Play your PCfrom anywhere

With Steam Link, launch games installed on your gaming PC from anywhere. As long as your PC is on and Steam is launched, you can start new games or jump back in from anywhere in the world.
Backbone controller frame
Elden Ring Gameplay on Steam Link using Backbone One*

Get started with Steam Link

1
Connect a game controller
Plug your phone into the Backbone One or any other compatible game controller.
2
Open the Steam Link mobile app
Tap “Start Playing” and you’ll be launched into your Steam library. Note that your PC must be powered on and Steam launched.
3
Start playing
You’re now playing your PC from your mobile device with the attached controller.

Download the free Steam Link app to get started

Just a few taps are between you and having a gaming PC in your pocket.

What you'll need

Be sure to have the following items handy before getting started.
Compatible mobile device
Gaming PC with Steam installed
Backbone One controller
Internet connection
Steam Link app
Backbone app

How does Steam Link work?

Find answers to common questions below or head straight to Steam support to learn more.
Visit Steam Support
Do I need to own a gaming PC?
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Yup, Steam Link requires you to log into Steam from a PC. It can be any PC--whether you own it, rent it, or borrow it, that decision is up to you. No PC? No problem. Every purchase of the Backbone One includes trials to the most popular cloud game streaming services, including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate allows you to play hit Xbox games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5. Learn more here at playbackbone.com/gamepass/

Is my PC compatible?
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Any PC with Steam installed is compatible. Windows, Linux, and MacOS are all supported operating systems. No PC? No worries, there are many cloud streaming services that don’t require a console to play recent game titles like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5. Learn more at playbackbone.com/platforms/

Can I play all my Steam games?
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Any game installed from your Steam library can be played remotely. You can even download new games remotely through the Steam Link app. Don’t feel like waiting for an installation? Try streaming the title using Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Steam’s list of phone-optimized titles can be found here: https://store.steampowered.com/remoteplay_phone/

Do I need to own Steam games to play them remotely?
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Yup. To play a game remotely, you must have purchased it through Steam and installed it on your PC. Don’t worry, if you forgot to download a game before you left the house, you can also install new games using the Steam Link app.

Do I have to be home to use Steam Link?
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Nope! That’s the beauty of Steam Link. So long as you have a stable internet connection with your phone via wi-fi or cellular data, your Steam library is accessible anywhere. Play from the couch at grandma’s house or from the beach on a remote desert island. Note that your PC must be on with Steam open for Steam Link to be available.

What’s the difference between the Steam Deck and Steam Link?
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The Steam Deck is a full-fledged handheld gaming computer with its own battery and its own local storage. Steam Link is a feature that allows previously purchased and installed games from a Steam library to be playable from another device (for example a phone.)

What people are saying
about the experience
"I really like using this, it is amazing. I can play Steam games and use the analog stick. A sure win!"
— Barbara in Midlothian
"It works perfectly with my iPhone XR, works with every Apple Arcade game, and most app store games, including Steam Link and Moonlight."
— Riley in USA
"Awesome little controller that turns my phone into a switch. Amazing for Apple Arcade as well as Steam Link, the buttons and sticks are extremely responsive for their small size."
— Justin in Golden
"I really like using this, it is amazing. I can play Steam games and use the analog stick. A sure win!"
— Barbara in Midlothian
"It works perfectly with my iPhone XR, works with every Apple Arcade game, and most app store games, including Steam Link and Moonlight."
— Riley in USA
"Awesome little controller that turns my phone into a switch. Amazing for Apple Arcade as well as Steam Link, the buttons and sticks are extremely responsive for their small size."
— Justin in Golden
"I really like using this, it is amazing. I can play Steam games and use the analog stick. A sure win!"
— Barbara in Midlothian
"It works perfectly with my iPhone XR, works with every Apple Arcade game, and most app store games, including Steam Link and Moonlight."
— Riley in USA
"Awesome little controller that turns my phone into a switch. Amazing for Apple Arcade as well as Steam Link, the buttons and sticks are extremely responsive for their small size."
— Justin in Golden
Elden Ring app icon
Elden Ring
Bandai Namco
Backbone One
Mobile Controller
4.6 (28 697 reviews)
iPhone 12 attached to Backbone One iOS gaming controller with Call of Duty: Mobile pictured in Backbone iOS app
iPhone 12 attached to Backbone One iOS gaming controller with Call of Duty: Mobile pictured in Backbone iOS app
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
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Transform your phone into the ultimate game console. Snap in and play any game or service that supports controllers, including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Apple Arcade, or even stream directly from your Xbox, PlayStation, or PC. No charging, no waiting for updates, no tedious setup. Uncover a new world of mobile gaming in seconds.