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Best Stock Trading Apps UK of 2024

March 10, 2024

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In today’s fast-paced world, having a great mobile app is important for any company interacting with consumers. For stock brokers, a mobile app gives customers the ability to check investments through a smartphone and trade on the go.

A great investing app should be easy to use, whether you are a beginner or experienced investor. Fundamentally you need to buy and sell easily, and to find it easy to search for stocks and to create a watch list. Ideally, the app would also have great research and educational material, chart features and the ability to filter investments by sector and country.

In our hands-on testing of the best share trading apps available in the U.K., we were on the whole impressed by the mobile apps offered by the 17 brokers in our review (only one, Vanguard, does not yet offer a mobile app – you have to log in through a web browser on your phone).

All brokers offer similar app features and it was hard to come up with a shortlist of six. To excel in our analysis, a broker had to offer an extraordinary stock trading and investing experience across different usability categories. The ones selected below are those we found easiest to use, and offered an extensive range of investments alongside in-depth research and chart tools. Testing was done through an iPhone 15 Pro (Apple iOS).

Overall, we applaud the industry for offering U.K. investors a wide range of solid mobile experiences.

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Best UK Stock Trading Apps

  • Saxo - Best Overall Stock App
  • Interactive Brokers
    - Best Stock App for Usability
  • AJ Bell - Best for range of accounts
  • Hargreaves Lansdown - Best App for Everyday Investors
  • eToro - Best for Simplicity
  • IG
    - Best App for Traders
4.5/5 Stars 4.5 Overall

Best Overall Stock App

Minimum Deposit£0
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month0.08% (£3 min)

Saxo’s trading platform is highly sophisticated and used by both professional traders and private investors. Saxo offers a huge range of investments across 50 global stock exchanges. However, Saxo has high trading fees compared to other brokers. Read full review

  • Excellent web and mobile trading app
  • Offers ISAs and SIPPs
  • Now offers mutual funds
  • High fees for share and bond transactions
  • Limited chart features on the mobile app
  • Steep learning curve for newer investors
Interactive Brokers
4.5/5 Stars 4.5 Overall

Best Stock App for Usability

Minimum Deposit£0
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month£3

Offering a range of tools and capabilities, Interactive Brokers is aimed at confident investors but also offers great value and resources for newer investors. Share trading fees are low at £3 and there are no custody charges. Read full review

  • Low commission for stock trading
  • No mutual fund fees
  • Powerful tools for experienced investors
  • Educational content is U.S.-focused
  • Can seem overwhelming to new investors
  • Charges can be confusing
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New client offer, special margin rates.

(Your capital is at risk)

AJ Bell
4.5/5 Stars 4.5 Overall

Best for range of accounts

Minimum Deposit£0
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month£5

AJ Bell is a major investment platform with almost half a million customers. It is a trusted platform used by investors with both low and high portfolio values. Its new Dodl app is also very competitive on costs and design. Read full review

  • Great range of accounts and investments
  • Great customer service
  • New Dodl app offers much lower fees
  • Expensive for those with larger fund portfolios
  • Chart tools are basic for more sophisticated traders
Hargreaves Lansdown
4.5/5 Stars 4.5 Overall

Best App for Everyday Investors

Minimum Deposit£1
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month£11.95

As the U.K.’s largest investment platform, Hargreaves Lansdown offers a wide range of investments and accounts. Its educational and research material is excellent, as is its mobile app, but pricing is expensive compared with other similar brokers. Read full review

  • Offers a wide range of accounts
  • No custody charges for Junior ISAs
  • Plentiful educational materials
  • Stock trading fees are high
  • Charting features are not as sophisticated as other platforms
4.5/5 Stars 4.5 Overall

Best for Simplicity

Minimum Deposit$100 info
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month£0

EToro is an investment platform known for its social trading features and low fees. It’s easy to use and is popular among younger investors looking to test stock market trading. A downside is that eToro does not offer ISAs or SIPPs. Read full review

  • Very cheap
  • Virtual account allows you to practice
  • Great mobile app
  • No bonds, mutual funds or investment trusts
  • Some hidden fees
  • No ISA account or SIPP
4/5 Stars 4.0 Overall

Best App for Traders

Minimum Deposit£0
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month£3-£8

IG’s excellent online trading platform puts it among the U.K.’s top brokers – particularly for experienced and regular traders looking for high capabilities. IG offers shares, trusts and ETFs, as well as spread betting and CFDs. Read full review

  • Can trade through an ISA or SIPP
  • Great mobile app and trading platform
  • Excellent learning resources
  • Expensive for investors making small, infrequent trades
  • No mutual funds or bonds
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Low-cost US and UK shares.

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Winner: Saxo — Best overall stock app

Saxo again wins the crown for the U.K.’s best trading mobile app. The SaxoTraderGO mobile app is highly sophisticated, allowing you to replicate the best of Saxo’s impressive desktop platform through your smartphone. We like how your watch lists, positions and orders are cleanly laid out on the app. You can also view news, trending stocks, views from the trading floor, webinars and educational guides. The app’s chart tools are also impressive, allowing you to overlay different stocks and instruments on a single chart, and to customise charts. Read our full review of Saxo.

Runner-up: Interactive Brokers — Best for usability

Interactive Brokers takes the silver medal in our annual review of the best stock trading apps. The IBKR app is extensive, whether viewing in demo mode or through a real trading account, with great chart tools and research. We like the ‘impact lens’ tab where you can select values you support and can see your portfolio impact score. The only thing that slightly lets IBKR down is its current lack of educational content aimed at U.K. investors. Read our full review of Interactive Brokers.

Podium finisher: AJ Bell — Best for range of accounts

AJ Bell’s mobile app offers everything an everyday investor would need, including the ability to view research and news, create a watch list, set limit orders and search investment ideas. One snag is that you can’t view charts in full-screen mode, unlike Hargreaves Lansdown, in fourth place. But we ranked AJ Bell third because it also has Dodl, its new low-cost investment app that is easy to use, great for newer investors and one of the cheapest platforms in terms of fees. Read our full review of AJ Bell.

Hargreaves Lansdown — Best stock app for everyday investors

Hargreaves Lansdown is the U.K.’s biggest DIY investment platform and offers a very detailed mobile app. You can explore 3,000 funds, ready-made investments and thousands of shares through the app, making it a great experience for trading on the go. The educational material offered through the app is great, and includes an in-app pension calculator that helps you see if you’re on track for your retirement income aims. Read our full review of Hargreaves Lansdown.

eToro: Best for simplicity

EToro offers a fantastic mobile app experience that is likely to appeal to young or newer investors looking for investment tips and inspiration. The news feed on the home page gives investment updates from other users and through the ‘discover’ tab you can see popular and trending stocks, and sort by sector and asset class. The app also appeals to more experienced traders. EToro’s mobile chart tools are impressive, allowing you to view charts of more than 10 companies on a single screen. Read our full review of eToro.

IG: Best for traders

IG’s mobile app has many of the tools from its excellent web platform. IG’s trading app is very similar in design and layout to Saxo and we like how you can sort stocks according to sector or those with upcoming earnings. You can view and trade shares, investment trusts and ETFs, set price alerts and see news provided by Thomson Reuters. One point of improvement could be for IG to add more chart tools and more educational material – although it has a separate app covering this called IG Academy. Read our full review of IG.

query_stats What type of trader are you?

New to the world of investing? See my picks for the best UK trading platforms for beginners. More experienced traders should check out my guide to the best UK Trading Platforms for Active Traders. If you're looking to trade shares on the go, read my guide to the best UK stock trading apps.

Other stock apps tested

In addition to our top picks above, we tested and analysed 11 other platforms. Here are our high-level takeaways for each broker.

Barclays: Mobile app does not function fully unless you have a Barclays current account. Read Full Review Does not offer direct share dealing. Read Full Review

CMC Invest: Great new mobile app with the ability to filter by ESG. Read Full Review

Fidelity International: A basic offering compared to other platforms with more comprehensive mobile apps. Read Full Review

Freetrade: Great mobile app for newer investors. Low charges and easy to use. Read Full Review

Halifax: Limited mobile app. Your share dealing account needs to have been funded before you can use the app. Read Full Review

Interactive Investor (ii): Interactive Investor is our favourite U.K. investment platform overall but its mobile app is not as good as other platforms. Read Full Review

Lloyds: We found the Lloyds share dealing app to be pretty basic. Like with Halifax, you need to have paid money into your investment account before you can get full use of the app. Read Full Review

Trading 212: Great for investment inspiration and offers a demo account funded with £5,000 of virtual money. Read Full Review

Vanguard UK Investor: Vanguard does not yet offer a mobile app in the U.K., so you have to log in through a web browser on your phone. Read Full Review

XTB: The mobile app is nicely laid out and has low charges, making it a good choice for beginner investors. Read Full Review

What is the best stocks and shares app for beginners in the UK?

Beginners will likely want to prioritise low fees. This means you can invest small amounts without being stung by high trading charges. The U.K. brokers with the lowest stock trading fees are Freetrade, Trading 212, XTB and eToro.

You may also want to consider an app that offers good educational material to help you on your way. All the low-cost apps mentioned above — Freetrade, Trading 212, XTB and eToro — offer some educational content and FAQs, but you will find more in-depth articles on their websites. Other apps offering great learning resources are Dodl (run by AJ Bell) and IG Academy (run by broker IG). IG Academy has articles on how to use and trade investment products, and in-depth courses for those wanting to learn more about trading.

What is the best app for buying shares in the UK?

It depends somewhat on what you're looking for and your level of experience. Beginners may find it best to start with eToro, which has no trading fees and allows you to buy fractional shares (you must invest a minimum of $10, equal to around £8 currently). For those investing large sums of money and who want more bells and whistles, Saxo or Interactive Brokers offer more extensive research and chart tools.

What is the best day trading app in the UK?

Of all the brokers we examine, Saxo, Interactive Brokers, AJ Bell, Hargreaves Lansdown, eToro and IG all stand out for day trading. However, be mindful of trading fees if buying smaller quantities of shares. EToro, Freetrade, XTB and Trading 212 offer the ability to trade stocks commission-free, so these may be a better fit if you are starting out.

Which app is best for stock analysis?

SaxoTraderGO, by Saxo, offers the best research, analysis and educational material of any app we tested. When selecting a stock, you’ll see a chart, analyst recommendations, key financials, news and general company information. You can also compare different stocks on a single chart.

What is the best automated trading app in the UK?

Automated trading allows you to buy and sell stocks and other assets without having to place a manual order. A platform can trade automatically on your behalf based on predetermined entry and exit conditions. Automated trading is aimed at experienced traders and those trading large amounts. U.K. mobile trading apps that allow automated trades include Saxo, Interactive Brokers and IG.

Are trading apps safe?

All 17 trading apps we tested are owned by investment platforms that are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This means they adhere to strict oversight and supervision to protect your money. Two-factor authentication is typically offered by investment platforms, enhancing app security. However, you should do careful research before investing to reduce the chances of losing money — remember that security and regulation cannot protect against market gains and losses.


For the Annual Review, we assessed, rated, and ranked 17 U.K. share dealing platforms over a 10-week time period. Each broker’s platforms and features were exhaustively tested by hand and graded on 53 different variables. In total, over 25,000 words of research were produced.

We thoroughly tested and compared features of prime interest to everyday investors, including but not limited to:

  • Investment choices, such as whether the broker offers trading of shares, ETFs, funds, bonds, and CFDs; and offers SIPP and ISA accounts.
  • The broker’s charges and fees for investing.
  • Functionality and design of mobile apps and website platform, and a fluid experience moving between app and web.
  • Usability of tools such as charting and watch lists.
  • Market research, such as screening, news and analysis.
  • Educational resources including tutorials, online courses, videos, webinars and articles.

Our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .001% each year, providing site visitors with quality data they can trust. Our lead researcher and writer, Elizabeth Anderson, has more than a decade’s experience as a financial journalist and market researcher. Elizabeth’s expertise is backed by a team of veteran fellow traders, data auditors, editors and project managers who work to ensure that reviews and guides are the most unbiased and complete in the industry. Read more about our team.

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Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, lead writer and researcher, has been a financial journalist for more than a decade. In addition to her work with, she has written extensively for major publications including BBC, The Times and Bloomberg. A keen investor herself, she is passionate about helping people understand finance and investing.

Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.

Steven Hatzakis
Steven Hatzakis

Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.

Carolyn Kimball
Carolyn Kimball

Carolyn Kimball is managing editor for Reink Media and the lead editor for the Annual Review. Carolyn has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience at major media outlets including NerdWallet, the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News. She specializes in coverage of personal financial products and services, wielding her editing skills to clarify complex (some might say befuddling) topics to help consumers make informed decisions about their money.