What's the best way to watch Wimbledon tennis coverage on my iPad? I'd rather watch it in the garden.

If you're bored of the football (here's how to watch Euro 2016 on your iPad or iPhone), there's another sporting event to enjoy. Wimbledon 2016 starts on Monday (27 June 2016) and runs until Sunday 10 July - the draw will be posted here tomorrow. If you can't reach a TV to follow the hot tennis action, it's easy to watch live Wimbledon coverage on a mobile device. Here's our guide to watching Wimbledon 2016 on your iPhone or iPad. We also explain how to watch Wimbledon on your Mac.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on iPad or iPhone: Is it legal to stream BBC coverage on mobile?

First things first. You need a valid TV licence to watch Wimbledon live while it's being broadcast. (The word "live" is important. You don't need a TV licence to catch up afterwards. This is all explained here.)

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on iPad or iPhone: How to watch Wimbledon on iPlayer abroad

You also need to be in the UK to watch the UK coverage of the event - iPlayer is geo-locked - although of course other countries have their own coverage, and it would probably be easier to find and download the app made by the local TV network.

It's relatively simple to view geo-locked content when you're abroad, of course - we discuss the use of VPN tech to bypass these obstacles in our article How to use iPlayer abroad, on iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC. But bear in mind that this is against the rules.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on iPad or iPhone: Data use

You'll want to keep tabs on your data use if you're streaming via a cellular connection (3G/4G) - you'll find that just a few minutes of live programming can eat up several MB of data. Be wary if you have a capped data limit for the month.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on iPad or iPhone: Stream the tennis coverage live using iPlayer

The most obvious way to watch Wimbledon on your iPhone is using the BBC iPlayer app. If you haven't got it already, you can download iPlayer from the App Store.

You can stream some programmes live, and when we tested the service in 2015 we found they were about 45 seconds behind the TV. Streaming for a minute over 4G (the BBC warns you that data charges may apply) used 10MB of data (that's potentially 300MB of data over half an hour) and streaming over 3G used 4MB of data (120MB of data over half an hour). The quality was a tiny bit better than via TVCatchup (our second option, below), but it's likely to depend on your coverage. 

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 tennis live on iPad or iPhone

iPlayer is a great way to watch Wimbledon matches live, but you can watch any match at your leisure, too - so if you miss a match, it's easy to catch up.

If you don't find Wimbledon in the list of Featured programmes we suggest you scroll to the top of the page and enter Wimbledon in the search box. 

The matches are available to watch for five days, so don't wait until the end of Wimbledon to watch anything from the first week. That said, we frequently download content from iPlayer to watch on our iPad and, while watching Wimbledon last year, we had expected to be able to download matches but couldn't. This strikes us as a missed opportunity, but we don't know if things will be different for Wimbledon 2014.

You can also send your live stream straight to your Apple TV to watch on an HDTV. When we tested the TVCatchup stream we found that if we closed the app the stream stopped. We were impressed that the stream continued to play when we closed the app on our iPhone, which meant we could continue to use the device.  

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 tennis live on iPad or iPhone

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on iPad or iPhone: ToView Live TV (formerly TVCatchup)

You can also watch Wimbledon online live via the ToView Live TV app (formerly known as TVCatchup). It's free from the App Store. When you open the app you'll see a straightforward TV guide including all the Freeview channels. Tap the channel you want to watch (Wimbledon is broadcast by the BBC). You may be confronted by an advert, although we were able to skip it. You'll then be watching the tennis live. Well, not completely live; there was a 30-second delay compared to our TV. 

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 tennis live on iPad or iPhone

By default ToView only works via Wi-Fi, but you can change your settings so that you can stream via a data connection. To change your settings, tap the cog icon on the top right of the screen and deselect Use Wi-Fi only in Streaming Video. We streamed for one minute over 3G and it took just 3MB of data (over half an hour that could add up to 90MB) however using 4G, that figure shot up to around 21MB (which could add up to an eye-watering 630MB over 30 minutes).

The 3G streaming wasn't ideal, with images becoming quite pixellated at times. However when using the 4G connection, we experienced no issues with pixellation and overall quality was quite good - it's just a choice whether you want to use 4G (data-draining) or 3G (quality-limiting) connectivity.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 tennis live on iPad or iPhone

We liked the fact that we could pause the playback, see what programme is on next, and send to our Apple TV.

Note: ToView used to be called TVCatchup, but the firm that ran that service and the firm that made the app parted company in acrimonious circumstances. (You can read one side's point of view about the whole thing here.) There are now two apps offering similar services. ToView is made by GZero, which designed the original TVCatchup app, but it's also worth trying the newer TVCatchup app and seeing which one you prefer.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 on Mac or PC: iPlayer

To watch Wimbledon 2016 on a Mac, simply head to bbc.co.uk/iplayer for the desktop version of the site.

If you were hoping to watch a match live, select BBC One or BBC Two in the TV Channels section to the bottom left - make sure you've got the correct day selected. You'll see the programme listings to the right of that, and you can select whatever is being broadcast and watch it live.

As with the iPhone app it's possible to watch any match that has been broadcast over the past five days. To find the matches we recommend searching for Wimbledon in the search box in the top right corner. As with the iOS version of iPlayer it isn't possible to download.

Enjoy the tennis.

How to watch Wimbledon 2016 tennis live on iPad or iPhone 

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