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How to redeem a product code on Steam

Steam codes are one of the best ways to add to your library or gift games to friends. But how exactly do you redeem them?

Steam is one of the largest PC gaming platforms on the market, with the Steam Deck taking full advantage of its vast array of titles. 

One feature you may not be familiar with is the ability to redeem codes within the platform. These can be gifted by friends or found online for a more affordable price, making it a great way to bulk out your library. 

That’s why we’re going to be running through a simple step-by-step guide on how to redeem product codes on Steam so you can start playing new games right away. 

What you’ll need: 

  • A Steam account

The Short Version 

  • Launch Steam
  • Click on Games
  • Click on Activate a Product on Steam
  • Click Next
  • Click I Agree
  • Enter your Product code
  1. Step

    Launch Steam

    Launch the Steam app on your laptop or PC and make sure you are logged into the account you want to redeem this code in. Launch the Steam app

  2. Step

    Click on Games

    Go to the very top menu in the left-hand corner of the screen and click on the Games header. Click on Games

  3. Step

    Click on Activate a Product on Steam

    From the drop-down menu presented, click on Activate a Product on Steam. Click on Activate

  4. Step

    Click Next

    You will be presented with a new text box. Click on Next.Click on Next

  5. Step

    Click I Agree

    There are terms and conditions associated with redeeming a code on Steam, we recommend you read it through to understand the stipulations involved. Once you have read it through, click on I Agree. Press I Agree

  6. Step

    Enter your Product code

    You can now enter your product code. It will be a 16-digit code and once it has been accepted, you will be able to download the product. Enter the code


Do Steam codes expire?

Steam codes never expire, however, if you are sent a Steam code as a gift from a friend or family member, you will have 30 days to accept it.

What are Steam Codes?

Steam Codes work in a similar way to gift certificates and can give you access to different products, like games and DLC.

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