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How to Play PC Games on iPad?

Apr 27, 2022 • Filed to: Mirror Phone Solutions • Proven solutions

PC gaming is still so much better than mobile gaming even on an iPad. But sometimes, you just can’t sit in front of your computer to play. With the right app, you can easily play some of the most complex PC games on your iPad.

In this article we are going to be showing you how to play PC games on your iPad. Let’s begin by answering the question that is on your mind.

Part 1. Can I play Games on iPad?

There are a lot of iOS games designed to be accessible on your iPad. These can be played easily and without the need for any additional software. You can also play games designed for PC on your iPad, but to do this, you would need an additional app to help you stream the game to the iPad.

Here, we will take a look at two of the most effective of these app and show you how to use them to play PC games on your iPad.

Part 2. How to Play PC Games on iPad with Steam Link

One of the best ways to play PC games on your iPad is using the Steam Link app. This app had a long journey before it was accepted into the App Store and it is one of the most useful ways to stream your games to just about any iOS device including an iPad. While it requires a Nvidia Card in the PC, Steam Link is actually really to use. The user experience is smooth and you are unlikely to run into any problems, particularly if you have the right hardware.

To use Steam Link to stream a PC game to your iPad, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Install Steam Link on Both the iPad and your Gaming Machine

To begin, you need to install Steam on your gaming machine. Then go to the App store on your iPad and install the app on to your device.

Then, make sure that both the gaming machine and the iPad are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Pair a Gaming Controller to your iPad

If you are running iPadOS 13 and later, you may already know that you can pair Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers with your iPad.

Choose one of these controllers to connect with the Steam Link. Pairing these devices with your iPad works just the same way you would connect any Bluetooth device to your iPad. Just put the controller in pairing mode. For example, on the Xbox One, press and hold the pairing button at the back of the controller.

Then go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPad to pair the controller with your iPad. Just tap on the controller to connect.

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Step 3: Launch the Steam Link App to Play the game on your iPad

Now simply open the Steam Link app on your iPad and the device will detect any Steam hosts connected to the same network.

Select the controller and PC that you would like to use. If this is your first time connecting the iPad and the gaming machine, you may need to enter a specified PIN to connect the devices.

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Once the devices are connected, you will see Steam appear on the iPad screen. Select the library to see the games available.

Choose a game that you would like to play and you should be playing your game in a few seconds.

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Part 3. How to Play PC games on iPad using Moonlight Game Streaming

You can also very easily use Moonlight to stream the PC game to your iPad. This app will be useful to you if you have medium to high end graphics cards from NVIDIA on your gaming machine. Like Steam Link, moonlight also works by connecting the iPad and the gaming machine.

Unlike Steam Link, you will not need to install Moonlight on to your computer because it already exists as part of the graphics card as long as the device supports GameStream. If you are not sure if your PC supports GameStream, you can try to look for the app on the computer.

Once you determine that GameStream is on your PC, you just need to install the Moonlight app on your iPad to begin playing the PC game on you iPad.

Follow these simple steps to do it;

Step 1: Install GeForce Experience software on your PC and set it up

Go to https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/geforce-experience/ to install the GeForce Experience software from NVIDIA on to your PC.

If the PC has a Quadro GPU instead, you will need to go to https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/design-visualization/software/quadro-experience/ to install the Quadro Experience Software instead.

You may need to reboot the PC after installation.

Open the GeForce/Quadro Experience and then click on the gear icon to access the settings. Select the “Shield” option on the left and then make sure that “GameStream” is turned on.

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Step 2: Install Moonlight on your iPad

Now go to the App Store and install Moonlight Stream on to the device. Open it when installation is complete and make sure that both the iPad and the gaming machine are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

When the PC appears on the app, click on it to begin pairing the devices. You may need to enter the PIN displayed on the iPad into the PC to connect the two devices.

Once the devices are connected, select the game you would like to play and start streaming the game on your iPad.

The solutions outlined above will help you to very easily connect your gaming machine with your iPad, allowing you to play PC games when you don’t have access to your console or PC, but you would like to continue playing. Keep in mind that both Stream Link and Moonlight will only work when both the PC and the iPad are connected to the same network.

Try streaming your PC games to your iPad and share your experience with is in the comments section below.

Recommend. Control your iPad on your PC with MirrorGo

Emulators usually do not support iOS. The iPhone/iPad users remain afar from the experience of enjoying games on the larger screen of the PC. However, it isn’t the case anymore.

Wondershare’s MirrorGo allows the iPad users to not only mirror the device’s screen on the PC, but they can manage the contents, files, and application using the computer’s mouse and keyboard. The software is accessible on every working version of Windows.

Here are the steps to enable MirrorGo on an iPad device:

Step 1: It is essential to connect the iPad and PC to the same Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Head over to iPhone’s Screen Mirroring and select MirrorGo.


Step 3. You will see the iPad screen on the phone at once.

If you wish to give mouse access, then enable the AssisiveTouch option from the iPad’s Settings menu. Connect the iPad’s Bluetooth with the PC as well to get a complete mirroring experience.

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