Written byPatrick Meyer
None of us are behind a computer all the time but we tend to always have our phones with us. For that reason, having a sports betting app on your phone is the simplest way for South Africans to place sports bets on the go. But with so many options of sports betting apps for South Africa, how do you know which one to choose? Well, that’s why we are here to help.
Which app can I download for betting?
There are hundreds, if not thousands of betting apps you can download in South Africa. What makes choosing a sports betting app difficult is the fact that not all of them are created equally. Besides the user experience side of using a sports betting app, there is also the question of what sportsbooks can legally operate in South Africa.
Don’t let that scare you off though. We’ve done all the leg work for you and below we will not only help you find the best legal sports betting apps in South Africa, but also the best sports betting apps to use.
What are the top 5 sports betting apps?
We are going to go into detail for each, but to give your the TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) these are the top 5 sports betting apps for South Africa:
These are the top 5 sports betting apps because they are tried and tested. They are all licensed and completely legal sports betting operators in South Africa. Each one has user experience that is up to the standard that we expect.
Are sports betting apps in South Africa safe?
Yes. All the apps we are suggesting here are completely safe to use. The APK files that you download to use these sports betting apps have been tested by us personally to make sure that they are safe, secure and up to our high standard.
Are there iPhone sports betting apps in South Africa?
Yes. Apple and the iPhone are very protective of their iOS and their hardware (iPhones and iPads). For this reason there are very few sports betting apps available to the South African market. Luckily most South Africans don’t use iPhones. In South Africa for the most part the vast majority of smartphones are not from Apple. If you are looking for an iPhone sports betting app in South Africa, Betway is your best option, although you can also search for 10Bet, Fafabet and Sportingbet Apps on the Apple App Store.
Betway Sports Betting app for South Africa
Betway has been operating in South Africa legally for multiple years. They are a globally trusted sports betting entity. They are fully licensed and legal in South Africa to operate a sportsbook. As you might come to expect from Betway, their app is as close to perfection as a sports betting app can get.
In South Africa they offer a great Android App as well as a great iPhone app.
How to download the Betway Android App
- Open the Settings icon on your Android device
- Tap Security
- Under Device Administration, tick the box next to Allow Unknown Sources
- A box will pop-up verifying that you want to change the settings – tap OK and then go to this webpage
- Click on the “Download the Android App” banner at the top of this page
- Another box will pop-up – tap OK and the app will start downloading immediately
- Pull down from the top of your screen to view notifications (this will show you the progress of the download)
- Once the app is done downloading, click Install
- Once the app is installed, click Open and sign-up for a Betway account or log in to your existing Betway account
How to download the Betway iPhone App
- Open the App Store from your iPhone or iPad
- Search for “Betway Sports”
- Tap on the Betway App
- Tap the “Get” button
- Once the App is done installing open the app and sign-up for a Betway account or log in to your existing account
Playa Bets App
Playa Bets is a 100% South African bookies and as such they are extremely in touch with what a South African sports bettor needs. They started as physical bookies and moved into online sports betting. As such it should be no surprise that they understand that most South Africans use Android devices and that is why they created an Android sports betting app first. Their website states that there will be an Playa Bets iPhone App soon, but there isn’t one currently available.
How to download the Playa Bets Android App
- Change permissions on your device to allow installing applications outside the Google Play Store: Settings > Security > Unknown sources > Allow > OK.
- Go to this page on your Android device and tap "Download Application" and click then tap "OK".
- In the notification drop down menu, select APK file.
- Click “Install” and within a few seconds the app will be installed on your device.
- Sign-up or log in to your existing Playa Bets account
10Bet Sports Betting App
10bet has really upped their game in South Africa. They are fully licensed and legal in South Africa and they are doing their utmost to cater to the South African market. That is why 10Bet has created both an Android an Huawei sports betting app for South Africa. They also understand that most South African don’t use iPhones and as such they don’t have an iPhone sports betting app yet.
How to download the 10Bet Sports Betting App
- Head over to this page from your Android or Huawei device.
- Click the download button for Android or Huawei.
- When the APK file has been downloaded to your phone, tap it to open it.
- If your phone doesn’t allow the installation to proceed, head to your phone’s Settings.
- Go to Security Settings, then Device Administration.
- Enable the installation of apps from outside the Google Play Store or Huawei App Store by tapping “Allow Unknown Sources” option.
- Go back to the APK file your downloaded to your device and install it.
- Once installation is done, open the app, then sign up or log into your existing 10Bet account.
How to download the 10Bet iPhone App
Simpy search for 10Bet on the Apple App Store.
Sportingbet is also a trusted sports betting brand in South Africa. They also have a great sports betting app for Android, but not yet for iPhone. Their sports betting app is 100% safe and secure and they even state on their website that download and installing the app will not harm your device even though a warning pops up. That is just the nature of installing apps that are outside of the Google Play Store.
How to download the Sportingbet App
- Go to Settings on your device
- Tap on "Security"
- Scroll down to "Unknown sources" and enable it
- Tap "OK" to confirm your change
- Go to this web page to download the APK file
- Once the APK file is downloaded tap it to install the app to your device
- Log in to your existing Sportingbet account or sign up
How to download the Betway iPhone App
Simply search for the Sportingbet app on the iPhone App Store
Fafabet Sports Betting App
Fafabet is a big international sports betting brand that recently also gained a sports betting license in South Africa. They are now one of the fully legal sports betting operators in South Africa and as any modern day sports betting platform they also offer a sports betting app. Currently they only have an Android sports betting app.
How to download the Fafabet App
- Allow installing applications outside the Google Play Store: Tap Settings > Security > Unknown Sources > Allow > OK.
- Go to this webpage on the Fafabet site with your device and tap “Download Fafabet App”
- In the notification drop down menu, select APK file. Click Install and the app will take a few seconds to install on your device.
- Open the app and sign in to your Fafabet account or sign up for a new account
How to download the Fafabet iPhone App
Simply search for Fafabet on the iPhone App Store
Which betting app is the best in South Africa?
It would be extremely hard to say which betting app is the best in South Africa. At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. We are big fans of the sports betting apps that we have listed here today, but to really know which betting app is best for you, you will have to try them each individually.
If you are on an iPhone, the obvious choice of the 5 sports betting sites we listed here is Betway since they offer an iPhone betting app. When it comes to Android betting apps, any of the other options are really good, safe and secure choices.
Do betting apps offer bonuses in South Africa?
Yes. The same sign-up bonuses, deposit bonuses and other bonuses all apply when betting via an app in South Africa.
Are there real money betting apps in South Africa?
Yes. All the apps we have listed above offer real money betting.
Are there legal betting apps in South Africa?
Yes. All of the sports betting operators whose apps we have listed here today are fully licensed to operate as sports betting entities in South Africa and as such these are all legal betting apps.
Now, what are you waiting for? Download one of these sports betting apps today and start placing your bets easily from your smartphone or tablet.
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