Even though FIFA isn’t available for Mac, this is the easiest way to install and play FIFA 16 & FIFA 17 and FIFA 18 on Mac 100% legally that actually works. Please beware of YouTube video tutorials and websites that claim to show you how to install or download FIFA for Mac! Not only do they not work but they involve illegal downloads of FIFA and may also infect your Mac with adware or malware. This tutorial on how to play FIFA on Mac is easy, safe, legal and allows you to play FIFA online against friends. You can even connect your Xbox or Playstation controller. Once you’ve learned how to install FIFA on your Mac, you’ll also be able to install other games on your Mac that are PC only such as Skyrim, Battlefield 4,  Grand Theft Auto 5, Steam games and other games on the EA Origin store that are not available for Mac.

How To Play FIFA On Mac

To Play FIFA on Mac you need to install Windows 10 on Mac with Boot Camp which is very easy to do. The great thing is that Windows 10 is now free to install on a Mac – Microsoft no longer require users to activate it unless they want to customize the look of Windows 10. Note that it is not possible to install FIFA on Mac using Parallels due to its lack of support for Microsoft DirectX. FIFA 17 requires DirectX 11 in order to run and unfortunately Parallels still does not allow you to install Microsoft DirectX 11 on a Mac. In fact all versions of FIFA require Microsoft’s Direct X 11 in order to run on Mac which is why Boot Camp is the only option that works.

This is something of a shame because the latest version of Parallels 13 for Mac has been optimized for gaming by dedicating 1GB of Video RAM (VRAM) to games and it has a new 3D engine specifically designed for the demands of gaming but the lack of DirectX support means it’s simply not an option for games like FIFA. Parallels is however still the best option for anyone that wants to run non ActiveX or OpenGL games applications on Mac allowing you to effectively have Windows only applications on your Mac.

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How To Install FIFA On Mac

Before you start, you’ll need to make sure you have an Intel Mac that’s no more than 3-4 years old with at least 4GB of RAM for FIFA 16 (8GB is recommended) and at least 8GB of RAM to play FIFA 18. Note that FIFA will not launch on your Mac unless you have at least 8GB of RAM so it’s not even worth following this tutorial and installing it if you don’t. Even for FIFA 16 EA recommends 8GB of RAM and even though it runs with 4GB of RAM, older Macs with less RAM simply will not be able to handle the demands of running Windows and macOS at the same time and you’ll find that FIFA either will not launch or be virtually unplayable on your Mac due to severe lag.

To check your Mac system specs, go to the Apple logo in the top left of your Mac desktop and select “About this Mac”.

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In addition, you need a minimum of 16GB to install Windows on your Mac. However, we recommend having around at least 100GB+ to so that you have plenty of hard drive space to install games other than FIFA. FIFA 18 requires a whopping 50GB of hard drive space so that means you’ll need at least 76GB of space to install both Windows and FIFA 18 on your Mac. This will very quickly eat up the hard drive space of the majority of Macs but the good thing is you can also install Windows and FIFA on an external hard drive on Mac too.

If you’ve got all this in place, you’re now ready to install the latest version of FIFA on your Mac.

  1. First you need to install Windows on Mac with Boot Camp.
  2. When you’ve done this, check that DirectX 11 is installed in Windows.
  3. Once Windows and DirextX are installed on your Mac, the process for installing FIFA is exactly the same as if you were using a PC. First you need to install EA Origin in Windows on your Mac. EA Origin is EA’s platform for distributing games such as FIFA, The Sims etc. Simply open Windows on your Mac and download and install EA Origin for PC. If you’ve already got an Origin ID, just login but if not, you’ll need to create a username and password to finish the setup.

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Finally, you simply need to purchase FIFA for which there are two options. You can either buy FIFA directly in the Origin store or buy a game code for FIFA 15, FIFA 16, or FIFA 17 or FIFA 18 from Amazon instead. When you purchase via Amazon, you will be sent a simple code so that you can download FIFA and install it in Origin. The only real advantage to purchasing from Amazon is that it’s often cheaper than in the Origin store.

Whichever way you purchase it, FIFA must appear under My Games in Origin.

And that’s it, you’ve now got FIFA on Mac. Once Origin has downloaded and installed FIFA, you can play it on your Mac just as if you were playing on a PC, including online against friends. You will also get updates to teams and squads throughout the season just as if you were playing FIFA on PC.

Connecting An Xbox Or Playstation Controller To FIFA On Mac

You can connect an Xbox controller or Playstation controller to FIFA on Mac via USB or Bluetooth. Although Sony Playstation controllers don’t work with the PC version of FIFA, there is a trick you can use to make your Playstation controller trigger the FIFA PC keyboard controls on Mac using a $5 app called Joystick Mapper. You may find that it’s easier to use a USB cable as trying to get Parallels to work with your Mac’s Bluetooth can be very hit and miss.

Why Hasn’t EA Released FIFA For Mac?

The last time EA released FIFA on Mac was back in 2011 when they released FIFA 12. FIFA 13 was released the following year but since then, EA hasn’t released any newer versions for Mac and it seems they have no intention of doing so. It may have something to do with the fact that EA simply don’t want to invest the resources into developing a version of FIFA for Mac which is comparable with the PC and console version. Very little effort was put into FIFA 12 and FIFA 13 and they were basically poorly ported PC versions that were full of bugs, poor graphics and you couldn’t even play online or update teams.

More than two years after its release on PC, FIFA 15 still isn’t available for Mac and now with FIFA 16 released and FIFA 17 released on September 29 2017, it doesn’t look like there ever will be another version of FIFA for Mac unfortunately. But don’t worry – if you follow these instructions, you can install the PC version of FIFA on your Mac (and it also works as far back as FIFA 14 on Mac if you really want to).

If you have any problems or issues installing FIFA on your Mac using this tutorial, or you have any questions or suggestions, let us know below.

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26 Responses

  1. daan

    Dear MacHow2,

    GREAT NEWS!!!

    Can’t wait to try it!

    But I’m still a little bit sceptic…

    It looks to easy;)..

    Could you arrange some pics or YouTube movie to confirm your FIFA on Mac.

    Kind regards.

    Daan (from Holland)

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    • MacHow2

      Hi Daan! It is indeed easy to play FIFA on Mac as long as you have Windows installed using the method described above.

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    • MacHow2

      Yes – it will also work on the 2012 Macbooks as long as you install Windows on it. You may need to upgrade the RAM though to play FIFA smoothly on your Mac.

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  2. muhammed kabir

    my macbook pro is (13-inch, mid 2009) version 10.10 with processor of 2ghz intel core duo & memory of 2gb ram & graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400m 256mb, can i run fifa16 on it

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    • MacHow2

      It will probably struggle with just 2GB of RAM on your Mac. If you turn the graphics setting in FIFA 16 to minimum it might work. You can however upgrade the RAM in your Macbook so we’d recommend doing that and you should be fine.

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  3. sanyam

    Can you explain how to install fifa 16 without paying and downloading for windows (using crossover) ?

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  4. Lloyd

    Every time I try to launch Fifa 15, it says an unhandled error has occurred. Can you explain how to fix this?

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    • MacHow2

      Have you installed FIFA on your Mac following the instructions in the tutorial? If so, make sure that .Net Framework is installed and updated on Windows. If there is any antivirus software running on your Mac or Windows – including Microsoft Security Essentials – try deactivating that too.

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  5. mark

    everything done. but when i click on launch it wont start. do nothing.
    can anyone help me please? its an 5K cto imac with 32gb ram. 3,5ghz i5, radeon m290x

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  6. Anis Ghanem

    the only thing i wasn’t able to change was video memory. it was set to 512 and didnt give me option of changing it to 256. otherwise everything is as instructed. but it still wont start!

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  7. CJTD

    My internet connection isn’t the best so downloading Fifa might be a problem. However, I do have a MacBook SuperDrive and could install Fifa via a PC disc. I assume this would still work with Windows on Parallel? Thanks

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    • MacHow2

      Parallels can recognize external drives connected to your Mac so yes, installing FIFA on Mac via disc should work.

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      • MacHow2

        How old is the Mac that you’re installing it on? If it’s an older Mac or MacBook, it may not have sufficient specs to support the system requirements of FIFA.

      • CJTD

        I have a late-2013 MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM. I think the problem is FIFA 17 has a minimum requirement of 8GB RAM, whereas FIFA 16 was 4GB. Could it be that it doesn’t work as 4GB is still required by OS X?

    • MacHow2

      You need to check whether the Steelseries controllers are compatible with FIFA on PC. If they are, then it won’t be a problem.

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  8. David Lui

    I have a Macbook Pro 13” (Mid-2012) and I can’t seem to launch FIFA 18. I have 8GB of RAM, an i5-3210M @2.5GHz processor and my graphics card is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 (I am clueless in terms of computers and specs, but I’m assuming that my graphics card isn’t good enough). I installed Windows 10 and have DirectX 12, which also might be the problem, but again, I have no clue. Please help!

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