Step-by-step guide: How to install Counter-Strike on your Android device

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Since publishing our story about how to make Counter-Strike for PC run on your Android phone or tablet, we’ve received a smorgasbord of messages asking for help on how to install the game.

Well, dear readers and fellow recovering Counter-Strike addicts, ask and you shall receive: Here’s our step-by-step guide — with screenshots and accompanying annotations — on how to get one of the most popular PC games of all time running on your Android device.

1. Use your PC to download the Steam launcher from the gaming platform’s website. Be sure to download the appropriate installation file for your operating system. If you already have Steam installed, you can proceed to step four.

2. Install the Steam launcher, then create a Steam account.

3. Next, run Steam, and then type “counter-strike” in the search bar.
4. Buy and install the game that’s highlighted in the screenshot below. Once the installation is complete, you should find the Steam directory in your computer’s hard drive (drive C:, by default).

5. OK, now on to your Android device. Use your device’s browser to download the latest versions of the CS16Client and Xash3D apps. The link for CS16Client is here, while Xash3D can be found here.

6. Install the CS16Client and Xash3D apps on your device.
7. Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to the computer where Steam is installed.
8. Create a folder called “xash” in your phone’s SD card directory.

9. Transfer the “cstrike” and “valve” folders from your Steam directory (usually under C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life) to the xash folder in your phone’s SD card.

10. Run the CS16Client app. Untick the box next to “Enable ZBots bots,” then tick “Enable YaPB bots” and tap “LAUNCH CS16-CLIENT!”.

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That’s it! Launching the client will bring up a screen that looks like this:


At this point, you might be asking: “Okay, so now what?” Now comes the fun part.
1. To start a multiplayer game against AI opponents (a.k.a. bots), click on “Multiplayer,” then select “LAN game.”

2. Choose “Create game” next and select the map you want to play on.

3. Once everything is in order, hit “Ok” and you’re all set.


Was the guide helpful? How are you liking Counter-Strike on your Android device so far? Let us know in the comments!

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