Steam is one of the most popular ways to buy games for PC users around the globe. The marketplace giants are no strangers to innovation, and they continue to be a major force despite pressure from Origin, Blizzard, and Epic games.
When anyone creates a Steam account, you are automatically assigned a unique ID like on any website. This unique ID is known as your SteamID.
What Is a Steam ID Used For?
A SteamID's primary function is to help identify an individual user. Steam names can be set to almost anything and often change all the time however the Steam ID always remains the same.
You can use a SteamID to quickly find a user profile as there could be 15,000 players named "Dave". Some online tools for checking the specific game or overall Steam stats require you to enter your SteamID to work. A SteamID may be needed in an online game ban dispute with Valve, so it is always worth knowing what your SteamID is.
Finding Your Steam ID
The easiest way to find your SteamID is to simply go on your Steam profile in the Steam client. When on your community profile your "URL" will display the SteamID. For those that have created a custom URL, this obviously won't work, but you can follow these simple steps below:
- Log into Steam and navigate to "View" and click "Settings"
2. Now click "Interface" and check the "Display Steam URL address bar when available" box
3. Now navigate back to your user profile on the Steam client. Take a look at the URL bar near the top and voila, SteamID
If you see a name in the URL instead, this means you have a custom URL and will need to use an alternative method to find your Steam ID.
If you are one of those custom URL folk then you are going to need to use a web app like SteamIDFinder