How to Get GeForce NOW on Apple TV [2024]

The demand for cloud gaming has exploded in recent years despite numerous setbacks, including the early demise of Google Stadia. While Xbox Cloud Gaming, PlayStation Plus Cloud Streaming, and Amazon Luna are the up-and-corners in the game streaming market, one service that has found immense success upon launch is NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW.

The idea behind GeForce NOW is simple: You own the games; NVIDIA lets you stream them over the cloud to your preferred devices. It’s one of the only cloud gaming platforms with a true ‘Free’ plan and supports 1,500+ PC titles, including free-to-play ones, with new games added every Thursday.

Assuming you live close to one of GeForce NOW’s data centers, all you need is a fast, stable internet connection and a membership plan to stream your favorite games in up to 1080p at 240 FPS or 4K at 120 FPS – with access to NVIDIA’s ray-tracing and DLSS features.

Provided you have a Steam, Epic Games, Ubisoft, EA, or GOG digital game library of your own, it’s a fantastic option to get your gaming fix while you save up for a new graphics card – or if you constantly find yourself on the go.

If you’re a GeForce NOW subscriber looking to enjoy your games on the big screen, you might wonder whether it’s possible to stream GeForce NOW on Apple TV. We’re here to answer that question.

Is GeForce NOW Available For Apple TV?

GeForce NOW isn’t on Apple TV, let alone any other cloud gaming services across the entire Apple ecosystem. Surprisingly, it isn’t because NVIDIA and other companies don’t want Apple users to join the fun, but is a deliberate change Apple made for its App Store rules back in 2020, effectively barring any cloud gaming app from appearing on iPhone, iPad, and of course, Apple TV.

Why, you ask?

Apple’s refusal to permit platforms like GeForce NOW, Xbox Cloud Gaming, or Amazon Luna on the App Store stems from the requirement that each game be submitted separately for review and listing as standalone apps, as stated in Clause 4.9.1 of the App Store Review Guidelines.

It vastly differs from the treatment of major streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify, which are allowed on the App Store without needing individual content submissions, leaving the rationale for this distinction known only to Apple.

The ramifications of this rather idiosyncratic rule are far-reaching since companies offering cloud gaming services would have to submit every game, create App Store pages for each one, and cede customer relationships to Apple. This process is considerably more cumbersome than the streamlined approach on Android devices.

Additionally, Clause 4.9.2 suggests that cloud gaming services can only offer a catalog app on the App Store, which links to individual games in the App Store, preventing direct launches. Furthermore, it ensures Apple’s share of profits through in-app purchases.

In essence, Apple’s approach effectively outlaws the availability of GeForce NOW and other cloud gaming apps on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad, forcing them to adapt to the App Store’s structure one game at a time.

Is There a Workaround to Streaming GeForce NOW on Apple TV?

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One way NVIDIA and competing cloud game-streaming giants have circumvented Apple’s App Store policies is by offering their services via PWAs (progressive web apps). In simple words, GeForce NOW is available for iPhones and iPads as a browser-based app users can access via Safari and add it to their Home Screen.

Unfortunately, Apple TV misses out simply because of its lack of support for web browsers. The iOS web app also doesn’t allow for AirPlay, meaning you can’t enjoy streaming games over the cloud on the big screen unless you’re willing to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV, which can be problematic for a few reasons.

Firstly, you must have an iPhone or iPad (running iOS/iPadOS 14.3 or later) on the same network for the workaround. Android phones and tablets don’t support screen mirroring over AirPlay, while Apple TV boxes don’t have Chromecast built-in.

Gaming over the cloud will inevitably introduce input delay due to factors like your network connection and proximity to NVIDIA data centers. AirPlay Mirroring isn’t exactly suitable for latency-sensitive tasks like gaming, and streaming your iPhone/iPad screen may exacerbate the input delay and lead to an unresponsive experience, along with a visible drop in video quality that comes with wireless screen mirroring.

Moreover, AirPlay Mirroring retains the aspect ratio of your iPhone or iPad screen. So even in landscape orientation, there will be black bars – another nuisance you’ll have to deal with. If you stream from a Mac, however, it should fill the screen.

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Still Want to Give it a Try?

Despite the drawbacks, if you still want to give it a shot, swipe to open Control Center on your iPhone or iPad (which must be on the same network as your Apple TV), select Screen Mirroring, and tap your Apple TV in the list of devices.

On a Mac, click Control Center in the menu bar, select the Screen Mirroring icon, and choose your Apple TV. From the same menu, you can set it to mirror your Mac’s screen or extend as a separate display.

With your device’s screen mirrored to your TV over AirPlay, launch the Safari browser app and go to play.geforcenow.com. Once you log in with your NVIDIA account (with your gaming accounts linked) and connect your wired/Bluetooth gamepad, pick the game you want to play from your GFN library to start streaming.

Note: While you can connect a keyboard or mouse for menu navigation and inputting usernames and passwords, using them for gameplay isn’t advisable in Safari due to its limitations. In some cases, they may not even function properly.

Alternate Options

Instead of using AirPlay, you can use a Lightning/USB-C to HDMI AV Adapter to connect your iPhone or iPad directly to your television, eliminating the additional latency and quality loss when streaming games over GeForce NOW. That said, you’ll still need to deal with the aspect ratio issue we highlighted earlier.

If you have a computer or laptop, you can also hook it up to your TV over HDMI and then stream using the native GeForce NOW client (available for Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS) or browser version at the highest possible quality your hardware, network connection, and GFN membership allows for.

Alternatively, if you have a 2020 or newer LG (list of supported models here) or Samsung Smart TV (check the requirements here) running the latest software version, you can get the GeForce NOW app from your TV’s respective app store for cloud gaming. Select models will let you enjoy your favorite titles in up to 4K (3840 x 2160) at 60 frames per second.

It’s worth noting that GeForce NOW is also available for Android TV devices, including the NVIDIA SHIELD TV and Sony BRAVIA TVs, along with the Chromecast with Google TV media streaming player. However, 4K streaming with the GFN Ultimate membership isn’t supported on any Android TV devices except the SHIELD.

Game Over

Playing AAA games over the cloud can be a solid alternative to doing so locally if you don’t have the hardware. While it may take some probing from antitrust regulators to force Apple into allowing cloud gaming services on their devices, until then – GeForce NOW on Apple TV remains a distant dream.

In the meantime, feel free to follow the workarounds highlighted above to enjoy the digital games you own over the cloud on the big screen. GeForce NOW is accessible in 60+ countries, including the US, the UK, Central Europe, and through local distribution partners, select parts of Asia.

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