Fix Steam Downloads Not Working & Stuck Or Slow Downloads
Steam Game Downloads Extremely Slow & Not Working!
Have you have noticed that your Steam games have been extremely slow to download, or perhaps they just stop downloading completely? You may even be downloading and the rate keeps dropping to 0%.
If you are having these issues but your internet connection is working absolutely fine, then there are a few settings that can be changed within Steam. There are also other methods that can be done within Windows 10 that will hopefully resolve the problems you are facing with Steam.
To Fix Steam Games Not Downloading or Downloading Slow:
1. Ensure your download speed from your internet provider is sufficient – Go to google and type “speed test” and run a speed test on your connection (if your speed is slow or incorrect then you might have an issue with your internet line and need to contact your service provider)
2. Restart your router – This can resolve a lot of problems when it comes to the internet connection within your home as well as resolving connection issues within Steam. (But just remember to warn everyone who is currently using the internet within your home as it will disconnect until the restart is complete)
3. Disable and Enable your network adapter within Windows 10 – This is a great way at resolving connection problems within Steam:
- Right-click the network icon in your system tray > Open Network & Internet settings > Click “Change adapter properties” > Right-click your network adapter then click disable > Once the adapter has been disabled then right-click the adapter again and click enable.
4. Ensure your firewall or security is not blocking Steam from accessing the internet – This will cause your game downloads to stop working. If you are using Windows 10 then you can check if Steam is allowed:
- Open the start menu and search “Windows defender firewall” > Click “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall” > Find Steam and ensure it has a tick
- If you cant see Steam in the list then you will need to add Steam by clicking on “Allow another app”
5. Flush the DNS – This can help fix connection issues with Steam:
- Open CMD (Command Prompt) > Type in CMD “ipconfig /flushdns” and press enter.
- Check out this post here for more helpful information on this
6. Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive for your games – If you don’t have much disk space then your downloads will become slow and they will also not be able to download
7. Within Steam Pause the download for your game, then close Steam down and restart your PC or Laptop. Then open Steam again and resume the download – This can help fix problems with download speeds and also when games are failing to download
8. Change the Region of where you are downloading your games from – If you are currently downloading your Steam games from a busy server then you will experience slow download speeds:
- Open Steam > Click Steam in the top right > Settings > Downloads > Click the drop-down arrow below “Download Region” and select a different location that is fairly close to your location.
9. Clearing your Steam cache – This can help resolve a lot of issues within Steam especially when it comes to installing, downloading, and also slow download speeds:
- Open Steam > Click Steam in the top right > Settings > Downloads > Click the button that says “Clear Download Cache” > Once the cache has been cleared you will need to log back into Steam then try and download your game again
10. Rebuild Steams game library – This can resolve download and install issues:
- Open Steam > Click Steam in the top right > Settings > Downloads > Click “Steam Library Folders” then right-click on your Steam library and click “Repair Library Folder” (this may take a while depending on how many games you have installed in your Steam library)
- Check out this post for more helpful info here
After doing all the above methods if you are still having issues with Steam then you might need to reinstall Steam. But just keep in mind if your games are within your Steam install location then they will get removed as well, so make sure you backup your Steam games before reinstalling.
Check out this video tutorial below on Fix Issues With Steam Downloads if you are getting stuck: