Switching screens mid-game

You can quickly and easily switch from playing on one screen to playing on another, without having to exit your game. When you switch screens, the current state of your game will be saved for 15 minutes, allowing you to move from one screen to another. 

You can move your game from any one of these screens to any other:

  • TV using Chromecast
  • Windows laptop or desktop, using Chrome browser
  • MacOS laptop or desktop, using Chrome browser
  • Linux Laptop or desktop, using Chrome browser
  • Chromebook
  • Compatible Android mobile devices

For more information on what screens can be used with Stadia, go here.

For more information on linking a controller to a screen, go here.

Move from one TV to another TV

Note: You will need to have a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra set up for each TV. Before moving your game, make sure the 2nd Chromecast Ultra is powered on and connected to Wi-Fi.

  1. From Stadia, hold the Stadia button on your Stadia Controller for 1 second to open the in game platform menu.
  2. Select Unlink and turn off controller.
  3. Hold the Stadia button for 1 second to turn the Stadia Controller on again.
  4. Use the Stadia controller to enter the linking code shown on the 2nd TV screen.
  5. Launch the game that you’re playing.

Note: The Stadia app will still be open on the first TV. After 15 minutes, it will automatically quit and go back to the Chromecast Ultra device’s backdrop screen.  

Move a game from a TV to a computer

Note: To play on a computer, you will need to have Chrome browser installed. 

  1. From Stadia, hold the Stadia button on your Stadia Controller for 1 second to open the in game platform menu. 
  2. Select Unlink and turn off controller.
  3. On your computer, open a Chrome browser window.
  4. Navigate to stadia.com and make sure you’re logged into your Stadia account.
  5. Use a USB-C cable to connect your Stadia Controller to your computer. The Stadia Controller will turn on.
  6. Launch the game you’re playing.

Move a game from a TV to a mobile device using the Stadia app

Note: Stadia games can only be played on supported mobile devices.

  1. Hold the Stadia down for 4 seconds to shut the controller down. 
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia appStadia icon.
  3. Use a USB-C cable to connect your Stadia Controller to your mobile device. The Stadia Controller will turn on.
  4. Using the touchscreen on your mobile device, launch the game you’re playing.

Move a game between computers and mobile devices.

Use these steps to:

  • Move a game from a computer to another computer or a mobile device.
  • Move a game from a compatible mobile device to another compatible mobile device or computer. 

Note: Stadia games can only be played on supported mobile devices. To play on a computer, you will need to have Chrome browser installed.

 
  1. If you’re moving the game to a computer, open a Chrome browser window and go to stadia.com. If you’re moving the game to a mobile device, open the Stadia appStadia icon on that device.
  2. Launch the game you’re playing.
  3. Unplug your controller from the computer or mobile device you’re playing on.
  4. Plug the controller into the computer or mobile device you want to play on. 

Move a game from a computer or compatible mobile device to a TV

Note: You will need to have a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra set up. Before moving your game, make sure the Chromecast Ultra is powered on and connected to Wi-Fi.
Note: Stadia games can only be played in the Stadia app on supported mobile devices.
Note: To play on a computer, you will need to have Chrome browser installed.

  1. Unplug the controller from the device you are currently playing on. 
  2. Hold the Stadia button down for 1 second to turn it on. 
  3. The controller will automatically link to the last Chromecast Ultra it was linked to.
    Note: If you want to link to a different Chromecast Ultra, hold the Stadia buttonStadia icondown for 2 seconds when turning it on. This will stop it from auto-linking. Then, enter the linking code on the TV you want to use. 
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