How to Play Magic Arena on Your iPad With Steam Link

The Magic Arena game from Wizards of the Coast is arguably the best digital interpretation that has been made for the card game. As of the time of this writing, however, it’s only available on PC. It seems like it will eventually be offered on other platforms, but those versions of the application aren’t yet available.

But if you have an iPad and have been looking forward to playing Magic Arena on that device, then there is a workaround that you can use which will let you do so. It is accomplished with the Steam Link app, which is a remote play application that ties into your Steam account. Our guide below will show you how to get it working.

How to Add Magic Arena to Steam

The first thing that you will need to do is add Magic Arena to Steam. It’s not a Steam game, but there is a way that you can add non-steam games to Steam so that you can launch them through Steam and, more importantly, play them via Steam Link.

If you don’t already have Steam on your PC, then you can download it from this link. Once Steam is installed and set up on your computer, you can continue with the steps below.

Step 1: Launch Steam.

Step 2: Click the Games tab at the top of the window, then choose the Add a Non-Steam Game to my Library option.

add non steam game to library

Step 3: Scroll down, check the box to the left of MTG Arena, then click the Add Selected Programs button.

add mtg arena to steam

Step 4: Click the Steam link at the top of the window, then choose Settings.

open steam settings

Step 5: Select the In-Home Streaming tab, check the box to the left of Enable streaming, then click the OK button.

enable in home streaming in steam

How to Get Steam Link on Your iPad

The steps in this section were performed on a 6th generation iPad running iOS 12.2. Note that your iPad will need to be on the same network as the PC running Steam for this setup to work.

Step 1: Open the App Store.

open the app store

Step 2: Choose the Search tab at the bottom of the window.

choose the search tab

Step 3: Type “steam link” into the search field, then choose the correct search result.

search for steam link

Step 4: Tap the Get or cloud icon to the right of the Steam Link app, then tap the Open button after it has finished downloading.

download steam link

Step 5: Tap the Get Started button, then choose Use touch control on the next screen.

use touch control

Step 6: Select your computer from the list of available options, then enter the displayed PIN in the pop-up window on your computer.

select your computer

If you’re prompted for another PIN after this, then you may have a security code set in Steam on your computer. If so, return to the In-Home Streaming tab from step 5 in the previous section, click the Set Security Code button, create a code and confirm it, then enter that code on your iPad.

Step 7: Your iPad should now scan your network to determine the connection strength. Once that scan is done, tap the Start Playing button.

choose the start playing option

Step 8: Use the on-screen arrow buttons to navigate the screen and select Library.

select the library option

Step 9: Navigate to MTG Arena and select it. I found it under the Installed tab, but there’s several ways you can get to it.

select MTG Arena

Step 10: Navigate to the Play button and select it.

how to play magic arena on an ipad with steam link

MTG Arena should then launch on your iPad and you can start playing.

magic arena running on an ipad

Probably the most difficult aspect of this setup is deckbuilding, as the method for typing in the search field is a little cumbersome. It can definitely be done, but it feels a lot easier to build decks on a computer instead.

Note that, to play on your iPad using this method, the PC where Magic Arena is installed must be turned on and connected to your network.

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