How to change the game download location in Steam


Changing the location of your Steam downloads isn’t as easy as you might think. Here is what to do.

The steam client.

Did you know that you can change the download location of Steam? Well you can, but it’s a tedious process.

Learn how to move your games and even the Steam client itself to another drive on your computer.

What is the download location for Steam?

Whenever Steam wants to download a new game, it will download and install the game in a library in the same folder as the Steam install. By default it is C: Program Files (x86) Steam.

If you are running out of space on your C drive or want to install the games on a different drive, you will need to create a new Steam library on the destination hard drive.

How to create a new Steam library

You can create a new Steam library using the Steam client itself.

  1. Open Steam.

  2. In the top bar, click To smoke then select Settings. This will open the Settings window.

  3. In the Settings window, navigate to Downloads tongue.

  4. Under Content Libraries, click on Steam Library Folders. You can see a list of your Steam libraries in the opened window.

  5. To select Add library folder.

  6. Navigate to the folder you want to assign as a Steam Library.

  7. Highlight the folder, then click To select. Your new Steam library will appear in the library list.

Steam Library Folders.

Once you have created a second library, the next time you want to download and install a game, you will be asked to choose the library you want to install it in and you can select the new library as the location.

There is no limit to the number of libraries you can have, but you cannot have more than one library on a single hard drive. So in theory you can have as many libraries as the number of disks you have.

How to move existing games to a new library

After creating a library, you can choose to install new games into that library. However, existing games will not be moved to the new library. If you want to move your games from the default library to another, you will need to take additional steps.

The option to move the installation folder to Steam.

  1. In the Steam client, right click on the game you want to move in the sidebar.

  2. From the context menu, select Properties. This will open the Properties window for that game.

  3. In the Properties window, navigate to Local files tongue.

  4. To select Move the installation folder.

  5. In the opened dialog box, select the destination library.

  6. Click on Move folder.

  7. Wait for Steam to finish moving your game.

How to move the Steam installation to a new directory

Moving installed apps from one drive to another is often a risky process. For example, the app may have other dependencies that also require an updated address, and therefore the app will not function properly once you move it to a new directory.

Fortunately, Steam has released an official method to move the Steam installation to a new directory. This process is always risky, as some of your games may lose their integrity and require reinstalls. Once you’ve moved your installation, Steam will need a new connection. So make sure you know your account password.

The default Steam install location.

  1. Go to the Steam installation directory. By default, this is C: Program Files (x86) Steam.

  2. Except steamapps and user data files and Steam.exe delete all other files and folders.

  3. Select the To smoke folder and cut it. (Keyboard shortcut : Ctrl + X)

  4. Go to the destination directory, then paste the Steam folder. (Keyboard shortcut : Ctrl + V)

  5. Launch Steam in the new directory. Steam will download and install the necessary files.

  6. Log into Steam.

Before launching any of the games, it is a good idea to check the integrity of your games.

  1. In the Steam client, right click on your game.

  2. From the menu, select Properties.

  3. In the Properties window, navigate to Local Files tab.

  4. Click on Check integrity of game files.

  5. Steam will now check the integrity of the game and fix any related issues if it finds any. This may take a while, depending on the size of the game and your computer specifications.

Store your Steam games wherever you want

steam logo

Now that you know how to move Steam games and even how to move across different drives, you don’t have to store everything in the precious C drive.

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