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10 Popular Trading Apps to Download Today

Trading from your smartphone or tablet has never been easier with an increasing wealth of apps providing brokerage facilities and market functionality at your fingertips.

Having cast our digital net far and wide to find out which apps are most popular with traders, we present them below in alphabetical order. Have we missed out your favourite? Do get in touch to let us know!

Blockfolio

This is an app specific to Cryptocurrency traders, eg. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin etc. Blockfolio allows you to track your crypto coin watch list as well as input the value you bought a coin at, so it can track the price of your portfolio. The app is free to buy, and now you can get 10% off any plan through TokenTax by using the code: BLOCKFOLIO.

E*Trader

This is an app for skilled traders with large investments as the minimum deposit is $500. However, it has a margin analyser tool, margin calculator, advanced customer service, 24x5 trading on most active ETFs, real time news, bar code scanner, comparison and performance charts, customisation of watch lists and voice recognition. It's also specifically designed for traders that want a mobile-only experience. In order to buy the stocks, you must pay a fee of $6.95.

eToro

This a social trading and multi-assets brokerage company that has used this app to extend its financial services to remote traders. While you can still trade as you wish on this app, you can also use the copy trader feature where you can see what other traders are doing and copy their investments if you are a beginner. There is also a demo account feature that starts you with $100K and simulates the programme.

Hargreaves & Lansdown

This a specific favourite for UK traders. Hargreaves and Lansdown is a stockbroker based in Bristol and their app is an easy way for traders to buy and sell stocks. You can track your favourite investments using the watchlist feature, as well as have access to fund and share factsheets so you’re always up to date with the latest insights.

MetaTrader 4

This is one of the most commonly used trading apps for retail traders and has been active for around 15 years. If you follow retail traders on social media this is often the platform you see featured on their accounts. It’s very simple to use, has clear tracking charts and is the perfect app for trading Forex. Its also great for all skill levels of traders.

Plus 500

This app is also widely used with beginner and experienced traders. It is recognised for its comprehensive trading screens, as well as storing detailed information about past and current positions. This app also offers a demo and has a screening process once you first make an account to advise you on how you should begin, whether that be with a demo account or not. The app sends lots of push-notifications and emails but has a $10 inactivity fee.

Robinhood

This is another great free app for beginners as it has no commissions, no minimum investment and no maintenance fee. You also get instant access to deposits below $1000 instead of having to wait the usual processing time. You can also pay to have the ‘Robin Hood Gold’ account so you access larger deposits, trade after hours and can trade cryptocurrencies. Note that, at the time of writing, this app is currently available in the US only, though there are plans to eventually roll out into the UK.

Stash

Stash isn’t a direct manager of registered accounts but its main motive is to teach you how to build your ETF portfolio. You can create an account for $1 and link it to your bank account, which can come with its own bank card if you choose. You can save money and invest in small amounts. The app allows you to trade in popular stocks as well so it’s a great blend between a savings account and a trading platform, perfect for beginners with small investments and for those who want to do more with their savings.

ThinkTrader

This app (previously known as Trade Interceptor) is one of the best for advanced charts. It is quick and easy to use and has a wide variety of charts as well as drawing on chart capability. The app has been specifically designed for mobile usage, so it is perfect for on the go traders.

Trading 212

This a globally recognised app by active traders and is one of the most widely used. This is mainly due to its £0 commission investing, £0 fee stocks & shares ISA and fractional shares. It’s also incredibly user friendly and has one-click executions.