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Programs to download games: After finishing working or studying and completing all the important chores that you had pending, you finally have free time for yourself. In this regard, you thought it would be a good idea to be able to spend a few hours playing a video game. You are therefore looking for programs to download games that you can install on your PC or on the devices you have, but you don’t know where to look.

Programs to download games

How do you say? Is this the way it is? Don’t worry, because I’m here to help you out. In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you what software you can install on your PC, in order to play the video games you like most. In addition, I will also point out similar solutions that you can use on your mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and on your gaming console.

I bet you are dying to start reading my guide, am I right? In that case, all you have to do is simply get comfortable and pay attention to the tips you will find in the next chapters. All I have to do is wish you a good read and, above all, have fun!

Programs to download games on PC

If you want to install programs to download games on PC , what I advise you to do is carefully read all the tips that you will find in the next chapters, in which I will list you compatible solutions both on Windows and on macOS and Linux .

Steam (Windows / macOS / Linux)


The first program I want to talk about to download games on PC is Steam . Surely I would have heard of it: it is the famous Valve platform containing a catalog with thousands of free and paid video games. Consider that Steam is the main platform on which video games are published on PC, as it has millions of active users.

To use Steam, however, you must first create a free account from the official website of this platform. If you want to know more about how to create a Steam account, I recommend you read what I have already illustrated to you in this guide of mine dedicated to the subject.

Once registered, to download the Steam client to your computer, go back to the official website of the service and click on the Install Steam button , which is located at the top right. Once this is done, press the Install Steam button , located in the center of the page that is proposed to you.

At the end of the download, if you use Windows , double-click on the .exe file you just downloaded and, in the screen that is shown to you, press Yes , then click Next (twice in a row), Install and Finish , to conclude the setup. If you use macOS , instead, open the .dmg file you got (by double clicking on it) and, in the box you see, drag the Steam icon into the Applications folder .

Now start Steam via its icon present in the Windows Start menu or in the macOS Launchpad. You will be shown a login screen, where you will have to type the login details of the Steam account created previously. Once logged in, you will see the main client screen of this platform, through which you can browse the shop, buy games and automatically install them on your computer.

Specifically, through the Shop tab , you can explore the paid and free content available in the virtual Steam store. You can use the different filters or the preset categories, to access the specific catalogs.

Through the Library tab , on the other hand, you can access all the contents you have purchased or, in the case of free video games, which you have activated on your account. By clicking on the individual titles, a special button ( Install ) will be available to automatically install them on the computer.

If you want to know more about Steam , I can recommend some guides that I made on this topic. Specifically, I recommend you read my guides on how Steam works , how to download Steam and the one on how to download free games on Steam .

Epic Games Store (Windows / macOS)

Epic Games Launcher

Another software that you can use to download games to your computer is the one made available by Epic Games (the manufacturer of the famous Fortnite , through its Epic Games Launcher client . It is a newer platform than Steam but it was soon conquered a prominent place on the world videogame scene to the sound of exclusives and games given away. At the moment there are certainly fewer video games and active users than Steam , but it is, as mentioned, in continuous expansion and more and more developers rely on it for publishing video games on PC.

To use this service you need to create a free account directly from the official website . If you have any doubts about it, I recommend you read my guide on how to create an Epic Games account .

After that, it’s time to download the Epic Games Launcher client , compatible with both Windows and macOS , on your computer. So go to the official Epic Games website and click on the Get Epic Games button located at the top right. Doing so will automatically download the installation file compatible with your computer’s operating system.

When the download is complete, if you use Windows , double-click the obtained .msi file and press the Install button , in the screen that is shown to you. At this point, click the Yes button (twice in a row) and wait for the installation to finish. On macOS , however, after downloading the .dmg file , double click on it and drag the Epic Games Launcher icon into the Applications folder .

After starting the Epic Games Launcher client , you will be shown a login screen, through which you must login with the account you previously created. Once logged in, you can browse the catalog of video games that can be purchased or downloaded for free, by accessing the Shop tab located in the sidebar.

Through the Library tab , however, you can view the list of all video games activated on your account. By clicking on a game thumbnail , you will be shown a screen through which you can download and install it automatically on your PC.

Other solutions to download games on PC

Microsoft Store

There are several other solutions available on PC that you can use to download video games. Find some of these in the next paragraphs.

  • Microsoft Store (Windows 10) – is the virtual store of Microsoft pre-installed on computers with Windows 10 operating system. To purchase a video game, a Microsoft account is required , on which the title will be activated. Free video games are also available.
  • Mac App Store (macOS) – Macs are equipped with the Mac App Store, the virtual macOS store, to install the applications available in the catalog with just a few clicks. If you are looking for video games, you will find some both free and paid.
  • GOG Galaxy ( Windows / macOS ) – is a platform owned by CD Projekt , the software house famous for the videogames of the saga The Witcher . Through the dedicated store, you can download free and paid DRM-free games, that is, without any anti-piracy protection system.
  • Uplay ( Windows ) – is the client of the Ubisoft software house, which allows you to purchase and download the video games developed by it.
  • Origin ( Windows / macOS ) – also the EA company, famous for sagas like FIFA and The Sims , has developed its own client to download the games developed by it and, to a lesser extent, also those of other companies.
  • ( Windows / macOS ) – Activision Blizzard, known for the world famous MMO video game Word of Warcraft , has developed its client to distribute the video games developed by it, of which you can download some of them for free.
  • Rockstar Games Launcher ( Windows ) – Rockstar Games, known for its GTA series video games , uses its own client to distribute its video games.

Programs to download games on mobile

If you are looking for apps to download games on your smartphone or tablet, in the next chapters I will point out some solutions that may be right for you.

Play Store (Android)

Play Store

On most Android mobile devices , such as smartphones and tablets, you will find the Play Store pre-installed , an app that allows you to access the vast catalog of apps for the famous green robot operating system.

Inside the Play Store, you will find many apps but also video games, which you can download both for free and for a fee. To download an app, however, you need a Google account, which you can create for free by following the instructions I have provided you with in this guide .

After starting the Play Store , through its icon on the home screen (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol), simply tap on the Games tab , which you find in the bar at the bottom, so as to access the section relating to video games for Android. Using the tabs at the top, however, you can view the default tabs that collect video games based on the rankings or your interests. The search bar at the top, on the other hand, allows you to locate video games by title, if you were aware of it.

By pressing, however, on the Categories tab , you can select a list of video games of a specific category of your interest. When you have found the one you like, press the Install button , to download and install it (I told you in detail in my guide ). If the app is paid, however, it will be necessary to complete the purchase first. In this regard, I advise you to consult my guide on how to buy on the Play Store .

App Store (iOS / iPadOS)

App Store

On iPhone and iPad , you can download video games through the iOS / iPadOS App Store . This is nothing more than the virtual store of Apple mobile devices to download applications and video games, both free and paid.

The use of this store is tied to the use of an Apple account, which you can create for free directly from your device. If you don’t know how to do it or you have any doubts about the procedure, I suggest you consult my guide on how to create an Apple ID .

After starting the App Store via its home screen icon (the blue one with the “A” in the center), all you have to do is press the Games tab , which you can find in the bar at the bottom. By scrolling the screen, you can view all the games included in categories that you can expand by pressing on the word See all . You can also use the Search function if you know the title of the video game you want to download.

When you have found the game you are interested in, tap on its thumbnail and press the Get button . All you have to do is unlock the download and installation via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password. If you want to know how to add a payment method to your Apple ID, I recommend you read my guide dedicated to the subject.

In addition, I point out that Apple users can subscribe to Apple Arcade : a subscription service (free for the first month and then € 4.99 / month), which allows you to access many titles for iOS / iPadOS and macOS without advertising or purchases in-app. To take advantage of it, select the Arcade tab of the App Store.

Other solutions to download games on mobile


In addition to the solutions I told you about in the previous chapters, if you want to download video games on your Android smartphone or tablet, you can also consider alternative stores. These are the most suitable solution in case you are equipped with an imported Android device or without Google services.

  • Amazon Appstore : is the Amazon virtual store, an application dedicated to devices with Android operating system that allows you to download free games or buy them for a fee, in addition to many other apps.
  • Samsung Galaxy Store : is the digital store of Samsung through which you can download games or applications for free. It is available by default on Samsung-branded Android devices.
  • Huawei AppGallery : it is the official Huawei store and, thanks to its expanding catalog, it represents a valid alternative through which you can download free games or buy them for a fee.

Programs to download games on consoles

If you own a PlayStation , Xbox or Nintendo console , you can download games, often at discounted prices, through the pre-installed stores. These allow you to purchase video games or simply download them, whether free or demo.

For some consoles, such as PlayStation and Xbox, through the subscription program, respectively called Play Station Plus and Xbox Live Gold , you can also get free video games monthly. I told you in detail about these topics in my guides on how to get PlayStation Plus for free and how to get Xbox Live Gold for free .

In the next paragraphs, however, I will indicate which are the applications that you find on your console and that you can use to buy and download the video games of your choice.

  • Play Station Store : is the reference store for PlayStation consoles. It allows you to download many free games but also offers a vast catalog of paid video games, often with very interesting discounts (increased, in some cases, for Plus users).
  • Microsoft Store : is the virtual platform dedicated to Xbox consoles. Through the store in question it is possible to have access to a large catalog of free and paid video games. Thanks also to the Xbox Anywhere service , by purchasing a video game labeled with this wording on this store, you can then download it both on the Xbox and on the Windows 10 PC.
  • Nintendo eShop : this digital distribution service is aimed at owners of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles and allows the download of free games but also the purchase of paid ones.