How to Activate Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator

Steam is indeed an excellent platform for downloading & playing games on PC. The platform has become very popular over the years and has become a go-to platform for millions of users to download & play games online.

While Steam is mainly a gaming platform, it still has many social networking features. For example, on the platform, you can add gaming friends, chat with them, exchange files, and more. Since it’s a social networking cum gaming platform, it has introduced a Two Factor Authentication security feature.

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Well, Two Factor Authentication or two-step verification is an extra layer of security that ensures that people trying to gain access to an online account are who they say they are.

Two-factor authentication requires an extra login process where you must enter the verification code sent to your phone number or email address. Only after verifying the code will you be able to regain access to your online account.

Steam has a two-factor authentication but is in a different name – Steam Guard. Steam Guard codes will be delivered to you via the Steam app on your phone or at your registered email address.

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Steps to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Steam

To enable two-factor authentication or Steam Guard on your Steam account, follow some of the simple steps below.

1. Launch the Steam client on your computer and click on the Steam icon in the top-left corner.

click on the Steam icon

2. From the list of options, click on Settings.

Settings

3. On the Settings window, click on the Account option on the left.

Account

4. On the right, click on the Manage Steam Guard Account Security option.

Manage Steam Guard Account Security

5. Select the ‘Get Steam Guard codes from the Steam app on my phone’ option on the Manage Steam Guard screen.

'Get Steam Guard codes from the Steam app on my phone'

6. Now, open the Steam app on your smartphone and tap on the hamburger menu at the top-left corner.

hamburger menu

7. On the menu that appears tap on the Steam Guard.

Steam Guard

8. On the Steam Guard screen, tap on the Add authenticator button.

Add authenticator

9. Now, Steam will send you an SMS code to your registered phone number. You need to enter that code and tap on the Submit button.

SMS code to your registered phone number

10. Now, Steam will provide you with a recovery code. You need to note it down and keep it safe.

recovery code

11. Once done, you will see a 5-digit code on the Steam Guard. This code will change automatically in just a few seconds.

5-digit code on the Steam Guard

That’s it! Now, whenever you try to log in to your Steam account from a new device, you will be asked to enter the Steam Guard code. You need to enter the code from the mobile device to access your account.

Steam account PIN

How to Get Steam Guard Codes via Email?

If you don’t use the mobile app, you can opt to get the Steam Guard Codes via email. If you select this option, Steam will send the verification codes to the registered email address. Here’s how to get two-factor authentication codes via email.

1. Launch the Steam desktop client and click on the Steam icon in the top left corner.

click on the Steam icon

2. From the list of options that appears, tap on

Settings

3. On the Settings window, switch to the Account tab on the left.

Account

 

4. On the right, click on the Manage Steam Guard Account Security.

Manage Steam Guard Account Security

5. On the Manage Steam Guard page, select the ‘Get Steam Guard Codes by email’

'Get Steam Guard Codes by email'

That’s it! This is how you can get Steam Guard codes by email.

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So, these are the two best ways to enable Steam Guard on your Steam account. The feature will protect your games, inventory, and Steam waller. If you need more help managing Steam Guard, let us know in the comments below.