How to delete Steam Cloud saves [STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE]

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  • Steam is the biggest game distribution platform in the world, and it supports games of all kinds.
  • It provides you with the ability to backup your game saves to their cloud, and we will show you exactly what needs to be done if you want to delete those cloud saves.
  • For more information about this amazing platform, visit our dedicated Steam Guides Hub.
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how to remove Steam cloud saves

From the old days of hundreds of CDs and DVDs, larger and larger hard drives, to cloud services now, gaming has grown significantly. The need for more and more space became imperative with bigger and better games.

Steam, one of the best gaming platforms out there, is well aware of that aspect. That’s why the Steam Cloud service is continuously improving, offering more space and faster gaming speeds.

Steam Cloud’s job is to automatically save your data and synchronise it, so you can play your favourite titles across multiple computers without any worries.

But sometimes, after months or even years of gaming, many unwanted files and old backups/saves the need to be deleted to free up some space for the new games. Today we’ll find out how to do that.


How do I delete Steam Cloud saves?

1. Check if you have the game backup features enabled

  1. Press Start
  2. Search and launch Steam
  3. Open Settings
  4. Go to the Cloud tab
  5. Check if the Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for the applications which support it is enabled
  6. Go to the Library tab
    • This is where all of your downloaded games will be listed
  7. Right-click your game and select Properties
  8. Go to the Updates tab
  9. See whether the Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for [Your game’s name] option is checked

Before going trying to delete any Steam cloud save, make sure that your games are being backed up in the first place.

If both options are checked, it means that your games are indeed backed up on the Steam cloud. That being said, follow the steps below to delete your Steam Cloud saves.

2. Delete the AppID file

  1. Go to your Steam directory
  2. Look for the AppID folder, and Delete it
  3. Restart your PC

3. Bring up the Steam Cloud Conflict dialogue

  1. Exit Steam and clear all Steam-related process form the Task Manager
    • Start by deleting the Steamclientbootstrapper first
  2. Go to your Steam directory to this location:
    • SteamuserdataSteamIDAppIDremote
  3. Shift + right-click the folder and select Open PowerShell Window here
  4. Type in the following string in PowerShell:
    • clc –path “C:Program Files (x86)SteamuserdataSteamIDAppIDremote*"

Once you’ve checked that Steam Cloud saving is enabled, follow the steps as listed above.

As soon as the Steam Cloud Conflict error has been triggered, follow the steps below.

4. Delete the stored Cloud files

  1. Go to this path:
    • SteamuserdataSteamIDAppID
  2. Delete all the files within this location
  3. Go back to the conflict window and select Upload to the Steam Cloud
  4. Launch your game
  5. Alt-Tab from it and go back to the main Steam window
  6. Go to Settings and enter the Cloud tab
  7. Uncheck the Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for the applications which support it feature
  8. Return to your game, and exit it.
  9. Exit Steam, and delete the AppID folder again, as shown above

By following these steps, you should now have deleted all Steam Cloud saves for a particular game.

Keep in mind that this change is permanent, so if you are having second thoughts, maybe it would be a good idea to create a backup of your Steam games beforehand.

Let us know if the methods presented above helped you with your issue by leaving us a message in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.