How to play PS4 games on your Android phone

Smartphones are getting better at gaming, but thanks to streaming apps, you can play AAA quality games on almost any portable device. No more waiting for the mobile ports of your favorite games! If you own a PS4, here’s how to play your favorite games on your smartphone with this… wait for it… a weird turn.

You may already be familiar with the Steam Link app, a free app from Valve that lets you stream any game from your PC to your Android smartphone. Ideal for enjoying your PC games in different rooms of the house or in bed, etc. Good for some, but what if your primary gaming machine is a PS4? Now, what do you know, there is a way.

The app doesn’t just work with games on Steam, but actually lets you stream pretty much anything from your PC to your phone. And since the PS4 lets you launch on your PC… well, you see where that goes.

How to play PS4 games on your Android phone

Here’s how to get there, step by step:

  1. First, download and install the Steam Link app from the Play Store
  2. Configure the app and pair a controller with your phone
  3. Follow Sony’s instructions to set up remote play on your computer.
  4. Launch the Remote Play app to view your PS4 screen on your computer.
  5. Launch the Steam Link app.
  6. Tap Start Reading. The computer screen will load in Steam’s Big Picture mode.
  7. Use Alt-Tab to select your remote reading screen.
  8. Enjoy your PS4 games on your mobile device!

What are the disadvantages?

Sony, although being an Android maker, is not generous enough to allow Remote Play to be streamed to Android devices. So we have an alternative solution using your PC and Steam Link as the missing link. It’s great if your PS4 is just a better gaming device than your computer, or if you want to play PS4 exclusives on your smartphone. You can even play Fortnite on Android this way!

But for this technique to work properly, remote play requires that you connect your PS4 Sixaxis directly to your PC, which will limit your range. For more mobility, you can use a second controller: one to connect to the PC to operate remote playback, and another to use wirelessly to play on your smartphone.

A tricky setup with a lot of steps, but you have the joy of playing PS4 on your smartphone, which makes everyone more gifted with that nerdy feeling of getting tech to do something more than you expect.