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How to Share Games on Steam

How to Share Games on Steam

It’s easy to amass a large collection of games on Steam. And you, being the generous person you are, want to share those games with your friends and family.

If you’re wondering how to share games on Steam, then keep reading. We’ll show you how to do it.

But first, before you try to share your games, you need to have Steam Guard enabled on your account. Let’s go over how to enable Steam Guard first.

How to Enable Steam Guard

You can enable Steam Guard from both the PC and mobile apps, as well as on the Steam website.

How to Enable Steam Guard From the PC App

In the Steam app, go to the top menu bar and click Steam. In the context menu, click Settings.

Steam Settings

In the Settings window, on the Account tab, you’ll need to click Manage Steam Guard Account Security….

Manage Steam Guard Account Security

In the Steam window, you’ll now need to choose one of the first two options. When you click one of the options, Steam may require you to enter your login information again.

Manage Steam Guard

How to Enable Steam Guard From the Mobile App

If you want to use your phone for Steam Guard 2FA, you can also do it straight from the app. First, open the app and then tap on the menu icon in the top left corner.

Steam Mobile Menu

Now tap on Steam Guard.

Steam Guard Option on Mobile App

On the Steam Guard page, tap the Add Authenticator button.

Add Authenticator

Now, add your phone number, tap Add phone, and follow the instructions to add your phone to your account.

Add phone

How to Enable Steam Guard in a Web Browser

You can also enable Steam Guard from a web browser. First, go to Steam’s website and login. Then click your username in the top right corner, and click Account details.

Steam Account Details from Browser

On the Account page, scroll down to the Account Security heading, and click the Manage Steam Guard link.

Manage Steam Guard from Browser

Now you’ll need to select one of the two options for 2FA. After clicking one, the page will redirect you to the next screen to proceed to add your phone or email.

Select Steam Guard Option in Browser

How to Share Games on Steam

Once you have Steam Guard enabled on your account, you can share your games library with others. First, you’ll need to open the Steam PC app on the computer you wish to share games on, and login to your account.

Then, in the menu bar, click Steam, and select Settings from the context menu. In the Settings window, click on Family. Now, under Family Library Sharing, you’ll need to click the checkbox next to Authorize Library Sharing on this computer.

Authorize Family Sharing

This will bring up a list of eligible accounts that have logged on to the computer you’re authorizing access from. If no other accounts have logged in to Steam on the current computer, then the list will be empty, and you’ll need to log in those other accounts first to share your library with them on the current computer.

Now click the checkbox next to the accounts you want to share your library with. Then click on OK to finish sharing.

Confirm Library Sharing

Now, the authorized accounts should have access to your library on the current computer.

How to Revoke Access to Shared Games on Steam

If, for some reason, you want to revoke someone’s access to your shared library, you can do that pretty easily. You can do this from either the Steam PC app itself, or on a web browser.

Revoking Family Library Sharing Access From the Steam PC App

First, open the Steam app, click Steam in the menu bar in the top left corner of the window, then click Settings. In the Settings window, click the Family tab. From here, you can either revoke access to a user by unchecking the checkbox next to the user’s name, or choose to revoke access to both users and computers by clicking the Manage other computers link.

Revoke Access

If you click the Manage other computers link, you’ll be brought to the Manage Family Library Sharing page. Click Revoke on either the computer or user you wish to revoke access to.

Revoke Access from Other Computers

Revoking Family Library Sharing Access From a Web Browser

Alternatively, you can revoke access to Family Library Sharing Access in a web browser. First, go to Steam and login to your account. Then click your username in the top right, then Account details. Next, click the Manage Family Library Sharing link at the bottom of the page.

Manage Family Library Sharing from Browser

On the Manage Family Library Sharing page, you can click Revoke on any computer or user that you want to revoke access to.

Revoke Access from Browser

Cody Brown

Cody is a gamer, writer, and computer programmer who's always looking to optimize and automate everyday tasks. When he's not immersed in prose and code, he's busy tinkering with computers, automating his home, and spending time with his wife and kids.

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