- If the Steam download always goes to 0 bytes when you are getting your games, it may be a problem with your Internet connection.
- A possible reason why the download speed keeps dropping on Steam might be the download cache so you will have to empty it.
- You can fix the Steam 0 bytes issue by checking your Internet connection.
- Disabling the Automatically detect settings option can also fix this annoying problem.
Some Steam users reported experiencing an issue regarding game/update downloads suddenly dropping to 0 bytes. Sometimes it is better just to be patient and wait for the download to resume.
However, if the connection problem persists after a prolonged period of time, you probably should do something about it.
The download problem in Steam can be pretty disturbing for many so to resolve this issue, use the steps below.
What can I do if the Steam download keeps dropping to 0?
1. Check the Internet connection
- Open your Internet browser and check to see if web pages load quickly and without interruption.
- Hard reset on your router/modem.
- Try using a wired connection (LAN) instead of Wi-Fi.
- Pause the download and resume it after a couple of seconds.
Sometimes it’s just a problem with the router or a cable so start by checking all the network components first.
2. Clear download cache
- Press the Steam button in the top left corner and open Settings.
- Go to the Downloads section and press the Clear download cache button.
- Press OK and re-attempt starting the download.
If the download cache from Steam is full, you can experience this kind of issue with your download so clearing it could fix the problem.
3. Disable the Automatically detect settings option
- Open your web browser.
- Click the three dots icon in the top right corner and open Settings.
- Scroll down and click Advanced to expand more options.
- Under the System section, click Open proxy settings.
- Go to the Connections tab an click on LAN settings.
- Uncheck the box next to Automatically detect settings and press OK.
- Restart Steam and attempt starting the download to see if it works.
Some users reported that after disabling the Automatically detect settings, the download in Steam started working just fine so follow the steps above to do just that.
4. Flush the Steam config and DNS
- Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard, type steam://flushconfig in the Run box, and press Enter.
- Select OK in the Steam question box that pops up.
- Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard, type cmd in the Run box and press Enter.
- Type ipconfig /flushdns in the Command Prompt and press Enter.
- Log back into Steam and see if this fixed the issue.
Flushing the Steam config and DNS can fix this download problem quickly so make sure to run the steps above to do the trick.
5. Disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service
- Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard, type taskmgr in the Run box, and hit Enter.
- Select the Services tab.
- Find the service named DiagTrack, right-click on it and select Stop.
- Restart Steam and try to attempt starting the download again.
We know it may seem a bit unusual but disabling the DiagTrack service worked for some users so make sure you perform de easy steps above to get it done.
6. Disable the Internet Flow Control of your Ethernet
- Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard, type devmgmt.msc in the Run box, and hit Enter.
- Expand the Network adapters section, right-click on your Ethernet network adapter, and select Proprieties.
- Select the Advanced tab, choose Flow Control, select Disabled as the Value option.
- Save the changes and try re-attempting the download in Steam.
This is a very quick solution to try so make sure you follow the exact steps above to Change the Flow Control option and if that doesn’t fix the Steam issue, make sure you change back the setting.
If your Steam download is still slow, we also have a comprehensive article to help you fix that problem.
We hope that at least one of our solutions helped you solve the Steam download issue. If you found this article helpful, leave a comment in the dedicated section below.