Steam: how to download your games faster?

Connection too slow? Here’s how to download your video games faster!

Your friend invites you to play a whole new game. Unfortunately, Steam is announcing a slightly worrying download time?

Quick Download on Steam

Do not panic ! You can shorten your wait in 5 different ways!

Steam Slow Download

Optimize your connection

Not everyone has the luxury of having an incredible connection. However, what you can do is start by verifying that you are the only one using your W-Fi network.

The best solution is still to connect your computer directly to your box using an Ethernet cable which will ensure faster data transfer.

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End unnecessary processes

Start by opening your task manager by doing ctrl + shift + escape:

Task Manager

You are not on Skype call, do not look at your emails, once again left 746 (yes, precisely 746) Google Chrome tabs open unnecessarily. Do not hesitate to select all software that you know but don’t use, and click End of task. The bravest will end processes unknown to them. At your peril.

Prioritize Steam

Have you just closed your task manager? You will be able to open it again and this time go to the tab Details.

  • Locate the SteamService.exe having System in the column username.
  • Right click on it.
  • Left click on Set priority .
  • Finally, check High before confirming your modification.

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Details Task Manager

Check your download region and bandwidth limitation

Indeed, Steam uses a download system located by region. Therefore, it is best that you choose the right one.

  • Open the Steam settings: in the application, click on Steam top left, then settings.
  • Go to the Downloads section and choose the Download Region closest to your location.
  • Finally, make sure that the Limit bandwidth to option is set to No limit.
Steam download settings

Disable firewalls

Sometimes the firewall interferes with the download speed. On Windows, to disable it:

  • Write firewall in Windows search.
  • Open the firewall control panel
  • Click on Enable or disable the firewall.
  • Finally, check deactivate.

This option is not recommended if you do anything else at the same time as it makes your computer more vulnerable.

Turn windows firewall on or off

Remember to reactivate your firewall once the download is complete.

Here ! You now have all the tools in hand to join your friend on his favorite game!

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