3 Ways to Uninstall Steam Games on PC/Laptop

3 Ways to Uninstall Steam Games on PC/Laptop

3 Ways to Uninstall Steam Games on PC/Laptop

 Steam games can take up a lot of space on your hard drive as your game collection grows. For that, you have to know how to uninstall Steam games that are no longer played.

Digital games have never been easier to distribute. Thanks to Steam, game developers can easily develop and distribute their games through the Steam Store.

You are more likely to use the Steam client on your PC if you play games on it. But the game you guys played today took up a lot of space.

For example, if you are switching to a new Steam client or just want to make room for some files, you may want to delete some old games. In this article, we will show you how to uninstall Steam games on your PC/laptop.

How to Uninstall Steam Games

There are various ways to uninstall Steam games from your PC/laptop. We're going to share three of the easiest ways to do it.

1. Using Steam To Uninstall Steam Games

Using Steam is the fastest and easiest way to uninstall Steam games. To uninstall Steam games using Steam, follow the steps below:

Using Steam To Uninstall Steam Games

1. Open the Steam client on your desktop and log in to your Steam account, if required.

2. Click the LIBRARY tab located on the top navigation menu.

3. From the games listed on the left of your screen, find and right click on the game you want to delete.

4. From the drop-down menu, select Manage, and from the drop-down menu, click Uninstall.

5. A confirmation box will appear, click the Uninstall button again.

2. Uninstall Steam Games Through Windows

If you don't want to uninstall games from Steam, then use this method. Follow these steps to completely uninstall Steam games.

Bear in mind that this process will end with the Steam uninstaller. However, you may prefer this method if you plan to uninstall multiple programs at once, including games.

Uninstall Steam Games Through Windows

1. Click the Start menu on the desktop, and search for "Apps and Features".

2. Press Enter or select the first option from the list.

3. Alternatively, open the Control Panel and select the “Uninstall a Program” option under the Programs section.

4. From the listed programs, find the game you want to delete. Click on that and select the Uninstall option.

5. You will be taken to the Steam interface. If needed, please login. You will see a final confirmation, then click Uninstall from the pop-up box.

The game will be removed from your system. But if you plan to reinstall games, there is no other way to reinstall any game without accessing the Steam interface.

To reinstall, open Steam and open LIBRARY. Then right click on the game name, and click the Install option. Once done, follow the on-screen instructions, and it will be installed.

3. Uninstall Steam Games Manually

Even though the above method uninstalls your game completely but the best way is to double check by manually uninstalling the files. This method is a bit more complicated than the previous one, but you will be sure that all game files are lost or not. Here's how to manually uninstall your Steam game:

Uninstall Steam Games Manually

1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the folder where you installed Steam. On Windows 10, it is C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Steam by default.

2. Now open Steam folder and then, steamapps > common folder.

3. You will see a lot of additional folders here. Right-click the game folder that you want to uninstall.

4. Then, click Delete from the drop-down menu to delete the folder. Or, you can also press the Delete key on your keyboard after selecting the game folder.

It is important to note that after deleting the game folder, the entire game will be deleted, including saved game files if it is an offline game. If you decide to reinstall, you will have to start over.

Steam has also left an alternative option for recovering game files, in case you accidentally delete them. This way, you can access the configurations as well as files stored on your PC if you decide to reinstall the game later.

To delete everything, open the Saved Games, Documents, or AppData folder (C:\Users\[Username]\Saved Games). Find the Steam folder and delete the appropriate game.

You can still reinstall deleted games if you delete them using this method. Just follow the steps outlined in the section above and the game will be back on your PC. However, it's important to note that the only way to do this is through the Steam interface.

How To Delete Steam Game Files From The Cloud

Steam stores several configuration files in the cloud. If you want to get rid of everything including cloud files too then you can try this method. Here's how to do it:

How To Delete Steam Game Files From The Cloud

1. Open the Steam client and log in to your Steam account, if needed.

2. Click the Steam tab located on the top left menu bar.

3. From there, select Settings > Cloud.

4. Uncheck the option that says “Enable Steam Cloud Synchronization for applications which support it“.

5. Then click OK/Apply and finish.


So that's how to uninstall Steam games on PC/laptop. You should now be able to delete Steam games from your PC. The first two methods are easy enough for everyone. However, if you want to completely remove Steam games, you can use the third method.

Because Steam doesn't delete your files completely, neither does Windows. Windows files can be recovered, but they may be corrupted. Therefore, before uninstalling any Steam game, I suggest you make a backup copy of your Steam folder on an external drive.

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