Best Sportsbook Apps in Iowa

Iowa is a state that offers several legal sports betting apps. Some of the most popular and trusted platforms are accessible to adults over 21 physically located within state lines. Iowa sportsbook apps are available for download to Apple iOS and Android devices as well as on mobile browsers.

There’s one sticking point on Iowa apps, though. During the first 18 months of legal online sports betting in Iowa, bettors need to register in-person. That means remote registration won’t be an option until January 1, 2021.

Thankfully, once you are registered in person, you can place bets from anywhere across the state. In fact, you don’t need to be in the physical sportsbook for more than a few minutes to have unlimited access to the casino’s sports betting app partner.

Best Online Sports Betting Apps In Iowa

DraftKings

It’s a safe bet that DraftKings will one day become better known as an online sportsbook than a daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform.

That’s hard to imagine right now given its massive share of the DFS market. But their sports betting app may be the best in the US. As more states legalize gambling on sports, DraftKings will likely become the top choice across the country.

The DraftKings Iowa sportsbook maintains the brand’s reputation for excellence in a variety of ways:

  • $1,000 Welcome Bonus ($500 risk-free bet and 20% bonus up to $500)
  • Smooth and stable platform with a 4.8 rating in Apple’s App Store.
  • Available via iOS and Android.
  • Competitive odds that set them apart for many events every day.
  • Exceptional customer service available via chat, phone, or email.

To register in person for a DraftKings Sportsbook account in Iowa, visit one of the three Wild Rose locations across the state (Clinton, Emmetsburg, and Jefferson).

PointsBet

In terms of name recognition, PointsBet is considerably behind DraftKings. But quality-wise, Pointsbet is an excellent choice – and a very close second to DraftKings for a solid sports betting experience.

What makes PointsBet Iowa a standout is the app stability.

Like DraftKings, they have one of the few apps in the US sports betting market that isn’t glitchy or buggy. You can reliably open the app and get right to the action, no need to repeatedly log in, deal with geolocation issues, or have it quit unexpectedly.

PointsBet also has lucrative bonus offers, starting with their welcome bonus of $1,500 in risk-free bets. Their odds are competitive, the odds boosters are fantastic, and their constantly rotating promos means there’s always something exciting around the corner.

However, the only place where you can register in-person for the PointsBet Iowa app is Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. Is it worth a multi-hour drive? Not if there’s a Wild Rose closer.

Iowa Sportsbook Apps

Sports Betting AppLive in IA? iOS AppAndroid AppApp Store Rating
DraftKingsYesYes (263.5 MB)Yes (85.6 MB)4.8 out of 5
PointsBet IowaYesYes (65.9 MB)Yes (13 MB)4.6 out of 5
FanDuelYesYes (38.6 MB)Yes (22 MB)4.7 out of 5
Q Casino SportsbookYesYes (90.7 MB)Yes (18 MB)2.8 out of 5
William Hill IowaYesYes (55.6 MB)Yes (8.5 MB)3.7 out of 5
BetFredYesNo (Browser Only)No (Browser Only)N/A
Elite SportsbookYesNo (Browser Only)No (Browser Only)N/A
Hard Rock SportsbookYesNo (Browser Only)No (Browser Only)N/A
bet365TBDComing SoonComing SoonN/A
BetRiversTBDComing SoonComing SoonN/A

How To Install Online Sportsbook Apps On An Android Device

Android users are unable to download a gambling app from the Google Play store. For now, any betting app is banned and must be downloaded from a third-party site.

However, that makes downloading an Android App directly from the online sportsbook website especially important. Do not under any circumstances download the app anywhere other than the sportsbook’s specific URL.

To download a sports betting app onto your Android device, do the following:

  1. Visit the sportsbook website. Make sure it’s the Iowa version of the site, as the brand will often have separate apps for different states. Also be sure it’s not the DFS version of the app.
  2. Download the app onto your device. Check your storage capabilities so you know you have enough space to fit the download.
  3. When prompted, go to settings and allow the download from third-party services.
  4. Create an account.
  5. Visit the app’s partnering Iowa casino to register – unless it’s after January 1, 2021, in which case remote registration should be an option.
  6. Then bet from anywhere within Iowa state lines.

How To Install Online Sports Betting Apps On An Apple iOS Device

Fortunately for iOS users, you can visit Apple’s App Store and download the app there. However, you’ll want to make sure it’s applicable to your state. It will either say, “[Sportsbook Name] Iowa” or will have IA in the app description.

Another option is to simply visit the sportsbook’s website while located in Iowa. The option to download the iOS app for your jurisdiction should pop up automatically like it does on the DraftKings Sportsbook website.

From there, follow these steps:

  1. Download the app onto your device.
  2. Open the app and create an account.
  3. Visit the partnering casino to complete your registration. (If you’re reading this in 2021, you can skip this step.)
  4. Make a deposit and start placing bets.

Apple devices won’t let you download apps from third-party sources. So the only way for legal sportsbooks to offer an iOS app is through the App Store. Thankfully, Apple allows gambling apps (unlike Google Play).

What Are The Benefits Of Using Legal Online Sportsbook Apps In Iowa?

If you prefer to do your sports betting on your desktop or laptop, you can do so in Iowa as long as you register in-person first. Even the sportsbooks that offer apps give you the option to play via a web browser.

But there’s no reason to play the desktop version if it’s not your preferred device.

The benefits of using an app instead are numerous. Some of many include:

  • The ability to bet on the go.
  • Quickly and easily placing an in-game bet.
  • No need to repeatedly log in.
  • Streaming games from anywhere.

For the highest quality apps, like those from DraftKings and PointsBet, you get better stability on the app versus the mobile web browser version. While both are optimized for your phone, the app is better adapted to quick actions and smooth navigation.

Unfortunately, most Iowa sportsbooks do not yet offer a mobile app. But we have a good feeling that many will launch once remote registration is available in 2021.

Are Legal Sportsbooks Ok To Install On My Phone?

Yes. As long as it’s a legal Iowa sportsbook, there shouldn’t be any concerns about downloading it onto your phone.

For Apple users, you don’t need to jailbreak the phone or anything to download a gambling app. The legal and legitimate iOS apps are readily available on the app store, and you can see how much space it will take up as well as the user reviews before installing.

Android users need to be a bit more careful. Never download the sports betting app anywhere but directly from the sportsbook website. There are no exceptions to that rule of thumb.

How Do Legal Sportsbook Apps Protect My Personal Information?

Legal sportsbook apps protect your personal information in the same way any e-commerce app keeps sensitive data safe.

Using the latest SSL encryption technology, sports betting apps ensure that your personal information stays safe and secure. For more specifics, visit the privacy policy section of their website. You can also reach out to their customer support, who should be more than happy to explain their security protocols.

The bottom line is that a breach of users’ personal information would bring about lawsuits, consumer distrust, and financial ruin. It could bring the entire company down, and that’s especially true with online gambling companies.

So you can be sure they’ll do everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Who Regulates Mobile Sportsbook Apps In Iowa?

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) regulates mobile sportsbook apps in the state.

According to their mission statement, the IRGC’s goal is “to protect the public and to assure the integrity of licensed facilities and participants.”

Their website has a ton of resources available to bettors interested in a wide range of topics. You can see what kind of revenue the different casinos are bringing in and their return to player stats. You can review the laws about sports betting. You can also report a dispute you’re having with the operator of a sports betting app.

What Makes For A Good Mobile Sports Betting App?

Stability

It’s wildly frustrating to struggle to do the one thing the sportsbook should do without a problem: take a sports bet. But that’s the case with many sports betting apps. Thankfully, people in Iowa have both DraftKings and PointsBet, both of which offer remarkably stable iOS and Android apps.

Access To Favorite Bets

A quality sportsbook app should have the sports you want to bet on as well as the types of bets you want to place. For example, if you like NFL teaser parlays and the sports betting app doesn’t offer it, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Iowa has enough options to where you don’t need to settle.

Access To Promotions

Because you have to register in-person until 2021, Iowan sportsbooks are only really competing against each other geographically. But once remote registration is available on January 1st, you can join a sportsbook based specifically on their selection of bonuses and promotions.

Seamless Deposits

Getting out your credit card every time you want to reload your account is unacceptable. You also don’t want to have to go through ten steps just to add funds. Why? Because you likely found a bet with incredible odds that you want to bet on immediately, and those odds could change in a moment’s notice.

How Can Players Deposit Money In Online Sports Betting Apps In Iowa?

The best sportsbook apps will make depositing incredibly easy. Once you sign up on the platform and register in-person, you can use a few different methods. These include:

  • Debit and credit cards
  • PayPal and other e-wallets
  • Prepaid cards
  • PayNearMe locations (like 7-Eleven)
  • Casino cage at the physical sportsbook
  • Direct bank transfer

For debit and credit cards, you’ll have to type in all the information, but you should only need to do that once if you save the information in your account. And once you enter the appropriate info, the funds will be immediately available in your account.

For PayPal and other e-wallets, you’re often able to log in to your PayPal account through the sports betting app, making the deposit even easier. The funds will again be instantly available.

To withdraw winnings, you’ll have fewer options. But the most common are direct bank transfer, PayPal, and check by mail.

Legal Online Sportsbook Apps In Iowa: Common Questions

How old do I have to be to play at Iowa’s legal sportsbook apps?

21. The gambling age in Iowa is 21 years and up, which applies to sportsbook apps.

However, can play at daily fantasy sports (DFS) platforms and bet on horse racing if you’re 18 and up. For example, you can be 18 to play DraftKings DFS, but you need to be 21 to bet at the DraftKings Sportsbook.

How do online sports betting apps in Iowa verify a player’s age and identity?

Checking your ID. When you register in-person at a partnering sportsbook in Iowa, you’ll need to show your ID to be approved. 

Once remote registration is approved, you’ll likely need to upload a photo of your ID, then await approval before you can start betting. This is to ensure you’re at least 21 and that your ID matches your payment information.

What kinds of sports can I bet on using online apps in Iowa?

You can bet on all kinds of sports using Iowa betting apps. This includes all professional and college-level programs. International competitions are fair game as well. However, you cannot place in-game bets on in-state schools like the Hawkeyes. You also cannot bet on high school sports, amateur sports, or e-sports.

Are legal online sports betting apps in Iowa available in Apple's App Store?

Yes. Apple’s App Store allows gambling apps for iOS devices. All legally licensed Iowa sportsbook apps are available in the store. You can also find them through a direct link on the sportsbook’s website. The App Store does not allow illegal sports betting apps, so there’s no risk in downloading a dangerous app by mistake.

Are legal online sportsbook apps in Iowa available in the Google Play store?

No. The Google Play store specifically bans gambling apps, including legal Iowa sportsbook apps. Sports bettors in Iowa who want to play on an Android device need to download the app directly through the sportsbook website. You can also simply bet directly at the sports betting site via your mobile web browser.

Does DraftKings have a sportsbook app in Iowa?

Yes. The DraftKings Sportsbook app can be used to place sports bets in Iowa. To wager, you need to be at least 21 years old and physically located in the state. DraftKings offers one of the higher quality betting apps in the US market, including the best rating in the App Store (4.8 out of 5 stars).

About the Author

Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani is an experienced online gambling writer who specializes in online casinos and sports betting sites. From the nuances of bonus offers to winning strategies and beyond, his insights have helped countless remote bettors keep more of their money while having fun and staying safe.