Steam Family Sharing allows family members and their guests to play one another's games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam Cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.
Steam Family Sharing is now available in beta for a limited number of Steam users. To express your interest in beta participation, join the Family Sharing group.
For more information about Steam Family Sharing, check out the FAQ below, and then join the conversation in our group discussions.
See a family member's installed game that you want to play? Send them a request to authorize your shared computer. Once authorized, their library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download and play.
To express interest in beta participation, join the Family Sharing Group on the Steam community. The Family Sharing beta will begin in mid-September, when a thousand Steam accounts from this group will be granted access to share their Steam libraries. You’ll know you’ve been selected when you receive an email from Steam inviting you to try out the new feature.
Note: This feature is currently available to select BETA PARTICIPANTS ONLY. As a participant, first opt into the latest Steam Client Beta Update. Then, Family Sharing is enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally authorize a device to share via the Account tab in Settings, or respond via email to a user’s Steam request to share your previously installed games.
Yes. A Steam account may authorize Family Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time.
Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety.
No, due to technical limitations, some Steam games may be unavailable for sharing. For example, titles that require an additional third-party key, account, or subscription in order to play cannot be shared between accounts.
No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.
As the account holder, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when another user is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
Shared games are only available on devices that have been authorized by the account holder. Shared games will be unavailable on even an authorized device when the account holder’s library is currently in use on another computer.
A guest will have access to the account holder’s DLC, but guests may not purchase DLC for a base game they don't own. Any player may purchase, trade, earn, or otherwise acquire in-game content while playing a game, but in-game items cannot be shared between accounts. These items remain the property of the account that purchased or acquired them, whether borrowing or lending the base game.
No, any region restrictions will remain in place when lending or borrowing content.
Your Family Sharing privileges may be revoked and your account may also be VAC banned if your library is used by others to conduct cheating or fraud. We recommend you only authorize familiar computers you know to be secure. And as always, never give your password to anyone.