[Solved] – Slow Download Speed on Steam


Is Steam download slow on your PC? Chances are that the issue lies in the system rather than with the internet connection. For gaming enthusiasts, laggy computers and low internet speeds are the worst nightmares. Steam is one of the most popular game clients for gaming on a Windows PC. Having slow download speeds on Steam can bother a user, considering all the updates and downloads go through the Steam client only. 

Slow Steam Downloads: Understanding the Issue

Steam download slow has been a genuine concern for several users. The issue is all over the place, as you can find multiple discussions from across the forums, including the internal community of Steam. Here’s a thread from the Steam Community discussing the Slow Downloads.

user query on steam community forum

The issue is genuine; many users also came forward to share their experiences. 

One of the users said –

user response

While others had their concerns –

user concern

All in all, the entire community is interested in understanding how to fix the slow download speed on Steam. If that is one of your concerns, do not worry; in this post, we have curated a list of ways you can fix the slow downloads on Steam. 

Check out the next section for solutions!

How to Fix Slow Steam Downloads on Windows? 5 Ways!

Before we get started with the fixes, ensure you have a working internet connection and a high-speed plan so that it is not a concern. To get a decent speed for downloading games from Steam, ensure that the internet connection is fine and that you do not have to worry about connectivity issues

You can start with the fixes once you have taken care of the connection.

Fix 1 – Allow Maximum Bandwidth to Steam

First, you should shut down all the network-hogging applications on your PC. These include parallel downloads, updates, etc. Close unnecessary tabs on your browsers, pause your downloads, and shut down the applications that may be using the network. 

You can manually close the tabs and pause the downloads on your computer. However, you may use the Task Manager to identify network applications. To stop these apps from bothering your download speeds on Steam, all you have to do is – 

Step 1 – Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously to bring up the Task Manager on your desktop.
Step 2 – In the Task Manager window, click on the Network tab to sort the running applications based on their network use.
Step 3 – Select the highest network using the application (other than Steam) and click on End Task to stop the application.

task manager run new task

This way, you can easily get rid of network-hogging apps, ensuring more bandwidth for your Steam downloads.

Fix 2 – Disable Metered Connection Settings

A metered connection is a setting in Windows that allows you to save on your internet bandwidth by keeping the usage under a cap. It stops background downloads and updates, in particular, to save bandwidth for browsing. 

You may observe lower speeds in the background if you use a metered connection. Disabling it may allow you to enhance the download speed on Steam. 

Step 1 – Press Win + I to open the System Settings window.

system setting
Step 2 – From System Settings, navigate to Network & Internet settings using the left pane.

Network and Internet settings
Step 3 – In Network & Internet Settings, Click on the current network, i.e., Wi-Fi.

select current network
Step 4 – In Wi-Fi options, Click on Properties.

Wi-Fi Properties option
Step 5 – After opening the Properties, you may find the toggle to metered connections. Turn it OFF if it’s ON.metered connections

After making this change, check the download speed in Steam, as it might fix the issue of slow download speeds in Steam. 

Fix 3 – Clear Steam Download Cache

Download cache is another aspect that may affect your download speeds on the platform. Simply clear the cache to see if it helps. You can find the clear option simply by navigating through the Steam settings. Here’s how – 

Step 1 – Open Steam on your desktop.
Step 2 – In Steam, click on the Steam option from the top left corner of your screen.
Step 3 – From the dropdown menu, after clicking on Steam, you may find settings. Click on it to open.
Step 4 – In settings, look for Downloads in the left pane. Navigate to download settings by clicking on it.
Step 5 – You can Clear the download cache in the settings. Simply use that option to clear the download cache on your Steam desktop.

Once you have cleared the download cache, restart the download showing a lower speed than expected. This should do the trick for you. However, if it did not, do not worry; we also have other fixes. 

Fix 4 – Make Sure Steam Bandwidth is Not Limited

Steam also allows its users to limit the download bandwidth to allow room for other applications on the PC. If, by chance, you had kept a limit while setting it up, the download speeds will be limited. To ensure these issues do not occur, ensure there’s no bandwidth cap. 

To check simply – 

Step 1 – Open Steam on your desktop.
Step 2 – In Steam, click on the Steam option from the top left corner of your screen.
Step 3 – From the dropdown menu, after clicking on Steam, you may find settings. Click on it to open.
Step 4 – In settings, look for Downloads in the left pane. Navigate to download settings by clicking on it.
Step 5 – In Settings, you may find Download Restriction settings.
Step 6 – There’s a dedicated field for Limit Bandwidth among those settings. Ensure that it is toggled OFF by de-selecting it.

Fix 5 – Check for Network Adapter Driver Updates

If none of the Steam settings helped you enhance your Steam download speeds, then there’s a possibility that the network adapter on your PC is not fetching enough bandwidth. It happens when the driver for the same is outdated. 

Keeping these drivers updated is often a point of concern for many users. That is because the traditional method is not that efficient. Using the Device Manager to find driver updates is a time-consuming process that no one wants to engage in. 

Hence, issues like Steam download slow and other internet problems occur on a Windows PC. If you aim to finish things up faster and keep the network driver updated, we recommend using Advanced Driver Updater. 

It is a dedicated tool that allows you to update drivers from across the system in just a single click.  It works in 3 steps –

1. Scan the PC for outdated drivers.

start scan using advanced driver updater

2. Check the scan results to learn which are the outdated drivers.

outdated drivers found

3. Update them all in a single click

All you have to do is download the application on your PC and run it. The rest is done by a single click from your end, simplifying the complex process of updating drivers!

Slow Steam Download Speeds FIXED!

Besides these fixes, you can always try disconnecting and reconnecting your internet connection to see if that boosts the speed. Also, if you are using a VPN, remove it and then download the file as VPN servers often reduce the speed. 

Hope these fixes assist you in enhancing your Steam download experience. That’ll be all for this post. Catch you in the next one! Peace.

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2 thoughts on “[Solved] – Slow Download Speed on Steam

  1. Avatar for TFP TFP says:

    I have a Gig connection and everything else runs at that Gig. Steam DL limit is turned off. Im not sure what else to do here

  2. Avatar for Preeti Seth Preeti Seth says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    Thank you for writing to us.

    Please note not all download speed is determined by your internet or service provider. Sometimes the content providers also throttle transfers through threading. However, if that is not the case we suggest disabling Ethernet connection or wireless (from adapter settings) and re-enable it. Secondly, go to Steam settings > Downloads tab > scroll down and click “clear Download Cache” > log out and re-login. The problem should be solved. If this doesn’t help either disable IPv6 and Steam should work just fine.

    Thanks and Regards

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