So my younger brother family shares with me, and sometimes his library stops showing up. Usually I can just click play on his game, and a 'request access' menu pops up, and upon clicking that I instantly get verified. Today however, the same thing happened, except no window shows up to verify. The game just straight up does not open. If I go to the actual game executable for any of the games, it launches just fine (normally this would also trigger the 'request access' message box). It doesn't show me in game on steam through this method, and the steam overlay doesn't work.

  • What game? Some you cannot share.
    – Timmy Jim
    Jun 19, 2017 at 18:32
  • Binding of Isaac, Broforce, Mutiple lego games, witcher 3, along wiht a lot more. I know for a fact they are shareable because of the fact that I used them before and don't appear on the list that family share provides my brother that cannot funtion through shared.
    – Zac Perry
    Jun 19, 2017 at 19:11
  • I have this issue lots, so I'm presuming it's an issue with steam. Usually restarting it fixes the issue where it doesn't always grant access. Jun 20, 2017 at 7:20
  • Nope, doesn't change at all with restarting steam or my PC.
    – Zac Perry
    Jun 21, 2017 at 16:04
  • Make sure your bother is not playing any game when you try to play one of his games. Family sharing means that if you're playing on of his games and he starts playing a game, you have five minutes to save and quit before Steam will force-quit you from your game. Normally a dialog box should appear when trying to play a game while the family member is playing, but sometimes Steam "misses" bringing the dialog box up.
    – Kadima
    Jul 7, 2017 at 19:16

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I've had the same issue sharing libraries with my roommate. Occasionally it will forget that one of our computers is authorized on the other's account, the only workaround I've found is to log in on the other account and reset it. I've had to do this around a dozen times in the last few years, I haven't found a more convenient solution but it does reliably fix the issue.

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