Steam running slow? Here’s how to make it lightning fast

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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Steam is the foremost game client software for Windows. However, some users have said that Steam runs very slowly on their desktop and laptops. The client software becomes slow and unresponsive for those users.

How do I make Steam run faster? Steam is an in-browser client, so first make sure to clear your browser cache and cookies. They are known to slow down your browser. Then use the built-in Repair Steam option to refresh Steam files.


It’s a little surprising that software with minimal system requirements can become slow and unresponsive. Nevertheless, some Steam users have still fixed the issue with some of the resolutions below.

What can I do if my Steam client is slow?

  1. Clear Steam’s Web Browser Cache and Cookies
  2. Clear the Download Cache
  3. Adjust Proxy Settings
  4. Repair Steam

1. Clear Steam’s Web Browser Cache and Cookies

The accumulation of Steam browser data is one factor behind Steam running slow. The game client software includes its own integrated browser with which users can browse the Steam store. Lots of Steam users have confirmed that clearing the software’s web browser cache and cookies fixes the issue. Users can do that as follows.

  1. First, open the Steam client software.
  2. Click Steam and select Settings to open a Settings window.
  3. Then click Web Browser on that window.
  4. Press the Delete Web Browser Cache button.
  5. Click OK to confirm.
  6. Press the Delete All Browser Cookies button.
  7. Select the OK option to provide further confirmation.
  8. Thereafter, click OK on the Settings window.

2. Clear the Download Cache

Excessive download data can also bog down Steam. So, clearing Steam’s download cache might also boost the software. Follow the guidelines below to the clear that download cache.

  1. Open Steam by right-clicking its icon and selecting Run as administrator.
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  2. Click Steam at the top of the window to expand that menu.
  3. Select Settings to open further options.
  4. Click Downloads on the left of the Settings window
  5. Press the Clear Download Cache button.
  6. A confirmation window will open. Click OK on that window to confirm.
  7. Select OK on the Settings window.
  8. Restart Steam after clearing the downloads cache.

3. Adjust Proxy Settings

Some users have confirmed that deselecting the Automatically detect proxy option also fixes a slow Steam client. Steam’s browser can waste quite a bit of time checking that proxy server setting. Follow the guidelines below to adjust the proxy settings.

  1. Press the Windows key + Q hotkey.
  2. Input the keyword internet settings in the search box.
    Steam slow internet options
  3. Click Internet Options to open the window shown directly below.
    internet options Steam running slow
  4. Select the Connections tab.
    connections tab Steam is slow
  5. Click the LAN settings button to open the window below.
    LAN settings Steam running slow
  6. Deselect the Automatically detect settings check box.
  7. Press the OK button.

Note that deselecting Automatically detect settings might also disconnect some users who actually utilize an automatic proxy server configuration. Those users will need to leave the Automatically detect settings option enabled for the Steam browser.

4. Repair Steam

Users (with admin accounts) can also fix corrupted Steam files to speed up the software. To do that, right-click the Windows 10 Start button and select Run. Then enter C:Program Files (x86)SteambinSteamService.exe /repair in Run’s text box, and click the OK button.

Users who haven’t installed Steam at its default path will need to adjust that command to include the actual path they’ve installed Steam at. Thereafter, open Steam again.

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The resolutions above might turbocharge Steam for some users. As a final resort, users can also try reinstalling Steam. However, users might also lose game data if they reinstall the software.


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