Steam is a massive PC gaming platform run by Valve. It's trusted by millions of people worldwide to deliver a quality shopping and playing experience, and for the most part, it's easy to navigate. Those who've recently made a switch to PC gaming, however, might need a bit of a helping hand to get started. If you have a code for a game redeemable through Steam, there are just a short few steps to follow before you can start downloading. Here's how to redeem codes on Steam.
How to redeem codes on Steam
While you can browse Steam from a browser, most people are going to download the Steam client to get the most out of the experience. Once the client is installed on your PC and you've created a Steam account, follow these steps to redeem a game code you received elsewhere.
- Launch Steam from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
- Click Add a Game.
- Click Activate a Product on Steam.
- Click Next.
- Click I Agree.
- Type the Product Code.
- Click Next.
- Click Finish.
From here, you can choose to install the game on your PC, or you can leave it be. The game will forever be a part of your Steam Library, ready to download and play at your convenience.
If you're looking to save some money and still get your hands on a ton of great games, be sure to check out our collection of the best free PC games on Steam. Also, you'll want to take a look at our roundup of the best gaming laptops to see how your system compares.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.