Do I Have to Download Software to Play Online Casino Games?

Do I Have to Download Software to Play Online Casino Games?

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Published Date · Jan. 9, 2024 · Last Updated · May 8, 2024 ·Read Time · 4 mins

When online casinos first arrived in the mid-1990s, players could play a selection of rather crude games in their web browser using a Flash or Java player. However, internet and web browser speeds and capabilities were also rather basic, especially compared to today. Mobile casinos were non-existent.

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Players also had the option to install a casino download client onto their desktop or laptop computers to ensure a better playing experience. Most players opted to download the free online casino software onto their computer to avoid annoying buffering, lagging and ‘sticky’ graphics issues.

Let’s dive straight in to discover whether players still have to download online casino software to get the most out of a casino website.

Do I have to download any programs from the online casino I have just signed up to for a better all-round experience?

Back in the day, the better option would be to download and install the free online casino program into your Windows-operating desktop computer or laptop for a smoother and better gambling experience. The games would load faster, and you would have access to everything the casino had to offer.


The instant play version of the casino (aka the Flash casino or Java casino, whichever player worked for you) would be a scaled-down version of the downloadable casino with fewer games. Flash casinos were the ideal option for players who preferred not to download online casino software onto their computers for whatever reason.

Today, it’s completely different. HTML5 technology is now the platform of choice for playing online casino games, and hardly any online casinos have a download client available. The only thing you may want to download is the optional smartphone app.

For example, today’s most trusted South African online casino, the official 10Bet South Africa mobile casino, has a free bet app download option, which can be downloaded and installed for free onto most modern iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Some people prefer to play from within the innovative 10Bet app, and others prefer to play instantly in their device’s web browser. It’s up to you.

You don’t have to download the app, but the option is there if you do want to. When you download the 10Bet app, you will have access to all 800+ online casino games and the website’s pre-match and live (aka in-play) betting services.

How to Download The 10Bet App in 2023

To download the 10Bet app onto your preferred mobile device, you must be at least 18 years old if you live in South Africa. Downloading their app is relatively straightforward, doesn’t take long, and can be done in a few simple steps.

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It works similarly to other apps and is the best real-money gambling app in the South African market. Let’s take a quick look at a simple step-by-step guide on how you can get the user-friendly 10Bet casino and sports betting app onto your preferred device:

  1. Go to the official 10Bet South Africa website from your device’s web browser
  2. Tap or click on the ‘download’ button
  3. Click to open the 10Bet app file on your device when it shows up
  4. You may need to go to your device’s ‘settings’ area if the phone doesn’t automatically allow the installation process to begin
  5. Click/tap on the ‘security’ option and then go to the device administration area
  6. Click/tap on the option that ‘allows unknown sources’ to enable it
  7. Go back to the 10Bet app file to start the installation process
  8. As soon as the 10Bet app has been successfully installed, simply launch the app (takes just seconds) and either log in to your 10Bet account or create a new one, which also takes under a minute to do

If you prefer not to download and install the app onto your device, don’t forget that you can enjoy the same great services, competitive sports betting odds, and casino games with above-average RTP% payout rates instantly in your web browser without downloading any programs/apps.

Final Note

10Bet is fully licensed and regulated locally in South Africa by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. It’s controlled by a well-known and trustworthy iGaming operator with a superb track record and has excellent reviews.

In short, if you live in South Africa and fancy the occasional flutter, look no further than 10Bet.

New players can claim a guaranteed welcome bonus when depositing R50 or more on their first deposit, but to ensure you don’t miss out on your 10 free spins, up to a free R500 sports bet and up to R3,000 in extra bonus money, make sure you deposit using any of the trusted South African online payment options APART from the 1ForYou prepaid voucher.

It’s the only payment solution that isn’t included in the 10Bet welcome bonus offer. More information can be found on the official 10Bet website.


Nosa Omoigui

Content Editor


Tim Williams

Head of Content