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How to Watch NFL Games on Your Phone

We've all been there before. You're out traveling or at a Sunday family get together, when all you really want to be doing is watching football — especially now that a berth in the Super Bowl is on the line.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the best NFL action without being parked in front of your couch. Here are your best options for watching the NFL on the go.

What to Know Before You Stream

It's important to know that many online TV services, such as Sling TV and YouTube TV don't allow you to watch NFL games on your phone (save for those on NFL Network) via rights restrictions. As such, your best options for mobile streaming are NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Mobile and Yahoo's apps, which we detail below.

Yahoo Sports

Outside of DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, Verizon had been the only way to stream NFL games. But under Verizon's new NFL contract, it's opening up those games beyond its own subscribers. This year's NFL playoffs have been streaming on the Yahoo Sports app (Android, iOS (opens in new tab)), and that's continuing with the NFC and AFC Championship games today (Jan. 21). Download the Yahoo app, and you'll be able to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New England Patriots at 3:05 p.m. ET and the Minnesota Vikings square off against the Philadelphia Eagles at 6:40 p.m. ET.

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Sunday Ticket isn't cheap, but it's your best option for catching every big Sunday game while you're on the go. Sunday Ticket starts at $69.99 per month for 4 months (or a single payment of $279.96), which gets you every live out-of-market Sunday afternoon game. A $379.96 Max bundle adds in NFL Red Zone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone, and there are discounted packages available for students.

NFL Sunday Ticket apps are available for iOS (opens in new tab) and Android. Note that Monday night, Sunday night and Thursday night games aren't covered, nor are playoff games. 

NFL Mobile

Verizon customers had been able to use the NFL Mobile app (on iOS (opens in new tab) and Android) to watch all prime-time and local matches, including Thursday and Monday night games, for as little as $1.99 a month. If you are on a different carrier, the free version of the app was limited to things like highlights, scoring updates and stories.

With Verizon expanding coverage of in-market games to Yahoo Sports, AOL and Go90, that's likely to change next season, which will be welcome news to football fans who get their wireless service from another carrier.

Cable Subscribers

If you are a cable subscriber, you can also use the NBC Sports (iOS (opens in new tab) and Android), Fox Sports Go (iOS (opens in new tab)and Android) or the Watch ESPN (iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab)) apps to stream live games to your phone. All you need to do is download the apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and log in with credentials from your cable provider.

Sam is a Senior Writer at Engadget and previously worked at Gizmodo as a Senior Reporter. Before that, he worked at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag as a Staff Writer and Senior Product Review Analyst, overseeing benchmarks and testing for countless product reviews. He was also an archery instructor and a penguin trainer too (really).