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You can now get the Steam Link app for iOS and tvOS, allowing you to play Steam games on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Which is good news for anyone with a large collection of Steam games and a desire to lie in bed playing them. Which is surely everyone, right?
Apple Initially Rejected Steam Link
In May 2018, Valve released the Steam Link app for Android. The company also tried to release the Steam Link app on iOS, but Apple rejected it because of alleged “business conflicts”. Valve appealed the decision, but Apple denied the appeal.
Now, one year on, Valve and Apple appear to have resolved their differences, and the Steam Link app is now available on the App Store. It isn’t clear what prompted the change of heart, but it’s likely Valve changed certain aspects of the app in order to get it approved.
Stream Steam Games to Your iPhone or iPad
Steam Link is easy to download and install. And once set up, the Steam Link app lets you stream your collection of Steam games from your PC to other devices on the same network. And that now includes Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
As good as mobile games can be, they simply cannot compete with big-budget PC games in terms of storyline and scope. Which is what makes the idea of being able to play said PC games on a smartphone or tablet such a compelling prospect.
The Steam Link app is now available for free for all iOS and Apple TV users!
The app allows gamers to stream their Steam library to their iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
— Steam (@steam_games) May 16, 2019
There are some prerequisites. You’ll need to have a computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) running Steam, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 or higher, and a fast and reliable internet connection. You’ll also want a Steam controller or MFI controller.
If you have all of those things—as well as an existing collection of Steam games ripe for playing on your mobile device—the Steam Link app is a worthy download. Especially if you want a break from having to sit at your PC to play video games.
Download: Steam Link for iOS and tvOS
Is the Steam Link App Worth Installing?
While we don’t have a guide to using Steam Link on iOS, we have previously detailed how to play Steam games on Android using Steam Link. Which may prove useful. Just bear in mind that there are reasons the Steam Link app isn’t worth bothering with though.