How to change or reset your Steam password

How to change or reset your Steam password
Steam is the world's most popular PC game store, with nearly 40.000 games for sale and more than 14 million concurrent players. Their popularity makes Steam accounts a target for hackers who sell stolen Steam accounts on the black market or buy gift cards using credit card details linked to compromised accounts. It makes sense to use a unique and strong password on Steam and to update your Steam password regularly. In this article, we describe the fastest way to update your Steam password. If you've completely forgotten your Steam password, we'll also explain how to regain access to your account. Steam offers desktop clients for macOS, Linux, and Windows, as well as a website where you can browse and buy games. The process of updating your password on these platforms follows the same pattern and in our example we will be using the Windows desktop Steam client.

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Click on Steam in the top menu bar (Image credit: Steam)

How to change your Steam password

First, log into your Steam client with your Steam username and password.

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Choose Settings from the dropdown list (Image Credit: Steam) Click on the Steam menu at the top right of the interface and choose Settings from the dropdown menu.

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Select Change Password in the settings dialog (Image Credit: Steam) The Steam settings dialog will appear, displaying your account name, contact email address, VAC status, and status of security. Press the Change Password button. A second dialog opens asking how you want to change your password.

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Click to send an account verification code to your email address (Image Credit: Steam) Assuming you still have access to the specified email address, click Email Account Verification Code electronic.

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Enter the verification code you received in the form field (Image Credit: Steam) Check your email for the Steam verification code. Then enter this code on the next screen and click Continue.

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Enter your new password twice in the form fields (Image Credit: Steam) Finally, submit your new chosen password twice in the form fields and click Change Password. Your Steam password has now been updated. You will need to sign in again if Steam is installed on other computers. If you can no longer access the specified email address, please follow the steps in the section below to reset your Steam password.

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The Steam login dialog has a I can't login button (Image credit: Steam)

How to reset your Steam password

If you forgot your Steam password, you will not be able to log into the client. Fortunately, on the login screen, you can click I'm having trouble signing in. You will be asked if you forgot your Steam details, if you think someone has stolen them, or if you have a problem with the Steam Guard two-factor authentication system. Assuming you just forgot your login details, choose I forgot my Steam account name or password. Enter your email address or phone number in the form field on the next screen. From there, the steps are the same as changing your Steam password, with Steam sending you an account verification code via email and prompting you to create a new password.