How to download Steam on Mac

Steam is one of the most popular platforms for distributing games on lots of different devices, including Macs. In fact, if you’re into games, you should definitely download and install it. Don’t know how? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll show you how to download Steam on Mac and how to install it so you can get started playing games.

What is Steam?

Steam is a distribution platform for some of the most popular games like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, and Grand Theft Auto. It started out on PC. But can you get Steam on Mac? Yes, it has been available as an app for the Mac since 2010. By installing the Steam app, you’ll have access to thousands of popular games and be able to download, update, and manage them from the app. It’s kind of like a Mac App Store for games.

How to install Steam on Mac

If you want to download and play Steam games on your Mac, you’ll need to install the Steam store app and set up an account. Here’s how to do that:

  1. In a web browser, go to
  2. Click Install Steam at the top of the page, then on the next page, click the Install Steam button that has an Apple logo on it.
  3. If the installer doesn’t launch automatically when it has finished download, go to your Downloads folder and double-click it (Tip: you can get to your downloads folder quickly by clicking the show downloads button in your browser’s toolbar).
  4. When the disk image mounts and opens, drag the Steam icon to your applications folder.
Tip: How to protect your privacy when using Steam

Whenever you do anything online on your Mac, the places you visit may collect data on you by downloading cookies and other files to your Mac. If you access the internet using a public Wi-Fi network, your Mac will store details of the network, regardless of whether it’s secure or not, and attempt to connect to it next time you’re in range of it. And, of course, web browsers store details of your browsing, search, and download history, all of which could be used by someone who has access to your Mac to compromise your privacy. If you’re concerned about your privacy while you use your Mac, you should regularly delete these files and clear out the list of Wi-Fi networks, not to mention the Recent Items List in the Finder. You should also review the permissions you’ve granted to applications to access things like your camera and microphone and folders like Desktop and Documents. The easiest way to do that is to use the Privacy module in CleanMyMac X. It can do all of those things with just a few clicks, leaving your Mac more secure and keeping your private data private. You can download CleanMyMac X for free here and try it yourself.

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How to create a Steam account

  1. Double-click the Steam application in your Applications folder.
  2. If it needs to update, wait for it to finish.
  3. Click Create Account.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to create a new Steam account.

How to download a Steam game on your Mac

Once you’ve downloaded the Steam store and created an account, you’re ready to download your first game. Here’s how:

  1. Search the store for the game you want or browse the available games.
  2. Tip

    To search for a game that works on the Mac, you can filter results by operating system. Click the magnifying glass next to the search box. Then scroll down until you see ‘Narrow by OS.’ Select the box next to macOS. Now, all the results of your search will be filtered so that they only include games that work on the Mac.

  3. When you find a game you want to download, check its system requirements to make sure it’s compatible with your Mac.
  4. Click on the game’s title and then choose Add to Cart.
  5. Click Purchase for myself.
  6. Select the payment method you want to use and fill in your payment information.
  7. Click Continue, then agree to the terms and conditions and click Purchase.

Your game will now start to download. Once it’s finished downloading, you can start playing.

Steam is one of the most popular platforms for downloading and playing games, and it has a Mac app. It’s the easiest way to find, download, and manage Steam games on Mac. Follow the steps above to download and install Steam on Mac as well as download your first Steam game.

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