The 7 best stock trading apps and platforms in the UK

Our experts have analysed features and fees, and rounded up the UK’s leading stock trading apps for you to help you find the one that suits your profile best. You can jump straight to where we’ve summarised the best trading apps if you don’t want to read the details for each one. We’ve also covered how to choose one. (We’ve updated this page to reflect the best apps available in 2022).

Best trading app for low-cost trading: eToro

eToro Free Stocks logo Finder rating: 5 / 5

★★★★★

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Best trading app for low-cost trading

0% commission on stocks
Top stocks and ETFs
No management fees
eToro is a commission-free platform that lets you buy shares, currencies, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and bonds. There are a few additional fees, such as withdrawal and foreign exchange fees.

eToro offers shares from some of the world’s biggest stock exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange and Euronext. It also has great charting tools, suitable for intermediate investors that want to see their investments on desktop, rather than in a titchy app. It’s free to create an account, and there’s no limit on how much you can trade.

Out of all the commission-free trading platforms we’ve reviewed, eToro scored the highest overall, with 5 stars out of 5, making it the best 0% commission trading app.

  • Commission-fee trades
  • Huge range of stocks
  • Free to use and set up
  • No trade limits
  • Mandatory withdrawal fees
  • Fees apply on all leveraged, short or CFD orders
  • Verification process is very detailed
  • Trading platform can be confusing
  • You can't invest in an ISA
Price per trade £0
Frequent trader rate N/A
Annual custody fee 0.00%
Bonds fee £0.00
ETFs fee £0.00
Investment trusts fee £0.00
Phone dealing fee £0.00

Best all rounder trading app: IG

IG Share Dealing logo Finder rating: 4.5 / 5

★★★★★

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Best all rounder trading app

Zero commission on US shares
£3 on UK shares
24 hours support
IG is a great provider to choose if you want to learn how to invest. It helps you learn with a few different angles. The first, and our favourite, is its free demo account. Investors can learn how to trade the same way you’d learn any other skill, by having a go at it. The demo account is completely risk free as it uses virtual money, but it works in exactly the same way as the real thing. Once you’ve got the knack of it, you can get going with real money.

Secondly, it has a learning tool called “IG Academy”. This takes you through specific topics, with videos, guides and quizzes to help you learn, without being patronising or repetitive. The academy has its own app, so you can learn to trade wherever you want.

IG has a lot of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) available to invest in, which are a type of fund that's listed on a stock exchange, similar to shares. ETFs and funds are great investments for beginner investors, as they're already well diversified, so you can invest in lots of different things with just one transaction.

In terms of its investment platform, IG is an investing all rounder — you can invest in an ISA, pension and a general investment account. For beginners, it has ready made portfolios, as well as individual shares for those that want to choose their own investments. There are some additional investment types for experienced investors as well. Its platform goes into a lot of depth and with so many options it can be a bit overwhelming for beginners, at least to start with.
  • Great learning resources
  • Demo account
  • Options for beginner and experienced investors
  • Slow process when opening your account
  • Inactivity fees
Price per trade UK: £8
US: £10
EU: 0.1% (min €10)
Frequent trader rate UK: £3
US: £0
EU: 0.1% (min €10)
Annual custody fee £96 (can reduce by trading)
Bonds fee N/A
ETFs fee £3.00
Investment trusts fee £8.00
Phone dealing fee £40.00

Best trading app for beginners: Hargreaves Lansdown

Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo Finder rating: 5 / 5

★★★★★

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Best for beginners

Comprehensive platform
ISA and pension products
Great research
Hargreaves Lansdown was a winner in the Finder Customer Satisfaction Awards 2022.

With Hargreaves Lansdown, you can invest in an ISA and a SIPP and any junior accounts, if you have children you’d like to invest for. We’ve found that it’s typically more expensive than some providers, with a trading fee of £11.95, or for frequent traders. If you’re trading less than £1,000, you could end up paying more fees than you’re making in profits.

In return for the pricier commission you get significantly more features, including detailed information about individual investments and guides that can help you make trading decisions. The Hargreaves Lansdown app lets you keep track of your investments from anywhere in the world - from your bed to the top of Mount Everest (assuming you have the mobile data).
  • A wide range of available products, including ISA and SIPP.
  • No platform fee.
  • Easy to use and makes a vast knowledge base available to users.
  • You can trade on your smartphone with its mobile app.
  • Cheaper if you trade more.
  • Not the cheapest option around, especially if you’re trading small amounts.
  • No demo account available.
  • Fees can be quite high for ETFs.
Price per trade £11.95
Frequent trader rate £5.95
Annual custody fee 0.45%
Bonds fee £11.95
ETFs fee £11.95
Investment trusts fee £11.95
Phone dealing fee £20 - £50

Best trading app for investing in funds: interactive investor

interactive investor Trading Account logo Finder rating: 4.5 / 5

★★★★★

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Best trading app for investing in funds

One free trade per month
£9.99 a month
Free regular investing
interactive investor offers eight different accounts including ISAs, pensions and junior accounts to help you manage both your investments and your family’s, all in one place with one flat fee. It's recently launched "Friends and Family", which lets you give 5 people a free subscription for an additional £5 per month, which adds extra value for families.

One of the things we like about interactive investor is that it has a screener for choosing ethical or ESG funds. You can browse and compare ethical investments to help you choose ones that match the ethical investment style you want. Interactive investor also has ready-made portfolios, including ethical options.

You can invest in shares on the main stock exchanges, as well as funds, investment trusts, exchange traded funds (ETFs), venture capital trusts (VCTs), bonds and gilts. Instead of charging a percentage fee on the amount you invest, interactive investor charges a flat monthly fee, which is great if you have a lot to invest, but can be expensive if you're only investing small amounts.
  • A wide range of available products, including ISA and SIPP.
  • Many funds you can choose among.
  • You’re given the platform fee back.
  • You can trade on your smartphone with its mobile app.
  • Cheaper if you trade more.
  • Not the cheapest option around, especially if you’re trading small amounts.
Price per trade £5.99 (plus 1 free trade each month)
Frequent trader rate £3.99
Annual custody fee £119.88 (£9.99 monthly)
Bonds fee £40.00
ETFs fee £7.99
Investment trusts fee £7.99
Phone dealing fee £49.00

Best trading app for international trading: DEGIRO

Degiro logo Finder rating: 4.71 / 5

★★★★★

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Best trading app for international trading: DEGIRO

Low fees
No minimum deposit
Low foreign exchange fee
DEGIRO lets you trade on more than 50 stock exchanges in 30 countries worldwide for relatively low fees.

We’ve worked out that DEGIRO often works out best for fees for international trading, despite its pretty confusing fee structure. It has the best score for its fees among platforms that also offered international trading that we’ve reviewed on our site, with a fees score of 4.81 out of 5, even scoring higher than commission-free platforms, as these providers often charge a higher foreign exchange fee (typically between 0.5% and 1% of the traded amount, compared with DEGIRO’s foreign exchange fee of 0.25%. DEGIRO has recently changed its fees to make US shares commission free, with just a small handling fee per share.

DEGIRO lets you invest in shares, bonds and ETFs, which can help you diversify across different financial instruments. The trading platform is more suited to more sophisticated investors rather than beginners, with excellent charting tools and company financials. It’s worth noting that you can’t invest in an ISA or pensions product with DEGIRO.
  • Access to millions of shares in international markets
  • Mobile app that allows you to access your portfolio anytime and anywhere you are
  • Low fees
  • Complicated fee structure
  • No stocks and shares ISA or pension product
  • No educational tools
Annual custody fee 0
Bonds fee 0
ETFs fee €2.00
Investment trusts fee €7.50
Phone dealing fee €10.00

Best trading app for ease of use: Fidelity

Best for ease of use

No account fees
Learning resources available
No minimums to open an account
Fidelity offers your typical stocks and shares ISA and self invested personal pension (SIPP) as well as junior products, including a junior SIPP, for the really organised parent.

Fidelity’s platform is the easiest to use of the platforms we’ve tried. It’s got everything laid out well and an easy to use “step by step” approach, instead of just throwing you in at the deep end. If you’re a bit new to the investing game, then it gives you loads of options to invest based on your risk profile and your investment goals, these allow you to try it out without the depth of knowledge that experienced investors have.

It's main downside is that you can only buy UK-based investments, which won't suit those that want to invest in shares in the US or internationally.
  • The platform is clear and easy to use
  • Plenty of choices of where your money is invested
  • Guidance and tools available to help you
  • Slow onboarding process
Price per trade £10
Frequent trader rate N/A
Annual custody fee £10
Bonds fee £10
ETFs fee £10
Investment trusts fee £10
Phone dealing fee £30

Best trading app for tools and research: Trading 212

Best for research and tools

No fees
Fractional shares
24/7 support
Trading 212 has all the tools you need to learn about trading and how it works. It definitely delivers on the educational front. It’s got a huge wealth of information on trading on it's YouTube page to find out everything you ever wanted to know about share trading in short videos. On top of this, it has a great demo account. This lets you trade with £50,000 in virtual funds to see more about how the platform works.

Once you’re ready to get started for real, you just hit “Real Money”. You can trade more than 10,000 stocks and ETFs with Trading 212 and get access to 7 different markets. It’s got access to some advanced charting tools in its desktop and mobile apps.
  • Free to use – there aren’t any fees for trading with Trading 212.
  • Can be used in the web browser and on a mobile app.
  • Practise mode allows you to give it a go without putting down any money.
  • Loads of educational tools and guides to teach you more about trading.
  • No personal pension, lifetime ISA or junior ISA.
  • The tutorial for demo mode isn’t comprehensive, you do need to have a little play around to work it out.
Price per trade 0% commission
Frequent trader rate £0
Annual custody fee 0.00%
Bonds fee £0.00
ETFs fee £0.00
Investment trusts fee £0.00
Phone dealing fee N/A

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