Sat. Aug 13th, 2022
How To Hide a Steam Game

Steam is not only one of the best, most trusted sources to download and play your favorite games on your PC, but it also does a great job when it comes to protecting the privacy of its users. One of the methods Steam offers to enhance privacy is hiding games, which is a fantastic option for many Steam users who want to keep their games private. 

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about hidden games on Steam, how to hide and unhide games, and most importantly, how to view your hidden games. With that being said, let’s get right into it!

Hidden games on Steam

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How Hiding Steam Games Can be Useful

You might ask yourself why someone would like to hide a game on Steam. The first possible reason to conceal a particular game is that it may not be suitable for all age groups. So, hiding it will be super helpful in this case if younger siblings or friends open your steam account to play their favorite games. Indeed, they can technically unhide any hidden game (which we will show you later), but there’s still a good chance they don’t know about the hidden games on Steam, especially if they’re very young. 

In other cases, you don’t want anyone to know that you’re playing some embarrassing games, so you may want to keep your little secret hidden from close friends and family members. 

Another reason you would like to hide your games is to decrease the number of games on your game list on Steam and make it look cleaner. This is particularly useful for gamers with a long list of games on Steam, which can sometimes be annoying. But what can you do? Steam sales are entirely irresistible! 

So, the best thing to do about your extensive game collection is to hide the games you think you won’t play for a long time and only leave the ones you currently play. 

And don’t worry, you can permanently unhide any game you want if you feel nostalgic and want to bring these beautiful memories back!

How To Hide a Steam Game

For any of the reasons mentioned above, gamers may want to hide certain games on Steam and keep them on the hidden games list for a while. The process of hiding Steam games is easy and does not take more than a few minutes. Here’s what you have to do to hide a Steam game: 

  1. Open your account on Steam.
  2. Select ‘Library’
  3. Choose the game that you want to hide
  4. Right-click on it
  5. Click on ‘Manage’ then ‘Hide This Game.’

That’s all! Your game will right away be added to the list of hidden games. Again, Steam allows you to take it off the list of hidden games whenever you like.

Hidden games on Steam

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How To View Your Hidden Steam Games

After successfully hiding your game, you may want to know how to view it on Steam. So, here’s what you have to do to see your hidden steam games: 

  1. Open your account on Steam.
  2. On the homepage, select ‘View’ in the top-left.
  3. Choose the ‘Hidden Games’ option.

After selecting ‘Hidden Games,’ you’ll be brought to a page where you can view all of your hidden games. You can treat hidden games just like you do with unhidden ones.

How To Unhide a Steam Game

As mentioned above, you can always unhide your hidden games on Steam if you change your mind. To do so, follow these simple steps: 

  1. Open your account on Steam
  2. Select ‘View’ 
  3. Choose the ‘Hidden Games’ option
  4. Select the game, then right-click on it
  5. Click on ‘Manage’
  6. Choose ‘Remove from Hidden’

That’s it! The hidden game should then be removed from the list of hidden games. 


What’s The Difference Between Removing a Game and Hiding it?

On Steam, removing your game is not the same as hiding it; they’re entirely different things. If you remove a game, this game will be deleted completely from your list, and you can’t play it anymore. But if you hide a game, you’re just keeping it private for the time you want, and you can always unhide and play it as usual. 

How To Remove a Steam Game

So, here’s what you have to do if you want to get rid of a Steam game once and for all:

  1. Open your account on Steam
  2. Select ‘Library’ 
  3. Select the game, then right-click on it
  4. Click on ‘Manage’
  5. Choose ‘Remove from Account’

How to Go Completely Private on Steam?

Hiding your games is not the only way to ensure your privacy on Steam. You can also protect your privacy while playing your games so no one of your Steam friends can know which game you’re running or even see your comments.

This is also a great way to keep your embarrassing games a secret from your friends. Follow these steps to enable a private profile:

  1. Open your account on Steam
  2. Hover the mouse cursor over your username
  3. Choose ‘Profile’
  4. Select ‘Edit Profile’
  5. Choose ‘My Privacy Settings’
  6. The options for your profile’s privacy are available from this point. You can give only your Steam friends access or make your whole profile private. Choose ‘Private’ for all available options if you wish to make your comments and games private. 
  7. Save the changes

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