How to add friends on Steam from PC or with your cell phone

Steam is a very practical application, as it allows you to have all your favorite games on a single platform, in addition to having a powerful store with countless titles. Another incentive is the ease of adding friends, chatting with them, and competing against each other!

There are several ways to add friends and you can do it from your PC or your cell phone. It is possible that you have problems with some of the methods and for that reason, Steam provides us with these different ways so that you can play with your friends. With this guide, learn what these ways are!

Note: You cannot send friend requests on Steam without paying. You must have purchased a game or added money to your Steam wallet worth $5 in US dollars (or the equivalent in your currency). If you do not meet this requirement, you will not be able to add friends. However, they will still be able to send you friend requests if they meet the requirement. We will talk about this topic later.

How to add friends from the PC application

As we have already said, there are different methodologies to add friends. Based on our experience, we suggest adding friends using the friend code. And how is that done? We show it to you now in 3 steps.

First step

Enter the Steam application for PC. Next to the big Store, Library, and Community tabs is another one with your current profile name. Mouse over your name without clicking, thus displaying a drop-down menu. Then press on Friends, as we show you in the following image.

It will take you to a section where you can see the complete list of friends and manage requests, followed players, groups, etc.

Second step

Within the Friends section, you will find a sidebar on the left with different sections. To continue with the process of adding friends, you need to click on add a friend.

Steam PC add friend section

You will be shown a page with three ways to add friends: by friend code, quick invite, or by searching for profiles. For now we will focus on the first, that is, the friend code.

Third step

There are two ways to add friends with the code. On the one hand, you can send your own code to your friends so that they will be the ones to add you on Steam. On the other hand, you can ask your friends to send you their codes.

Steam PC add friend via friend code

In both cases, the important thing is that the received code must be entered in the slot below, where it says Enter a friend code. If you write the code correctly, your friend’s profile will appear automatically, with a button that says Send invitation. Click there, and you’ll just have to wait for your friend to accept the request!

If it is your friend who sends you the invitation, you can accept the request in different ways. One of them is to return to the section of Friends and enter the section Awaiting requests.

How to add friends with mobile

The menu to add friends on Steam through your mobile is quite similar to that of the application on PC. That means almost any method works similarly on the mobile version. Although in the previous section we have explained how to add friends using the code, we want to take the opportunity to show you another method: the quick invite.

First step

When you open the Steam app on your phone, at the top left is a icon with three stripes“. Press there and a side menu will be displayed.

Steam mobile enter Friends section

click on You and your friends; another drop-down menu will open. In it, click on Friends. This takes you to a page where you can see your full list of friends and manage that list.

Second step

In the top section of Friends, you’ll see a green button called Add a friendor. Click on it, and you’ll be presented with a page pretty much the same as the Add a Friend section on the PC app. Therefore, you will see the options for friend code, quick invite and search.

Steam mobile Add to a friend

Beware: from the cell phone, if you have not spent any money in your account, it is possible that you will not be able to see the complete “Add a friend” menu.

Third step

For this last step, we take the opportunity to show you the second method that we recommend using. It’s about the quick invite. As you can see in the image below, you will find that option just below the friend code section.

Steam Quick Invite

How does the quick invite work? Each account has a single use link that you can copy and send to other friends. It is useful to ask for friend requests through WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, e-mail, etc.

If someone sends you such a link, what it does is take you to your friend’s profile. As long as you are connected to your Steam account, you can send a friend request very easily. Of course, keep in mind that it is for single use and that it expires after 30 days.

In case the link does not work, whoever sends the code will have to press the blue button Generate a new link and try again.

How to Add Friends on Steam for Free

As we have indicated in the note at the beginning of the article, you can’t send friend requests unless you have spent the equivalent of $5 in US dollars. This measure was adopted to avoid scam accounts and phishing. In other words, if you don’t meet that requirement, your account won’t have the necessary privileges to add friends.

The only way to add friends on Steam, without spending money, is to wait for your friends to send you requests. It is worth reaffirming that your friends must meet the requirement, if they want to add you as friends.

Our recommendation is to use the method of friend code (we explain it more in the first section). Send your friends the code you have, and they can send you a request from their accounts. You will only have to accept and you will already be friends on Steam. Simple and fast!

Other methods of adding friends

In addition to the friend code and quick invite, there are two other ways to add friends on Steam. We will comment on both briefly. The friend code and quick invite methods may not work at some point, so it’s a good idea to learn about other ways to add friends.

Through profile search

On the same page where you can see the friend code and the quick invite link, at the bottom you will see a slot that says Enter your friend’s profile name. It seems simple, right? It is, but it’s easy to get into trouble with this method.

To add someone in this way, you need to ask your friend what profile name they currently use. Then you have to write it down, hit search and, to be honest, you may or may not find it. Sometimes you will see a very long list of profiles, which is common if your friend uses a very common name. You will have to identify your friend by the image and/or the description.

Another problem with this method is that the Steam database is not updated instantly. If your friend just changed their name or created their account recently, it’s more than possible that you won’t find them doing a search. Try the other methods instead!

By direct link to the profile

For the latter method, we advise going to or from a PC and connecting with your account. Next, you must enter your profile. Once inside, look at the page link in the browser itself. It should have a format similar to, unless you have customized the link.

Copy the link and send it to your friends. In this way, they will be able to enter your profile with their own accounts and send you a friend request. It works the same if they are the ones who send you the link to their profiles. But remember: you can only send friend requests if you meet the $5 spend requirement.

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