We understand every family has its own approach to establishing rules and setting limits when it comes to media, entertainment and games. We hope most families talk through these issues together and find ways to agree on what's realistic and fair. With Family View, Steam is introducing a new way for parents and families to establish their own rules together.
Whether a Steam account is your own or your child’s, 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, and Friends content and features may be gated by the entry of an additional PIN.
We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If you and your kids find Steam to be a bit too overwhelming when parents aren’t around to help, you can now manage access to content and features using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your own Steam account if you would rather they share your own Steam Account for the time being.
To enable Family View:
An account with Family View enabled will be set to Family View by default. In this mode, content and features that you have restricted will be unavailable. To access additional Steam features, click on the Family View button within the Steam client and enter your Family View PIN. This will switch your account out of Family View, remaining this way until you return to Family View (via that same button) or log out.
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:
To modify your Family View options:
To remove Family View from your or your child’s account:
This will remove all restrictions from the account. If you wish to enable Family View in the future, simply revisit the "Family" tab in Settings and step through the Family View wizard once more. Your selected options will remain the same if you disable and re-enable the feature again in the future.
If you have lost or forgotten your PIN and a recovery email address has been specified, you are able to request an email containing a link to disable Family View on your account here: http://store.steampowered.com/parental/requestrecovery
If you haven't set a recovery email address yet, you can do so by visiting the following link: http://store.steampowered.com/parental/setrecovery
If you have lost your PIN and haven't set a recovery email, please contact Steam Support