Here is how users can play Steam games on Android. If you are a fan of large titles and want to play them directly on your phone, here is how to do it! Valve, the company behind Steam, makes a complete service that lets users utilize their computers to stream games from them directly on their phone. We have a complete step-by-step guide ahead explaining how to set everything up and start playing Steam games on Android.
Steam first played with the idea of streaming a game from a computer that is connected to the same network through a physical box. However, later on, the idea was refined and it was launched as an app called Steam Link for Android phones. Furthermore, the app is free and available for almost all regions. You can use the procedure ahead to start playing Steam games on your Android device.
Steam Link on Android
The main service we will be relying on is Steam Link. It is an official app by Valve Corporation, the same people who developed Steam. Basically, what the app does is, it pairs your Android phone with the Steam client on your PC. Once you launch the app on your phone and start playing, it initiates Steam’s big picture mode and streams the video to your device.
The app also allows users to connect gamepads / controllers — read: How to Connect PS4 / PS3 Controller on Android — directly to their phone and use them as main input. If you don’t want to pair a controller, the app also offers on screen touch controls as well.
How to Play Steam Games on Android using Steam Link
As we have mentioned before, you do need a computer that can play Steam games. Further, a good 5Ghz network router, you can try on routers with other frequencies but latency will increase. Further, your computer and your phone need to be on the same network.
Step 1 – Download Steam Link app from the Google Play Store.
Step 2 – Launch the app from your phone.
Step 3 – Connect a wireless controller to your phone. Or just launch the app and choose touch controls.
Step 4 – The app will now ask you to pair to your computer, make sure you computer is accessible is connected to the same network as your phone.
Step 5 – After pairing, click on Start Playing. Once you do, your computer will launch into Steam Remote play and streaming should begin.
Step 6 – From your Library, select the game you like and start playing.
That’s all! Your phone should now be able to stream and play Steam games. If you have questions or suggestions, reach us through the comments.