icon, and add the desired payment method. A couple of the payment options found on the desktop version such as Western Union and Direct Bank Transfers are missing, however all the most popular debit cards, as well a few e-wallet and pre-paid card options in PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller are all available.
Downloads and Minimum Requirements
The full, native mobile app for Ladbrokes is available on pretty much every modern day smartphone. Android, Windows and Apple mobile and tablet users can download the app from the relevant store and experience the superior navigation, super-smooth bet placement, and fast loading times that come with using the native app rather than the browser-based application. For all our readers out there with slightly older devices, or that perhaps prefer using web-based applications, the web version of the Ladbrokes betting site can be accessed from Blackberry, Apple, Windows and Android devices.
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The minimum download requirements for the different devices can be seen in the table above. For Apple users the app can be acquired by going directly to the iTunes store, and for Windows phone users the Microsoft app store. However due to some pretty tight legal restrictions, which prevent real-money gambling apps being advertised on the Google Play Store, Android users are required to download the app directly from the Ladbrokes website via the provided link. All apps are completely free to download.
Conclusion – Efficient, High Performance Mobile Betting
Overall, we feel as though the Ladbrokes mobile app managed to perform extremely well and rack-up an impressive eight points out a possible ten in the final ratings. The range of live streams, the superior navigation, and the super-fast bet placement were the areas where the operator particularly stood out, and despite not having as many sports market options or payment options as the full desktop site, the app still tended to the vast majority of our betting needs.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Ladbrokes App
- Major Strengths
- large range of betting markets
- place bets in just 3 actions
- intuitive navigation
- Minor Strengths
- same design as desktop site
- Minor Weaknesses
- number of sports markets lower than desktop site
In terms of its similarity to the full desktop version, Ladbrokes can to some extend be criticised for making a few too many compromises. As previously mentioned, the sports market offering is noticeably lower than on the full site, and similarly with the payment options, there are a couple of payment options on the desktop site that have been omitted. Although we can say that the Ladbrokes mobile app isn’t quite as good at replicating the full desktop site as say 888sport, the general performance of the app was very good, and the occasions where the operator did cut a few corners in order to satisfy the needs of betting on-the-go did not severely hinder our mobile betting experience. The final verdict: the Ladbrokes mobile app is one of our most highly recommended.
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Can I see the live chat customer service feature with the mobile app?
Unfortunately, the live chat feature isn’t supported with either the native mobile app or the browser-based web app. However in the “contact us” section, punters can use the email link to send an email to an email to the support team directly from the mailbox on your device.