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Questions tagged [steam-family-sharing]

The Steam Family Sharing feature allows Steam users to share their library of games with up to 5 other users, under the restriction that only one user may be playing a game from a particular library at once.

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Steam Shared Library only showing Buy Option even with all shared personnel offline

I recently had a friend share his library so I could play middle earth shadow of war. I downloaded it fine, but the button to play is only showing "Buy" instead of "Play". the current sharer is ...
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Share Steam games bought on parent account and computer to child account and computer

We have a number of games that have been bought with my Steam account and installed on my laptop. My child is now to get his own computer. Preferrably he would have his own Steam account. If we want ...
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Steam family sharing shows “buy” instead of “play”

So my friend let me try out Arma 3 by adding my account to family sharing. So he logged onto his account on my PC (Using TeamViewer) and added my account to family sharing, and while logged into his ...
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Issues setting up Steam Family Sharing

I am trying to enable Steam family sharing with my brother. We have followed what little documentation we could find and completed the following steps. I logged into his computer on my steam account ...
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Same game doubly shared on Steam

I have activated the steam library sharing with a couple of friends, and all works well, except for one game. The game in question is "Life is strange", though I do not believe the problem is ...
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Steam family sharing can both users be logged in while one is playing a game?

From the steam family sharing FAQ Can two users share a library and both play at the same time? No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time. My question is while two ...
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Is it possible to override Family Share to continue playing?

My family friend shared Skyrim with me and I played for a while. Now, there is an issue and he cant allow me to access it anymore, so I'm wondering, since I already have it downloaded, can I somehow ...
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how long does it take to family share request to come?

How long does it take to family share request to come ?I have shared it like a day ago and it doesn't come to me please help
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Steam library sharing question [duplicate]

If I have 3 steam accounts, a primary one - the one that has all the games; and 2 empty ones. If I share my library on the primary account to the other two, can both of the other accounts play at the ...
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What will happen to shared DLC if I buy Just Cause 3? [duplicate]

My friend has shared his Steam library with me so I can play his games when he is not playing. He has Just Cause 3 with some DLC which I can play as i have made some progress in the Sky Fortress DLC. ...
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How to fix “key already in use” for Trackmania² Canyon?

I bought Trackmania² Canyon via Steam. I think I was able to play regularly for some time (maybe a year ago). I have then shared my Steam library with my son via the family library sharing and now ...
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Steam family share resets itself randomly

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 ...
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Can I download my friend's Steam Family Sharing games while he plays?

When my friend is playing a game on Steam, can I download his games? Without starting the game of course.
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Why am I unable to play CS:GO through Steam Family Sharing anymore?

I have a friend who family shares me some games and I can play all of them except one: CSGO. I was able to play it before. He's not playing something either: I only cannot play CSGO, but I can play ...
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SteamCMD and Family Sharing on dedicated server

I'm upgrading to a new server soon and would like to make this one a bit more secure than my last one. Since many of the game server binaries I want to install require the game to have been brought, ...
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Will I keep my game progress if I buy a game currently shared through Family Sharing?

I've been playing The Witcher 3 through a shared Steam library. Now I want to buy it for myself, because whenever the person who's library I'm using plays a game, I cannot access their games or will ...
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Is there a way to exclude games from Steam Shared Library? [duplicate]

I know there is a list of games that are excluded when you share a library on steam, but I was wondering if there is also a way to exclude some additional games?
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If I get a new PC will I still be able to access shared games?

I'll be changing my PC, if I change it will I still be able to have all of my shared games?
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Steam Family Sharing - can it go both ways?

I would like to know - My friend shared her Steam library with me. Does she also have access to my games or do I specifically have to share my Steam Library with her?
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I family shared all my games, but two of them say buy instead of play

My account that is sharing is not active nor is anyone else playing the game. The two titles that wont allow me to play are Counter Strike: Source, and Half life 2
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Steam Game Share Question [duplicate]

So my brother recently bought Rust and lets me use his Steam account to play it. Would there be a way for him to play CS:GO while I play Rust. Is there a way to do that with Steam Family Sharing?
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Can i play the same game in family sharing if we both own it before sharing the library?

So: lets say, I (player A) and my friend (player B) both own skyrim on our steam account, but we decide to family share, will me and him be able to play skyrim at the same time? also (diferent ...
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Does playing a third-party game prevent Steam Family Sharing?

Yes, playing a non-sharable game locks me out from Family Sharing. However, does playing a third-party game which only has an icon in Steam lock me out from family sharing? I have to register it ...
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Is it possible to only share specific games through Steam Family Sharing?

On my steam account, I have some games that I don't particularly want my sister to play, but I want to share my Terraria game with her so she can play with her friends. Is it possible to only share ...
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Can my brother and I play at the same time through Steam Family Sharing? [duplicate]

As far as I'm aware, if 2 steam accounts are logged into one computer they can both share each others libraries. So if I give my laptop to brother with my steam games downloaded on, and he creates ...
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Steam has “forgotten” all of the shared libraries on the device

I have a shared library from my friend. I was able to play it fine until today, now it says that that it has to be authorized again on this device and asks to send a request to a friend to do that ...
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Game sharing not working

i accidentally activated the key on my other account that i own and so the only person i game share with is myself on the same computer, so no one else could be playing my games. so when i gameshare i ...
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Is it possible to turn off shared games from your friend?

I have a game (Awesomenauts) that I can play because it's shared from my friend. This game became free for the weekend as well, but I was kicked off when my friend logged on even though it's free. I ...
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Does GTA V DRM prevent you from family sharing it on Steam?

Is there any way to get GTA 5 on family sharing? The CD key is tied to the Steam account.
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Family sharing - Why do i still need to pay?

Me and my brother are having some trouble with the steam family sharing function, we wanted to split our account because we want to play our own games at the same time, but when we were younger we ...
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How to make two people play at the same time?

My brother owns Skyrim on steam. We use Steam Family Share, but we were wondering how both of us could play it at the same time?
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Does playing non-shareable games prevent sharing?

According to the Steam Family Sharing FAQ: Can all Steam games be shared with friends and family? No, due to technical limitations, some Steam games may be unavailable for sharing. For ...
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Am I subject to any disadvantages when sharing Steam games?

Like most people on Steam I have stockpiled a large library of games over the years. I recently found out that there is a Steam Family Sharing feature, which seems a great way of letting others make ...
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Is the steam family sharing user cap a life time limitation?

You may authorize Family Library Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time, and for up to 5 accounts that may then use your game library on any of your authorized computers. From this it is unclear ...
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Can DLC be shared along with games with family sharing?

Using Steam's Family Sharing feature, can you share DLC as well as games?
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Steam shared library problem with overlapping games

My brother and I both own a copy of a game (CS:GO) so we can play together, but after I shared my library with him he now only can play that game when I'm not playing, any solution for this problem?
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How do I pick-and-match licenses via Family Sharing if multiple friends own the same game?

I have two friends who own the same game, but one of them isn't very active. And by 'inactive', I was meant to say it was an alternate account. Both of them own Terraria, but I always seem to be ...
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Which Steam wishlist games are shared with me over family sharing?

Is there a way to check the intersection between my wishlist and the games shared with me over family sharing? In my case, both are very large. If not through Steam, then maybe by visiting some ...
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If I buy a shared game, will it stop being shared?

A friend of mine is sharing a game with me on Steam, which I will happen to be buying for myself later on. But, when I buy/activate the game on my library, will it be replaced with the shared one or ...
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Will my Rust character differ if not using family sharing?

I downloaded Rust from the shared library of a friend. As I enter the game I see that I have a black character. I'm no racist but I absolutely hate my character with that skin tone. So the question is:...
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How exactly does one enable Family Sharing on Steam? [duplicate]

Steam's documentation about Family Sharing (this and this) confusing, sometimes with respect to what happens on the borrower's side and what happens on the lender's side. Besides, it has generally ...
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Remove From Family Share

A few months ago a friend and I family shared eachother, and have since not talked to eachother. We are no longer friends and I have removed him from my family share, but I want him to remove me from ...
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Why is Steam only showing me “Buy” instead of “Play” option for a game shared via Family Sharing?

I thought the whole point of Family Sharing was so that multiple copies of the game didn't have to be bought. I have no problem downloading the game, but instead of "Play", my only option once it's ...
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Way to play shared game that is in use in steam?

My brother just got me a new computer but he is always on so I can't play his steam shared games. Is there a way to play his games while he is playing a game too?
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Steam Family sharing - Overlapping shared libraries

Let's say I have two friends (A and B) who shared their libraries with me. Let's also say they both own a copy of the game I want to play, and that I don't own it myself. Now logic would say that if ...
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Steam Family Sharing; Must I install the games again for each account?

I have a younger brother. His Library consists of four games. Mine is 50+. I don't want to leave him logged into my Steam Account, so Family Sharing is a great boon. However, upon authorizing the ...
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Why can't I play competitive matches on CS:GO?

I am playing CS:GO through a family shared library. I can play online casual matches and bot matches however I can't play competitive matches through my account. However, if I login to my brother's ...
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If I use a game from a family shared library then buy it, do my stats transfer?

Now that Steam Family Sharing came out publicly, my brother and I share libraries. If I were to buy a game I've played through family sharing, would my stats (time played, achievements, saves, etc) ...
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Enabling Steam Family Sharing

I'm trying to share my steam library but Valve seems to have updated their interface without updating their docs. Every Tutorial I look at features the settings window with a horizontal tab bar, mine ...
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How do I install shared games using the Steam Family Sharing feature?

Alright, so I signed up for the Steam Family Sharing Beta. I followed the instructions to share my games on my family member's computer. I now see "BlueRaja's games" under their account. But, when ...