You can share Steam games with your friends and family without them needing to buy a new copy with Steam Family Sharing.
On paper, it appears to be a nice idea, but there are certain restrictions, and to use it, you must have your account linked to the computer where the games will be shared.
We’ll go over these restrictions, teach you how to set up Steam Family Sharing, and even show you how to do so without anyone having to reveal their password or be present in person.
Steam Family Sharing: the rules
Steam Family Sharing allows you to share your Steam games with your friends and family, but it comes with some caveats.
These are the restrictions:
- Only one person can use the shared library at a time.
- If you are playing one of your games, friends with whom you have shared games will not be able to access your library.
- You must be logged in to play shared games.
Some games aren’t meant to be played with others.
The vast majority of Steam games support family sharing but check your library to see which ones don’t.
(To utilize this function, you must be logged into your Steam account in your browser.)
That’s all there is to the restrictions, but how do you set them up?
How to Set Up Steam Family Sharing
The good news is that you already know how to set up Steam Family Sharing if you know how to log in to Steam.
The most important step is to log in to your account on the other computer.
If you have a family member at home, for example, you may just connect to their computer.
After you’ve logged in, go to the Steam settings page.
It’s in the upper left corner of your Steam window.
“Allow library sharing on this computer” can be found by clicking “Family” and then “Allow library sharing on this computer.”
You’ll see a list of accounts that are eligible for family sharing, which should include all of the accounts that are now logged in on this computer.
You have now successfully set up family sharing.
You’ve finished setting up family sharing.
After you log out of your account, this PC should have access to all of your family-shared games. You can go ahead and play using any of these best PC controllers.
But how do you set up Steam Family Sharing when the person you want to share with is on the other side of the world?
You probably want to do this without revealing your password in this age of long-distance relationships and social alienation.
How to share your family from afar without having to disclose passwords
Here’s when TeamViewer, our old pal, comes in handy.
To connect to your account on a trusted friend’s PC, follow this guide to set up TeamViewer and use the remote control feature.
Log out after enabling family sharing as explained above.
Chrome Remote Desktop is another feasible option if you don’t want to install TeamViewer and have Google Chrome installed.
Both users must visit the Remote Desktop page, select “Set up remote access,” and then select “Download.”
The installer will then guide you through the process of installing Chrome Remote Desktop.
Once both are set up, the person you’re sharing with should go to the Chrome Remote Desktop page and pick “Remote Assistance,” then “Generate Code.”
You can log in to their PC and set up family sharing by pasting this code into the “Connect to another computer” window on the same page.
After that, make sure you log out of your Steam account on the shared PC.
Once again, congratulations on safely sharing your Steam games with your friends and family.