There is no denying that Steam happens to be one of the best platforms on PC for gamers. Sure, there have been several attempts at dethroning Steam as the greatest platform, but so far the attempts have been futile. That being said, Steam has over 17,600 products that you can download. There are a lot of products that are for free, and a lot of them that are being offered at different prices. That being said, there are discounted prices on so many titles as well, so that is one thing that you need to know.
A few years ago, sharing games on Steam was not possible, which means that if your friend has a game, and you don’t, then you will have to buy the game too. However, in the recent times, Steam has introduced a new feature called Steam Family Sharing. Through this feature, you can actually share your games with the people you want to share. However, there is a caveat that you need to know here. Games that are from UPlay, cannot be shared, and in addition to that, some of the multiplayer games are also not shareable.
That being said, if you are looking to share your games with a friend or someone in the family, then there is a very easy method that you can use. However, there are some requirements that you must know about before you can actually start sharing your library with a friend.
What is Family Sharing?
The first thing that you need to know about family sharing feature is that the people who are using your games will have their own save files, their own progress, and their own achievements. Another thing you need to know about family sharing is that you can share your library with up to 10 computers, and 5 accounts. Once the library is shared, you can then share your games with the family or found. However, you need to know that if they key is 3rd party like from Uplay, then the sharing would not be possible at all.
How You Can Setup Family Sharing on Steam
The good thing is that setting up Steam Family Sharing is not all that difficult to begin with. If you are still confused, then the good thing is that this article is going to help you understand how you can share your Steam library with your friends.
Enabling Steam Guard Security
To ensure that there is no fraud whatsoever when it comes to Steam family sharing is, Steam requires you to enable Steam Guard security. If you don’t enable it, there is no way you can actually share your library. A lot of people have shown concerns over this, but the good thing is that it actually benefits the users in more ways than one.
So, let’s look at how you can enable Steam Guard security.
Step 1: The first step that you need to take care of is log in to your Steam account.
Step 2: Once you are logged in, the next step you do is to click on Steam on the top left corner, and then click on Settings.
Step 3; Now that you are in the Settings menu, you have to click on Account, and then click on MANAGE STEAM GUARD ACCOUNT SECURITY
Step 4: You will be taken to a new menu, and there, you have to select Get Steam Guard codes from the Steam app on my phone or Get Steam Guard codes by email. The right thing to do is choosing both.
Once the steps are done, you will be able to start sharing your games with your friends, or family. To know how you can do that, you can actually look at how you can share the games.
How to Share Your Steam Games
Below are just a few steps that will help you share your games with your friends or family members.
Step 1: The first step is to login to your Steam account on your friends or family member’s computer. If you have reservations, you can use
Step 2: Once they are logged into the account, you can click on Steam on the top left corner, and then choose Settings.
Step 3: You will be in the new window, you need to click on Family, and then click the next that is next to Authorize this computer or Authorize Library Sharing on this computer, then click OK to save.
Step 4: Once that is done, you can simply log out of your account, and have your friend login to the account of your friend or family member. This will then your friends the access to your Steam account.
Another interesting part here is that you can actually request the game that you want to play that belongs to your friend’s computer. The great thing here is that when it comes to sharing games, there will be no interference in the game’s progress. Regardless of the number of shared accounts, the game progress will be individual for every single player.
The one caveat that you need to understand is that if your friend is playing the game, and you want to play it, then that Is something that is not going to be possible. However, your friend will receive the message that you are trying to launch the game, and I believe they have 5 minutes to quit the game, which I believe is a really good step.
How to Stop Sharing Games
If for some reason, you want to stop sharing the games on Steam, the process is rather easy, and you can easily do that by following the process below.
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is login to your account.
Step 2: Then click on Steam on top left, and then click on Settings, and then go to Family.
Step 3: Now you need to do is simply uncheck the computer or the user name that you are sharing your computer with, and then press OK.
Once that is done, the Steam library sharing would be stopped on the other computer. If you have more than one computer, then the process of removing those computers is the same. So, you really don’t have any issues whatsoever.
In my opinion, the Steam library sharing is one of the best features that Steam introduced lately. The good thing is that it allows the players to share the games with those who want to try them out before you can buy them in the first place. Sure, there are some security concerns that you might have, then the good news is that without Steam guard, you can’t really share your library. With that out of the way, you need to also know that I would suggest you share your accounts with only people you trust, and in all situations, always give access using team viewer, or something other software that gives you the ability to remote sharing.