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How to redeem a Steam key on Steam Deck

Here’s how to redeem video game download codes in the Steam Deck UI

Photo of Steam Deck hand-held gaming device on a red material Photo: Chris Plante/Polygon
Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

So you have a code to unlock a game on Steam, but you don’t want to run to your computer to redeem it. No worries! You can redeem your code directly from the Steam Deck. The option is buried in the Settings menu, but once you know where to find it, the process is painless.

Here’s the process for redeeming a code:

At any point when using the Steam Deck, simply tap the Steam button on the lower left corner of the front of the device. A menu should appear on the left side of the screen. Select Settings, located at the bottom of the list.

The settings menu on the Steam Deck
Image: Valve via Polygon

The Settings menu has a bunch of submenus. Ignore all of them and scroll to the very bottom of the list. Select Library, and a page will appear with the words Activate a product on Steam. Select Add game, and a text box will appear, allowing you to redeem your code.

Once the code’s redeemed, the game will appear in the Library menu and at the front of the recently played games on the Home menu. Enjoy! And if you need some inspiration on other games to play, here are 12 games we loved on the Steam Deck.

The redeem a Steam key menu on the Steam Deck
Image: Valve via Polygon

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