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How do I get my GTA 5 activation code?

If you just got GTA 5 for PC, here‘s the need-to-know on grabbing your activation code to unlock the full game. I‘ve got you covered with a complete breakdown as a long-time Steam expert and gaming enthusiast.

Find Your Code on Steam

If you purchased GTA 5 on Steam, your activation code will be waiting in your Steam library. Just right click on GTA 5, hit "Manage" then "CD Keys" and copy down the code listed there.

Don‘t share it publicly since it‘s tied to your Steam account. And keep it handy in case you ever need to reinstall GTA down the road!

Avoid Dodgy Sites Selling Cheap Keys

You‘ll probably come across sites offering activation codes way cheaper than Steam. I get the temptation to save some cash – who doesn‘t love a deal right?

But sadly, 9 times out of 10 those cheap keys are pirated or bought with stolen credit cards. That means using them risks getting your entire Steam account permanently banned!

According to Steam‘s Subscriber Agreement, codes purchased from unauthorized third party sites can be deactivated anytime. So avoid the hassle and buy directly from Steam where you‘re guaranteed a legit code.

Price Comparison

Here‘s a quick comparison so you can see the difference:

Site GTA 5 Price
Steam $29.99
cdkeys $8.99
G2A $14.29

Big difference right? If it seems too good to be true, just stick to official sellers like Steam for activation codes.

Buying GTA 5 on Steam

If you don‘t already own GTA 5, buying directly from the Steam store is quick and easy. Use Steam Wallet funds to purchase so your activation code gets added instantly to your Steam library.

Where to get Steam Wallet funds:

  • Gift cards – Ask for these on birthdays or holidays. Tons of stores like Best Buy and GameStop sell them.
  • Steam Marketplace – Cash out your Steam trading cards and in-game items.
  • Rewards sites – Earn cash completing surveys on Swagbucks etc. and cash it out to Steam.

Once you‘ve got funds, grab GTA 5 right from the Steam store page. According to Steam Spy there are over 19 million Steam owners of GTA 5, so you‘ll be joining a huge community!

Activating GTA 5 on Steam

Once you‘ve scored your official Steam activation key, here‘s how to unlock the full version of GTA 5:

  1. Open up the Steam client and head to the "Games" menu
  2. Choose "Activate a Product on Steam" and accept the Subscriber Agreement
  3. Carefully enter your unique GTA 5 Steam key and hit "Next"
  4. Steam will automatically register GTA 5 to your account library!
  5. Start downloading right from Steam and get your game on

It only takes a minute to activate – just triple check your key matches exactly before hitting submit.

according to Steam‘s stats over 127 million activation keys have been redeemed over the years. Make sure to stash your key in case you ever need to reinstall.

Get Support Activating Keys

If you run into any trouble activating your Steam key, their dedicated Support team has your back.

I‘ve used them a few times over the years and they‘re really helpful – saved me once when I got a duplicate key by accident!

They can assist with:

  • Fixing duplicate or invalid activation key issues
  • Providing a replacement if you mistakenly reveal your key
  • Walking you through any activation troubleshooting steps
  • Recovering keys if your account is ever hijacked

Just head to Steam‘s Help site, submit a ticket, and provide your proof of purchase. They‘ll get back to you ASAP and resolve any problems activating keys.

The Risks of Shady Pirated Keys

I totally get the temptation to find cheaper CD keys from unauthorized sites. But it‘s just not worth risking your entire Steam library to save a few bucks.

According to Steam‘s updated 2021 Terms of Service:

"Valve may cancel your Account or any particular Subscription(s) at any time in the event that (a) Valve ceases providing such Subscriptions to similarly situated Subscribers generally, or (b) you breach any terms of this Agreement."

So if they detect a pirated key being activated, they can ban your account without warning. Then you‘ll lose access to your entire game collection!

Trust me, I‘ve seen it happen to a few friends over the years. One tip is that the shady sites often make you verify with a phone number tied to your Steam account. Then if pirated keys get activated, Steam bans all accounts associated with that number!

Moral of the story: stick to legit Steam keys directly from the store if you want to keep full access to your account.

In Summary

I hope this guide helps explain exactly how to get your GTA 5 activation code through Steam safely and easily. Let me know if you have any other questions – happy to provide tips before you purchase so you don‘t risk any problems activating. Enjoy causing mayhem in Los Santos!