Steam is a world-leading gaming platform preferred by millions of gaming enthusiasts worldwide.
One of the best features that Steam offers its users is the awesome ability to keep an entire game collection in one place in a well-organized virtual library.
If you ever decide to uninstall a Steam game from your system, note that you don’t lose your ownership of that title. It will be permanently available to re-install via the Steam library.
But, how exactly does a person uninstall a game from Steam? Find out in the guide below.
Uninstalling Games Through The Steam Library
Removing a game from the list of installed titles on your PC is relatively easy. Steam is a user-friendly platform, so the process is expectedly straightforward as well.
If you are a new Steam user and you’ve never uninstalled a game before, follow the steps below to quickly learn how to do it.
- Open the Steam client on your PC and sign in to your account.
- On the menu located in the top-left corner of your screen, left-click on Library.
- Now, you’ll see your Steam library on the left side of your screen. This is a list of games you own. Find the video game you wish to uninstall and right-click on it. Then, select Manage and Uninstall.
The client will now issue one last confirmation message to prevent people from accidentally uninstalling a game. If you click on the blue button that says “Uninstall,” the process will begin.
Steam should now automatically remove all files associated with the game. This usually takes no longer than one minute.
Steam usually keeps your save files, so when you re-download your game, you should be able to continue from where you last stopped playing.
This isn’t so for every game, but it is the case for most “AAA” titles available on Steam.
Uninstalling Games Through “Apps and Features” On Windows
There is one more way of uninstalling Steam games, and that’s through your “Apps and Features” panel on Windows 10.
Here’s how you can do that.
- Use the search bar function on Windows to open the bar. Type in “Apps & features” as the image below suggests.
- Click on the first result that comes up, which should be the option to open the panel you need. See the image below for more information.
- Now that you’re in the panel, you need to search the list for the game you wish to uninstall. Upon finding it, click on it and select “Uninstall,” just like you would when removing anything else from your PC.
If you are doing this while not logged into Steam, the log-in screen will pop up for you. Of course, this only applies when you try to uninstall a game you previously installed through Steam.
What you need to do is sign in to your Steam account, and the process will automatically complete, and then you’ll get logged out of Steam again.
This is why it’s much better to manually log into your Steam account beforehand if you’re willing to use this method when uninstalling multiple games one after another.
Now that you know how to uninstall Steam games, you should be able to free up more space on your system for other important things.
Usually, keeping single-player games installed on your PC is not a good idea, especially for the ones that you’ve already completed.
Don’t be afraid to free up some system space. The games will remain in your Steam library, ready for whenever you want to play them again!