Steam game doesn’t show up in library [FIX]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Have you recently bought a Steam game but it is not showing in your library?

Or maybe you managed to install it but it keeps appearing uninstalled.

Following our next guide below, you should be able to solve all these issues regarding your Steam game library.

Can’t find my game in Steam library: How can I fix it?

Sometimes it can be really frustrating when you purchase a product and for some reason you just cannot use it.

Below we compiled a list of a few steps that hopefully will help you in case you encounter this issue with your Steam client.

  1. Game appears  as uninstalled
  2. Check your game license
  3. Check if the game is hidden
  4. Force update Steam
  5. Reset your router

1. Game appears  as uninstalled

If your Steam game seems to be uninstalled when you look it up in the game library, the platform might not recognize the installation files.

Seeing that the game folders are in the right place, triggering a game launch will lead to a download.

This way, Steam will be able to know which are the right installation files during the download.

You can make sure that the files are in the proper location by accessing the default Steam folder; Normally you can find it under C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamappsCommon

If your games have been installed on a different partition, you can try the following:

  1. Launch Steam and go to Steam > Settings > Downloads and press on Steam Library Folders . Then you will have your Steam Library folders open in a window.
  2. Click on “Add Library Folder” and mark the folder in which you previously installed the games.

Once the correct destination folder is added, your games will most likely appear in your Steam account.

2. Check your game license

After purchasing, make sure that you check to see if you have the license/Subscription for your acquisition.

If not, reset your internet then try to purchase the game again. You may have to refresh the page after resetting your internet.

Once you are sure that you have the license/ Subscription, try to restart the Steam Client.  It is advisable that you restart your PC as well since occasionally Steam updates after that.

However, sometimes it can just be a server error, caused by many users trying to make a purchase at the same time. In this case, you just have to wait for a while and the problem will solve itself.

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3. Check if the game is hidden

Find the game in the store page and click the play now button.

This will pop up a window with information regarding the necessary space and other installation information.

After you press next and after it allocates the space, you will be brought to a new page.

Here you should be able to see your game downloading.

You will find a link for you to manage your downloads, that you need to click. It will take you to your downloads page where you can find the game that is downloading.

If you will right-click the game and hit Set Categories a window will pop-up. In this window, try and uncheck the box with Hide this game in my library.

Afterwards, you should be able to see the game in your Library.

4. Force update Steam

Go to the Steam installation folder, locate the ClientRegistry.blob and delete it. By doing so, Steam will install the latest updates. Hopefully, your games will be available in the library after this step.

After the update, look at your library and see if it’s there. If not, restart your computer, log back in, then see if it’s there.

5. Reset your router

Sometimes, if you suspect that the network is not working as it should, you can try and reset your router. A poor connection can be the reason why your game library is not updating.

Just unplug your router and your modem for 30-60 seconds then your problem should be fixed.

Restarting the router and modem flushes the memory contents and might help reset any background  problems.


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