Released in 2018, Among Us has quickly become one of the top party games of the summer. Though it offers an easy-to-learn gameplay experience and is a lot of fun with friends, it took influencers and popular streamers to notice the game for it to achieve new highs.
While a surge of new players is a breath of fresh air for the game’s pre-existing community, it can also cause server problems, especially for indie games. Despite the connectivity issues that Among Us had to endure during its run to the top, the demand for the game still increases by the day, and Mac users have been left on the sidelines since the game doesn’t officially support the platform.
Among Us is currently available on Windows PCs through Steam, and can also be played on mobile platforms like Android and iOS. Despite being available on Apple’s mobile operating system, Among Us isn’t available on Mac computers, but Mac owners aren’t without options.
Two ways to install and play Among Us on a Mac
Normally, the most common way of running unsupported games on Mac OS devices is installing Windows, which also defeats the whole purpose of owning a Mac. Among Us being available on mobile platforms gives a second out to the players with fewer hoops to jump through.
1) Play Among Us via an Android emulator
Among Us is available on Google’s Play Store, meaning it can also run Android emulators. These programs basically emulate an Android phone or tablet on your Mac while using your internals’ power. Not only you’ll be able to run Among Us via this method, but you’ll also be able to play it a lot smoother than you would on a mobile device.
Any Android emulator that has a Mac client will do the trick here, but we decided to go with Bluestacks for testing purposes. Download the emulator through its official website and go through the standard installation procedure. Your Mac can verify the emulator you’re installing multiple times during the process since emulators tend to install a couple of essential software frameworks that allow the emulator function properly.
Once you’re done with installing the emulator, you’ll need to create a Google account if you don’t have one already. Type in your credentials to log onto your Google account, and you’ll be navigated to the home screen of your emulator after answering a couple of questions from Google. After the login process, make your way to the Google Play Store and search for Among Us. You’ll need to install the game from here and just click on install to let Android do its magic.
Close the Play Store from the top panel once Among Us successfully gets installed to see its icon on the main screen. Clicking on Among Us will launch the game, and you’ll be prompted with a set of controls that are also customizable. The keyboard controls are identical to the PC version of the game, and you should find yourself in the main menu of the game while all of this is happening.
Click on online to host or join a match. Don’t forget to name your character before hopping in. You won’t be able to carry your progress to the PC version since it’ll be tied to your Google account at this point.
2) The Boot Camp method
Mac OS is a clean software experience, but it’s definitely not the best option for a gamer due to compatibility issues. It’s relatively easy to install Windows on a Mac, however, which allows users to install all the programs that they couldn’t, including games.
You’ll use the included “Boot Camp Assistant” to do this, and the progress is relatively straightforward if you follow all the steps carefully.
- The first thing you’ll want to do is download the official ISO file of Windows 10 through Microsoft official webpage. Follow the instructions to save the ISO file to your Mac, and you’ll be using it shortly in the following steps.
- If you don’t have a DVD driver to connect to your Mac, you’ll need a USB stick with at least 5GB of available space. Disconnect all the other external storage devices you don’t need during this process. Only leave the USB stick you’ll use during the process connected.
- Launch “Boot Camp Assistant” via spotlight search or the utility folder, and check the boxes that read “Download the latest Windows support software for Apple,” “Install Windows.” A pop-up asking you to locate your ISO file should appear. Simply find the ISO file you downloaded and choose your USB stick from the list that should appear after selecting the file.
- The setup process will now ask you how much hard drive/SSD space you’d like to reserve for Windows. Though this is up to personal preference, we recommend allocating at least 20GB of space for a little bit of freedom inside your new OS.
- The rest of the process is self-explanatory since you’ll be prompted with screens asking about your system and user preferences while Windows 10 gets ready to boot in the background.
- Download Steam through its official website after successfully installing Windows 10 on your Mac.
- The setup process will be identical to what it was on your regular Windows PC, and you’ll only need to enter your login information before downloading Among Us.
Though the Boot Camp method brings more utility to the table since you’ll be able to run other Windows programs, we recommend the Android emulation way if you don’t need Windows on your Mac aside from playing Among Us.
The emulation method is quicker, and you can easily uninstall it if you decide to move on, while the Windows method will be trickier to get rid of if you haven’t done anything similar before.
Note that the above methods will only work on Mac devices with Intel processors. Apple’s most recent silicon Macbooks include the company’s in-house processor, M1, which doesn’t support the methods mentioned in this article.
Apple’s new line of ARM CPUs require attention from app developers since they will be the ones optimizing their applications for this new CPU that will surely become popular as Apple releases more Mac devices in the future. Both Bootcamp and Android emulators are currently unsupported on silicon Mac devices and there isn’t a timeline on when they’d be available again.
One advantage of these Macs that use Apple’s new chipset is that they’ll be able to run iOS apps, meaning Among Us can finally become natively available on Macs. InnerSloth, Among Us‘ developer, will need to work on porting its game iOS version to silicon Macbooks, however, which can happen sooner than any method on our list start working on the new Mac devices.