I really like how I can jump into the same game / server as my friend is currently playing on Steam, so I definitely like the "friends" feature.

However, I dislike the fact that steam exposes my entire gaming history to all my friends - for example, the amount of hours I spent with each of my games.

I tried searching but could not find how to prevent it, is there a way?

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Steam has changed since 2010 so here is the updated 2018 answer

Yes, you can hide your personal stats. Per the blog post made in April of this year you can hide your "hours played" and manage what you share by logging into your account and following these steps:

  1. Click the [Your Username] > "Profile" link from the drop down top level navigation.
  2. Click the "Edit Profile" button
  3. Click the "My Privacy Settings" link from the side navigation
  4. Check the box labeled "Always keep my total playtime private even if users can see my game details."

This will hide your stats!


You can make your profile fully private, following these instructions:

  1. Log into your Steam Community Profile
  2. Click the Edit my SteamID page link
  3. Click the Settings link
  4. Choose your privacy state
  5. Click the Save button

However, it hides away all the profile, not only the gaming history.

  • But, will it allow my friends to see when I'm online at all, and which game am I correctly playing?
    – Oak
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 19:25
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    I believe that this still makes you visible, it just makes your profile private.
    – McKay
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 19:35
  • @Oak - this is not linked to profile, but to you being connected to "friends", so yes, like McKay said.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 21:16
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    @Dronz Friend requests are unaffected by profile privacy status.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 0:43
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    @Dronz - yes, this.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 14:06

Click on "Steam" botton (top left side) Then click "Go Offline" and all of you activity on a game will be hidden , but it only works for Offline games (single player) Or games that don't use steam servers .

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    How will this prevent steam from telling his friends the hours in game?
    – JMac
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 19:09

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