So, sometimes when you buy a game on a phone or tablet and not a computer, it gives you the option to "remote download" the game. If Steam is running in the background, it will download the game you bought. As far as I know, it only works on paid games, but is there a way to remote download a free game?

  • Have you tried?
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 1:29
  • Yes, I tried with Fallout Shelter, but it just asked if I had Steam installed Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 1:29

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No. To install the game remotely it needs to be listed here. If it's not, you need to start download on the computer you have Steam installed.

I've tried to simulate what "remote download" button does but for games that never were in your library it fails and returns different code.

Fun fact: Click Play Game on store page, click Yes, Steam is installed, cancel download window and from now you can download that game remotely. At least works for Fallout Shelter

  • So then how do I add a free game to my library on mobile Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 16:43
  • You can't. At least I haven't found any way to do it. Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 17:12

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