Valves Steam Link is a great way for PC players to stream games on their TV. While the Steam Link hardware is no longer easy to get started with the Steam Link app on Android!
The Steam Link app is available now on the Google Play store and you can install it on Android phones, Chromebooks with Android app support, and TV sets, or set-top boxes running Android TV. Currently, Steam Link is not available on IOS, and there is no story of what will ever be. The Steam Link app is also available on Samsung Smart TVs made after 2016.
Note: If you already have the physical vapor link in your home, it will continue to work and be supported in the foreseeable future. But if you want to start using a Steam Link today, you will probably buy one used.
Fortunately, the Steam Link app uses on Android just like the physical Steam Link does. By using it on an Android TV box like NVIDIA SHIELD TV, you get a single store for your PC games, games from the Google Play store and all your favorite radiation services.
Spark Link is not the only option for PC players to get their games on another screen. If you have an NVIDIA GPU, you can use NVIDIA's GameStream tool to stream games from your desktop to your other devices or stream them directly from NVIDIA's servers with NVIDIA GeForce Now.
How to Put Steam Link on Your Computer  Before using the Steam Link app on any of your devices, you need to do some prep work on your computer. Here's what you need to get started:
- Download and install Steam .
- Download your favorite games to your computer.
- While Steam Link works over Wi-Fi, you have a much better time if your desktop is connected to Ethernet.
Open the Steam app on your desktop computer. Select "Steam" in the top left, then select "Settings."
Select "Streaming at Home" on the left and then check the box next to "Enable streaming."
Now we're ready to set up the Steam Link app on your other devices!
How to set up Steam Link on your Android device
Here's what you need to get started before using Steam Link:
- A game controller for your device. The SHIELD TV's supplied controller works, or you can use a Bluetooth Controller with Android TV. You can not use Chromebooks keyboard and touchpad so you must use it in touch screen mode or pair a Bluetooth controller . The same applies to streaming to your smartphone.
- Steam Link app from the Google Play Store .
- While Steam Link works over Wi-Fi, you have a lot better time if your device (such as Android TV box or Chromebook) is connected to Ethernet. If you can not connect Ethernet, make sure the device is connected to 5GHz Wi-Fi and sit as close to your router as possible.
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I'm using the Steam Link app on Android TV for this guide, so the screenshots may look a little different if you're on a Chromebook or Smartphone, but the process is still the same.
Start by opening the Steam Link app on your device. Select "Getting Started". The Steam Link application will scan your local network to find a computer with In-Home Streaming enabled. It should find your desktop without any problems, but you can re-encode if Steam Link can not find it for the first time. Choose your computer name.
Note: The steam must be active on your computer before Steam Link can find it.
The Steam Link app will display a four-digit PIN and you will see a Steam notification on the desktop. Enter the PIN on the desktop and select "OK".
Steam Link runs a network test to check the connection between the desktop and your device. If one or both devices are connected to Ethernet, everything should be fine. If the Steam Link says connection is too slow, connect to Ethernet or double-check and make sure you are using a 5GHz Wi-Fi. If it still does not work, you may need to buy a faster router. When the connection is fast enough, select "Start playback."
Then you will see Steam's large image interface. This allows you to browse the store, notify other players and more from your remote device. When you're ready to start playing, select "Library."
If a game is already installed on your home computer, you will see a green check mark after selecting the title.
If not, you will see a download icon.
You must have a game downloaded to your desktop before you can stream it to the other devices. If you want to download this game to your home computer, select the game and then select "Install."
Select the game you want to stream from your computer to your Android device and then select "Play."
With this you have your favorite games to stream to your favorite screen!