How to Download Casino Games
We all know starting something new can be pretty daunting. Think back to when you started at a new school or what about your first day at a new job? Well, we understand that sometimes it can be a little scary starting out at an online casino too. That's why we've come up with this handy guide to how to download and install casino software on your computer.
We'll cover all the basics so you know what to expect when you download a casino. We'll also answer some nagging questions you might have so that you can head over to whatever Canada online casino you like the look of and dive straight in!
Do I Need a Powerful Computer or Super-fast Broadband?
The short answer is no.
Unsurprisingly, Internet casinos want as many people as possible to play on their games so they make their software simple and effective. That means you don't need to have a top of the range computer to win big at real money games, although it's up to you if you want to buy one after you manage to land yourself a massive jackpot!
You can play at all the top online casinos in Canada on any regular computer that you normally use to browse the web. And when it comes to Internet speed that's not an issue either.
If you live in the middle of nowhere and you're using an old school dial-up connection to get online, then your download will probably take a bit longer. The download will still work though, just wander off to make a snack or do whatever you want and leave your computer to do its thing! When you come back, your new casino will be waiting for you.
If your Internet connection is really slow, like it can be in areas with poor coverage, then the games might not run as seamlessly as they're designed to. But there won't be any major problems, so you'll still have a great experience.
Comparing No Download And Downloadable Casinos
These days, the difference between a no download and downloadable casino is negligible. It used to be the case that online casino software that was downloaded to your computer offered many more games than any instant play alternative did, but that gap has now virtually closed.
In addition to 95% of the games you'll find via an online casino download being available in-browser, you'll note that playing in-browser offers a certain level of convenience in that it allows you to play on any compatible device right away without the need to download anything.
Some players prefer having their casino client(s) within easy reach on their desktop, which you can set to remember login information and so on, but that's just a matter of personal taste – you aren't really losing or gaining anything by choosing one option over the other.
No download casino options will also be of serious interest to Mac players, who will struggle to find any downloadable casino clients that are compatible with their computer. Fortunately, Flash/instant play online casino software is the perfect alternative for Apple users who want to play for real cash.
How to Download and Install Casino Software
First things first, you need to find a casino to play at. Check out a few before you settle on one because different casinos offer different games for real money, and suit particular players better than others.
Once you've picked the casino that you'd like to download, you just need to click on the ‘Download Now' button on their website. The button is usually on the homepage in a prominent position, so you won't miss it.
If you can't see the download button, have a glance at the top of the page to see if there is a link to their download page. Remember, if worst comes to worst you can always call Customer Support and explain that you're trying to download the casino but you can't see how. They're there to help players 24/7 and they'll help you through the process if you want them to.
When you click the ‘Download Now' button a warning pop-up box will appear. Don't panic, it's just a security measure your computer puts in place to keep you safe while you're downloading stuff from the Internet. The box will ask you for permission to download the software, so just click ‘Run' to start the download.
While the software is downloading, you'll be able to see how much of the file your computer has already downloaded and how much is left. You'll also see a countdown that let's you know the estimated time left before the download is complete.
When the software is fully downloaded, the box will ask you if you'd like to open the software now. To do that, just click ‘Run' and… ta da...the casino will launch!
How To Register a New Casino Account
Depending on which site you decided to play on, you might be taken either to a login page or a registration page. Either way, the next thing you need to do is sign up for an account so you can start playing for real cash!
If you are taken to a login page first, you'll see a box that says 'Sign Up Now' or something similar. Click the box to go the registration page.
On the registration page you'll be asked to fill in a form so that the casino can verify who you are. You'll need to enter your personal information like your date of birth, your address and your payment details.
Don't forget, all reputable casinos keep your private details private and they use complex security to keep your information safe. Plus, if you're extra security-conscious make sure to enter a complicated password for your account so you can rest easy knowing no one could guess it.
Once you've entered all your details and submitted them you'll be able to jump straight into the action and start playing!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are casino software downloads?
Casino software downloads are clients that, as the name suggests, you download and install on your computer. The differences between downloadable casino clients and no download alternatives are minimal, so choosing a particular option won't have much impact on your playing experience.
Will I need a fast PC or internet connection?
Not really! It's true that some games are more graphically intensive than others, particularly flashy and modern 3D titles, but most computers and broadband connections can keep up with casino software comfortably. The only difference is that, if you have a slower computer, you may need to wait a little longer for games to load.
How do I install the software?
This varies from casino to casino, but all top gambling sites will make the process of downloading their software very clear. Once you've done that, it's just a matter of locating the installer in your Downloads folder, double clicking and following the instructions. The process should be extremely simple, and is unlikely to case you any headaches.
Do I have to install software to play?
The vast majority of online casino sites offer both downloadable casino clients and instant play/no download alternatives. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to download or install casino software then you're under no obligation to do so – simply enjoy some of the great in-browser options out there.
What are the advantages of downloading software?
Some players prefer to download casino clients so they have instant access to cash games from their desktop as soon as they boot up their computer. Plus, you'll often find that downloadable casino clients offer a few more games. However, these are usually specialist titles that won't be missed by the average gambler.
Will my pc be safe from viruses?
If you're concerned about viruses we would recommend that, just as you should when you download any other file, you check out any casino clients you download using your anti-virus software. Bad news travels fast, however, so we wouldn't expect any sites to get away with providing virus-infested software for very long.
Can I download software on my Mac?
Not usually. Mac users can enjoy real money gambling via instant play/no download alternatives, but you will struggle to find casino software that can be downloaded in the form of a casino client. That is starting to change in the poker space, however, so downloadable Mac casino clients may not be too far behind.
Got A Casino Specific Question?
If there's still something you'd like to know or you feel uneasy about any of the stages of downloading an online casino, you can always speak to the casino directly.
Customer Support at each Canadian online casino is there to help you whenever you need it, so don't let any issues bugging you hold you back from enjoying the exciting times at online casinos!
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