Steam Download Slow? Learn to Speed Up your Downloads

Steam download slow? On this post, I will show you how to accelerate your Steam downloads and fix your PC.

Although not the only one, Steam is an essential video game platform on PC. A large part of computer titles depend on Steam in several ways, and one of them is downloads. Because, in addition to using their servers for online gaming, they are also used to download games through their store.

And although the usual thing is that everything works correctly, there are occasions or specific situations in which Steam download slow or the downloads don’t progress, or they do it at a slower speed than they should.

Steam, from Valve, works as a computer video game platform in several aspects. One of them, as I said, giving up its servers to keep the game online; and the other, as a video game store.

So you depend on the performance of their servers when you are going to download a new title on your PC.

If there are problems of slow downloads, it is because of the relationship between ‘server-client’, that is, the problem may be due to its infrastructure, to your computer, or the relationship between both parties due to a wrong configuration for communication. Whatever the problem, there are ways to identify or solve it.

Steam Download Slow? Troubleshoot your Internet

First of all, the first thing you should do is identify the problem or the reason why Steam download slow, or the point at which the relationship between the server (Steam) and client (your PC) is failing.

To do this, the first thing you should do is an Internet Speed Test:

steam download slow speed test

If your connection has the speed that it should, which is what you have contracted with the operator or higher in the case of fibre optic connections, you rule out a connection problem, and you can continue.

You can use the Windows Troubleshooter to see if Steam has problems and if there aren’t to rule out that this is the fault for which Steam is running more slowly than it should.

To open the Network Troubleshooter, make right-click on the Network icon located in the taskbar, then select the option Troubleshoot problems.


troubleshoot internet connection

How to Fix Steam Download Slow

There is another check you can do. By right-clicking on the Windows 10 taskbar, open the System Task Manager and check the Network column.

network task manager

In it, you can see the use of the Internet that are making apps that are running in the foreground or the background, and you may find that a program is consuming the bandwidth you want to use with Steam so that the downloads work in full performance.

Again, if in this column, you don’t find that there is any program making an abnormal consumption of our bandwidth, you can rule out another possible problem.

Now, what we should do is focus on Steam and the program settings for downloads. There is only one other aspect that you can review and it is, in the same Task Manager, the use of Disk, while a hard disk can cause the downloads not to advance as fast as the network speed would allow.

A problem that, a priori, you should not have if you are using an SSD on your computer since the writing speed is much higher.

How to Make Steam Download Faster

A useful way to speed up your Steam downloads is making changes on your configuration. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Steam Client
  2. On the taskbar, search the Steam icon and make right-click on it
  3. On the menu that opens select the option Settings
  4. Navigate to the Downloads section
  5. Under Download region, click on the dropdown menu and choose a new region near to your default one.
  6. Finally, click on OK.

steam download slow

This section is where the app allows us to select the location of the server from which you carry out video game downloads. Because, indeed, it is possible that there is a slowness with the server that you have closest to you and, therefore, although farther away, another server lends you more performance on time.

There you can choose any region, but I recommend you to select the Canada region and restart Steam. Now you can see if the download is at a higher speed, or not. And in this same section of the platform configuration, you can also check if there is a speed limit for Steam downloads. If so, obviously, it should be deactivated.

no limit download steam

Just below the section in which the location of the servers is selected, we will find the part Download Restrictions. Where Limit bandwidth to appears, you should have No limit selected so that Steam doesn’t apply restrictions of any kind to the download speed of the video games you get through its store.

Wrapping Up: Steam Download Slow

So far those were the best ways to troubleshoot and fix the Steam download slow error.

Also read: How To Use Task Manager in Windows 10

You could also review tutorials about internet problems on Windows 10. If you have any question, don’t forget to leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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