How to play Valorant on Mac
A Mac user but want to play Valorant and other games? Don't worry because you can still play Valorant on Mac.
Unlike League of Legends, Valorant is only available on Windows PC, and Riot Games has no plans of introducing it to Apple computers anytime soon. You need to install Windows on your Mac, and once it is installed, you can play Valorant without any hassle.
Can you play Valorant on Mac?
Riot Games has yet to release a version of Valorant for Mac, but you can still play the game on your Apple devices. Although there are many ways to install Windows Operating System on Mac devices, Valorant will only work when Windows OS is installed using Boot Camp Assistant.
Riot Games uses a custom-made game security software called Riot Vanguard that uses kernel-mode drivers to avoid cheating in the game. Since Riot Vanguard is an anti-cheat system, it must run in the background while playing Valorant.
Without using Boot Camp Assistant, Mac users cannot play Valorant even if they are using Windows operating system since Riot Vanguard will block it.
Installing Windows on Mac using Boot Camp
To play Valorant on Mac, you need to install Windows using Boot Camp Assistant so you can use macOS and Windows Operating System on one computer.
Before installing Boot Camp on your Macbook, here are some things you need to do/take note of.
Update your Mac to the latest macOS, which can include updates to Boot Camp Assistant.
You need 64GB or more free space on your Mac startup disk.
You need a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media.
If you have the following requirements, you can already install Windows on your Mac.
Download Windows 10 ISO
Before opening up Boot Camp on your Macbook, first download the ISO of Windows 10 64-bit on Microsoft’s official website.
Create a Windows partition
To create a Windows partition, open Boot Camp Assistant, which you can find in the Utilities folder of your Applications tab. After that, just follow the onscreen instructions. If prompted, insert a USD drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will use your USB flash drive to create a bootable Windows Installation driver. When Boot Camp Assistant asks you to set the size of the partition drive, set it to at least 16GB to play Valorant smoothly. You need to set the size that meets your needs since you can't change it later.
Format the BOOTCAMP partition
If the Boot Camp Assistant does not select the BOOTCAMP partition automatically, just select it and click Format. Usually, it automatically selects the BOOTCAMP partition and formats itself.
Before installing Windows, unplug any external devices that aren't necessary during the installation. Click Next, then just follow the onscreen instructions for installing Windows.
Use the Boot Camp installer in Windows
After installing Windows, your Mac restarts in Windows and opens a 'Welcome to the Boot Camp Installer' window. Just follow the onscreen instructions to install Boot Camp, and other Windows support software. Once done, you need to restart your Mac once again.
Installing Valorant on Windows partition
Now that you have already installed Windows on your Mac, you can already install Valorant software.
Open your Mac and run Windows.
Go to the official Valorant website and click on the Play Now or the Play Free button. After a few seconds, your web browser will now download the Installer package of Valorant.
Once the downloading is finished, just click the file and choose your preferred download location. Your Windows partition on Mac requires at least 8GB of free space to install Valorant.
After installing Valorant, you need to sign in (or sign up) to a Riot Games account and start playing Valorant.
Which models of Mac can be used for Valorant?
Before installing Windows OS on your Apple products, learn first if your Mac Intel can support Windows 10. Here is the list of supported devices:
MacBook 2015 or later
MacBook Air/Pro 2012 or later
Mac mini 2012 or later
iMac 2012 or later
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro 2013 or later
If your Apple product is not in the above-mentioned units, sorry for you, but you cannot play Valorant on your Mac.
Can you play Valorant on M1 and M2 devices?
Since Apple upgraded its Mac lineup to Silicon M1 and M2 chips, they removed Boot Camp Assitant in these computers.
Although you can still install Windows Operating System using M1 and M2 Macbooks with the help of Parallels and other third-party applications, there is no assurance that Riot Vanguard will run properly and smoothly in such volatile applications.
Is playing Valorant on Mac safe?
Although installing Windows on your Mac is time-consuming, it is perfectly safe. However, the installed Windows on Mac is just as prone to viruses as any other device running Windows. For this reason, it is safe if you install antivirus software on the guest operating system. Enjoy playing!