A little backstory, I am utilising the Steam Family Sharing functionality to essentially create a new Steam account with all of my current games on it. I have played Payday 2 extensively and reached level 100 with a whole variety of weapons, gadgets and stuff to blow people up. As a result of playing Payday 2 via the Steam Family Sharing functionality my character is not present - if I play using the original account it's all there and safe.

I copied the contents of Steam\userdata\profileID\218620 to the new profileID folder for the new account, however upon starting the game I get the following error:

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Is it possible to transfer characters between Steam accounts so I can keep my character or am I going to have to start again?

  • There are save editors out there, for certain, but I don't know if they still work or not. Most of the websites that have download links for it are forums with "must register to see links" crap.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 23:38
  • Apparently, savegames are also kept in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\PAYDAY 2\saves\seeminglyrandomnumber\ as well.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 0:11
  • @Unionhawk Are there working save editors for the PC? All working save editors that I have been able to find are for consoles. Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 6:27
  • @galacticninja I don't know. I've been looking, but it doesn't look like it. There are a few that promise to work on PC, but totally fail to deliver on that.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 6:47
  • I have a big feeling that OVERKILL will do a lot to prevent this from being a possibility as they have clearly stated they don't want people cheating their way up. The ability to do this would allow people to share savegames to get to level 100 immediately, which is the same as cheating.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 7:53

2 Answers 2


No, there does not appear to be any way to transfer save data between Steam accounts, for good reason. Just search for "payday 2 save" on Google, and you'll see what I mean.

OVERKILL doesn't want people using pre-made or modified saves, and have thusly, made it very nearly impossible to modify them (though not technically impossible, since save data is stored on the client-side). It would appear that among the information that the save file stores, your SteamID is part of it, to keep people from using "LEVEL 100 ALL PERKS ALL MASKS ALL WEAPONS $1 BILLION CASH" save files off the internet.


No, Steam Family Sharing is set up so that each account has their own cloud saves, achievements, etc.

For a game with transferable saves (e.g. Neverwinter Nights 2), you would have to manually copy the save files from one computer to the other. Payday 2 locks your save to your steam profile, so short of a save game editor transferring saves will not work.

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