7 Common FAQs About Playing Poker From Your iPhone / iPad
I'm an American poker player? Can I play poker on my iPhone or iPad tablet?
No. Unfortunately there isn't a poker site that both accepts US players and provides a mobile version of their software.
US poker players have a couple of options.
- Find an app for free or a couple of bucks and play poker for fake money.
- Skip poker and play casino games instead. There are US friendly casinos that have iOS apps.
- Try to play real money poker using a remote desktop app.
The idea behind the remote desktop app is to control your desktop from your phone or laptop. However, I'm not sure how convenient this may or may not be. Additionally, playing poker this way might be difficult because the poker site won't be designed to fit properly on a mobile device. But it might be worth the couple of dollars and time to try it out. That's up to you.
Do I need an internet connection?
Yes. You will need either a WiFi or 3G / 4G connection. Keep in mind that if you're using someone else's WiFi that it might cost you money (in a hotel, for example), and if you're using 3G/4G that it will cost you in terms of data.
Can I play poker on my iPhone for real money?
Yes, so long as you're in a non-US country that can access a poker site with a mobile app. Sites to consider would include PokerStars, Party Poker or 888 Poker.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. Just follow these steps:
- Visit the poker site. Find their mobile page.
- Click their download link. The app will either download or take you to their page in your app store.
Some poker operators will have a QR code that you can scan instead. Scan the code and the app will install to your device.
In other cases the operator will have a select few games or options to choose from. What you'll need to do is give them your mobile number, location and your choice of game(s) and they'll send the links to your phone. Then install the games.
Once you have the app on your device, simply log-in. If you don't have an account many poker site operators will ask that you create your account using your desktop or laptop computer first. In fact, you may have to handle your banking from your computer, too.
I heard that you can play remotely from your iPad. Is this true?
I've heard about it, but I've yet to try it myself.
The biggest problem with trying to play poker remotely is that the software isn't designed for your phone or tablet, but for your computer. So the tables may not fit, making it more likely you press the wrong buttons (which could be costly).
Do I have to play real money poker from my iPhone / iPad?
Absolutely not. You can play with fake money. In the case of paid apps from the app store, you won't have any choice -- all of those games are play money only.
Is playing from my iPhone / iPad safe?
Yeah, playing poker on your iPhone and iPad is safe. All poker sites (that we recommend) make sure that your connection and the data packets (with your hand information, personal details, etc) are encrypted. And some sites, like PokerStars, don't let you save your username and password to your phone. That way if your phone is lost you don't run the risk of someone having access to your account.
But poker operators can only do so much. So I recommend using RSA tokens when available, and changing your passwords frequently using a variety of numbers, letters and symbols.