If you are looking to play Valorant on your MacBook, you will be happy to hear that it is possible, but not exactly an easy fix. You will need to use Boot Camp, a virtual tool made by Apple, and this will allow you to run Windows on your Mac. Let’s go through the steps you will need to take in order to play Valorant on your Mac.
Depending on how new your MacBook is, this process may take upwards of 1 hour or longer, depending on your download speed. In addition, if you do not have a very large Hard Drive or too many things already installed on your MacBook, you will run into storage space issues. You will need 64GB for Windows OS and around 10BG for Valorant. Consider the amount of free space you have on your Mac before you start with this how-to-play Valorant on your MacBook guide.
If you want to play Valorant on Mac, here is what you need:
- The latest macOS updates, which can include updates to Boot Camp Assistant.
- You will use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10.
- 64GB or more free storage space on your Mac startup disk.
- A 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media.
Make sure you have all of these ready to go because there are several steps to the installation process.
How To Play Valorant on Mac
1. Check Secure Boot setting
The default Secure Boot setting should be set to Full Security and if not, you can look at Apple's official guide to check how to change the boot security setting if you are encountering problems.
2. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition
Open Boot Camp Assistant. It's in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Follow the instructions given to you by the Open Boot Camp Assistant.
- If asked to insert a USB, plug it in and Boot Camp Assistant will create a bootable drive for Windows installation.
- Set the size of the Windows partition to something over 64GB. We suggest 70-80GB, but understand your HD might not have a lot of space. Keep in mind, you want to set a partition size that is larger because you cannot change it after it is chosen.
3. Format the Windows (BOOTCAMP) partition
- The installer should select and format the BOOTCAMP partition automatically, but sometimes you must manually select it. This is where Windows OS and eventually Valorant will be stored on your Mac.
- Once the Boot Camp Assistant finishes creating the patrician on your Mac's HD, your Mac will restart to the Windows installer. If the installer prompts you to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition you just made and click Format.
4. Install Windows
We suggest you unplug any external devices during installation and just leave in the USB with the Windows Boot Drive. Click next and follow the prompts to install Windows.
5. Use the Boot Camp Installer in Windows
Once the Windows installation completes, your Mac starts up in Windows and opens a ”Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Boot Camp and some Windows software drivers. Your system should automatically restart when it has downloaded and installed the drivers.
6. Swap between macOS and Windows
Restart one more time, and now every time you wish to enter Windows by pressing and holding the Option key during startup, you can switch between Windows and macOS.
7. Install Valorant
Download Valorant off its official site while you are running Windows OS on your Mac. You will also have to create a Riot ID to log into Valorant after it is installed, along with any other updates to the game.
Okay, there you have it. You can now play Valorant on your MacBook!