Buying Shares?

Are you looking to buy stocks such as Lloyds, Unilever or Shell? Or would you prefer to invest in international stocks such as Netflix, Tesla or Apple? We have reviewed some of the best UK share trading platforms and apps to help you make the right choice.

Top trading apps

How do you buy shares using a trading app

Our view: The next generation of online trading platform apps means you can get setup & buy UK shares in as little as 5 minutes!

  1. Select a share trading app - See our top platform picks
  2. Open your share account - To do this you will need your bank details and national insurance number
  3. Fund your account - You will need to fund your a/c with a debit or credit card or bank transfer
  4. Search for the share using the UK stock code - Type in the stock code into the search box
  5. Check out the latest info and price for the selected share - Some platforms offer free research and analysis
  6. Buy the share - Nice and easy!

Share Trading Platforms & Apps

Trading Platforms:Features:*Go To Site:
eToro Share DealingeToro offers 0% Commission Trading. Free access to TipRanks expert share analysis. CopyTrader is eToro’s most popular feature and allows you to view what traders are doing in real time and copy their trading automatically.

78% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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dEGIRO sHARE dEALINGDEGIRO are one of largest and cheapest brokers in Europe. Access to over 50 markets in 30 countries. Low commissions/fees. User-friendly, simple platform.

Investing involves risk of loss.

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IGIG Trade & invest with the world's leading online trading provider.** Trade over 17,000 markets with spread bets and CFDs and invest in thousands of global shares & ETFs.

76% of retail investor accounts lose money. Capital at risk.

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ii Share DealingInteractive Investor are the UK's #1 flat fee platform. Over 350,000 customers.

Capital at risk.

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Fineco Bank has One of Europe’s largest banks, listed and part of Euro Stoxx 600. 1.3 million clients. Don’t pay for things you don’t have to. £0.00 account monthly fee, no custody fees, no minimum deposit, no inactivity charges.

Capital at risk.

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Saxo BankSAXO Access over 30,000+ stocks across 60+ exchanges worldwide. Ultra competitive pricing. Benefit from extensive charting with 50+ technical indicators, integrated Trade Signals and innovative risk management tools.

Investing involves risk of loss.

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HL Share DealingHargreaves Lansdown The UK's #1 broker. Price improvement service helps you get the best price for your shares.

Capital at risk.

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AJ Bell SharedealingAJ Bell offers overseas trading in 24 international markets.

Capital at risk.

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*Please note that additional fees may be applied by platform/App providers for their services. ** No 1 For CFDs and spread betting, based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2021).

Why use a trading platform app to buy UK shares?

You don’t have to buy and sell UK shares using a shares app to manage your investments.

You could go down the old school route using a stockbroker directly to buy and sell investments.

This can involve lots of paperwork and waiting for the postman to send you paper statements which for some people may be perfectly adequate.

Your preference may be to deal with a real person to make things happen – whilst this can work it can be slow and cumbersome and potentially more expensive.

The good news is that with advances in technology,  investors now have significant choice when buying UK and international shares.

Benefits of using a trading platform app include:

  • Lower trading costs
  • Easy access to the UK and international stockmarkets
  • 24/7 access to your investments
  • You can hold all your tax efficient investments such as ISAs and SIPPs in one place:  including lifetime ISAs, right to buy ISAs and  junior ISAs
  • Plus any other fund holdings or shares that you’re trading outside of a tax-free environment, from a general trading account

How do you pick a trading platform/ app?

Trading platform services offered vary widely, and so do the costs.

5 things to consider:

1. Do you just want to trade UK shares?

Not all investment platforms allow you to trade shares on all markets.

If your focus is on UK shares then there is an extensive choice of options.

If you want to invest further afield then you need to ensure the platform you choose is right for you.

2. Do you want to do a lot of trading?

Active investors will want to look for a trading app that offers the lowest fees for volume trades.

If you are going to trade stocks and shares regularly most trading platforms will offer lower trading prices based on volume.

Some trading app providers such as eToro do not charge when you trade, but there may be fees incurred if you do not trade within a 12-month period.

3. Not all trading platforms offer mobile trading apps?

Before you sign up with a platform check if they offer a trading app.

eToro Share Trading Platform & App »

With eToro’s trading platform & app:

  • Trade and invest any time, anywhere, and alternate between your laptop, tablet or mobile device with ease
  • Features for beginners and experts
  • Wisdom of the crowd via social trading


eToro Mobile Trading App


Degiro Share Trading Platform & App »

Degiro’s award winning investment platform & app gives you full control of your investments combining a user-friendly interface allowing you to create your own favourites lists, news relating to the stocks you are interested in and ideas for your next opportunities.

  • Trade shares on over 50 exchanges
  • Touch ID login
  • Real time quotes

DEGIRO share dealing app

Interactive Investor Platform & App »

ii’s platform/app with face recognition or fingerprint tech access allows you to:

  • Buy & sell shares, add cash and view accounts with an easy-to-use interface
  • Access over 40,000 shares, ETFs, funds and more
  • Send secure messages & enjoy speed, security & simplicity to allow you to trade while you are on the move

ii share dealing app


Fineco Bank Trading Platform & app »

With the Fineco share trading platform/app get premium trading without premium prices. Features include mobile streaming quotes and news, live P&L updates and customisable interactive charts.

  • Mobile streaming quotes & news
  • Advanced trading tools
  • Global investments at your fingertips

Fineco Bank Mobile Trading App

IG Share Trading Platform & App »

Trade shares wherever you are – IG trading platform & app features include:

  • Buy & sell shares, add cash and view accounts with an easy-to-use interface
  • Access over 40,000 shares, ETFs, funds and more
  • Send secure messages & enjoy speed, security & simplicity to allow you to trade while you are on the move

IG Share Dealing App

SaxoTraderGO Platform & App »

Saxo offers a range of trading platforms that fit your needs & experience. Features include:

  • Award-winning trading platform/apps
  • In-depth research tools
  • Interactive risk management features

Saxo Share Trading

Hargreaves Lansdown Share Trading Platform & App »

With 1.6 million clients and £120bn under administration HL is worth a closer look if you are looking for a simple trading platform.

  • UK’s No. 1 investment platform for private investors
  • Trade UK shares, bonds and funds as well as overseas shares from Europe, the US and Canada.
  • Keep track of your investments so you always know how they’re performing

HL Trading App

4. How easy is this trading platform & app to use &  what kind of features does it offer?

How easy is the platform/app to use to buy and sell UK shares?

App platform functionality is becoming the key battleground in persuading traders which platform to select.

Trading on the move is key in offering traders alerts and buy/sell signals at key trading times. A good app trading app will offer the full range of ‘at best’, ‘stop loss’ or ‘limit’ orders.

Good research tools and the latest news feeds to help decision-making are high up on traders’ wish lists when selecting a good trading platform.

Many investors are prepared to pay a bit more in fees for platforms that offer an easy interface that makes for a great trading experience.

 5. Trading apps for beginners

Some trading app platforms such as eToro offer customers the option of copying trades of successful traders.

This can be an attractive option for new traders where you don’t have to decide when to buy or sell. eToro also provide a demo account where you can practice trading in a non-live environment.


No news, feature article or comment should be seen as a personal recommendation to invest. Before deciding to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular plan. If you are unsure of the suitability of a specific product, both in respect of its objectives and risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

The value of shares, ETFs and ETCs bought through a share dealing account, stocks and shares ISA or a SIPP can fall as well as rise, which could mean getting back less than you originally put in. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 67%-70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Professional clients can lose more than they deposit. All trading involves risk.

Tax treatment of ISAs depends on your individual circumstances and is based on current law which may be subject to change in the future. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.