Google keeps introducing new features to Stadia and the latest one is the ability to stream games over your mobile data. Stadia previously only allowed you to stream games over Wi-FI connections which made it harder to game on the go. But the recent support for mobile data seems to be changing that. If you wish to try out this new feature on Google Stadia, then follow our guide below to easily enable mobile data streaming for your device so that you can keep playing on the move using 4G or 5G connection.
Google Stadia launched last year to lackluster reviews but the service has managed to make a reputation for itself for being the most reliable and easy to configure game streaming platform currently available on the market. It has a dedicated wireless controller that can be connected to any device and comes with attractive pricing plans which are cheaper than most other options currently available on the market.
What do you need?
- A 4G or 5G connection
- A Stadia compatible Android device
How to play on Stadia on 4G/5G mobile data connection
Open the Stadia app on your Android device and tap on your profile icon. Now tap on ‘Experiments‘. This will show you a list of all the experimental features being tested by Google for Stadia. Find and enable the toggle for ‘Use Mobile Data’. Now exit the settings screen and restart the Stadia app.
Launch the game you wish to play on your mobile network and Stadia should start streaming the game you chose earlier.
What resolution does Stadia use for mobile data gaming?
There is no official word from Google on the latest resolution when streaming using mobile data. Reviewers that had conducted tests earlier found that mobile data streaming uses roughly half the amount of data used up by streaming games on 720p for one hour. This puts the resolution roughly around 360p. Google is expected to release the official resolution support when it rolls out stable mobile data support for Stadia. For now, it looks like you will be using up to 2.7GB for an hour’s gameplay if you are on mobile data.
Can I use the Stadia controller?
Sadly no, the stadia controller connects to your mobile device using a WIFI network. This means that both the controller and the mobile device need to be on the same network so that you can use the controller. But this will prevent you from using your mobile data and prohibit you from streaming games on the go.
You have to resort to using on-screen virtual controls if you wish to play games on Stadia using mobile data. A fix is expected soon from Google but it looks like the next generation of Stadia controller will allow you to game on mobile data.
Google could introduce a software workaround using mobile data tethering for Stadia but it seems like a complicated solution, for now, to say the least.
We hope this guide helped you learn everything you needed to know about streaming games on Stadia using your mobile data. If you face any problems or have any more questions for us, feel free to reach out using the comments section below.
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