There was a time when I wondered if mobile bingo was a fad or if it was something with staying power. Here we are this year and virtually every major site has a mobile-friendly website or an app you can download from the Apple or Android store. It’s clear by now: mobile bingo sites are here to stay.
So what’s the big difference between regular online bingo and the mobile version? Well, the mobile version of any bingo site is formatted specifically to fit the smaller screens of the most popular devices on the market. As you’re probably well aware, there’s a world of difference between using a mouse to navigate and using your finger on a touch screen.
A well-designed mobile site takes into account not only screen real estate but also things you wouldn’t normally think of such as making the buttons larger, organizing text, displaying multiple cards properly and even auto-daubing cards on your behalf. In the end, the goal is to make it so easy that you forget you’re even on a mobile device.
So with all that in mind, I’d like to present to you the best mobile bingo sites on the internet. These are the sites I recommend first for anyone on the go.
Best iPhone Bingo Site
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Best iPad Bingo Site
Mobile website: www.winkbingo.com/mobile/
It was a tough choice for the iPad, but Wink Bingo just got this one so right. The app downloads quickly, it runs smooth and looks clean. Most importantly, it’s easy to use. You can play in all sorts of bingo games and take advantage of all the promos constantly running at Wink Bingo. This one is for you, iPad users.
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Top Android Site
Mobile website: www.winkbingo.com/mobile/
Wink Bingo also gets the nods for the Android. You can find the app on the Google Play store where it has high reviews and an easy-to-use interface. Android mobile devices seem to get overlooked by the larger brands, but Wink Bingo didn’t forget about all the millions of Android owners out there. Use the app to play games, manage your account or even sign up for a new account.
Head over to the website to learn more and find the direct link to the Play Store download. If you’re close to a computer, it might be easier to just register now with your keyboard on mouse. If not, no biggie. I just find it easier to type in all my info using those big old-fashioned clunky keyboards people used to use many years ago.
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Top Blackberry Site
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If you don’t have any experience with mobile gaming, read through this section for a quick catch-up on how it all works. Mobile bingo sites are designed specifically to display correctly on your iPad, Android or any other device with a browser. If you have any sort of smartphone or tablet, you’re good to go with either the mobile-friendly website or the downloadable app.
Once you have the app or website, you’re pretty much good to go. The people who run these sites want your business so they make it pretty simple. They’ll walk you through everything you need from getting started to making a deposit to playing in your first real money game.
From there, it’s a matter of having fun and winning prizes. Below is an overview of the various methods you can use to display the games and play from anywhere.
Visit the app store
The biggest bingo sites have apps for both the Apple Store and the Google Play store. If you own anything powered by Android or Apple, it’s best to get the app (rather than use the mobile website). The apps function faster and are generally more stable than those no-download websites you see at some gambling sites.
Something you should note is the app stores restrict certain countries from downloading. Players located in the United States, for example, aren’t allowed to download the app at either store. The reason is simple: Apple and Google are both based out of the US and are legally bound to restrict US residents from downloading any sort of real money gaming app.
Scan the QR code
QR codes are those funny looking boxes like the one pictured to the right. They are used by all kinds of websites (not just gambling) to take you directly to your device’s app store to download something. In bingo, scanning the QR code helps you download the app.
This is just an optional thing, though. You don’t need a QR scanner or even to understand what in the world I’m talking about. You can always download the app by visiting the app store and searching for your bingo site’s name. The QR code is just an easy way to do it for those of you who like to use them.
Just visit the website
There’s no need to make it complicated. Just visit any bingo website on your phone or tablet and the site will explain the rest. They will either direct you to the app download or let you play right there in your browser. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Here are some of the most common questions I’ve received from readers in regards to mobile bingo.
Can I manage my account?
Yes. Some of the earlier mobile gaming sites that came out a few years ago were so basic that you had to manage everything from your computer. The mobile website was strictly used for playing games. Now, you can log in to your account while mobile and change your details, manage your money and more.
Can I make deposits and withdrawals while mobile?
Yep. Mobile technology has improved significantly in just the past several years. Modern bingo apps are just as secure as any other website. You can make deposits and request payouts as long as you’re connected to the internet.
How safe is it to play bingo while mobile?
It depends. Mobile bingo is very safe when you use a secure connection. It’s not safe at all if you use a public WiFi network like the one at your local coffee shop. The only time you should log on to your account is when you are either using your carrier’s internet connection (3G/4G) or a private network such as the one you have at home.
If you absolutely must play bingo on a public network, you should look into getting an account with WiTopia and using a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates a secure tunnel between you and any website so that you can safely access private information on any public network.
WiTopia is my favorite VPN because it’s easy to set up on Androids, iPhones and iPads. I use it all the time on my iPad while traveling. It’s extra nice because you don’t have to download anything special. WiTopia uses the iPad’s built in VPN capabilities to keep my connection secure.
Is there a risk of gambling addiction?
Gambling addiction is one of the big controversies surrounding online gaming. It’s a concern for sure, but early reports suggest mobile gambling apps have had zero impact on problem gambling in the UK. It’s still too early to draw concrete solutions, but my personal thought on the matter is anyone addicted to gambling won’t have a hard time finding a computer. Mobile or no mobile, addicts know how to get their next fix.
However, I do understand where the other side is coming from. It seems we have our mobile devices with us 24/7 and it is super easy to play bingo or any other game at any time. If you suspect you or someone you love is being negatively affected by gambling, please get help immediately.
Can I sign up for an account while mobile?
Absolutely! All you need to do is point your mobile device to the bingo website of your choice or download the app. You can register for a new account, make a deposit, claim a bonus and play in your first game all from your device.