PokerStars Download on Mac, Windows and Mobile
Software holds an exceptional place in PokerStars culture. MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS – all in-demand app versions are available.
But whatever the device and operating system, the PokerStars download process does not require much time and effort.
Poker professionals play using powerful desktop computers and thus have access to all the advantages of Stars’ software.
Casual players, on the other hand, need the flexibility to join action while on the move but, of course, the choice is always yours.
We’ve prepared step-by-step instructions along with screenshots so that you can install the PS client on your PC/laptop/phone/tablet in mere minutes.
PokerStars Download on Windows PC
The software can be safely installed on computers running Windows 7, but Win 10 or higher is preferred. Please see the other device requirements that shall be satisfied as far as possible:
|Processor type||Pentium 4 (Prescott), Athlon 64 or better|
|RAM||at least 2 GB (4 GB recommended)|
|Available disk space||minimum 1 GB|
|Display resolution||1024x768 or higher|
|Video card||OpenGL 2.0 (but 3.0 is better)|
Due to the client's simple download process and its ease of use, joining the ranks of Stars is an extremely straightforward task. To install PokerStars on your Windows laptop/desktop, you need to go to the official site of the room (or contact their support team and ask for the download link) and do the following:
Click the "Download PokerStars" button and wait until the PokerStarsInstall.exe file download is complete.
Unpack and install the PS client program in English or choose another language that is more convenient for you.
Double-click the program icon (shortcut) on your desktop to launch it.
If you already have a Stars account, log in to the poker client and jump straight into your favourite games. If not, click on the link provided at the authorization window bottom and go through registration procedure.
Most often the problem lies in compatibility issues, so check whether your PC/laptop meets the minimum specifications. Downloading may be also blocked by firewall or antivirus software and in this case, try to disable them until the poker software is installed.
PokerStars Mac Version Installation
Installing the Stars client on a Macbook is slightly different from Windows PCs. The minimum required OS version is X 10.12; processor type – Intel, 1GB RAM and 1GB of free disk space.
Go to the official website of PS, click "Download PokerStars" and the system will pull up the appropriate operating system. Or use a direct link to download the desktop application, if you have one.
Once the installation file download is complete, run it and be ready to play.
In the open window, drag the client program icon to the Applications folder, log in and start gambling.
Here every newcomer can receive a free $30 as they top up their account using PokerStars bonus code "THIRTY".
Reasons to Get the Desktop PokerStars Client
Poker software of red spades is rightfully considered one of the highest quality and most convenient to use on the online market. This conclusion is based on numerous feedback from players worldwide, and they notice every little detail. There are several reasons to put aside all pressing matters and install the PS client on your stationary computer or laptop:
- No browser-based client available
This is the number #1 reason, as the operator has stopped supporting the HTML client, meaning that instant play is no longer available. If you plan to grind long hours, the PC app will be your rescue jacket.
- Highly secure, stable operation
Poker room clients crash from time to time, but Stars software freezes very rarely, mainly due to a high CPU load. Multi-tablers will feel comfortable playing here as the program works well even if all 4 tables are active. The RNG system is regularly checked for accuracy by an independent auditor, so you can count on fair play.
- Multilingual software
The operator values global users, from north to south, and tries to make their stay on the site as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. The client interface supports more than 25 languages, and you can change it in the settings any time after installation.
- Huge number of interface settings
Dark and light modes for displaying cash game/tournament lists, various skins for game tables (background, board, buttons, favourite place), card dealing animation control, betting templates, hotkey assignment, notification settings and much more.
There are two ways to update the poker software of red spades. We’ve outlined them below:
- automatically – updates, if any, start when you run the client program (this occurs in the vast majority of cases);
- manually – go to the PS installation folder and run the file called PokerStarsUpdate.exe or equivalent for Mac.
PokerStars Android and iOS Apps
You can download the Android-based client directly on the original site using your smartphone or download an installation apk file to your PC and then transfer it to your mobile device. Stars support also shares the direct download link.
Downloading the client program through the website requires just a few simple steps:
Open your mobile browser and go to the official website of Stars.
Click the button labelled "Download PokerStars" and the system will automatically determine which client version you need.
The second option for downloading the PS client to a portable device is through a desktop computer. Here's how to do it quickly
Go to the main page of red spades and scroll down to the footer. Select "Play on Mobile" in the Poker column.
Next, choose the required version, that is Android, and click on "Download".
Now, move the apk file to your mobile device and jump into the installation process.
Try to clear your cookies and browser cache. If you are unable to access the official site or there is no download button, your country may be on the restricted list or you are visiting the wrong platform. For example, PokerStars UK download is tailored for a specific region.
If your phone is blocking downloads from unknown sources, remove the corresponding settings.
100% First Deposit Bonus
Make your first-ever real money deposit using the bonus code ‘STARS600’, and we will give you a 100% bonus up to $600. To claim the full value of the bonus, you can make up to three qualifying deposits in 60 days.
Alternatively, deposit using code ‘THIRTY’ and claim $30 of free play.
How the 100% First Deposit Bonus works
Once you’ve made your deposit, you need to earn redemption points by playing real money games. Unless stated otherwise, you will earn 5 redemption points for every USD $1 you pay in rake or tournament fees (6.5 points per £1, 4 points per CAD $1, or 5.5 points per EUR €1).
Every time you reach 180 redemption points we’ll credit your Stars Account with $10 cash. You have four months after each qualifying deposit to earn all the redemption points needed to release your bonus.
You may only take advantage of one of our first deposit offers, but may be eligible for further deposit bonuses open to existing players. You can view any bonuses you have, alongside information on expiry dates, redemption point requirements and more, under the ‘My Stars’ menu.
Please note that redemption points will not be earned at pot-limit or no-limit tables with blinds of $5/$10 or higher, 8-game tables with stakes of $20/$40 or higher, or other limit games with stakes of $20/$40 or higher.
Installing the Poker Stars application on a smartphone (tablet)
Both options described above share an identical algorithm for installing the Stars client on a portable gadget. It's a matter of two minutes.
After downloading, the system will prompt you to install the program. If you missed this moment or accidentally closed the pop-up, the path is as follows: open the "Files" folder → "Apps" → "Install packages".
Click on the proper file and press "Install". Your operating system may request permission to install applications from unknown sources.
Now, just wait for the installation process to complete, log in to your Stars account (or create one) and start playing cash games and/or tournaments.
You’ll also need to enable geolocation before or after authorization – this is a prerequisite. For quick access to poker action, you can set up a biometric login (fingerprint reader).
If the PS app doesn't run on Android, try restarting your gadget – maybe it's just an operating system glitch. Also, the installer may have been corrupted when downloading, so delete it and get a new one (try using a different mobile browser).
How to install PokerStars iOS?
You can download and install the app on iOS-based devices – iPhone and iPad – on the official platform using the above-given instructions (for Android OS), as the algorithm is similar, or in the App Store.
If you can’t run the software on your iPhone, you may have chosen the wrong version of the mobile software, go back to the site and try downloading the application again. Don't forget to delete the incorrect file. When using unreliable resources, the installation file can be infected with a virus so it is better to download the iOS client from the Apple app store.
Free PokerStars Games on Google Play Store
Stars also have a separate mobile app to make play money bets (chips have no financial value), and it is available on the Android Market. However, you will not be able to play for real money or withdraw winnings as there is simply no Cashier. With our step-by-step instructions, finding it will not be difficult.
Visit the Google app store and type PokerStars in the search bar. The play money version is called PokerStars Lite. It can also be downloaded on the site, but in this case, you should go to the ".net" platform.
Download the program to your phone (it installs automatically, like any other app from the Google Play Store).
Run the application and play free poker at your leisure.
What is the difference between PokerStars and PokerStars Lite
The main difference between these two Stars apps is the ability to play cash games, multi-table tournaments and other formats for real money. If your focus is clearly on free games, then download the Lite version – this will surely be enough for you. And if you want to combine playing free and real money games, you should download the PS app for Android using one of the methods described above.
Visually, the applications are similar, like two peas in a pod: they have an identical lobby and a list of games. However, the Lite version has no Cashier and all other additional features, involving real poker action.
PokerStars App Pros and Cons
Mobile client is of sufficient quality, so it is really convenient to play on a phone or tablet. Vertical screen orientation is available. In the settings, one can activate a 4-colour card deck, display stack in BB, as well as adjust sound, animation, table switching and auto-fold. You can play cash games (including Hold'em 6+) at different stakes and take part in MTT tourneys. The catalogue also includes ZOOM, Sit&Go and Spin&Go formats. New games appear promptly, almost simultaneously with their release in the desktop client.
- You can play anywhere with mobile internet or Wi-Fi. The main thing is that your device's battery is charged.
- Quick portable access to poker action and account. For example, if you suddenly lost electricity at home or when you urgently need to log into your account, but you are at work and cannot use your PC.
- Ability to fund your account and withdraw prize money as Cashier is built-in to the software.
- HUD and other third-party tools are not supported (however, auxiliary programs are partially prohibited in the desktop client as well).
- It is uncomfortable to multi-table since you have to switch between the tables all the time.
Stars remain one of the most popular poker sites among amateurs and professionals due to reliable software and numerous games of different disciplines. Both PokerStars mobile app and desktop client are available for download on the original site of the room. The client is adapted for devices based on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, and the operator guarantees stable app operation whatever the OS and device. Just select the version you want and follow our detailed instructions with pictures.
Yes, standalone Stars software is adapted for PCs based on Windows and Mac, as well as mobile gadgets running Android and iOS. One of the applications must be downloaded without fail since instant play on the site (through a web browser) is no longer supported.
There are two versions of the client program. A full-featured app offered on the official website of Poker Stars provides access to real money and free games, participating in tournaments, funding your account, etc. Moreover, a simplified app version is available on pokerstars.net, which provides an opportunity to play popular types of poker for free – only play money bets are available in this case. No winnings can be withdrawn either.
On the Internet, there are lots of scammers who are eager to get your personal and financial data, as well as virus-infected files/links. Therefore, you should download the PS installation package with extreme caution. Here are two options for how you can do it safely:
- on the official website of the poker room (but beware of phishing resources that mimic the original portal);
- email PokerStars support or contact them through live chat and ask them to send direct links to download the client program.
Yes, it will take a couple of minutes to download software for this operating system. Open the poker room site from your mobile browser, go to the “Play on Mobile” section and select the required app version. You do not need to purchase an expensive gadget as the minimum specifications to be met are pretty low: Android 5.0 or higher, an 800x400 display and 500 MB of free disk space.
In the article, we’ve described in detail how to download and install an app to play real money & virtual credit games on Android devices.
Yes, but only if you get the installation file through official channels. This can be done on the Stars website or by requesting a direct download link from their customer support. We strictly do not recommend you download the mobile client via torrent or use unreliable websites, otherwise, you risk losing your personal/banking data and harming your phone/tablet.
Yes, certainly. Mobile software is not inferior to the desktop version in terms of available game types, tournaments, and stakes. A stable internet connection is required for updates and smooth running of the application.
In the Google Play Store, you can also find Pokerstars Lite, a program without a Cashier (play money games only). We'd recommend novice players use it to train their poker skills and check different strategies. This is a great way to gain practical experience without financial risk.