How to use the Steam Achievement Manager to unlock any achievement

How to use the Steam Achievement Manager to unlock any achievement

So it’s an achievement you want to unlock, but you don’t necessarily want to jump through hoops to unlock it. Maybe it’s tied to an in-game item unlock, or maybe you just want some unearned bragging rights.


Whatever the reason, here’s how to use the Steam Achievement Manager to unlock any achievement on Steam.


What is Steam Achievement Manager?

Steam Achievement Manager, or SAM, is an open source program that allows the user to organize and unlock any achievement available for any game on the Steam platform.

Although not officially endorsed by Steam, SAM has seen widespread use since 2008, and remains functional with very few updates.

To download SAM, visit the Steam Achievement Manager GitHub page. The program comes as a .zip download, so make sure you know how to extract files in Windows 10 if that’s what you’re using.

Can I get banned for using the Steam Achievement Manager?

As mentioned above, SAM is not officially endorsed by Steam. Depending on interpretation, it may technically be against the terms of use for the platform.

However, Steam has yet to publicly comment on the program, and no one has ever reported receiving a ban in the past.

Depending on how you want to use the program, it may be worth exercising some caution. Just unlocking an achievement to show on your profile? It’s probably safe. Will the achievement unlock an item in the game, say in Team Fortress 2 or Payday 2? It’s a little more difficult.

It’s up to you to decide if the risk, however minimal, is worth it. If it is, read on to find out more about using SAM.

How to unlock achievements with Steam Achievement Manager

After extracting, you should have two executables available. The one you’re after is named SAM.Picker.exe.

Start the program and allow it a few seconds to scan for available games. At the first launch, this can take up to half a minute.

SAM should show all the games connected to your Steam account.

Not seeing a game? Head over to the SteamDB page and search for the game you’re looking for. You can then copy and paste AppID into the empty field next to it Add games. Press the same button and SAM will fetch the game you are looking for.

Still having problems? It might be worth making sure the game is installed and discovered on Steam. Check out our Steam not recognizing installed games troubleshooting guide for more help.

Let’s look at achievements for Apex Legends. After selecting your game from the list, or pulling it up by AppID, SAM will bring up a list of all the achievements available for that title.

It’s as easy as clicking the boxes next to the listed achievements. You can choose just one or more, or even the lot, if you feel so inclined.

Hit Commit changes when you are ready for the achievements to be unlocked on Steam.

When you do, you should see achievement pop-ups trigger, assuming Steam is currently running. If it doesn’t run, check out your profile on Steam to make sure the changes went through.

Note that you can also re-lock achievements using the same method. Just uncheck the achievements instead. There are few reasons why you would want to do this, but it is still convenient that you can.

Get all the Steam achievements without any of the work

With SAM you will have instant access to any achievement, with very little effort. Some may see this as cheating, while others will see it as an easier way to bypass the game’s achievement requirements.

Maybe it’s not even about the games for you. Maybe you just want to put the flashy achievements on your Steam profile page.

Whatever the reason, SAM will unlock any achievement, no problem.

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