Steam’s new mobile app is much better

I’ve been using the Steam iOS app quite a bit since I got a Steam Deck, but every time I opened the app, I had to face an interface that just felt right old — the general design had not been updated for a very long time. It seems Valve felt that way too, as it’s now beta testing a new version of the app that looks radically different and, if you ask me, significantly better.

In a blog post, Valve mentioned the new design as one of the app’s key new features, and the improvements, at least in my brief testing on iOS, are immediately apparent. For example, the app now has a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen where you can access things like the store, your newsfeed, and the Steam Guard section.

The library view in the new app.
Screenshot by Jay Peters/The Verge

A list of some submenus in the new Steam app.

Look at these modern menus!
Screenshot by Jay Peters/The Verge

But the app doesn’t just have a fresh coat of paint; it is built on a “new framework” and has some additional features. My favorite? You can now scan a QR code from the Steam Guard section to log into your Steam account, like you might know from Discord’s mobile app. Valve also says the new Steam app has “smarter notifications, an improved library, and multi-account support,” and you’ll still be able to do things like browse the store and confirm all transactions.

The screen where you can scan a QR code in Steam's new mobile app.  There are buttons to connect with a QR code or with another code.

This is the screen where you can scan a QR code.
Screenshot by Jay Peters/The Verge

The news feed for the new Steam mobile app.  The first entry is for Final Fantasy XIV.

This is what my newsfeed looks like.
Screenshot by Jay Peters/The Verge

Valve is currently beta testing the app on iOS and Android, so it’s not widely available yet. If you want to try out the beta, follow the instructions on Valve’s website, but if you’re on iOS, note that there are a number of slots available due to Apple’s TestFlight restrictions.