Back in the early days of online casinos, your only option was to play on the PC. Then online casinos slowly started offering mobile options, but they were very limited. As mobile device use increased worldwide, so did the options for mobile online casinos.
Nowadays, there are plenty of mobile online casinos to be found, although not all options are created equal. Today, we will take a look at the differences in mobile online casinos, as well as some of the advantages of playing online casino games on your mobile device.
Difference Between Mobile App and Mobile Optimized
The first thing you need to understand when looking at mobile online casinos is whether your preferred casino just offer a mobile app or is it mobile optimized. There is a big difference between the two.
Some online casinos offer a mobile app for their casino. Often, these are casinos that require you to download their client on PC. They offer a similar download for mobile. Notice we said similar. The mobile version of the majority of online casinos is not the same as the primary client.
For starters, you often have fewer game options on the mobile app as opposed to the PC client. You may be limited to online poker or a reduced selection of all games. Also, you may find that you are unable to make a deposit or cash out using the mobile app. This isn’t as common a problem as in the past, but you may still find some mobile online casinos require you to deposit using the PC client.
Finally, mobile apps aren’t always going to be compatible with your device. While most casinos conduct extensive testing, that doesn’t mean that they have apps for more than iOS and Android. In some cases, they may only offer an iOS version. If you’re on Windows Phone, Blackberry, or another atypical device, you’re likely out of luck.
– Playing Mobile Online Casinos Via Browser Not App
A fully mobile optimized website means your online casino will work in most any mobile device with a mobile browser. You will therefore be playing at the casino through your mobile web browser as opposed to the app.
Mobile optimized online casinos offer all of the same features whether you play on your PC or mobile device, including the ability to deposit and cash out. The biggest advantage is that you don’t have to worry about compatibility. As long as you have an up to date web browser, you’ll be fine. We still recommend using Chrome or Safari just to be safe.
Deposit Options and Bonuses
One advantage of playing at mobile online casinos is that sometimes you have expanded deposit options. Some mobile casinos offer options exclusive to mobile users such as Boku, Payforit, and Zimpler. These services allow you to make payments using your mobile phone account. Unfortunately, these options aren’t available to Australia players. Nevertheless, it is still helpful information if you’re traveling abroad or for those of you in other countries.
Another advantage of playing at mobile online casinos are mobile casino bonuses. Some casinos will offer special bonuses targeted to mobile players. Typically, you must make a deposit using the mobile version of the website in order to take advantage of these deals. Yes, this is even available for mobile-optimized websites as they can determine whether you’re using a PC or a mobile device.
Note that some bonuses will require that you play exclusively on the mobile version of the website in order to meet any playthrough requirements. Any special terms and conditions of these offers will be mentioned on the website or in the promotional email for the offer.