Browser vs App: Which is Better for Online Games?

by Tim | Jul 28, 2021

Browser vs App: Which is Better for Online Games?

Mobile technology has come in leaps and bounds over the past few years and as such, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of people using mobile casinos for online games. In fact, the Gambling Commission estimates that around 43% of players in the UK are choosing to play online slots and other online games on mobile devices.

This number increased by about 10% last year and shows no sign of slowing down. Around 55% of players are still using a desktop or laptop to play online, but this figure has dropped steadily over the past few years, having held a much higher percentage in the earlier days of online gaming.

One of the biggest reasons that players are choosing to go mobile over desktop is that they have a choice between downloading an app or playing on a browser. 

Choosing between the two can be difficult, so we’re going to take a look at why the mobile gaming experience has become so popular and the features to choose between when you’re deciding on app vs browser.

Why have mobile games become so popular?

These are just some of the reasons why so many people are choosing to play online games on their mobile devices.

Better smartphones

Obviously, the smartphones that we have today far surpass the capabilities of the mobile phones that we had just a few years ago. The smartphone market is so saturated that even people who aren’t interested in the technology or capabilities of their smartphones own some seriously impressive hardware. Our phones these days have the processing power and capabilities to handle high-definition, 3D graphics and huge amounts of data.

This means that even a run-of-the-mill smartphone has the capability of running most kinds of casino games with little interference on graphics or features.


Flash was the code of choice in the past for casino games. However, Flash was notoriously incompatible with mobile operating systems and struggled with iOS and almost all kinds of Android systems. The development and widespread use of HTML5 in the industry has created an opportunity for companies to design online games that offer a seamless experience on both mobile and desktop.


Of course, convenience is at the top of the consumer market’s list of priorities today, and being able to play online games on mobile devices ticks this box. While desktops are generally set in a specific spot and are too clunky to be portable (and laptops too valuable) – smartphones are small and have mobile internet capabilities. This allows players to enjoy their favourite game whether they are on their train commute, taking a lunch break, or waiting for an appointment.

How do apps compare to browsers?

A man holds a phone screen in front of a laptop with betting pages open.

When choosing between playing the best online slots and other casino games on an app or on a browser, there are a couple of things to consider. These are the most important aspects to weigh up, depending on what you want from the experience.

Operating systems

Some people prefer Apple and some people prefer Android, and it’s unlikely that these two groups will be able to see eye to eye on their preferences any time soon! When it comes to choosing between playing casino games on a mobile app or browser, it’s important to consider which operating system you use and how that could affect your choice.

This is because some apps have been made specifically for a particular operating system, so you won’t be able to download a casino app that has been made for an iPhone onto an Android and vice versa. Happily, many apps are made available in two versions to cover both operating systems, but it’s always worth checking. 

Browsers, meanwhile, are uniform to all operating systems, and won’t affect what kind of phone you can play your games on. So, if you can’t get a particular app on your phone, then a browser is the way to go.

Offline ability

Of course, when you play on a browser, you have to have some sort of internet connection. This means that you will need to be online to be able to launch the casino site that you want to play at.

Most mobile apps, on the other hand, are able to function without internet connectivity, which enables you to play wherever you are – whether you’re connected to the internet or not. Keep in mind, however, that you will not have access to extras such as in-app purchases and other aspects.


If you want to play on a mobile app then you’re going to need to download it first, and this will take up storage space on your mobile device. Browsers, on the other hand, aren’t downloaded and you are simply playing on the casino’s online platform.

So, if you have a phone with huge amounts of memory, then running a casino app shouldn’t be too much of a problem. If, however, you are already tight in the space department – playing on a browser will probably be the best choice.

How often you play

Your choice between an app and a browser will also depend on whether you’re a casual player looking to enjoy some free online slots or a more serious punter who likes to play regularly.

An app is an ideal choice for players who regularly use a casino’s website: it’s quick to open, and is then ready and waiting to be used on your mobile device. A browser is perfect for more casual players who don’t use the site often. It will save space on the mobile device for other apps that will be used more often.

We hope we’ve given you a few useful pointers to help you decide how you wish to play mobile games – ultimately, of course, it’s up to you and your gameplay style!

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