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Top 3 Best Backgammon Applications to play Backgammon on iOS & Android

Nowadays a lot of things can be done on mobile devices and backgammon is no exception. One can find plenty of apps to play on, through social media or else. But if there are a lot of options out there, that doesn’t mean that they all are equal in terms of quality. One of goals is to make you save time by telling you which apps deserve your attention. With our Top 3 best backgammon applications to play on mobile and tablets, you are sure to go for the best all the time.

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1 – Nextgammon

Nextgammon is a fairly new player in the online backgammon world, but it has some perks that make it stand out of the crowd. First of all, the platform assures fair dice using the blockchain technology and all the rolls can be consulted in a special section of the site. Nextgammon also offers free deep analysis on any game you play and have an academy section filled with great free articles and tips to become a better player. Their app is user-friendly and does not miss any feature present on the desktop version. There are daily tournaments, ranking, one can play for free or for money. Overall, Nextgammon provides everything a backgammon player need in a safe and enjoyable environment. A must try!

Backgammon Rules Ranking: 9.5/10

Check out our full review of Nextgamon:

2 – XG mobile 

XG mobile is the portable version of the most powerful backgammon software XG 2. The mobile version doesn’t have all the features as the desktop version but it is still very complete. XG mobile is not an app to play against other players online but to play against the super neural AI of the software. After each game you will see your PR and your level of play. By activating the tutor mode, the computer helps you improve by telling you when you are making a mistake and inviting you to reconsider your choice. You can also set up a position, from your last live game for example, and the app will tell you what the best move was in this situation. It really is a wonderful tool to improve and to learn from your mistakes. The only thing compared to the other app on this top 3 is that XG mobile is not free. To purchase it you will have to spend around $15, but it is definitely worth it.

Backgammon Rules Ranking: 8.5/10

Check out our full review of XG Mobile:

3 – Backgammon Galaxy

A major update happened on Backgammon Galaxy recently. I had some trouble migrating my desktop account to the app. After many tried I gave up and decided to create a new account to access it. In terms of design, the new Galaxy app is better than the previous one but it seems that the platform has taken a new direction. Galaxy now incorporate a coins system similar to what you can find on many of the social media backgammon platform. You can still analyze your game, but you don’t have the possibility to select your opponent anymore except if you play with a friend. The basic version is still free but a membership has been put into place if you want to access more features.

Backgammon Rules Ranking: 7.5/10

Check out our full review of Backgammon Galaxy:

You don’t have any more excuses not to practice your backgammon skills everywhere you go. With our selection, you are sure to play on the best backgammon mobile app available, so what are you waiting for? Download them now!

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About the Author: David Ridel

My name is David, I have been passionate about Backgammon for many years now. I play actively live and online to perfect my knowledge and become a backgammon master. It’s a long and difficult process, but I am determined to progress and I hope we will help each other on this website.


  1. I read the review and downloaded the XG mobile to play backgammon and I’m going to have to take exception to your review. The biggest complaint that I have is that the rolls are not random and slanted towards the AI. I’ve have seen many examples where I’ve waited 20 and 30 rolls just to get back onto the board. If I leave a piece exposed, which the tutorial seems to really love doing, on the very next move the AI will land on my piece. If I get offered the doubling cube, and accept, the AI will generally roll a double. I would recommend that you take a look at the other reviews on the App Store confirming my complaint.

    I did like the game, very competitive and the tutorial is a nice option although it does have the annoying habit of recommending leaving pieces open (which the AI takes immediate advantage). In my opinion, the best feature is the tutorial in that it as a seasoned player, it recommends a move that I didn’t think of and gives me pause.

    If they ever fix the dice problem, I’ll take another look but until then, I’m hunting for another alternative.

  2. Hi. I’m new to backgammon and I want to play with my friends online, but… I have an Android phone and a Windows PC; my friends have IOS. We all use BGNJ that has that capability, but I have not found a way for it to play between my PC and my friend’s Apple. Do you know if that’s possible?

    I play the android BGNJ app through a program called Bluestacks that allows me to display the app on my Windows PC (for the larger screen). It works great to play against the computer, but while the app has the ability to play online with others, it only seems to work between Apple devices and they use an IOS program called Game Center to play together. Do you know if there’s a way to make BGNJ work for online matches between my android/PC and their IOS devices?

    If no to the above, do you know of an app that I can use with my Windows PC to connect with my Apple friends so we can play together? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Paul. To play with your friends on a multi-platform software, I advise you to download the Nextgammon app on your PC (also available on Mac, IOS and Android). You can create an account for free and play with your friends in the free money mode. You can also create a free account on Backgammon Galaxy, that you can use through your internet browser on your PC and any phone without a problem. Another solution would be to play on a social backgammon app like “Lord of the board”, on witch you can add your friends via Facebook and send them request to play against them. I hope you find what you are looking for and I’m glad to hear that you just started backgammon. It is always good to have new players in the community. May the dice be with you!

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