Valve Overhauls the Steam Mobile App With New Functionality

Steam Mobile

The Steam mobile app has been getting a bit long in the tooth, and it looks like even Valve noticed. The company has revamped Steam Mobile with new features and an updated interface for buying and managing Steam games. The update also includes better account management features.

Check out the brief trailer Valve released to get customers up to speed.

Though Steam Mobile got the bulk of the major changes, Valve also did work across the whole Steam app ecosystem, including Steam Chat, its social app, and Steam Link, its remote play app. The work ensures greater account security and compatibility with new sign-in methods. One headline addition is QR Code Sign-in: App users can now log into their Steam accounts by using their smartphone or device camera to scan a QR code displayed by the Steam Desktop app. It’s a similar process to the QR Code Login used by chat app Discord and others. Previously, users needed to type in their password. If they had Steam Guard (Valve’s two-factor authentication method) enabled, they’d also type in a code generated by Steam Mobile. The app also supports authorization prompts, allowing users to tap a simple “Approve” or “Deny” button when a device attempts to log into a connected Steam account.

The Steam Mobile app also features an updated interface, making browsing the store and buying games easier on mobile screens. Users can even manage game downloads from the app, ordering their computer to download a Steam game remotely. Those who want to customize their experience can now use tabs to do that, too.

The Steam Mobile app is updated on iOS and Android devices. Valve is working on bringing some of the new features to both the Steam Desktop Client and Steam’s browser version. The Steam Deck will receive QR sign-in eventually as well.

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