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Why is Steam only showing me "Buy" instead of "Play" option for a game shared via Family Sharing?

Steam Family Sharing only allows you to play the game if the account the game is actually purchased under isn't active. It counts as active if anyone is playing any game in it. So if... the account ...
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Am I subject to any disadvantages when sharing Steam games?

Do I need to login/maintain an account on these other machines? No, just once to activate Steam Guard on their machine If someone is playing a shared game do I get locked out of my game library ...
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26 votes
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New World family sharing suddenly stopped being accessible?

Family sharing was recently disabled for New World. From Community Manager's post : Due to the increase of bots, gold sellers, and ban evaders, we decided to disable family sharing November 4, 2021 ...
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25 votes

How to make two people play at the same time?

Two people are actually able to play at the same time, I've done this myself before and as far as I can tell steam has done nothing to block this. If anyone can prove it's not legal/within their ...
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Steam Family sharing - Overlapping shared libraries

As Scott Weldon said, there doesn't seem to be any way to do this other than disabling sharing of the friend whose library is in use, or using offline mode as Jaxir said to prevent the library from ...
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23 votes

How to make two people play at the same time?

Two people can't play at the same moment on Steam Family Sharing. Family Sharing FAQ clearly states this: Can two users share a library and both play at the same time? No, a shared library may only ...
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16 votes
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Why am I unable to play CS:GO through Steam Family Sharing anymore?

When you mean: Actually, I mean it shows "purchase" where it should say "play". and Ok thank you, but the problem still exists, I said that I can play all other games except ...
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Is the steam family sharing user cap a life time limitation?

You are allowed to add them continously. However there is a constraint, namely that you are only allowed to add 5 friends roughly every 90 days (So when you added your 5th friend you have to wait 90 ...
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11 votes
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Is it possible to only share specific games through Steam Family Sharing?

To an extent, yes and no. As the Steam Family Sharing FAQ says, Can I share specific games, or do I have to share my whole library? Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety. That's the &...
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10 votes
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Can DLC be shared along with games with family sharing?

Yes, you can share DLC with Steam Family Sharing. However, DLC will not be shared if the "guest" (as opposed to the lender) also owns the game: Who owns and can access the DLC and in-game ...
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How to make two people play at the same time?

This is completely possible depending on the game (usually games that do not connect to the internet). After setting up family sharing, the person who owns the game must start the game. After the game ...
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If I get a new PC will I still be able to access shared games?

To have access to a steam library, both the PC you are using and the account you are using must have been given access to the library. Taken from the Steam family guide: Is there a limit to the ...
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8 votes

Family sharing - Why do i still need to pay?

Only one person can access the shared library at a time. The FAQ clearly states it: Can two users share a library and both play at the same time? No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user ...
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8 votes

Is it possible to override Family Share to continue playing?

No. If you want to play the game, you have to buy it. There's no way to override the family sharing protection. If you're worried about continuing the story, that's a separate issue. Buying the game ...
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8 votes

Steam family sharing - simultaneous play

When you share, what you are sharing is your library. You can play any game the owner has, but you can't do it while he is playing any other game. No matter the video game, while he is playing ...
  • 527
7 votes

Which Steam wishlist games are shared with me over family sharing?

There is nothing in steam itself to do this and the Web API's do not have a way to retrieve a list of games in a wishlist. There are ways to get lists of games per user, but not wish list games. - ...
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Is there a way to exclude games from Steam Shared Library?

If you setup the account you're sharing with as a child account you will be able to select which games it can access from the parental settings.
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7 votes

Can two people play each other's shared Steam games?

With Steam Family Sharing, you're sharing your entire library at once, meaning that if someone is playing a game from your library, nobody else can access any game from that same library. If you're ...
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Is there a way to exclude games from Steam Shared Library?

According to a FAQ put together on the Steam Family Sharing group on Steam, no there is no way to manually select games that you do not share with the account you are sharing with. Meaning the only ...
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5 votes
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Will my Rust character differ if not using family sharing?

No. In Rust, your character is automatically male, and given a random set of features that is tied to your account. Here's a link to an article that talks about it. http://steamed.kotaku.com/rust-...
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Steam Family sharing - Overlapping shared libraries

I had the same problem. Unfortunately, this seems to be by design. I don't have a solution, but I do have a workaround: temporarily disable the sharing of user A's library with you, and you will be ...
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How do I pick-and-match licenses via Family Sharing if multiple friends own the same game?

Steam will grant you access to a game via Family Sharing from the first (alphabetically, by Steam display name) owner of the original game. So if Foo and Bar both own the game, you will only use Bar's ...
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Will I keep my game progress if I buy a game currently shared through Family Sharing?

Yes. This question has been asked a few times on here, but the short answer is yes. You'll keep all of your stats, achievements, inventory items etc if you buy the game for yourself, since they're ...
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Steam family sharing shows “buy” instead of “play”

Certain games are excluded from Steam family sharing. Arma 3 is one of them. Unfortunately, this means if you want to play Arma 3 you will either have to buy it, or play it while logged into your ...
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Skyrim character progress and Steam Family Sharing

No, it will not wipe your progress: they will have their own local safe files (provided they are playing on their own systems).
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4 votes

How to make two people play at the same time?

From the steam website FAQ: Q: Can two users share a library and both play at the same time? A: No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.
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4 votes

Is there a way to exclude games from Steam Shared Library?

You need to activate Family Mode and then one by one remove games you dont want to show (or other way around if different default setting turned on). Cause I wasnt launching Steam for half month or ...
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Steam family share resets itself randomly

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 ...
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