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How to hide Steam games from your friends and keep them private

Hide your precious games from everybody.
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October 14, 2022

Steam has many games, and your library can go from sparse to cluttered fast. So if you have too many games in your Steam library, and want to hide a few, there’s a way to do that. You can even use this method to hide games from the main view, so your friends don’t see all the games in your collection. Here’s how to hide Steam games from your friends and keep them private.

QUICK ANSWER

To hide a Steam game, click the game in your Steam Library. In the game listing in the right pane, click the gear icon and go to Manage > Hide this game.

Another way to hide Steam games is to make your profile private. Click on your avatar and user name in the top-right corner and click View my profile > Edit Profile > Privacy Settings > My Profile. Click on the drop-down menu and select Private.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

Editor’s note: These steps were formulated using a custom PC running Windows 11. Some steps might be different depending on your hardware and software.

How to hide Steam games

You can use this method to hide Steam games from your main view. Open Steam, and click Library in the upper navigation bar. In the left pane, click the game you want to hide.

The Steam page of the game will open up in the right pane. Click the gear button. Click Manage in the drop-down menu, and click Hide this game.

Hide specific games on Steam:

  1. Launch Steam on your computer.
  2. Go into Library.
  3. Find the game you want to hide and select it.
  4. Hit the gear icon.
  5. Highlight Manage.
  6. Select Hide this game.
Steam hide this game
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Unhide games on Steam

You can unhide a game just as quickly as you can hide it. To unhide a game on Steam, click the View button on the menu bar at the top. Click Hidden Games in the drop-down menu. Steam will show you the complete list of hidden games. Click on the game you want to unhide on Steam. Find and click the gear button. Click Manage in the drop-down menu, and click Remove from hidden.

Unhide specific Steam games:

  1. Launch Steam on your computer.
  2. Click on View, in the app menu area.
  3. Select Hidden Games.
  4. Hit the gear icon.
  5. Highlight Manage.
  6. Select Remove from hidden.

How do I make my Steam profile private?

The first method only hides the game from your library view and doesn’t hide your friends from seeing you playing it. If you want to hide your profile activity and the games you play from your friends, you’ll have to make your Steam profile private.

Hover your cursor over the button with your username on the navigation bar towards the top. Select View my profile. On the profile page, click the Edit Profile button. It will take you to the profile settings page. In the left navigation area, click Privacy Settings. On the right, click Public next to My Profile, and click Friends-only or Private, depending on your preference. If you want to change the settings one by one, you can do that too. Click the button next to each setting, and select your preferred option from the drop-down.

Making your Steam profile private:

  1. Click on the avatar icon and username button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select View my profile.
  3. Go into Edit Profile.
  4. Select the Privacy Settings tab.
  5. Next to My Profile, select either Friends-only or Private.

FAQs

There are a couple of ways to hide your Steam games. Hiding individual games works, but it doesn’t hide your activity; people can still see what you’re doing.

You can hide all your Steam activity by making your profile private.

People hide their games and Steam activity for many reasons. Maybe you don’t want people to know what you play, and when you’re playing. Some of the titles might embarrass you. Or perhaps you don’t want people to know how much you’ve spent on games? It’s a personal decision, and anything goes.