How to Add Friends in Steam (2022)

Stumbled upon someone random on steam and you want to make them friends? well yes it is possible you can add them on your friend list and you can play  any online game with them later on steam.

To make friends in steam you need to have a purchase of a minimum of $5 without any purchase you won’t be able to invite anyone as a friend on steam  so as you mean that you have already have spent a minimum of five Dollars we will tell you how to add friends on steam

To add a friend on steam

Go to Friends Menu from the toolbar

steam friends menu

The first step is to open the steam application and open the toolbar from the top of the app 

Select Add a Friend Option

add a friend in steam

Now a drop-down menu will appear select add a friend option from the drop-down menu

Generate Code Or Send Invite

generate invite code steam

Now you will have two ways by which you can add friends on steam first option is by sending a generated friend code to your friend after sending the friend code they will be able to accept your friend request by using the code on the same page on their steam account.
The next option is by sending them an invite to be your friend you can do this by clicking the send invite button and they will get a notification on their steam app once they accept the invite you will be able to add them as friends

Add Each Other on Friend List

friend list steam

Now you both will able to add each other to your friend list  and enjoy gaming together

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Add Friends Without Paying a Penny

Well if you have not yet spent 5 dollars on steam then there are still ways in  which you can add friends on steam.

  • Firstly you can search the steam community for other players and share your invite link for or them to click and get added to your friend list.
  • You can also link your Facebook account to your Steam account to find friends on Steam,  this is one of the easiest methods  and does not require you to spend anything
  • If you have a friend who has already spent $5 then you can ask them to send you an invite and you  both can be friends on steam now
  • Also under various multiplayer games, you will get options to add friends inside the game so you do not necessarily need to add them to your steam friend list to play with them

Easily Stop Steam From Opening at Startup

Automatic launching of apps when you start your computer can be annoying because you do not always start your computer for the same reason every time.  By default steam also has a default setting by which it opens itself when you start your computer.

Maybe the automatic opening of steam is disturbing or unnecessary and your time gets wasted closing steam every time you start your computer.

Luckily you can turn this setting off on your PC  and get rid of steam launching at startup.

To stop steam from opening itself automatically

Go to Settings option from Steam Menu

steam settings

The first step is to open the steam app, now from the topmost menu go to “Steam” and a drop-down list will appear select “settings” option

Go to Interface From the Side Menu

Once you click settings a new window will open, now look for the interface option in the left sidebar.

Uncheck “Run Steam When My Computer Starts”

stop steam from starting up

You will see various options there now look for or “ Run Steam when my computer starts” make sure to uncheck the option and lastly click on “ok ” to save the settings. Now you are good to go and Steam will not open itself when you start your computer.

Using Task Manager To Stop Steam on Startup

If you are a Windows 10 user you can also use the task manager to stop steam from starting automatically. To do so

  • Go to Start Menu and search for Task Manager
  • Now move to Startup section from the top menu
  • Look for Steam in the list of apps
  • Right Click on Steam and select the Disable option

For Mac Users

Macs also provide an easy way to  handle apps that will start upon boot.

  • Firstly open system preferences
  • Now click on the Users & Groups icon
  • Find and go to your user account
  • Now from the list under Login Items look for Steam and click on the minus button beside it to remove it from starting up.

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How to Uninstall Steam Games Completely and Install Later

Are you out of space? And still, you want to download more games. You just feel like a game is taking up a lot of space and you don’t play it anymore, whatever may be the reason you want to uninstall steam games there is a way you can do it.

Uninstalling old games that you don’t play anymore will save a lot of space to fit in other games or any other thing that you want on your PC.

Also, if you uninstall a game from steam you can definitely install it again whenever you need it.

To uninstall a Steam Game

Go to the Library option

Library menu steam

You can find it on the topmost menu in the steam app

Choose the Game You Want to Uninstall

Choose the game to uninstall

In the library section, you will see the list of games that you have downloaded now simply choose the game to that you want to uninstall

Click on the Gear Icon

click on gear icon

After opening the game from the list you will be able to see a gear icon on the right side of the page click on the gear icon

Click on Manage>Uninstall

The last step is to click on manage and lastly uninstall. Now you are done with uninstalling.

Congratulations you are done uninstalling now you can use the space and whichever way you want. Don’t worry you can always install the games you have purchased from steam.

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Re Installing a Game on Steam

Reinstalling a game on steam is easy 

  1. Click on the library menu
  2. now go to the list of games and select which game you want to reinstall
  3. now go to the steam page of the game and there you will see an install button
  4. when you click to install a new window will open click on next
  5. and then I agree to the terms and conditions

Now your game will start getting downloaded again.  After your download has finished just  start the game again and your game is ready to play

Also Read: How to Refund a Game on Steam (2021)

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7 Working Ways to Increase Steam Download Speed (2022)

Slow download speed at steam well you’re not alone, it is frustrating especially if you have bought a new game and it is taking a lot of time to even get started.
Luckily there are ways in which you can increase your steam speed so that at the end you have to wait less and finally play the game.
Steam’s server itself is not slow and the speed offered is decent, but if you are downloading a game that has just released then the speed will be slow relative leave because a lot of people will be downloading at the same time putting a lot of load on the server.

Change Server

change steam server

The first thing you can do is tweak the steam settings, steam by default downloads a game from a server that is nearest to you, but if it is not then you can connect to your nearest server by following steps.

  1. To get started you need to open steam settings you can find it on the top menu of the app.
  2. Under the settings you will see a lot of options, now go to the downloads option. Here you can see where your files get downloaded and from which server.
  3. Under the heading download region, choose the region you currently are in.
  4. Restart Steam App

If the preset region was far from you then that might be the reason for the slow download speed. Also if you have relocated yourself over you are traveling then you can choose the nearest region to you.

However, if you find the server is too slow or busy you can try other servers too. For example, if a game is too popular in your region and is making your server slow then you can try switching to another one.

Remove Bandwidth Limitations

Another reason that your steam download speed is slow can be limited bandwidth. You need to stop any bandwidth limitations within the steam app.

remove bandwidth limitations

You can check it under the same download settings, search for the heading limit bandwidth to and see what option is selected. Make sure you set it as no limit. once you have set the bandwidth to no limit, restart your steam app so that changes can come into effect.

Setting your bandwidth to no limit will allow steam to download at the maximum speed possible. The download speed will mainly depend on how what speed your internet service provider is offering.

Disable Throttle

Under the same Downloads Settings, look for the heading download restrictions you can see there are three options to tick. Make sure the option throttle downloads while streaming is unchecked.

disable throttle

Throttling limits the upload and download speed, so keep that option unchecked and you will be able to see a significant increase in download speed.

Give Steam Top Priority

After you have tried the above steps you might have seen a slight increase in speed. There is a way that can also increase your downloading speed slightly.

  1. To do this you need to open task manager on your PC.
  2. Under Task Manager search for a steam client.
  3. The next step is to right-click and open the go to details option.
  4. A new window will open now look for or SteamServices.exe. Now right-click again and set priority to high.

After you are done with the settings now the downloading process will be the top priority of the PC above every other task that is going on.

If you are unable to find steam client then right-click on steam on your task manager and then click on install.

Also Read: Easily Uninstall Steam Games and Save Storage

Stop Unnecessary Processes

Well, this one is basic, other programs that might be eating your bandwidth and eventually decreasing your download speed. So while you are on the task manager, go to the processes option and terminate any processes that are not required at that time.

Now the next step is to go to the networks tab and see if there is an application that is eating your bandwidth, now close any such application if there is any.

Disable Firewall and Antivirus

While anti-virus software and firewalls are great for the safety and security of your computer and your data. Sometimes they may be the reason that your download speed is so slow.
The best thing you can do is to disable your antivirus and Firewall while you are downloading a game from steam.
To disable Windows security,

  1. Go to the start menu and search for the settings option.
  2. Now go to Update Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection
  3. Now just turn off the Real-Time Protection. You do not need to come back to turn it on as it will turn itself on automatically after sometime

disable windows security and firewall

To Disable Firewall

  1. Go to Control Panel and navigate to System and Security
  2. Click Windows Defender Firewall>customize settings 
  3. Turn off windows firewall under private network.

If it is already turned off, it means that your antivirus has enabled a Firewall so so now go to your anti-virus software disable firewall from there.

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Use Ethernet Cable

Well, if any of the above settings are not working for you then there might be a problem with your internet connection. If the speed of your modem is itself slow then try upgrading your package for contacting your internet service provider.

But if your internet is fine then connect your PC through an ethernet cable. It does not matter how fast your wireless connection is but a wired connection is always faster than any wireless connection.

choseal cat 7 ethernet cable

If you are already connected through an ethernet cable then make sure it is not outdated, we recommend that you use cat5 and above versions of ethernet cable as they are faster than the older versions.

Well, these were the ways by which you can increase your steam downloading speed. After trying all of this I am sure you might be able to get successful in increasing the speed significantly. If you have any other problems regarding steam you can ask here, we will surely reply, also tell us in the comments what worked for you.

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How to Refund a Game on Steam (2022)

how to refund game on steam

Purchased a game but you feel like it’s not up to the mark? Or you just accidentally purchased the wrong game and not sure what to do now. Well, you are lucky steam has a return policy by which you can get a full refund of the game you purchased.

The return is approved under two conditions, one is that you have played the game for less than 2 hours. And secondly, your purchase should not be older than two weeks. Exceptions are made by the company in some cases so you can apply for a refund even if you do not meet the two conditions.

In this article, we will tell you how to get a refund of your game in steam properly so that your request gets approved without any problem.

Requesting a Refund From Steam

Open The Help Menu

go to steam help

Once you start steam you can find the help menu at the top right menu bar. Go to Help>steam support. If you cannot find it then you can also visit help.steampowered.com from your pc.

Click on Purchases

steam purchases

You will see a lot of options you just have to click on Purchases Option

View Purchase History

View Purchase History Steam

Now click on View complete purchasing history option.

Select the Game

select a game from purchase list

Now you will see the list of purchases you have done, just select the game that you want to refund.

Click on I Would Like a Refund

I would like a refund steam

From the four options go to I would like a refund option, In the next screen they will ask if you have a technical problem with the app, Click on refund option.

Tell the Reason and Submit Request

Last step steam refund

The last step is to specify a reason for your refund, select an appropriate reason and click the Submit button. You can also add reason to the notes column, make sure you are precise and clear.

Well, once you have completed the steps, steam will review your application and if you qualify they will issue a refund to you within a week.

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Steam Refund Policy

Steam has a very strict refund policy, any downloaded game or content is refundable within a period of two weeks also the number of hours played should not exceed 2 hours. Also, if your purchase is older than 14 days there is very little chance that steam might issue a refund.

If you have played a game for more than two hours you can still apply for a refund. However, it depends on the total game length if your refund will be accepted or not.

You can also apply for a refund if you bought the game just before a sale, they will process a refund and allow you to purchase the game again.

You can also request a refund for subscriptions, gifts, bundles, in-game purchases and wallet refunds.

Do not make it a habit of processing refunds on Steam, once they identify that you are misusing their system they can ban your account. So read and watch reviews before buying any game or subscription from steam.

The refund processed by steam will be credited to your steam wallet as it cannot refund you on the initial payment method. You can use this balance to purchase other games and items. However, there is no way to steam wallet money back to your bank account.

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