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FIX: Steam Download Speed Slow

How to Fix Steam Slow Download Speed

Some Steam users experience slow download speeds when downloading games, even with a fast Internet connection. In this article, we will show you how to fix this problem.

Steam Download Slow

Why Is Steam Downloading So Slow?

The reason Steam may download games slowly can vary. We have compiled a list of the most common reasons below.

  • An unstable Internet connection. Check your Internet connection speed with SpeedTest.
  • Your bandwidth is used by other software.
  • Steam servers are experiencing high traffic. Go to SteamDB to check Steam status.
  • An active VPN connected to a country far away. Disable your VPN or proxy server.
  • Poor performance of your computer. Your hard drive or CPU may be overloaded. Try closing resource-intensive tasks using Task Manager.

It’s also worth noting that Akamai (the content delivery service that handles Internet traffic for Steam) started deliberately delaying downloads of video games during peak hours because of bottlenecks.

How to Make Steam Download Faster?

There are several solutions you can try to increase Steam download speed. Try our troubleshooting methods below that should help you fix this problem.

We suggest checking out our article on making your Internet faster for additional information. We also recommend restarting your Internet router and connecting your PC to the Internet using an Ethernet cable if you’re connected to WiFi.

Video Guide on How to Fix Steam Slow Download Speed

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Method 1. Clear Steam Download Cache

1. Open Steam.

Open the Steam menu and click Settings

2. Click Steam in the menu bar and select Settings.

Click Clear Download Cache and click OK

3. Select Downloads in the left pane.

4. Click Clear Download Cache.

Click OK to clear Steam download cahce

5. Click OK to confirm the action.

Enter your Steam password and click Login

6. Enter your login credentials and click Login.

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Method 2. Change Steam Download Region

1. Open Steam.

Open the Steam menu and click Settings

2. Click Steam in the menu bar and select Settings.

Open the Download Region menu and select your preferred region

3. Select Downloads in the left pane.

4. Open the Download Region drop-down menu and select a region that is closest to your location. Try switching the download region to find one that works for you best.

5. Click OK.

Click Restart Steam

6. Click Restart Steam.

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Method 3. Remove Steam Download Bandwidth Limit

1. Open Steam.

Open the Steam menu and click Settings

2. Click Steam in the menu bar and select Settings.

Uncheck bandwidrth limit, game auto-update restrictions, and throttling while streaming and click OK

3. Select Downloads in the left pane.

4. In the Download Restrictions section, unmark the checkbox next to Limit bandwidth to option.

5. Unmark the checkbox next to Only auto-update games between option.

6. Uncheck the Throttle downloads while streaming option.

7. Click OK.

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Method 4. Run the Internet Connections Troubleshooter

Right click the Windows Start menu button and click Settings

1. Right-click Start and select Settings.

Select Troubleshoot

2. Select System and scroll down.

3. Select Troubleshoot.

Select Other troubleshooters

4. Select Other Troubleshooters.

Run the Internet Connections troubleshooter

5. Run the Internet Connections troubleshooter.

Click Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet

6. Click Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet. The troubleshooter will identify the issues and suggest fixes.

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Method 5. Disable Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in ncpa.cpl in Run and click OK

2. In the Run dialog box, type in ncpa.cpl and click OK.

Right-click your network adapter and click Properties

3. Right-click your network adapter and click Properties.

Uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 and click OK

4. In the Networking tab, uncheck the checkbox next to Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click OK.

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Method 6. Temporarily Turn off Windows Defender Firewall

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in firewall.cpl in Run and click OK

2. In the Run dialog box, type in firewall.cpl and click OK.

Select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off

3. Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.

Turn off Windows Defender Firewall for public and private networks

4. Tick the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall checkboxes for private and public networks.

5. Click OK.

Turn Windows Firewall back on after downloading a game.

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About the author:

Rimvydas Iliavicius

Rimvydas is a researcher with over four years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He attended Kaunas University of Technology and graduated with a Master's degree in Translation and Localization of Technical texts in 2017. His interests in computers and technology led him to become a versatile author in the IT industry. At PCrisk, he's responsible for writing in-depth how-to articles for Microsoft Windows. Contact Rimvydas Iliavicius.

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