How to Share Games on Steam [Easy Guide]

Want to play the installed games of your friend or family? Valve’s new feature Family Library Sharing now allows you to play the games installed by your friends, and share your games with your friends to play, such as PUBG and Fornite. To know how to share games on Steam, check the step-by-step tutorial to set it up!

What is the Family Library Sharing feature
How to set up share games on Steam
Tips to improve the gaming experience

What is the Family Library Sharing feature

Steam Family Library Sharing feature allows Steam users to play one another’s games earning their own achievements and saving game progress to the Steam Cloud. You can just grant the access to your family or friends to do that.

You can share your Steam library up to 10 computers and 5 accounts. Once shared, you share the whole library to your friends and family. However, some Steam games, such as games that require third-party key, account or subscription may be unavailable to share. Each another’s game progress won’t be interfered and you’ll have the priority to play the games if you’re the owner.

 

How to set up share games on Steam

You’ll learn how to share Steam games with your friends or family by following the instructions below:

Step 1: Enable the Steam Guard security

Before enabling the Family Library Sharing feature in your Steam, you should first enable the Steam Guard security.

1) Log into your Steam account

2) Click Steam at the upper left corner, and click Settings.

3) Click Account, and click MANAGE STEAM GUARD ACCOUNT SECURITY.

4) Make sure to select Get Steam Guard codes from the Steam app on my phone or Get Steam Guard codes by email, or both.

Then you should’ve enabled the Steam Guard security, and you can enable the Family Library Sharing on your Steam.

Step 2: Share your Steam games

You can now start sharing games on Steam with you friends and family.

1) Log into your friends’ or family’s computer with your Steam account.

2) Click Steam at the upper left corner, and click Settings.

3) Click Family, and check the box next to Authorize this computer (or Authorize Library Sharing on this computer), then click OK to save.

4) Log out your Steam account. Then your friend or family can play your shared games on this computer after logging into his Steam account.

You can also send a request to play the games installed in your friend’s computer by double clicking the installed games you would like to play. For example, if you’d like to play PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS of your friend’s, you can log into your Steam account on your friend’s computer, and double click PUBG, and click REQUEST ACCESS.

You won’t be interfered your game progress by sharing game library with others. Any game achievements will be saved to the account that plays the game. The shared games can only be accessed to one account at one time, so if you’re the owner of the game and would like to play the game that is played by others, other users will have several minutes to save and quit the game, or prompted to buy the game.

How do I stop sharing games?

You can also stop sharing the game library. Just follow this:

1) Log into your Steam account.

2) Go to Steam > Settings > Family.

3) Uncheck the box next to the authorized user, and click OK to save the setting.

Tips to improve the gaming experience

As a game player, we all want to enjoy best possible gaming experience. Here are some tips we can try to improve:

1. Install the latest patch

The game developers always keep releasing the latest patch to fix some bugs, so you should install the latest patch of your games.

In addition, you should also keep your Steam software up to date.

2. Update the graphics card drivers

The missing or outdated driver can cause issues when playing games, so you should keep your graphics card driver up to date.

There’re two ways to update drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually – You can manually update the graphics card driver from the manufacturer’s website, and install it in your computer. This requires the time and computer skills.

Automatically – If you don’t have time or patience to manually update drivers, you can do that automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact device, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged driver to automatically download and install the latest audio driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the all the latest correct drivers that is missing or outdated in your system (This requires the Pro version. You will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) Restart your computer to make it take effect.

There you have it – an easy guide on how to share games on Steam. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to leave a comment below.