[Tested] Easy Ways How To Uninstall A Steam Game for Beginner’s Guide

(Last Updated On: May 3, 2023)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve probably heard of Steam. But for those who don’t know, the Steam platform is a modern-day digital game distribution pioneer that makes buying and installing video games easier than ever before. Steam allows gamers to buy the latest video games and store them in a library on the platform for easy access.

How to uninstall a steam game
How to uninstall a steam game

For the most part, Steam has had little to no competition in this market. That is, until Epic Games decided to join the fray, launching the new Epic Games store. With its own library of digital titles, the newest platform is attempting to dethrone Steam, and many long-time Steam users are jumping ship.

Whether you fall into this category or not, PC storage is generally limited, which means an abundance of games will consume a significant amount of your hard drive space. This is unlikely to be an issue as long as each title receives consistent hours of play. However, Steam sales are often too good to pass up, and you may find yourself overburdened by newer games you want versus those you haven’t played yet. It may be necessary to free up some space by uninstalling a few games you don’t intend to play anytime soon.

How to Remove Games from the Steam Platform

Steam makes it relatively simple to uninstall and reinstall any purchased game. Even if you uninstall a game from your PC, it will remain in your Steam library in case you want to reinstall it later. Purchased games are linked to your account indefinitely, so you won’t have to worry about them disappearing.

It’s almost as simple to uninstall a game on Steam as it is to install one. There are several methods for uninstalling a game from Steam. You can do so directly on the platform, through Windows’ add/remove program feature, or through the Steamapps folder in File Explorer.

Removing it on the platform itself is the recommended method because it is the simplest and quickest of the three. You’ll need to know your Steam password, so make sure you have it handy before proceeding.

This article will walk you through the process of uninstalling Steam games, freeing up space on your computer and getting rid of games you can’t or don’t want to play. Let’s get this party started.

In Steam, uninstall a Steam game.

We’ll start with the simplest and quickest method of game removal: directly through Steam.

First and foremost, you must:

  1. Launch Steam and sign in with your credentials.
  2. Then, in the top navigation menu, select the Library option.
  3. Right-click the game in your library that you want to uninstall and select Uninstall from the drop-down menu.
    1. Prior to deletion, you will see a confirmation window. Steam will ask you if you want to completely delete the game.

4. When you’re ready to uninstall the game, click the Uninstall button.

In your Steam library, the title of the uninstalled game will now be grayed out.

Windows Apps and Features Removal

This method does not technically allow you to avoid logging into your Steam account. If that was your intention, I’m afraid it won’t work. This method is intended for those who prefer not to deal with Steam directly during the deletion process. You can uninstall your Steam games through Windows’ own Programs and Features menu, just like any other Windows application you’ve installed or uninstalled.

It’s a convenient way to delete Steam games from your PC while also clearing out some other clutter. So, if this is your plan, you must:

  1. Navigate to the Programs and Features screen.
    1. You can search for “programs and features” or “Apps & features” in the taskbar search section by typing them in and then clicking on them.
    2. Right-click the Start icon in the lower-left corner of the desktop screen and select Settings from the menu that appears. Select Apps.

2. Then, scroll to the game you want to uninstall and left-click it to open the uninstall menu.

3. To begin the process, click the Uninstall button.

4. You’ll be taken to the Steam login screen at this point. Log in using the correct credentials.

  • The final confirmation box will be displayed to you.

5. To complete the uninstall, click Uninstall.

Remove all games from the Steamapps folder.

Although the previously discussed methods are preferable, you can delete the game manually by opening File Explorer. This is the best way to ensure that the game has been completely removed from your system. That does not mean the game will be removed from the Steam library, but it will undoubtedly be removed from your machine entirely.

If this is the route you want to go, then:

  1. Navigate to your Steam installation folder, which is usually C:Program Files (x86)Steam when using Windows 10.
  2. Locate and open the steamapps folder once in the Steam folder.
  3. After that, navigate to the Common folder, where you’ll find a complete list of the games that are currently installed.
  4. Find the game you want to uninstall, then highlight the folder (left-click it) and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
    1. You can also right-click the folder and select Delete from the menu that appears.

The game has been removed from your computer. When you return to the Steam app, the recently uninstalled game should still be in the Library but grayed out. To completely eliminate the possibility of the game ever being installed, you may need to delete all configuration and save files as well. These files are usually found in the Saved Games folder, Documents folder, or AppData folder.

Installing Steam Games Again

It’s been a while, and you’re finally ready to play some of the games you bought but never got around to playing. You, on the other hand, decided you needed the space and uninstalled these titles. Not to worry. You can reinstall any previously purchased game from your Steam library. It’s one of the best features of the Steam platform. All you need is a strong internet connection, your username and password, and enough space on your hard drive for the titles you want to install.

Unlike uninstalling, there is no way to reinstall a Steam-purchased game without using the Steam interface. If you want to reinstall the game later, do the following:

  1. Launch Steam and sign in.
  2. To see a list of your purchased games, go to the Library tab.
  3. Left-click on the game you want to reinstall from the list.
    • You have two options for reinstalling at this point:
      • In the middle window, click the INSTALL button just below the game’s title. This window will contain all of the game’s information.
      • Double-click the game’s title.
      • Select Install from the drop-down menu when you right-click the title.

A pop-up dialog box will appear with installation instructions (disk space required, disk space available on your machine, estimated download time).

4. Select whether you want a shortcut to the game created on your desktop or in the start menu, and then click Next.

5. You’ll be taken to the End User License Agreement (EULA), where you must click I Agree to continue.

The following screen will show the game downloading the necessary installation files, followed by the actual installation.

Getting Steam Off Your Computer

Have you decided that the Epic Games store provides more than what Steam does? You are not alone, and if you no longer want to use Steam, I recommend that you uninstall it entirely rather than removing individual games.

To uninstall Steam from your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Check to see if Steam is currently running on your computer.
  2. Go to your Steam directory.
    • C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam is the default location
    • If you want to save your game files for a future Steam installation in case Epic Games doesn’t work out, copy your Steamapps folder to a location other than your Steam directory. I mean, you already paid for the games; do you really want to waste it all?

3. Delete everything in your Steam directory by selecting everything and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.

4. Next, press Win+R to bring up the Run function, then type “regedit” into the box and press Enter.

5. The following steps are determined by the bit OS you are using.

  • For 32-bit operating systems, navigate to HKEY LOCAL MACHINESOFTWAREValve in the left-hand column of your registry editor.
  • Select Delete from the context menu when you right-click on Valve.
  • For 64-bit operating systems, navigate to HKEY LOCAL MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeValve in the left-hand column of your registry editor.
  • Select Delete from the context menu when you right-click on Valve.

6. Navigate to HKEY CURRENT USERSoftwareValveSteam in the left-hand column of your registry editor.

7. Right-click on Valve and choose Delete.

8. Close the Registry Editor window.

Steam has now been completely removed from your computer.

Uninstalling Steam Games

As you can see, there are several methods for uninstalling games from Steam, some of which are more straightforward than others. Whatever method you choose, it should all work the same.

Did any of the approaches work for you? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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