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How to share games on Steam?

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Steam Family Sharing allows you to share your Steam library with trusted friends and family members. This means they can access your game collection and download and play any games you own. It’s a great way to let others try out a game you love or grant access to your library on a secondary computer.

This guide will walk you through the steps to share your games on Steam and ensure a smooth shared gaming experience. You can watch the video below or continue reading the article.

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What is Steam Family Library Sharing?

Steam Family Library Sharing is a feature that allows Steam users to share their game library with up to five accounts on up to ten devices. This means you can share your games with family members or friends, allowing them to play your games on their accounts and earn their achievements.

Sharing games on Steam

Step 1: Open the Steam app and click on the Steam tab available at the top left corner of the screen.

Step 2: In the dropdown menu, click on the Settings option.

Step 3: Click on the Family option in the sidebar and then turn the toggle on beside the Authorise Library Sharing on this device option.

Step 4: If family members are added to your Steam account, you will see their names in the Eligible Accounts section. You have to turn the toggle on beside the account you want to give access to your library.

Important notes:

  • Only one person can play a shared game at a time. If the owner tries to play a game you’re currently using, you’ll be prompted to quit after a short grace period.
  • You can only authorise game sharing on up to 10 devices simultaneously, with a maximum of 5 accounts.
  • Some games might have restrictions and not be eligible for Family Sharing.
  • Shared games are tied to the library owner’s account. You won’t be able to access DLC or mods the owner doesn’t own.

Family Sharing is a great way to introduce friends and family to your favourite games. Remember, only share your library with people you trust and make sure you understand the limitations before enabling it.

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Akash Singh

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