How to Enable Family View Parental Controls in Steam

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up a Steam Family View account.
  • Setup your parental controls using the Family View.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a Steam account.
  • Steam will need to be installed.
Steam icon

1 Set Up Family View

Family View is a feature for parents and families to establish their own rules for what components of Steam are accessible.

You can use Family View to limit an account's access to a subset of its content and features. With Family View, access to the Steam Store, Library, Community, Friends content and other features may be gated by the entry of a secret PIN.

We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If there are features of Steam that you would like to exclude from the experience, you can restrict access using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your existing Steam account if you would rather your child share access with you on your Steam Account.

  1. Log into the Steam account your child will use.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Steam menu, then click Settings.
    Steam settings menu
  3. Click the Family tab on the left side of the window that opens.
    Family tab
  4. Click Manage Family View.
    Manage family view
  5. The Family View wizard will open.
    Family view wizard
  6. Select the content and features you'd like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View. Select Next when finished.
    Selecting content
  7. Enter an email address for recovery purposes in case you forget your pin. Click Next.
    Recovery email
  8. Select and confirm your new PIN, then click Next.
    Pin selection

2 Family Games Library

If you've opted to only allow access to a subset of the account's library, your account’s library will include a new group called Family Games. Family Games are the games you've chosen to remain accessible while in Family View.

In order to add and remove games from this list you first need to disable Family View:

  1. Log into your Steam account.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Family View icon in the top right.
    Family view icon
  3. Enter your Family View PIN, then click Submit to exit Family View.
    Typing the family view pin
  4. Find the game in your Library that you would like to add or remove from family view, then right-click on it and click Add to / Remove from Family Games.
    Add to family games

3 Adjust Family View

To Change Existing Family View Settings

  1. Open Steam and log into your account.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Family View icon in the top right.
    Family view icon
  3. Enter your Family View PIN, then click Submit to exit Family View.
    Typing the family view pin
  4. Click the Steam menu, then click Settings.
    Steam settings menu
  5. Click the Family tab on the left side of the window that opens.
    Family tab
  6. Click Manage Family View to start the Wizard again.
    Manage family view
  7. The Family View wizard will open.
    Family view wizard
  8. Select the content and features you'd like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View. Select Next when finished.
    Selecting content
  9. Enter an email address for recovery purposes in case you forget your pin. Click Next.
    Recovery email
  10. Select and confirm your PIN, then click Next. You do not have to change your pin if you do not want to. You can use your previous PIN.
    Pin selection

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up a Steam Family View account.
  • Setup your parental controls using the Family View.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a Steam account.
  • Steam will need to be installed.
Steam icon

Family View is a feature for parents and families to establish their own rules for what components of Steam are accessible.

You can use Family View to limit an account's access to a subset of its content and features. With Family View, access to the Steam Store, Library, Community, Friends content and other features may be gated by the entry of a secret PIN.

We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If there are features of Steam that you would like to exclude from the experience, you can restrict access using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your existing Steam account if you would rather your child share access with you on your Steam Account.

  1. Log into the Steam account your child will use.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Steam menu, then click Settings.
    Steam settings menu
  3. Click the Family tab on the left side of the window that opens.
    Family tab
  4. Click Manage Family View.
    Manage family view
  5. The Family View wizard will open.
    Family view wizard
  6. Select the content and features you'd like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View. Select Next when finished.
    Selecting content
  7. Enter an email address for recovery purposes in case you forget your pin. Click Next.
    Recovery email
  8. Select and confirm your new PIN, then click Next.
    Pin selection

If you've opted to only allow access to a subset of the account's library, your account’s library will include a new group called Family Games. Family Games are the games you've chosen to remain accessible while in Family View.

In order to add and remove games from this list you first need to disable Family View:

  1. Log into your Steam account.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Family View icon in the top right.
    Family view icon
  3. Enter your Family View PIN, then click Submit to exit Family View.
    Typing the family view pin
  4. Find the game in your Library that you would like to add or remove from family view, then right-click on it and click Add to / Remove from Family Games.
    Add to family games

To Change Existing Family View Settings

  1. Open Steam and log into your account.
    Steam login
  2. Click the Family View icon in the top right.
    Family view icon
  3. Enter your Family View PIN, then click Submit to exit Family View.
    Typing the family view pin
  4. Click the Steam menu, then click Settings.
    Steam settings menu
  5. Click the Family tab on the left side of the window that opens.
    Family tab
  6. Click Manage Family View to start the Wizard again.
    Manage family view
  7. The Family View wizard will open.
    Family view wizard
  8. Select the content and features you'd like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View. Select Next when finished.
    Selecting content
  9. Enter an email address for recovery purposes in case you forget your pin. Click Next.
    Recovery email
  10. Select and confirm your PIN, then click Next. You do not have to change your pin if you do not want to. You can use your previous PIN.
    Pin selection
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