Smartphones have become so much more than mere phones. In fact, they’re more than smart these days – they can do almost anything! It’s no surprise, then, that more and more online casino aficionados are migrating their gameplay over to mobile. If you do, you can play anywhere you want, anytime, from any device. Pretty compelling argument, right?
Added to all that, there are loads of great video slots out there right now. Thunderstruck II is one of the most compelling games ever created, Starburst is possibly the most upbeat and fun, while Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel (by NetEnt) is one of the hottest mobile slot releases of 2017.
Why Play Slots on Mobile?
What mobile gaming provides that you can’t access anywhere else is near-infinite flexibility. As long as you have some juice left in your device and a bit of internet, you’re sorted. Whether it’s filling the torturous London commute or simply passing the time in a queue, playing slots is a whole lot more gratifying than aimlessly scrolling through social media feeds – not to mention more lucrative!
Mobile vs Desktop
Desktop used to offer a superior playing experience with better graphics, a wider stock of games and ease of access – nowadays, most major casinos (and virtually all new players) have taken the time to optimise their site for mobile devices.
- Full games catalogue ✔
- HD graphics ✔
- Portability ✔
- Progressive jackpots ✔
- Exclusive offers ✔
If you choose the right casino, you can get the entire desktop gaming experience on your mobile – the only downside is the smaller screen, but there had to be a trade-off somewhere.
In order to encourage more players to download their dedicated apps, casinos are offering a broad range of mobile-exclusive bonuses including free spins and matched deposits. In many cases, the players taking advantage of these bonuses are continuing to play the same games, in the same casinos, but on different devices. What a win!
Biggest Mobile Slot Winners
In March 2017, someone took home the Mega Moolah jackpot – less than a month later, one lucky mobile player took home a whopping €8m on the same game, but from their smartphone. This is the largest mobile payout on record!
Another success story is the lucky librarian from Glasgow, Scotland, who placed a £4 bet on her Android device and, against the odds, won a staggering £4.5 million. Being a humble and gracious woman, she continues to stack shelves and reprimand rogue library members who delay their book returns as she has for years. The most incredible part of her story, though? It was her very first spin. She was busy watching TV while she played and had no idea what was going on.
Free Slots on Mobile
It’s natural to be nervous about downloading an app and handing over your bank details – you don’t even know if you’ll enjoy the game! That’s why most casinos offer free slots, or “demos” which run exactly like the real-money version, but with pretend currency – you’ve got a huge sum in the bank, but no winnings will make their way into your bank account.
The immediate advantage to playing free slots is that you can learn how the game works, if you enjoy playing and what the payouts are like without a single penny of investment. Once you’ve learned the ropes a little, you can take advantage of a casino bonus1 or just jump straight in with your own cash.
The sequel to the hugely popular game Thunderstruck has blown its ancestor out the water. Thunderstruck II is one of the most impressive slots out there today, and it can be played for free online. Norse gods, powerful wilds and the legendary Great Hall of Spins bonus round!
Another classic. All the symbols are bright, sparkling jewels and the payouts are lucrative and regular! It’s a jazzy, fun game, but you can bet up to £100 per spin, so best to practice with the demo game first, just in case you make a costly mistake!
How to Get Started
Mobile slots are easiest to play on Android and iOS devices – these are substantially more popular than the rest of the field, with many developers choosing to ignore the likes of Windows and Blackberry phones entirely. Kindle devices are safe. In terms of specific power and screen requirements, most slots will run fairly well on any modern device. If you have a whopping big processor and a 5” HD screen, you’ll get a better experience, but slots games are generally low-power.
Downloads vs In-Browser
The ongoing debate at the minute is between dedicated iOS apps and Android apps, and in-browser play. The same debate exists for desktop users. The benefit of playing using your mobile browser is that, for a well-optimised site, you have the same amount of access and game choice as desktop users.
Dedicated apps are still a work-in-progress for many casinos, and they may glitch, stutter or generally not be as slick as the desktop site. The best thing to do is look around, test a few different casinos and then decide which feels better for you – at the moment, it’s a personal choice and there’s no outright “superior” platform. Yet.
How to Download
Downloading casino apps couldn’t be easier. If it’s a regular online casino with an app, then simply visit the website on your phone and you’ll be prompted to download the app. If not, there will be a download link somewhere on their website.
Even better, Android and Apple will both soon be allowing real-money apps in their respective stores. Whichever way you choose to download your games, the apps will install and prepare themselves: you’ll just need to wait a few minutes and then when it’s ready to go, start playing.
Creating Your Account
Usually when you create an account with a casino, it’s a really simple process. You’ll need to give your email address, name and phone number – that’s it! If you’re taking advantage of a no deposit bonus4, you won’t need to add payment information until you’ve hit a big win and decide to withdraw. If you want to deposit cash, you’ll need to add the relevant payment information before you start playing for money.
Mobile slots have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and advances in technology mean that the quality and selection of games is only getting better! There’s a convenience and practicality to mobile gaming which you can achieve as easily on a laptop, and more and more players are coming round to the idea that playing on mobile, even if it’s not all the time, could offer huge benefits.