Steam does a great job of creating gaming communities and helping you connect with your friends. But sometimes it can be a little too much and you might want more privacy regarding your Steam activity.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to stop your friends from checking your game activity, how to hide games from your library, or how to make your profile private, among other Steam privacy settings.
1. Hide Played Steam Games
When someone visits your profile, they can see what games you’ve played and how many hours. Now, if you don’t want your gaming friends to discover your guilty pleasures, you can hide your played games from your profile.
- Start Steam.
- Hover over your username and select See my profile.
- click on edit profile button.
- Select Privacy settings.
- Next to Game detailsclick Public and set it to Only friends or Private if you don’t want anyone to see the list of played games. Steam will automatically save your new profile settings.
2. Hide Steam games from your library
If you share your computer with someone else, it might make sense to hide certain games from your Steam library. Maybe they are younger than you and the content of the game is not appropriate for their age.
Or you’re just embarrassed to be playing a game and you don’t want your family or friends to find out. To hide any game, launch the Steam app and go to your library. There, select the game you want to hide, click on Settings icon and select Manage > Hide this game.
If you want to play the game you have hidden, go to View > Hidden Games. To bring the game back to your library, go to settings and click Manage > Remove from hidden.
Hiding a game is a simple trick, but it may not be enough to prevent others from finding it. In this case, you can uninstall a Steam game and reinstall it later.
3. Hide Steam game activity
Steam sends a notification to your friends every time you start playing a game. They can also see what game you’re playing if they visit their Steam friends list. To hide your Steam game activity, open Friends menu and select Offline.
If you want to appear offline but need to continue using the chat, select Invisible.
In addition to hiding your Steam game activity, you can customize your in-game activity status on Steam to confuse your friends.
4. Hide Steam game activity from specific friends
You can hide your Steam game activity from individual friends if hiding it from all your friends feels like overkill.
Launch the Steam app and click Friends and chat from the bottom right corner. Click on your friend’s name and select Manage > Block all communications.
When you block all communication, your friends will see you as offline. If they visit your profile, Steam will also show your profile as a private one.
So if you don’t want to arouse suspicion, you should unblock after a while. Go through the above steps again and select Unblock all communications.
5. Make your Steam profile private
If you don’t want to manage more settings on your Steam account, you can choose the nuclear option and set your profile to Private. This will block any form of communication with your friends and will affect several categories such as game details, friends list and inventory.
Follow these steps to set your profile to Private:
- Hover your mouse over your username and select See my profile.
- click on edit profile button.
- Open from the left pane Privacy settings.
- Set My profile to Private.
Keep Steam private
Playing games should always be about having fun, and some privacy can help. With the tips above, you can keep prying eyes away so no one can ruin your gaming sessions.
Now that no one can judge you for your taste in video games, you can expand your Steam library without breaking the bank.