How to play Teamfight Tactics (TFT) on Android, iOS, phone and tablet

How to play Teamfight Tactics (TFT) on Android, iOS, phone and tablet

You can play Teamfight Tactics (TFT) on any mobile device - both on Android and iOS - by using Steam Link. Follow this guide for a quick setup.

In this guide I will show you how to play Teamfight Tactics on your phone or tablet via Steam Link.

Chrome Remote Desktop (available also on Apple devices) and Moonlight Game Streaming (it requires a Nvidia graphic card) are also viable options, but I have not tried them because Steam Link works great and it’s very easy to set up.

How to play TFT with Steam Link

  • Open Steam and click Add a Game on the bottom left.

  • Add League of Legends into your Steam Library as a non-Steam game.

Add non steam game to steam library.jpg

If you can’t find League of Legends in the Program list, click Browse… and select LeagueClient.exe at the following path: Your Drive > Riot Games > League of Legends

  • Launch League of Legends from the Steam Library. You can also create a desktop shortcut.

League of Legends steam library.jpg
  • Install Steam Link on your Android or iOS device.

Download links: App Store - Google Play

  • Connect your phone/tablet to Steam app on your PC.

Steam Link will ask you to input a verification code, select your controller (you can use your touch screen or an external controller), and finally it will run a network speed test.

  • On your PC, click on the Teamfight Tactics client, and it will appear full-screen on your mobile device.

Input mode and command layout

For ease of use, I suggest configuring the input mode in this way:

On your tablet, click the icon on the top left to select the input mode.

  • Disable Controller Touch on the left side of the menu.

  • Enable Direct Cursor on the right side of the menu.

  • Click ok to save the settings.

This is the list of the commands in this mode.

  • Mouse Left Click: 1-finger tap.

  • Mouse Right Click: 2-finger tap.

  • Keyboard: 3-finger tap.

  • Zoom/Drag the game: Pinch/Drag with 2 fingers.

In Teamfight Tactics, use Right Click to move your Little Legends during the Carousel stage and on the battlefield.

Use Left Click to buy champions from the store, to place items, and to swap champions on the bench/battlefield.

After placing a unit on the battlefield with Left Click, you must use Right Click on the screen to deselect it, and then you will be able to use again Left Click to place another unit. You will require some time to get used to it, but AFAIK this is the most comfortable layout.

Below, a few photos of the game on my tablet (Yep, the creeps damaged me; I was takings pics :P!) The last image is zoomed in.

Mobile test device

I have tested a few TFT games on my tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, and it worked flawlessly. 

My PC is connected via WiFi with a speed of 175/234 Mbps, and it is placed at about three rooms of distance from the WiFi extender.

On the tablet (tested in the same room where the PC is located) Steam Link detected a speed of 55 Mbps, which was enough to play with a solid 80/90 ms delay on average

The game was fluid and the tablet didn’t run hot (we are basically streaming the game, so it doesn’t consume many resources). Each game spent about 8-10% of battery.

Notes on Steam Link

  • Your PC must be on all the time in order to stream the game, but you can turn off the monitor.

  • The PC and the tablet can also use a different internet connection. For example, you can run the game on your WiFi at home, then go outside and play on the tablet via your mobile connection.

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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.