How to Install Valorant on Mac M1, M2 and M3?

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Playing Windows games on a Mac has been challenging due to operating system differences. Macs are not the preferred choice for gamers as game developers prioritize Windows. Methods like Boot Camp, virtualization software, or compatibility layers have been used to solve this problem. However, this approach is not feasible for Macs with Apple's M1 or M2 chips. Hence, as we've described how to play Overwatch on Mac, you'll find thorough instructions for playing Valorant with Parallels. Sure, the games and methods differ - check our material about LoL on Mac, for example. But here is the way for Valorant!


  • Detailed instructions on installing Valorant on M1, M2, and M3 chips.
  • Guide on tweaking and adjusting game settings
  • Description of setting Mac the right way for running a PC game

Installing and Running Parallels

Parallels install

Players with a newer Mac with M1, M2, or M3 chips who want to install Valorant can use Parallels or similar software to run a compatible version of Windows. To begin, follow these steps.

Install Parallels Desktop for Mac

Download and install Parallels Desktop. Before purchasing, players can try it for free to determine how well it meets their needs.

Install Windows 11 ARM on Parallels

After setting it up, proceed to install Windows 11 ARM. This version of Windows is specifically designed to work with the ARM architecture of Apple's M1, M2, and M3 chips.

Download and Install Valorant

To install Valorant on Windows 11, visit the official website, create an account (if needed), and follow the installation instructions.

Installing and Running Valorant

Valorant general settings screen

How to download Valorant:

  • Navigate to the official Valorant website.
  • Create an account if necessary.
  • Download and install Valorant.
  • Follow the installation prompts to install Valorant on Windows 11 ARM running through Parallels.

Adjusting Valorant Settings

Graphics Quality


Lower the resolution to reduce the load on your virtualized graphics hardware. For example, switch from 1920x1080 to 1600x900 or lower.

Texture Quality

Set to low or medium to free up RAM and GPU resources.

Detail Quality

Reduce details like shadows, player models, and visual effects to increase frame rates.

Advanced Graphics Settings

Valorant graphics settings screen


Enable VSync to prevent screen tearing, although it might slightly increase input lag.


Turn off anti-aliasing to boost FPS. This setting smooths out jagged edges but can be resource-intensive.

Anisotropic Filtering

Set this to 1X or turn it off for better performance.

Gameplay Settings

Limit FPS

To stabilize frame rates, consider setting a cap on your FPS. You can also set custom limits for different scenarios, such as the Menu, Background, and In-game.


Disable blooms to reduce unnecessary glare and improve clarity.

Enhancing System Efficiency

Allocate More Resources

If Valorant is running slow, try increasing the amount of RAM and CPU cores allocated to your Windows virtual machine in Parallels.

Full-Screen Mode

Running the game in full-screen mode can sometimes increase performance by focusing all system resources on the game.

Close Background Applications

Shut down unnecessary applications running in the background to free up system resources.

Disable Mac Features

MacOS Dock settings screen

Turn off resource-heavy macOS features like Notification Center & Dashboard while gaming.

Manage Virtual Machine Settings

Regularly check and configure virtual machine settings to ensure they are optimized for performance, such as by adjusting the sharing settings between macOS and Windows in Parallels.

Update Drivers

Ensure all drivers within the Windows environment are up to date to optimize performance and compatibility.

Current Alternatives and Future Outlook

As of 2024, no reliable methods exist to run Valorant on M1 and M2 Macs. However, the landscape of software and gaming is ever-evolving. Users should keep an eye on announcements from Riot Games regarding potential macOS support or updates from third-party virtualization software that might find a workaround for the anti-cheat limitations.

While Intel-based Mac users can enjoy Valorant through a Windows partition via Boot Camp, those with M1 and M2 chips must wait for further developments. The situation highlights the ongoing challenges in bridging the gap between Mac hardware and the broader PC gaming ecosystem.


Popular PC games like PUBG and Overwatch require additional steps to run on Mac. Mac users can use Boot Camp or virtualization software like Parallels Desktop for installation. They can also use compatibility layers like Wine or CrossOver, but these may only work with some games. These methods require setup and optimization to access a broader range of gaming titles.

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