How to share games on Steam. In today’s tutorial on Creative Quit, We’ll tell you how to let your friends use your Steam library to play the video games you have there.
This was not possible before because Steam games are digital files that can’t be brought home to anyone, they can’t be transported. However, if we use Steam Family Library Sharing, these files can be shared from one console to another, without having to move.
This possibility is also suitable for families with more than one sibling, as it doesn’t make sense to buy the same game for each sibling. With this shared Steam library, the people you decide to share the game with only need to download it and can play as if it were their own.
But, if you still don’t know how it works, read below:
How to share games on Steam step by step
Let’s take a look at how to configure this library:
Step by step –
To get started, you need to set up and start the Steam Shared Library.
First, make sure Steam Guard’s protection is applied to your account so that you can enable it in the configuration from the Steam menu (it’s in the top left corner; if you have it in English, it will put Settings).
Steam Guard protection can be activated in the Account tab (Account) in the settings window.
You can start enabling other people’s computers to use your Steam Library by enabling Steam Guard.
Click on the Steam menu and select Steam Settings on a friend or family member’s PC. Select Family in this window and then tick “authorize library to share on this computer”.
Log out of your Steam account and log into your Steam account through your friends or family members. You can now access your Steam Library on your own Games page. You just need to download and play the games you like.
Shared Libraries Limitation
there are restrictions for sharing the Shared Libraries. You can only share games with up to 10 computer files. You can also share your library with a specific computer, not a Steam account, so it can only be played on that computer, regardless of the account you use.
Most importantly, they can only be used if the owner doesn’t use them. This means that your friends and family cannot use your library even if they want to play a different game than the one you use when sharing your library and playing.
Steam also gives you priority when someone uses your library and you want to play a game later. Other people using the library will have the possibility to buy games or leave the platform.
And lastly, there are some non-shareable games. The division is a great example of this; Since it’s a Ubisoft game, even if you buy it on Steam, it really starts with Uplay. Uplay does not provide this benefit and therefore cannot be shared.
Steam Family Library sharing is one of the most complex and valuable features Steam has to offer. So, make the best of it and offer your friends and family the games you have bought. Sharing is life, you know.