Setting Up Your Google Stadia

With their Stadia project, Google hopes to revolutionise how we play games in the home and on the move. Their vision for the future is one where it is possible to play games on virtually any hardware without the need for expensive consoles or high-end desktops. Let's take a look at the hardware and explain how it works.

How Stadia Works

Google Stadia is a hardware-free, game streaming service that enables users to play a catalogue of game titles on a large variety of devices. All you need to play is the official Stadia joypad, a Chromecast, a screen and an Internet connection.

Stadia allows play on existing desktops/laptops computers, Smart TVs, tablets and smartphones. Play is enabled via the Stadia controller, which may indeed resemble a traditional joypad, yet is much more than that. Such unique features, exclusive to the joypad, include the ability to capture and share your gaming footage directly to YouTube. So basically get your device online, connect your joypad and press play, that’s it!

Stadia Speed Test

Before you begin your Stadia set-up, you need to ensure that your Internet connection is fast enough. Google has provided an online tool to do just that.

Step 1 – Open a web browser, preferably on the device with which you intend to use Stadia, and enter the following URL: Before you start testing your Wi-Fi speed you are advised to limit web traffic, such as downloads or streaming.

Step 2 – Once your Wi-Fi connection is free of other users, and clear of apps, tap the blue Check Now button on the left side of the web page. This activates the process, so you can simply sit back and wait for the results to appear.

Step 3 – When your Internet connection test is complete, it displays the results; this should take no longer than 30 seconds. These come in the form of a green tick for a pass and a red cross for a fail. A fail essentially rules out Stadia compatibility.

Getting Started With Stadia

Are you ready to play some games? Let us take you through the set-up of your Google hardware with your monitor or TV so you can press Start with Stadia.

Step 1 – Using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet), you need to open the App Store on iOS, or Google Play on Android, and download the Stadia application. At this point, enter the invite code that was emailed to you at purchase.

Step 2 – If you wish to use your Google Stadia on your TV, you need to set up your Google Chromecast Ultra first. NOTE: You need an android or iOS mobile device to complete setting up Chromecast.

Step 3 – On your android device, you need to download the latest build of the Google Home App. Sign in using your Google account and then connect the Chromecast to your TV via the HDMI input and USB for power.

Step 4 – Ensure your Android mobile device connects to the same Wi-Fi network you want to link to your Chromecast Ultra. Open the Google Home app and, from the home screen, tap Add +>Set up device>Set up new devices.

Step 5 – Find your Chromecast Ultra from the list of new devices. Once selected, follow the instructions and the Google Home app pairs your device to your home network, thus enabling Stadia streaming via your Chromecast.

Step 6 – Finally, if you wish to play games on your desktop or laptop, you need to open a web browser on the video device you wish to use and visit: and download the latest build of the Chrome browser.

Step 7 – Now let’s turn our attention to the Google Stadia Controller, once out of the box you need to ensure that your device is fully charged before you start setting up the controller itself.

Step 8 – Once the device is fully charged, unplug the power cable. Press the Stadia logo button on the controller for two seconds to turn it on. A vibration confirms that you have powered up the device.

Step 9 – Switching to your mobile device, open the Stadia app, using your invite code (if required), and tap the Controller icon to the top right, you may need to enable Location access first. Select your controller from the list of devices.

Step 10 – Your Stadia controller starts to vibrate to confirm connection and then, when prompted, tap Yes on the mobile app. Now tap Connect to your network using the same account as your mobile device.

Step 11 – You need to enter your Wi-Fi password and then tap Connect to Wi-Fi to complete the process. Your controller may automatically install an update, if it is required, and then you are ready to play.


Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)
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