How to Unhide a Game on Steam?

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Jan 17, 2023

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If you are one of those avid gamers with a bustling Steam Library, you might have hidden some of your games to clear your cluttered list.

So if you wonder how to unhide a game on Steam down the line, you only have to repeat the same steps through the ‘Hidden Games’ section.

Below, we take you through the process step by step.

Hidden vs. Removed Steam Games

Before telling you how to unhide Steam games, note that hiding is not the same as removing a game from your library, which permanently deletes it from your account.

On the other hand, hidden games are simply no longer visible in your library, but you can still restore them at any point with a few straightforward clicks.

Therefore, if you ever want to replay a game you have removed from your profile, you will have to repurchase it. Thankfully, you can minimize the money you waste on titles you dislike by getting a Steam refund within two weeks of the purchase date.

With over 70,000 individual game titles released since its conception, Steam is the largest digital game distribution platform worldwide.

How to Unhide Games on Steam?

To show your hidden Steam games again, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Steam app and click on ‘View’ in the top-left corner;
  2. Click on ‘Hidden Games’ to open your hidden collection;
  3. Right-click on the game you want to unhide;
  4. Hover over ‘Manage’ and select ‘Remove from Hidden’.

Once you complete these steps, you will see the title in your library again.

Remove from Hidden

source: Steam desktop app

How to Hide a Game on Steam?

If you change your mind at any point in the future, you can easily rehide the game by completing a very similar procedure:

  1. Launch Steam and click on ‘Library’;
  2. Right-click on the game you want to hide;
  3. Hover over ‘Manage’ and select ‘Hide this game’.

Manage and select Hide this game

source: Steam desktop app

However, you can also permanently delete any title for any reason via the ‘Steam Support’ section found in the ‘Help’ tab of the top drop-down menu.

Once there, type in the game title in the search box, open its support section, and click on “I want to permanently remove this game from my account”.

However, before doing so, we recommend uninstalling the game first because you will lose access to its uninstaller if you delete it from your Steam account, and you will have to locate and remove it manually from your hard drive.

type in the game title

source: Steam desktop app

How to Find Hidden Games on a Steam Deck?

If you have hidden certain games in your Steam Library and want to find them via your handheld Steam Deck device, you can easily do so in a few steps:

  1. Click on the physical ‘Steam’ button;
  2. Navigate to the ‘Home’ tab via the ‘Settings’ menu;
  3. Scroll down to the hidden games section and click ‘Manage’;

Once you do all of the above, you’ll see a list of your hidden games, which you can easily unhide by selecting ‘Options’ (three horizontal lines icon), navigating to ‘Manage’, and clicking on ‘Remove from Hidden’.

Did you know that you can stream and play your Steam games on any mobile device via the Steam Link app?

Why Hide Games on Steam?

The main reason users hide their Steam games is to organize a cluttered library by removing titles they are no longer playing or interested in playing, especially after being rather liberal with their wallets during the latest Steam Sales.

Another excuse to hide certain titles is if you share your Steam account with another person and don’t want to give them access to your entire library. For instance, parents typically hide games with sensitive and adult content from their children.

Last but not least, certain Steam accounts hold thousands of dollars worth of digital goods, and hiding your valuable titles will discourage cybercriminals from hacking your account. However, to prevent other users from peeking into your game library, you must update your privacy settings via your profile page:

  1. Hover over your account name and navigate to ‘Profile’;
  2. Click on ‘Edit Profile’ and scroll to ‘Privacy Settings’;
  3. Click the Game details status to open its drop-down menu;
  4. Select the ‘Private’ option to hide your library from everyone.

After completing the above steps, your entire gaming library, including wishlisted titles and achievements, will be hidden from all external users peeking into your profile.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to unhide a game on Steam after tucking it away in the ‘Hidden Games’ section, you can easily organize your Steam Library just how you like it. That’s not all, though, as the new Steam Library offers plenty of additional ways to manage your titles, from game collections to various library shelves.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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