How to Enable Steam Cloud Syncing


The Steam Cloud is a free option from Valve that lets you store your game saves and other information on Steam’s servers. While your Steam game information is still stored on your local machine, it’s a great option for backing up your Steam game saves in a separate location so you can easily access and restore that data in the event that either something happens to your computer, or your game saves become corrupted.

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Steps to Enable Steam Cloud Syncing

  1. Launch the Steam app on your computer.
  2. Click “Steam” in the list of options at the top of the screen to open a menu, and then click “Settings” in that menu.
  3. Click “Cloud” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Cloud options are shown on the right side of the screen.
  4. Click to place a check mark next to “Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for applications which support it.” Going forward your Steam game save and other information will automatically be backed up to Steam Cloud.

What Type of Data Gets Stored in Steam Cloud?

Here’s a list of the data that generally gets saved to Steam Cloud:

  • Game Saves: Your in-game progress, level completion, items gathered, and other types of progress-related information.
  • Settings: Generally audio and video settings, control settings, and other high-level preferences you’ve defined.
  • DLC: Extra content, free or paid, that you downloaded for the game. This can include maps, characters, items, and more.
  • Modifications: Custom content you either created or downloaded for a specific game. This can include character skins, environments, items, and more.

Not all games on Steam support saving via Steam Cloud, so it’s important to always check to see if a game you’re interested in supports Steam Cloud before purchasing it. If, for whatever reason, you don’t want your game information saved in Steam Cloud, you can also disable the feature for individual games.

Is Steam Cloud Save Turned On By Default?

Steam Cloud saves are turned on by default for most games on the Steam platform that support the feature. As a result, when you play a game that supports the Steam Cloud, your game saves and settings are automatically saved to the Steam Cloud server, and you’ll be able to access them from any computer signed in to your Steam account.

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