FIX: Steam DLC not installing

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Steam's installed DLC's may not work in the game. This can have multiple causes and is usually because the DLC did not install correctly.
  • To install your DLC correctly, you would have to uninstall it, then follow our steps to properly install the game DLC.
  • We have many other troubleshooting guides, check out our dedicated Steam Fix page.
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fix steam dlc not installing

Steam, which is currently the most used PC gaming store, supports a large number of video games and extra downloadable content.

Some users have reported that DLC’s on Steam might not work at all in-game, even if the DLC appears as installed. Let’s take a look at how to solve this issue.

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WHat can I do if my Steam DLC is not installing?

1. Check if your Steam DLC is installed properly

  1. If your DLC is already installed, you will need to uninstall it and follow the next steps to install it properly
  2. Open up your Steam game library and select the game on which you want to install the DLC
  3. Click on Manage my DLC on the left side of the screen
  4. Select the Enabled option under the DLC that you want to installenable dlc on steam
  5. The selected DLC should start automatically downloading and installing

2. Check if there aren’t any connectivity issues

There may sometimes be connectivity issues involved if your Steam DLC is installed, but not working. This is usually a result of Steam‘s servers being down or not functioning properly.

This may cause the DLC to appear as downloaded and installed, but not work in the game.

To fix this issue, check if Steam‘s servers are working properly. If there are not Steam issues with the server, there might be an issue with your connectivity.

If your Internet experiences slowdowns, this may affect Steam DLC installation. If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, try using an Ethernet cable instead of downloading your Steam content.


3. Try restarting your Steam client and Windows PC

  1. Restart your Steam client by clicking on top-left corner Steam button, then selecting Exitsteam exit restart
  2. Open up Steam, then try downloading and installing your DLC again
  3. If the above didn’t work, try also logging off Steam by clicking on top-left corner Steam button again, then selecting Change Account
  4. Press the Logout button. You will then have to open Steam and login to your account.
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  5. If the above doesn’t work, try also restarting your Windows 10 OSrestart windows to fix steam

4. Verify the integrity of game files

  1. Another fix for this issue would be to verify the integrity of game files for your video game
  2. Open your Steam library, then select your game and right-click for Propertiessteam properties for game
  3. Head over to the Local Files tab, then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  4. This will prompt Steam to verify the game is installed correctly and fix any game file errorsverify game integrity steam
  5. If the above process did not fix your issues, you can also try reinstalling your Steam game
  6. Select your game in the Steam library, then right-click on it.
  7. Choose Manage, and then Uninstalluninstall game on steam
  8. After the game has been uninstalled, download and install the game again on Steam, then reinstall your DLC’s

Steam DLC’s should be fairly easy to install, however, if you’ve encountered issues on installation, our guide provides the key solutions to this problem.


FAQ: Learn more about Steam DLCs

  • Does DLC automatically install on Steam?

If you own a DLC, it will automatically install with your game. If you have issues during this process, check out this guide on what to do if Steam downloads stop.

  • How do I access DLC on Steam?

To view your DLC on Steam, you need to head over to your Steam library, select your game and then go over to the DLC section. 

  • How do I stop a Steam DLC download?

If you want to stop a DLC from downloading, click on the middle Downloading section in your Steam client, then head over to the top right corner of your client and click on the Pause button.


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