Steam made the decision in December of last year that if you’re a market participant, you have to use the Steam Mobile Authenticator.

In some ways this is a great feature as it offers two-step security, making your account even more secure. But it leaves you with no choice but to bring your phone with you wherever you go.

To get around this we explored a few alternatives that are available directly on your computer instead.

Steam Desktop Authenticator

steam desktop authenticator

Launched in November 2015, Steam Desktop Authenticator is available only on PC. With this software, you can get your login tokens directly on your computer, however, you still need a mobile phone number associated with your Steam account.

The software has since been updated to add additional features, you can automate the confirmation process for your market transactions or trades, as well as managing multiple accounts on the same installation.

The Team at Imperial Games currently use the Steam Desktop Authenticator synced to dropbox. This way whether we’re at work or home we can easily get our game on!



withauth steam authenticator alternative

WinAuth is an all-in-one authenticator for the PC. Since mid-2010 it has supported the following games and software :

  • Steam Authenticator, (World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III), GuildWars 2, Trion / Glyph (Rift, ArcheAge) RuneScape, WildStar and SWTOR (Star Wars the old republic)
  • Google and Microsoft Authenticator
  • Bitcoin trading websites such as Coinbase, Gemini, Circle, Bitstamp, BTC-e, Cryptsy


Version 3.5 also introduced the ability to accept steam market confirmation directly on the software, however, at the time of writing this cannot be automated and must be done manually.

Android Emulator

One of the alternatives is to install an android simulator on your computer, used by most to play android games on the computer, this software can also be the host for your steam mobile authenticator.

Here are the most popular android emulators:

Do you have any other solutions or ways to get around this? Would you like to share them with us? If so please leave a comment below!