Fix the Steam library folder not writable error with these 5 solutions

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By default, Steam stores all games and the data in a common directory where the Steam installation is available. You can usually find the data in Program files /steam/steamapps/common.

However, the user can change the library location for Steam games manually. This sometimes can create issues with the Steam app resulting in the library folder being not writable. Fix it with our solutions.

Fix Steam library folder not writable Error

  1. Check if SteamApp folder has Read Only Permission
  2. Repair Library Folder Using Steam
  3. Clean Download Cache
  4. Change Steam Library Folder
  5. Reinstall the Game

1. Check if SteamApp folder has Read Only Permission

The error may occur if the Steamapps folder does not have the necessary permission to write into the folder and if the folder permission is set to write only. Here is how to fix it.

  1. Open, File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteamapps
  2. Right-click on the Steamapp folder and select Properties.
    Steamapps folder properties
  3. In the General tab, under the Attributes section, uncheck the Read-only box.
  4. Click Apply and click OK to save the changes.

Launch steam and check if the error is resolved. If not, try to delete the download game and restart. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open, File Explorer and go to C:Program Files (x86)Steam.
  2. Open  SteamApps.
  3. Next, click on Downloading.
    Delete Steam Game Folder
  4. Steam stores every game with a number under the downloading folder. If you are facing problem while downloading a game, check the modified date of the folder and delete the most recent folder.
  5. If you are not sure of which folder belongs to which game, go to steamapp info and search for the game. Note down the app ID of the game.
  6. Go back to SteamApps/Downloading folder. Right-click on the game ID and delete the folder.

If you get an error saying the folder cannot be deleted by your user account, you may need to own the older by changing the permission. Here is how to do it.

  1. Right-click on the game folder that you want to delete and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Security tab and then click on Advanced button.StreamApps folder game properties advanced
  3. Click on the Change link in the Advanced Security Settings window.
    Steam advanced security for Game folder change
  4. Type your user account name and click on Check names.
    select user or group - steam apps folder game
  5. Click OK. Click Apply and then click OK to save the changes.
  6. Close the properties window and launch the Steam app.

Try to download the game and check for any improvements.


2. Repair Library Folder Using Steam

Your Steam app comes with a built-in library folder repair option that can be used to repair the game folder that is causing the error. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch the Steam app from the Desktop.
  2. Click on Steam (top menu) and select Settings.
    Steam app - settings
  3. Under Settings, click on the Downloads tab.
    Steam app - settings- download - Steal library folder
  4. In the right pane click on Steam Library Folder.
    Steam Repair Library folder
  5. It will show all the Steam Library Folder. Right-click on the folder that is giving the error and select Repair Library Folder.
  6. Steam will run the troubleshooter and fix any problem with the folder.

3. Clean Download Cache

The download cache in steam helps with a faster connection. However, the bad cache can create problems with game start and download. Try clearing the download cache and see if that resolves the error.

  1. Launch the Steam app from the desktop.
  2. Click on Steam and select Settings.
  3. Click on the Download tab.
    Steam clear download cache
  4. In the right pane click on “Clear Download Cache” button at the bottom of the page.

4. Change Steam Library Folder

If you haven’t changed the default Steam library folder yet, it might be just the time to do so. Some users have reported that changing the Steam library folder from default to custom has fixed the issue. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Click on Steam and select Settings.
    Steam app - settings- download - Steal library folder
  3. Go to Download tab and click on Steam Library Folder under Content Libraries.
  4. Click on Add Library Folder.Add Library Folder Steam
  5. Here you can either select an existing folder or create a new folder.
  6. Select the folder and close the settings window. Just make sure the select folder has enough free storage space to install the games.
  7. Now try to download the game again and check for any improvement.

5. Reinstall the Game

If the error is occurring while trying to play the game or during the update, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the game to fix the issue. Uninstalling the game will not delete your game data as it is synced with your Steam account, but you will have to download the game files from scratch.

Uninstalling the steam game is easy.

  1. Launch the Steam app on your Windows system.
    Steam game uninstall.
  2. Right-click on the problematic game and select Uninstall.
    Delete Steam Game
  3. When asked to confirm click on Delete to uninstall the game completely.
  4. Launch Steam again and search for the game in the Steam store.
  5. Download and install the game to see if uninstalling the game fixed the error

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