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Steam’s new mobile app looks much, much better

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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 was faced with an interface that old – the overall design hadn’t been updated in a long time. It seems that Valve felt the same way, as it is now beta testing a new version of the app that looks dramatically different and, if you ask me, dramatically better.

In a blog post, Valve cited the redesign as one of the app’s main 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 navigate to things like the store, your news feed, and the Steam Guard section.

Thumbnails of some games in a Steam library on the new mobile app.

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

A list of some submenus in the new Steam app.

Check out those 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 personal favorite? You can now scan a QR code from the Steam Guard section to log in to your Steam account, as you may 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 can still do things like browse the store and confirm transactions.

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

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

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

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

Valve is currently beta testing the app on iOS and Android, so it’s not generally available yet. If you want to try the beta, follow the instructions on Valve’s websitebut if you’re on iOS, keep in mind that there are some slots available due to Apple’s TestFlight restrictions.

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