Steam is a great platform where you can spend your free time playing the best video games known to us. However, gaming can sometimes become a bit more “addicting” than it should be.
If you wish to uninstall Steam so you can stop playing as much, or you’re just looking to re-install the app to fix an issue with it, you can easily do so by following this guide.
Before we begin, you should know these things:
- Uninstalling Steam will also delete all of your downloaded games
- You should create a backup folder with your Steam games if you wish to keep them
- Steam can be easily uninstalled from the control panel just like any other computer program
- You can fix most issues with Steam without reinstalling the app
- Uninstalling Steam will not remove any games from your library or impact the ownership
Now with this out of the way, let’s take a look at how uninstalling Steam on PC works. The guide below and all of the screenshots included are for Windows PC users.
How To Uninstall Steam From Your PC (Windows)
- Click on the Windows logo which is located at the bottom left corner of your taskbar.
- Open up “Apps and Features” and find Steam on the list of installed programs.
- Click on it and select “Uninstall” just like you do when removing other apps.
Now Steam is uninstalled from your PC. However, if you want to do this without losing your games in the process, you should create a backup. Here’s how to do that.
Creating A Backup Folder With Your Steam Games
If you don’t want to give up on gaming altogether and you just want to uninstall Steam and then re-install it in the near future, you should create a backup folder with your Steam games.
This will save you a lot of bandwidth as you won’t have to download many gigabytes all over again. Here’s how to do it in a few easy steps:
- Open the Steam client on your PC.
- Once you’re in, navigate to the top left corner and click on “Steam” and then on “Backup and Restore Games” to access the required section.
- Here, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to backup currently installed programs or simply restore a previous backup. Choose whatever your current goal is.
- The next step is to select the games you want to backup. You’ll be given a list by Steam based on the games you currently have installed.
Simply “tick” the empty boxes, and when you’re done, all you need to do is click “Next” at the bottom.
- The final step is to browse or create your custom folder. When you’re done, make sure to check if you have enough space available on that drive. Steam will automatically display the amount of space you need.
Click “Next” when you’re finished.
It is recommended to create a new Steam folder for your games on your faster drive, preferably one that doesn’t contain your System files.
Games can take up a lot of space once updates and downloadable content starts rolling out, so you don’t want to clutter the disk where on which your Windows is installed.
If you can, move the games over to your SSD, as this is known to improve performance in some games where texture loading is a big deal. Even if it doesn’t directly impact your framerate, it will still shorten loading times which is crucial in games such as Rust for example.
Uninstalling Steam is something that a lot of users do for various reasons. Some to fix problems and some to take a break from gaming.
Now that you know how to do it, you can easily backup your games, play around with the settings, and ultimately create a more organized and optimized allocation.
Uninstalling Steam will not impact any ownership of the games you already have in your Steam library. Those titles will be there waiting for you when you re-install Steam again.