Users of the popular Steam gaming platform invest a lot of time and money in their accounts.
Regularly purchasing games, especially at triple-A prices, can make seemingly insignificant costs add up to a huge sum of money.
If you have been a Steam user for a long time, it’s likely that your account is worth at least a thousand dollars, and that’s at the low end compared to some of the top accounts. You can check the value of your Steam account here.
This means keeping your Steam profile protected at all times is essential. When it comes to protection, having a secure and difficult-to-hack password is the key. Here’s how to easily change your password.
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Changing Your Steam Password
- Open the Steam client on your PC.
- Log into your account.
- Navigate to “Steam” in the top left corner, then open the “Settings” section.
- After clicking on “Settings,” select the first tab, “Account” (it will usually already be highlighted), then click on “Change Password” as illustrated in the screenshot below.
- If you have 2FA (two-factor authentication) enabled, you will need to confirm your identity via your phone or e-mail address, depending on your individual account settings.
The screenshot below shows an account that uses Steam’s mobile authentication method. If you have assigned an e-mail address as your preferred 2FA method, or you don’t have 2FA active, you might not see this screen at all.
- Steam will send a unique code that you need to enter into the empty field shown below.
Don’t panic if the code doesn’t arrive immediately. Steam can become overloaded by high demand and you might need to wait a minute or two. If the message doesn’t arrive, click on “Resend account verification code” below the empty field. If verifying by e-mail, be sure to check your “Junk” and “Spam” folders.
- The final step is to input your new password into the upper field, then repeat it in the following one. Once you’ve done this, click the “Change Password” button at the bottom. If you repeated the new password correctly, your Steam account password will be successfully changed.
Steam might ask you to log into your account again, but usually only if your account is already logged into on other PCs.
Changing Your Steam Password May Affect The Following Things:
- Your ability to trade in-game items, such as cosmetics in games like Dota 2 or CS:GO
- Your ability to use the Steam Community Market
- Your ability to make changes to your friends list
Popular titles such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive feature in-game cosmetic items that are traded extensively. This can be done to earn a profit, or simply to acquire a cosmetic item that you particularly want.
Trading items on Steam is so popular that some third-party websites providing such services are considered multi-million dollar businesses.
If you are a trader, it is vital that you avoid Steam’s dreaded “Trade Lock,” which can occur after significant changes are made to a user’s account. Why does this happen?
Steam can detect a recent change to sensitive information, in this example, a password. It immediately issues a preventive security measure, in case the account is not being used by its real owner.
For example, if someone breaches your account and tries to change the password to lock you out, Steam will notify you of suspicious activity. It is important that you have time to react and regain control of your account before you lose access to your game library and in-game items. This is why Steam implements a “Trade Lock” when a suspicious log-in occurs, or an account password is changed. This makes stealing an account far more difficult.
Do This To Keep Your Steam Account Safe
To avoid the aforementioned issues with trade locks and Steam detecting suspicious account activity, install the Steam mobile authenticator or use your e-mail address as a 2FA method. You can read more about 2FA in the official Steam 2FA guide.
Using 2FA makes it far more difficult for scammers and hackers to break into your account and adds a new level of security. Someone would need to have physical access to your smartphone, which is likely protected by its own security, or to break into your e-mail account. It’s highly recommended to use 2FA on all of your online accounts, not only Steam!
It might seem like a hassle to input a unique 5-character code every time you log into your account but it’s far better than the alternative: losing your account. If you use your smartphone, it should only take a few extra seconds.
You can use the “Remember me on this PC” option to log into Steam. This ensures that the app remembers your login information, and automatically logs you in when you start Steam on your PC.
Steam even advises you to do so:
Changing your Steam password is simple and straightforward. However, it has some temporary consequences unless you are already using two-factor authentication to access your account.
If you are still encountering difficulties when resetting or changing your Steam password, try contacting Steam support, who should be able to help.