How to Manually Back Up Your Steam Game Files

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2024 by

Steam is a popular digital distribution platform for video games, with over 120 million active users. With so many games available on Steam, it’s important to have a backup of your game files in case of any technical issues or if you want to transfer your games to a new computer. In this article, we will guide you through the process of manually backing up your Steam game files.

Step 1: Locate Your Steam Game Files

The first step is to locate where your Steam game files are stored on your computer. By default, they are usually located in the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common” folder. However, if you have installed Steam in a different location, you will need to navigate to that folder.

Step 2: Select the Games You Want to Back Up

In the “common” folder, you will see a list of all the games you have installed on Steam. Select the games you want to back up by holding down the “Ctrl” key and clicking on each game. You can also select all games by pressing “Ctrl + A”.

Step 3: Copy the Game Files

Once you have selected the games you want to back up, right-click on one of the selected games and choose “Copy”. Then, navigate to the location where you want to store your backup files, such as an external hard drive or a cloud storage service.

Step 4: Paste the Game Files

In the backup location, right-click and choose “Paste” to copy the game files from your Steam folder. This may take some time depending on the size of the game files and the speed of your computer.

Step 5: Verify the Backup

After the copying process is complete, go to the backup location and make sure all the game files have been successfully copied. You can also try launching the game from the backup location to ensure it runs properly.

Step 6: Restore the Backup

If you ever need to restore your game files, simply copy and paste the backup files back into the “common” folder in your Steam directory. Steam will automatically detect the game files and you will be able to play your games as usual.

Bonus Tip: Use Steam’s Built-in Backup Feature

In addition to manually backing up your game files, Steam also has a built-in backup feature that allows you to easily back up and restore your games. To use this feature, go to the “Steam” menu in the top left corner of the Steam client and select “Backup and Restore Games”. From there, you can select the games you want to back up and choose a location to store the backup files.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your Steam game files are safely backed up and easily accessible in case of any technical issues or computer upgrades. Don’t risk losing your game progress, back up your Steam game files today! Have you ever had to restore your Steam game files from a backup? Let us know in the comments.

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