Opting in to the Steam client Beta allows you to use and test the latest features before they are officially released. These features include upcoming features released early for testing purposes or just prototype options which are not to be developed in the stable version any time soon.
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While you get an early sneak peek on the new additions and tweaks to the client, you may also experience bug fixes and crashes. Beta phase means that the product is under the testing phase and the developers haven’t finalized the end product yet. It is very normal that it will cause crashes and some unknown behavior. Of course, it gets fixed in a day or two when the developers pinpoint the problem.
Most of the problems in Steam can be easily solved by opting out of the Beta Phase. Below is a detailed method on how you can do that.
- Launch your Steam client. Then open the client’s Settings by selecting it from the drop-down menu by pressing Steam located at the upper left side of the screen.
- Once in the Settings, navigate to the Account tab present at the left side of the screen.
- Here you will see a subheading of “Beta Participation”. Click on the button Change present under it.
- After you click Change, a small window will appear in front of you consisting of all the details of the Beta Participation. Click on the drop-down box and select the option “NONE- Opt out of all beta programs”.
Restart your Steam client and if prompted, restart your computer. Do note that after opting out, you may be required to enter your account credentials. Don’t follow this process if you don’t have access to your account information.
After you restart Steam, it will download some of the files or display uninstalling progress. It will then automatically launch again and all of your Beta participations will be removed.
Note: This beta participation is the Steam client; not of any games. You can opt for the beta versions of any game using Steam Store.