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Opting In and Out of Steam Client and Product Betas
By Jimo
I will give you instructions on how to opt-in and out of a client or product beta through Steam.
 
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Introduction
This guide will give you instructions on how to opt-in or out of a client or product beta through Steam.

Opting into a beta offers the opportunity to try out updates before they're officially released for the purpose of providing feedback to the developers. Some beta releases may contain bugs or differences from standard functionality, always read the change log before deciding to opt-in.

Client Betas
Opting in or out of a client beta can be done by opening the Steam Client and clicking on the "Steam" button located on the menu at the top left. Once you have the menu open click on "Settings".



Mac users will need to choose "Steam" and then "Preferences" from the applications menu at the top of the screen.



If an open beta is available or you're already opted in, it will be displayed within the beta participation section of the "Settings" page. To adjust your beta participation status click the "Change" button.



Once you've clicked "Change" a window will appear with a drop-down menu. From the menu you'll be able to choose from the available betas. You'll also be able to opt-out of all betas by selecting the menu option.

When you've made your selection click "Ok".



You'll then be required to restart Steam. Once Steam has been restarted it will begin updating.



If you chose to opt-in to a beta you'll continue to receive beta updates until the beta period is over, or until you opt-out. The changelog for beta update can be found within the announcements section of the Steam Client Beta group, it's also a great place to leave feedback and bug reports.
Client Betas with Big Picture
If you're using Steam Big Picture you can opt-in to the latest client beta by selecting the "Settings" button from the main screen.


On the settings page select the option which says "System".



Check the client beta participation box on the Settings page to opt-in to the latest beta. You can opt-out of the beta at any time by removing the checkmark.


Once you've checked the box you can select the "check for updates" button to begin downloading the latest Steam client beta if available. Once the download is done you'll be prompted to restart Steam to complete the installation.

Product Betas
Occasionally developers will provide a beta update for their game or software which requires the user to opt-in. You can opt-in to product betas by right clicking the game or software on your Steam Library and choosing "Properties".



From the properties window select the tab titled "Betas". From this page select the applicable beta from the drop-down menu. If you've previously opted into a beta you can opt out by selecting the menu option.



If you're opting in to a private beta which requires a password you'll need to type it into the access code box beneath the drop-down menu. Selecting "Check Code" will inform you if you've entered the correct password or not.



Once you're done making your selection close the properties window by selecting "Close". Once the window is closed it will begin updating to the selected version if you've met the requirements.
Product Betas with Big Picture
If you're using Steam Big Picture you can opt-in to product betas by selecting the product from your library and scrolling to the module titled "Links & More". From this menu choose "Select Beta".



Select the applicable beta from the drop-down menu and click "Close". If you've previously opted into a beta you can opt-out by selecting the menu option.



Once you've closed the window your product will begin updating to the selected version if you've met the requirements.
Closing Notes
If you have any questions or comments regarding this guide please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me on Steam or through my website[www.Jimo.co.uk].

You can also check out all of my other Steam Guides here.


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129 Comments
Whole Lotta Gay Shit Jul 2 @ 8:38am 
Thanks. I fucking hate steam's UI and because I joined the new beta it overlapped the metro skin so I had to use the default one. It's sooooooo outdated.
999999999 Jun 27 @ 12:52pm 
Thumbs down for being spammed all over the forums with incorrect info about what it can do.
crazycraigman May 17 @ 2:03pm 
does not spawn in exp.
class size is red.
Skullriot May 5 @ 3:12pm 
You will get beta passwords from various developer websites or alerts. Sometimes they are given out to only a small group so that they can more easily track issues.
BlackEagle May 2 @ 8:58am 
and where are the beta passwords?
Dmitriy Feb 17 @ 6:24am 
I'd recommend to split it into 3 guides so we can easily give link to a person to the necessary part.
pixelbrat Dec 3, 2017 @ 12:35am 
thank you
Avaryana Nov 10, 2017 @ 11:44am 
have a question, how do i actually opt-out of product beta? activation was easy, but now i dont know how to disable it. in properties of game, there is no "betas" tab anymore and on account properties i have active beta participation: NONE, so i was looking for some option within game properties but didnt find it.
[LPG] 7-elephant Dec 8, 2016 @ 7:05am 
If failed to start Steam, must delete or rename a file "beta" at "Steam\package\beta" to go back to normal version. Please add this to new guide section like "Manual opt out"
Charged Ruby Feb 25, 2016 @ 2:33pm 
I would love to Beta test CREA but I don't have the game. So once I get the game somehow I'll be able to do it.