How to watch Super Bowl 2017 on your phone or tablet

Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.

Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.


Watch with the NFL Mobile app

Watch the game live -- and data free -- on the NFL Mobile app (iOS and Android) if you are a Verizon Wireless customer. The app is full of information on Sunday's championship game, with video highlights from preceding Super Bowls. However, NFL Mobile won't allow you to stream the event live to your TV. If that is your goal -- or if you're an AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile customer -- keep reading.

Live and free on Fox Sports Go

Fox is opening the doors to everyone on Sunday. Stream the game live through the Fox Sports Go app (iOS and Android) -- no need to log in with your TV provider credentials, as you normally would. You can also catch the stream on Fox's sports website. The app works with the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Xbox, Roku, and Fire TV devices, so you can also stream the game to a TV.

For cord-cutters

If you've ditched cable, of course you can hook up an antenna and watch the game over the air. But if part of your cord-cutting includes subscribing to a skinny bundle, DirectTV Now (iOS and Android), PlayStation Vue (iOS and Android), and Sling TV (iOS and Android) all offer the Fox channel in select markets as part of a subscription package. And the apps for all three services will let you watch the game live on a mobile device.

Dogs rule

Because the BBC just declared that dogs rule the Internet, you probably don't want to miss the 13th annual Puppy Bowl, which starts a few hours before the Super Bowl. For an immersive experience, download the Discovery VR app (iOS and Android), which presents a 360-degree view of the puppers in action.

Be social

For second-screening, keep Twitter handy for real-time reactions to the game. To ensure you don't miss anything, Twitter is rolling out an Explore tab for the app (iOS and Android) that collects trends, Moments, search, and live video all in one place. iOS users began getting the Explore tab last week, and Android users are seeing it appear this week.

For more, check the official Super Bowl Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Finally, if all you care about are the commercials, YouTube's AdBlitz lets you watch, share, and vote on this year's spots. You can also view previous years' ads.

About Clifford Colby

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.

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