With millions of active users, Steam remains one of the most popular PC gaming platforms. The app provides a variety of games that can be purchased at low prices and played almost instantly. You only need to download your game, which can be challenging at times. Modern game storage requirements grow year after year as graphics and customization improve. AAA titles can consume up to 100 GB of your system’s storage space, which is enormous when compared to older games.
You want to play, not wait for your Steam games to update or download. If your internet connection is slow, you may find yourself downloading for days on end. You won’t have to suffer if you figure out how to increase Steam download speeds.
These suggestions will assist you in optimizing the bandwidth from your ISP as well as Steam’s own connection to its servers.
Downloads are taking much longer than they used to, owing to larger file sizes. Your download speed, on the other hand, is very important. Other gamers would tell you to get a better connection or get off McDonald’s Wi-Fi, but game downloads can take an eternity, even if you have ultrafast fiber-optic internet. This issue is usually caused by the download servers rather than your bandwidth connection. The issue could also be in-app or with your computer.
Continue reading to learn how to speed up your Steam downloads.
Top 5 Ways to Download Steam Games More Quickly
Don’t give up if your Steam download speed remains unchanged after attempting only one of these methods. If you go through all of them, you will undoubtedly notice some improvement.
Unnecessary processes should be eliminated.
Too many applications and services can deplete computer resources. Unused processes free up RAM and CPU for other tasks, such as downloads and any input/output processing required to get those desired Steam Games. Here’s how to stop unnecessary processes in Windows 10.
- To access Task Manager, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select it, or simply press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- End Task by right-clicking on unnecessary processes. Close all browsers and other programs that may have an impact on your download speed.
- Click on Open Resource Monitor at the bottom of the Task Manager window, then select the Network tab in Resource Monitor to see if anything is hogging your bandwidth.
- If an app consumes all of your bandwidth, you may want to terminate the task there as well. Right-click the process and choose End Process Tree. Be patient, as removing it from the list can take some time.
Priority should be given to Steam downloads.
You can also use the Task Manager to ensure that your Steam downloads are as fast as possible.
- Open Task Manager after ensuring Steam is running.
- Locate the Steam Client in the list of processes, right-click it, and then select Go to details.
- Now, in the Details window, right-click the SteamService.exe process and select High as its priority. This method will not significantly improve your Steam download speed, but it will prioritize it over other processes.
Note: After shutting down, Windows 10 does not save the settings. Unless you use a third-party app like Prio or Process Hacker, you’ll have to change the priority level after each boot.
Examine Your Download Region and Bandwidth Capacity
Did you know Steam uses your location to download files? Your download speed is affected by your region, but Steam can occasionally detect the incorrect area. Always choose your location or the one closest to you for the best results.
You can select your region by following the steps below:
- Open the Steam app, then select Settings from the top-left corner of the screen.
- Now, navigate to the Downloads section.
- Click the Download Region dropdown menu from here to select the region closest to you.
- Also, leave the Limit bandwidth to box unchecked.
Sometimes the area closest to you is not the best choice. Because of the high traffic in that area, choosing a different location, even if it is further away, can sometimes increase your download speed.
Turn off your antivirus and firewall.
Your firewall or antivirus software may occasionally interfere with your download speeds. Disable each of them to see if anything changes. To learn how to disable it, consult your antivirus provider’s manual or website.
- In the Cortana search box, type firewall, and then select Windows Defender Firewall.
- Then choose “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.”
- Finally, confirm this by checking the box next to Turn off Windows Defender Firewall, then click OK.
Improve Your Internet Connection
Although not everyone can afford the fastest internet connection speeds, you can optimize it to its full potential. First and foremost, when downloading anything, including Steam games, try to use an Ethernet connection. Wi-Fi does not always offer the fastest download speeds.
To reap the full benefits of this type of connection, make sure your LAN drivers are up to date. Many programs make it simple to update all of your drivers, but the majority are expensive. DriverEasy is available in both free and premium versions for downloading the most recent drivers.
Finally, one of the most aggravating aspects of modern life is slow internet speeds. Hopefully, at least one of the above suggestions (if not more) will help speed up your Steam downloads just in time for the next big Steam sale.