Valve's Steam Link is a great way for PC gamers to stream games to their TV. While the Steam Link hardware is no longer available, the Steam Link app for Android is a breeze
The Steam Link app is now available on the Google Play Store and you can install it on Android phones, Chromebooks with Android app support and TVs or set-top boxes with Android TV. Steam Link is currently unavailable for iOS and it is not clear if this will ever happen. The Steam Link app is also available for Samsung Smart TVs manufactured after 201
Remember, if you already have the physical Steam Link at home, it will continue to work and support for the foreseeable future. If you want to use a Steam Link today, you probably need to buy a used one.
Luckily, the Steam Link app on Android works just like the physical Steam Link. If you use it on an Android TV box like the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, you can offer your PC games, games from the Google Play store, and all your favorite video streaming services from a single source.
Steam Link is not the only option for PC players to display their games on a different screen. If you have an NVIDIA GPU, NVIDIA's GameStream tool lets you stream games from your desktop to your other devices, or directly from NVIDIA servers running NVIDIA GeForce Now.
How to set up Steam Link on your PC  Before you can use the Steam Link app on any of your devices, you need to make some preparations on your PC. To get started, you need the following:
- Download and install Steam. .
- Download your favorite games to your PC.
- Steam Link works over Wi-Fi, but you have a much better time if your desktop is wired to Ethernet.
Open the Steam app on your desktop computer. At the top left, select "Steam" and then "Settings".
Select "In-Home Streaming" on the left and check the box next to "Enable streaming".
Now you can set up the Steam Link app on your other devices!
How to Set Up Steam Link on Your Android Device
Here are the prerequisites to get started using Steam Link:
- A game controller for your device. The controller included with SHIELD TV works, or you can use a Bluetooth controller with Android TV. You can not use a Chromebook's keyboard and touchpad, so you'll need to use it in touch-screen mode or pair a Bluetooth controller . The same goes for streaming to your smartphone.
- The Steam Link App from the Google Play Store .
- Although Steam Link works over Wi-Fi, you'll have a much better time if your device (such as an Android TV box or Chromebook) is connected to Ethernet. If you can not plug in Ethernet, make sure your device is connected to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network and as close to the router as possible.
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I am using the Steam Link app on Android TV for this tutorial, so the Screenshots May Be Appeared If you're working on a Chromebook or smartphone, you'll look a little different, but the process is still the same.
Start by opening the Steam Link app on your device. Select "Getting Started". The Steam Link app searches your local area network for a computer that has in-home streaming enabled. It should find your desktop without any problems. However, you can re-scan if Steam Link can not find it the first time. Select your computer name.
Note: Steam must be actively running on your PC before Steam Link can find it.
The Steam Link app displays a four-digit PIN, and you're notified via Steam on your desktop. Enter the PIN on your desktop and select "OK".
Steam Link performs a network test to verify the connection between your desktop and your device. If one or both devices are connected via Ethernet, everything should be fine. If Steam Link indicates that the connection is too slow, connect the Ethernet or check if you are using a 5 GHz wireless LAN. If it still does not work, you may need to buy a faster router. If the connection is fast enough, select "Start Playing".
Next, you'll see Steam's Big Picture interface. This will allow you to browse the store, notify other players, and more from your remote device. If you want to start playing, select "Library".
If a game is already installed on your home PC, a green check mark appears when you select the song.
If not, a download icon appears.
You must have a game downloaded to your desktop before you can stream it to other devices. If you want to download this game to your home PC, select the game and then "Install".
Select the game you want to stream from your PC to your Android device, then select "Play."
Get your favorite games on your favorite screen!