How to Play Cloud Gaming on iPhone and Android

January 16, 2024  •  4 min read

Cloud gaming is revolutionizing the way we play, bringing console-quality titles to your iPhone and Android devices. With services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, GeForce Now and Amazon Luna, you can play almost any game on your Phone. This guide will walk you through the process and highlight the enhanced experiences offered with the Backbone App.

How to Play Xbox Cloud Gaming on iPhone and Android

You can access Xbox Cloud Gaming titles directly through the Backbone App! You do not need the Backbone App to play with Xbox Cloud Gaming, but it is recommended. Before getting started, you'll need a Microsoft account with an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. 

Create a Microsoft account here:

Get Game Pass Ultimate here: (differs by region)

  1. In the Backbone App, connect your Xbox Account: Backbone App > Menu > Settings > Connections (Skip this step on Android)
  2. Find any Xbox Game Pass Game in the Backbone App to start playing! You can identify these with the small Xbox Icon
  3. On the initial game launch, sign into your Microsoft account again. We recommend selecting ‘Stay Signed In’.

You’re all set to play any Xbox Cloud Gaming title directly in the Backbone App! Or if you use this tutorial to launch directly from your phone. 

How to Play GeForce Now on iPhone and Android

GeForce Now brings your Steam library directly to your fingertips. All controller-supported titles work great with Backbone! Before getting started, you’ll need a GeForce Now account with a GeForce Now membership (there is a free tier!). You will also need to connect your Steam account to the GeForce Now account. 

Setup a GeForce Now account here: 

On iPhone

You can access GeForce now directly in the Backbone App alongside your other games! We’ve even setup a way to stay in the GeForce Now queue while you play other games or switch to another app. Unlike Xbox Cloud Gaming, you need to own a game in your Steam library before being able to play it.

  1. Connect your Steam account to the Backbone App. On the Home Screen of the Backbone App, click on the "Add your Steam Games" bubble in the My Games row. 
  2. If your Steam Account is set to private, you will need to adjust your privacy settings. Here’s our guide if you get stuck.
  3. Find any GeForce Now title in the games library to start playing. You can identify these with the small GeForce icon.

You’re all set to play your favorite Steam games on the go using GeForce Now! If you don’t want to use GeForce now in the Backbone app, here’s a quick tutorial.

On Android

GeForce now has a dedicated app on the Google Play Store. You can download it and add it to your games row in the Backbone App! Simply launch the app and connect your accounts to get started. Here’s a quick start guide

Amazon Luna

If you prefer Amazon’s cloud gaming offering, Luna works great on Backbone! Check out their games library and follow the guides below to get started!

Antstream Arcade

Antstream is an awesome way to access tons of retro titles in one spot! Check out their games library and follow the guides below to get started!

Best Games to Play from the Cloud on Backbone


Dive into Fortnite, the ever-evolving, free-to-play battle royale sensation on Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce Now. Fight to be the last one standing in Battle Royale, join forces to make your own Creative games, or catch a live show at Party Royale.

The Finals

Join The Finals, the world-famous, free-to-play, combat-centered game show! Fight alongside your teammates in virtual arenas that you can alter, exploit, and even destroy. Build your own playstyle in this first-person shooter to win escalating tournaments and lasting fame. Can you reach The Finals?

Remnant 2

Play solo or co-op with two other friends to explore the depths of the unknown to stop an evil from destroying reality itself. To succeed, players will need to rely on their own skills and those of their team to overcome deadly creatures and god-like bosses across terrifying worlds to stave off humanity’s extinction.

Ready to start cloud gaming? Check out our games library to see all our controller-supported titles for cloud gaming. Download the Backbone App today and level up the way you play. Subscribe to our newsletter and check our blog to stay up-to-date.