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What is the BBC Sport app and how do I get it?

Everything you need to know about the BBC Sport app, including how to watch live sport, how to personalise the app, how to listen to live sports commentary and how to become a BBC Sport app beta tester, to get the best new features first.

The BBC Sport app is a dedicated one-stop-shop for all things sports related. Following the popularity of the BBC Olympics app, downloaded by over 2 million people, the Beeb created the BBC Sport app to cover everything from football and tennis to golf and gymnastics.

Now the BBC Sport app is available across multiple mobile platforms including iOS and Android and offers everything from live coverage and commentary of big sporting events, to predictions and in-depth analysis.

Users have access to plenty of great features too. For instance, you can set alerts for your favourite team, organise and personalise your content and much more besides. Here’s everything need to know about the BBC Sport app.

How can I personalise the BBC Sport app?

One of the great things about the BBC Sport app is the ability to personalise the My Sports page. By picking from a selection of over 300 sporting topics, you can pull all the news that’s relevant to you into a single page.

The BBC Sport home screen can display the top stories and analysis across a number of sports, including news, discussions, live scores, match stats, text commentaries and even a gossip column.

The My Sports tab will only show the topics you’ve selected, while you can also specify the order you want them to appear. There’s also a Get Inspired topic to help you find new favourite areas, so even the My Sports page isn’t totally sectionalised.

To personalise the My Sports section, you need to create an account and sign in. This is a good thing to do if you regularly check the BBC Sport app across multiple devices and platforms, as your account saves your settings and then restores them on every device you sign into.

You can also plonk a BBC Sport widget onto your Android desktop, which offers you the biggest headlines as they happen. It's almost like a mini BBC Sport homepage, right there on your phone’s home screen.

How do I get BBC Sport app alerts?

By visiting the Live Guide section of the BBC Sport app, you’re able to pick from upcoming live events and enable alerts for those events. This will mean you get a notification on your device when pertinent information comes in, like a kick-off time, player line-ups, goals and so on.

You can activate and deactivate alerts as you want, so you don’t need to worry about being pestered when you'd prefer some privacy.

How do I watch live sports on the BBC Sport app?

The Live Guide also lets you find live sport in an instant. You can set a reminder for upcoming events but can also go into what’s happening right now with just a quick poke.

Tapping into an event offers a selection of video highlights, commentary and audio coverage to enjoy right there in the app. Scroll down and you have a bulleted summary of events, followed by live reporting updated as it happens. There’s even a tab for “related to this event” information.

By going into a sport or event you can watch either live coverage or highlights of what you’ve missed. Then it can all be shared thanks to a dedicated share button that remains at the top as you browse articles.

How to listen to BBC Radio 5 Live as you browse the BBC Sport app

The BBC Sport app cleverly has direct access to BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. These are built in, so you can listen to all of the latest news and sports without messing around downloading radio apps. The killer feature here is that the live audio will play as you continue to browse the app, so you can multi-task with the best of them.

What devices does the BBC Sport app work on?

Following an initial iOS-only launch, the BBC Sport app is now available across platforms. The BBC Sport app works on iPhone and iPad as well as Android smartphones and tablets, plus it now also works on Windows devices and even on Samsung and Panasonic smart TVs, plus Virgin Media TiVo.

So, essentially, all the major mobile operating systems have a version of the app optimised for them. And they’re all free to download right now.

Should I become a BBC Sport app beta user?

If you want to get all the latest features of the newest version of the BBC Sport app, it’s possible to do so by becoming a beta tester.

Once you sign up to become a beta user, you can download the beta version of the app straight away. This is Android only at the time of writing, but will include iOS soon too.

This is great for trying new features and being the first to get the latest app additions. But bare in mind this is a beta, so there may be glitches too. If you think it’s worth the risk, then head to Google Play to get involved.

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