How to Install Google Chrome on Steam Deck

In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Google Chrome on Steam Deck. Steam Deck is a compact gaming device that runs on the Linux operating system and offers the convenience of a portable computer. While it doesn’t come preinstalled with Google Chrome, we will explore two methods to help you install the popular browser on your Steam Deck.

Download and Install Google Chrome without Desktop Mode

The first method is the easiest way to install Google Chrome on Steam Deck. Valve, the company behind Steam Deck, has included a built-in method to download and install Chrome as a non-Steam game. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open your Steam Deck and press the Steam button to access the menu.
  2. Navigate to the Library option.
  3. Inside the Library, press the R1 button and go to the Non-Steam tab.
  4. Look for the “Non-Steam Shortcuts” pop-up.
  5. Click on the “Add Chrome” button.
  6. Google Chrome will be automatically downloaded and installed on your Steam Deck.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully install Google Chrome using the built-in method on your Steam Deck.

Download and Install Google Chrome with Desktop Mode

If the first method doesn’t work for you due to other installed non-Steam apps, you can use Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode to install Chrome. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. To enter Desktop Mode on your Steam Deck, press the Steam button to open the menu.
  2. Navigate to the Power option and press A.
  3. Select the “Switch to Desktop” option from the prompt.
  4. Your Steam Deck will now boot up in Desktop Mode, resembling a portable computer.
  5. Once in Desktop Mode, click on the Store icon to launch the Discover window and download the required application.
  6. Use the on-screen keyboard by pressing Steam + X to load it.
  7. Type “Google Chrome” in the search bar and click on the “Install” button when the option appears.
  8. After the download is complete, you can access Google Chrome in Desktop Mode.

If you want to access Google Chrome in normal gaming mode, you can go to the Application Launcher and search for “Google Chrome” in all applications. You can also add Google Chrome as a non-Steam shortcut by opening the Steam application while in Desktop Mode, clicking on the plus sign (+) at the left side of the screen, and selecting “Add a non-Steam shortcut.” Tick the box next to Google Chrome and click on “Add select programs.”

Following these steps will allow you to install Google Chrome on your Steam Deck using the Desktop Mode.


Installing Google Chrome on Steam Deck is a straightforward process. Whether you choose to install it without Desktop Mode or with Desktop Mode, you can enjoy the benefits of using the popular browser on your Steam Deck. Google Chrome offers a user-friendly interface and a wide range of features that can enhance your browsing experience.

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