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How to uninstall games from Steam

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If you no longer play a specific game, it makes sense to uninstall it from Steam on your computer. Doing so will free up your storage space and tidy up your Steam library. We will show you two different ways to do it.

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Optional: Steam game save data backup

Before you get rid of a game, keep in mind that you will lose all of your game save data. If you don’t want this to happen, back up your game progress first. You can manually back up to a physical hard drive or let Steam save it to the Steam Cloud. You can later resume your game sessions if you decide to reinstall the game. We’ll cover the cloud backup method here, but you can follow our manual backup guide if you prefer.

To back up your save game data to the cloud, first launch Steam and open “Library”. Next, right-click on the game whose progress you want to save and select “Properties.”

Select "Properties" on the menu.

On the “General” screen, enable the option “Save game saves to Steam Cloud for [Your Game Name]”Option.

turn on "Save game saves to Steam Cloud for [Your Game Name]. "

That is all. Steam will now automatically back up selected game progress to your Steam account in the cloud. You are all set and ready to uninstall it using whatever method you prefer.

Use Steam to uninstall a game

A quick way to remove a game is to use the Steam app itself. Basically, you locate your game in your library and then choose an option to remove it. That is how.

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In the top bar of Steam, select “Library” to view your games.

Select "Library" on top.

On the “Library” screen, in the left sidebar, find the game you want to delete. Then right-click on this game and choose Manage > Uninstall.


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In the message, choose “Uninstall” to confirm your choice.

And that is. Steam has removed the selected game from your computer. Enjoy!

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Use Windows Settings to remove a game from Steam

Another way to uninstall Steam games is to use the Windows Settings app. When you use this method, at the last point, the Steam app opens and allows you to finish deleting your game.

To use this method, first launch Settings by pressing Windows + i.

On the Settings screen, select “Applications”.

choose "Applications" in Settings.

On the app page, find the game you want to remove. Then click on the game and select “Uninstall”.

Choose “Uninstall” at the prompt. Then select “Yes” at the “User Account Control” message.

Select "uninstall" in the notice.

You will see the Steam “Uninstall” message. Here, choose “Uninstall”.

And your chosen game is now removed from your computer. To play the game again, please install it again on Steam.

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If you’re deleting games from Steam to tidy up your PC, consider clearing the cache on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer. That helps get rid of unwanted files from your machine.

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