Share your Steam library with friends, because you won't play all of those games anyway
The library sharing feature on Steam is convenient, but it has some shortcomings.
Steam, which is a digital gaming distribution company, provides easy access to games without monthly commitments.
Another problem is that Steam Family Sharing lets you share your game library with others. Despite this feature being intended to help parents distribute and monitor what their kids play, it also allows you to lend games to your friends.
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By installing Steam Guard, you can protect your account.
To do that, you need to make sure that everything is protected, even if you share your account.
Here's how to enable Steam Guard on your account with the desktop app or in your browser.
1. Go to Steam's homepage and ensure you're logged in.
2. In the upper right corner, click your username.
In the drop-down menu, click Account Details.
4. Scroll down to Account Security and click Manage Steam Guard.
Enabling the Steam Guard can protect your account even if you haven't shared it.
Steam recommends that you have Steam Guard codes sent to your phone or email, or that you have to turn it off entirely.
Sending codes on your phone gives you more security on your account.
Share your Steam game library.
Login to your family member or friend's computer with your Steam account to start. Here's how:
1. Click Steam in the top right corner.
From the drop-down menu, select Settings (on Windows) or Preferences (on Mac.
In the side menu, select Family.
4. Click the button that states Library Sharing is permitted on this computer.
In the Steam app, you may obtain permission for library sharing.
After this, you'll get a message saying "No other local accounts found." Your friend or family member should now have the option to download and install select games from your library.
You can select up to five people who can access and use your library across ten devices that you've authorized. While you cannot set up Family Sharing in a browser, you can check which devices and accounts have access to your Steam Library.
Here's how to check in the Steam app:
1. Click on your username in the upper right corner.
2. Click Account Details in the drop-down menu.
3. Scroll down to Family Settings and click Manage Family Library Sharing.
If you have a computer or a computer access that you may not access, you may be relegated under Sharing Status.
After you enter the Steam site, you must verify in a browser.
1. Go to Steam's homepage and make sure you're registered.
2. Click your name in the upper right corner.
3. In the drop-down menu, click Account Details.
4. Scroll down to Family Settings and click Manage Family Library Sharing.
5. If any account or device have access that you do not wish to, you can click Revoke under Sharing Status.
Pros of sharing your gaming library with Steam Family Sharing
- Sharing your games with others.
- Being able to try out games when your family or friends share their account with you.
- Parents can have a bit more control over games their younger children may play.
- Easy to view and revoke access to who has access to your library.
- Gives the user you're sharing with a chance to try a game without investing money right away.
Cons of sharing your gaming library with Steam Family Sharing
- Steam's sharing features aren't perfect.
- Only five accounts can access your gaming library from up to 10 different computers.
- You need an internet connection to access the shared libraries.
- Libraries can only be shared in their entirety.
- Some games don't qualify for sharing because they require a subscription.
- Shared games can only be accessed by one person at a time, so you won't be able to easily play games together.
- The account holder has priority access to their games. If you start playing a game while another person is already playing, they'll have the option to buy the game or end the session.