Downloading and installing

Are you interested in downloading SparkChess for PC, Mac, iOS or Android? Have you encountered any issue? Most users can download and start playing chess right away, but just in case you’re having some problems, check this section.

How do I install SparkChess on Mac OS?

On Macs, SparkChess doesn’t need to be installed. When the download completes, Mac OS automatically decompresses the SparkChess zip file so all you need to do is to drag it from the Downloads folder to the desktop. Click here for a video.

My Antivirus Blocks SparkChess

SparkChess does not contain any form of malware, spyware, adware or anything harmful. It doesn’t interact with the system beyond loading & saving games and accessing the internet in multiplayer; the installer doesn’t do anything else besides copying files. Still, overzealous antiviruses may very rarely flag SparkChess and move it to quarantine. (Sometimes, antiviruses manage to actually label themselves as viruses.)

SparkChess 8 was briefly flagged by Norton Antivirus as ‘WS.Reputation1‘, which basically means a file not commonly downloaded (new release – duh!). We’ve worked with Symantec and whitelisted SparkChess 8. You should keep your virus definitions up-to-date so you don’t get false-positives.

If you are unsure about SparkChess for Windows, you can use the free service to upload and scan the installer. They scan with 57 different antivirus and antimalware programs – SparkChess is clean and virus-free.

If Norton Antivirus quarantined your download, please follow these instructions to restore it.


I want SparkChess for Chrome but I’m directed to purchase it for Windows

Given the number of operating systems and devices SparkChess is available on, we’re trying to find the best match for you automatically. If you are on PC or Mac, you’ll be directed to buy the native app for your platform. We do not have a Chrome app, but we do have a Premium Live version of SparkChess that works in any modern browser, including on mobile phones and tablets. Go to the SparkChess Premium Live site to sign up.

If you have already purchased SparkChess for Windows or Mac and want it exchanged with Premium Live, please contact us.

I purchased SparkChess but I still see the free version when I play

You’re probably launching the free version by mistake. Don’t worry, it happens.

Let’s review the possibilities:

  • if you purchased SparkChess for PC or Mac, you no longer need to play the game in your browser. You must locate the downloaded game and install it on your computer. Use CTRL/CMD+J from your browser to see the Download History and look for a file containing the word “sparkchess”, e.g. sparkchess10setup.exe on PC or on Mac.
  • If you subscribed to Premium Live to play in your browser, you no longer need to access – instead you must open the premium site at to login.
  • On Android and IOS, pay attention to the game icons and names. They are called differently, the full version is “SparkChess Pro”.

How can I upgrade to the latest version?

If you own an older version, you can upgrade using this upgrade form.

I downloaded the game but I can’t find it. Do I need to buy it again?

On Mac OS, SparkChess is distributed as a simple zip, without any DMG/PKG installer. Check your Downloads folder or use Spotlight (CMD+Space) to search for “sparkchess”. After you find it, consider dragging it to Desktop or to the Applications folder.

On Windows, start by checking your Downloads History (press CTRL+J  in your browser to see the list). You can also check your Downloads folder and use Windows Search / Cortana (press WIN+S) to search for “sparkchess”.

If youstill  can’t find it or in the event you lost all the information on your computer, you can download SparkChess again. You’ll need your Transaction ID and email address (or at least the email address you used for purchase to recover the Transaction ID).