Google Stadia has been around for a while, and there are plenty of games on the service now. However, while you could play Stadia on Android phones, PCs, and Macs, it was unfortunately not available on iPhones and iPads. That changes today as Google launched Stadia for iOS devices. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t allow apps like Stadia to be on the App Store, so Google used a workaround to get Stadia on iPhones. So if you want to play AAA games like Cyberpunk 2077 on your iOS devices, here’s how to play Google Stadia on iPhone and iPad.
How to Play Google Stadia on iPhone and iPad
Stadia is finally available on iOS devices. However, you won’t find the Stadia app on the App Store. Instead, you must use it through your web browser. In this article, we will see how to do it. We’ll also cover how to add Stadia to your home screen and connect an external controller to easily play games.
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How to Play Stadia Games on iPhone and iPad
If you want to run Stadia on iPhone and iPad, here’s what you need to do.
- Open Safari and go to Stadia website.
- Tap “Sign in” and choose your Google account to continue on Stadia.
- A splash screen will appear informing you that you can now use Stadia within Safari itself.
- You can now tap “View games” to view games in the Stadia store. Also, if you have purchased games, you can start playing them right on your browser.
Basically, you don’t need to install any app to play Stadia on iPhone and iPad. This neat browser workaround helps Google make its cloud gaming service available to iPhone users without going through Apple’s App Store regulations. This is what Microsoft and Amazon also plan to do for their cloud gaming services.
How to Add Stadia to iPhone Home Screen
Now that you know how to play Stadia on iPhone and iPad, you have to admit that the process doesn’t feel too natural. No one wants to fire up a browser and type into the Stadia website just to play games. Fortunately, you don’t have to. You can simply add Stadia to your iPhone or iPad home screen.
- When using Stadia in Safari, tap the share icon in the bottom toolbar. Tap “Add to Home Screen”.
- You can rename the Progressive Web App as you wish and even change the icon if you wish. I will leave it as is. Just press “Add”. Stadia will now be available directly from your home screen.
So the next time you want to play a game with Stadia, just tap that home screen icon and you’re off to the races.
How to connect a controller to an iPhone and iPad for Stadia
Okay, this one is a bit tangent. Stadia on iOS supports touch controls, which is fine for some games. However, if you play games like Cyberpunk 2077, you should definitely consider using a dedicated controller.
We have a user-friendly guide on how to connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone that you can use to get started with controller-based input on Stadia.
By the way, Dual Shock is not the only supported controller. Here is a list of controllers compatible with Stadia:
- PlayStation 4 Dual Shock Controller
- Xbox One controller
- Xbox One Elite Controller
- Xbox Adaptive Controller
- Xbox 360 Controller
- Stadia Controller
To note: We haven’t tested any of this with iOS devices. So be sure to check their compatibility with iPhones and iPads if you plan to buy one for Stadia on iOS.
Play Stadia games on iOS
It was about playing Google Stadia on iPhone and iPad. I think Google used a great workaround to bring Stadia to Apple users, and it seems to work just fine on iPhones. So, do you use Google Stadia on other devices? Are you excited to play Stadia games on iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comments.