You need two things to play FIFA on Mac: A FIFA 18 game code for PC and Windows installed on your Mac. This is the only way to run FIFA 18 on a Mac properly and legally. 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 often involve illegal downloads of FIFA and may also infect your Mac with adware or malware.
Note that it is not possible to install FIFA on Mac using Parallels due to its lack of support for Microsoft DirectX. FIFA 2018 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 tutorial on how to install FIFA on Mac is easy, safe, legal and allows you to play FIFA online against friends. We even show you how you can connect your Xbox or Playstation controller to your Mac to play FIFA.
Once you’ve learned how to run FIFA on macOS, 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.
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How To Play 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 8GB of RAM for FIFA 18. FIFA 18 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 although 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. Next to Memory you can see exactly how much RAM you have on your Mac.
In addition, you’ll need a minimum of 16GB hard drive space to install Windows on your Mac. However, we recommend having around at least 100GB+ to be safe. 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.
- First you need to install Windows on Mac with Boot Camp. The great thing is that Windows 10 is now free to install on a Mac so this bit won’t cost you a cent. Microsoft no longer requires users to activate it unless they want to customize the look of Windows 10.
- When you’ve done that, check that DirectX 11 is installed in Windows.
- 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.
- 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 an 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.
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.