How to watch the World Cup on your mobile

The greatest show on earth is in full flow. Don’t miss a minute...
by
How to watch the World Cup on your mobile

The wait is nearly over. The world’s greatest players are limbering up for a month of non-stop football – and so are we. But even if you have superhuman levels of dedication, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to watch every game from your sofa, what with annoying things like work getting in the way.

Should you find yourself away from home when a crucial match is about to be played, fear not. You can stay on top of things using your phone. Here’s how:

Stream it live…

Every match will be screened live, and completely free to air, on BBC TV or ITV. And that means you can also watch them free on the BBC iPlayer app or the ITV Player app, so you don’t have to miss a moment of the action, even if you’re on the move.

…or just keep an eye on it

If you’re not bothered about seeing every kick, and just keeping in touch is enough for you, a lot of media outlets offer text commentaries and minute by minute information. A simple Google search should sort you out.

Make sure you’ve got enough data…

It generally takes up to 750 MB of data to watch a football match in standard definition, but as ever, it all depends on the quality of the stream. If you’re watching in HD, you could double the amount of data you’re using data. If the game runs into extra time, it’ll obviously use more still. If you’re planning to stream a lot of football through your phone, be prepared to eat through your allowance pretty quickly. Carphone Warehouse has some great data deals, including these on SIM Only – giving you all the data you need to get you through the tournament.

…and if you haven’t?

Pay a visit to your local café or bar, hook up to their Wi-Fi and enjoy the game, safe in the knowledge that your data remains intact. But a word from the wise – buy a coffee while you’re there, or you might not be too welcome next time.

Projecting success

If you believe bigger is better, but you’re nowhere near a TV, you could buy a smartphone projector. With some, you can pop your phone inside, and project onto any flat surface. There are other projectors that you can stream your phone display to, rather than physically putting your phone inside, like this one.

Quality football. Quality picture.

As with any World Cup, there’s bound to be a bit of dross, but generally the standard of the football should be pretty high. And games this good need to be enjoyed with a quality picture. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together our top 5 phones to watch the match on.

If you have any further top tips when it comes to watching football on your phone, let us know about them in the comments section below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
This summer, Twitter will be awash with funny World Cup content and not shortage of stats. But with
If you're going to watch the World Cup on a smartphone, you need one with a decent display. Here's o
To get you in the mood for the World Cup 2018, we've selected five of our favourite football apps. E

8 May, 2019
The Google Pixel 3a is giving you the best of Pixel at a fraction of the price. This...
20 May, 2019
From AI camera technology to wide-angled selfies, here are our top five tips for...
14 May, 2019
For some of the best stories from Google’s I/O 2019 event plus some other exciting...
10 May, 2019
Summer holidays are all about making great memories, so make sure you’ve got the...
8 May, 2019
The Google Pixel 3a is giving you the best of Pixel at a fraction of the price. This...

20 May, 2019
From AI camera technology to wide-angled selfies, here are our top five tips for...
10 May, 2019
Summer holidays are all about making great memories, so make sure you’ve got the...
8 May, 2019
The Google Pixel 3a is giving you the best of Pixel at a fraction of the price. This...
26 April, 2019
Here's a roundup of some of the best photo-editing apps for stunning puctures and...
18 April, 2019
Thinking of moving over to Apple’s iconic handset? Or just considering a new iPhone...
11 April, 2019
The bokeh effect can make your photos look like they were taken by a pro photographer,...
9 April, 2019
Technology is used to help us in all sorts of ways, but these companies are using...
25 March, 2019
The brand new Huawei P30 is here – and this is one flagship you do not want to miss....
7 March, 2019
Mindfulness is such an important part of life. Take five minutes out of your hectic...
3 March, 2019
We want to make sure you're up to date with all the latest smartphones, so we'll...
27 February, 2019
Get the highlights from the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - including folding...
8 February, 2019
Selfie fan? Then you’ll want a phone with an amazing front camera, and exciting tech...