How to Turn Off Steam Game Automatic Updates


If you have a big library of installed Steam games, the constant updates can be a drag on your computer’s resources, and even negatively impact the performance of other games you’re playing. While Steam doesn’t let you disable updates entirely, one option is to turn off automatic Steam game updates, and only install updates when you go to launch that game.

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Steps to Turn Off Steam Game Automatic Updates

  1. Launch the Steam app on your computer.
  2. Find the Steam game you want to turn off automatic updates for in the menu on the left side of the screen, and then click that game.
  3. Click the “Settings” icon in the menu at the top part of this screen.
  4. Click “Properties” in this menu.
  5. Click “Updates” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Updates options are shown on the right side of the window.
  6. Find the Automatic Updates section, and then click to expand the drop-down menu in this section. You’ll see options to always keep the game updated, only update the game when you launch it, or auto-update this game as soon as updates are available.
  7. The only option not associated with automatically updating your Steam game is to only update this game when you launch it. Click to choose this option. Going forward this Steam game will no longer automatically update, but will only update when you launch it.

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