Steam is a service by valve which distributes the digital versions of video games. Steam also provides cloud storage called steam cloud which allows users to sync their games files on cloud storage. You can save your game settings, profile statistics, game saves on steam cloud. All your game files are automatically downloaded when you install a game. This is not the only way to access steam cloud saves, you can also download them directly from valve official website.
Steps to Allow Steam Cloud Synchronization
After installing a game if your old save states or files are not downloaded automatically it means that steam cloud sync is disabled. You can enable steam cloud sync for a specific game or you can also enable steam cloud for all games in steam setting. When this function is not enabled all your progress in the games is saved on your computer/device.
1. To enable steam cloud sync for a specific game, first you need to locate the game in your steam library.
After locating right click on the games and click on properties, then click on update tab. You’ll find steam cloud section in the bottom, make sure Enable Steam cloud synchronization is checked. If you don’t select this option steam won’t download your game save stats and it won’t upload your current progress on the steam cloud.
Note- If the game doesn’t have the option “Enable steam cloud synchronization” for the game. It means the game does not support steam cloud sync, it depends on the game developers whether they want to give this option or not.
2. To enable steam cloud sync for all games open steam and go to steam setting. Click on cloud option inside setting and enable steam cloud synchronization. When this steam cloud sync is enabled, all the games which support this function will now sync with your steam cloud storage.
Download Steam Cloud Saves on Your Browser
Once your save files are uploaded on steam cloud, now you can download it on your browser without installing the game. Visit official steam cloud page and login to your steam account.
After login you can see the games which are using your steam cloud storage. Search the game in the list for which you want to download save files. After locating click on “Show Files” option to check all the uploaded files. After clicking on show files you’ll see a list of save files that are uploaded on you steam cloud storage with the date on which they were last modified. Click on download to download any of save files from the list. Now you have the save files of the game on your device.
This option is really helpful with the multi-platform games. For example, Borderlands 2 is a multi-platform game, so you can play it on both mac and pc. The game files from the mac version of the game will be uploaded separately on the steam cloud storage. So if you want to download the mac version of the game on your pc, you’ve to download the save files and place it in the correct folder of pc version of the game.
Steam Cloud Files Local Location
Now that we’ve learned how to download steam cloud files, we need to place in the specified location for it to work properly. To places files in the proper location follow the instructions below
- Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/Userdata
- Linux: ~/.local/share/Steam/userdata
- PC: C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\Userdata
In the userdata you’ll see different steamIDs. SteamIDs are the different account that logged in to your device. In steam id you’ll see appid. Appid is the game that associated with the account . For example, the appID of the game Borderlands 2 is (appID 49520)
Now the location is
- Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/Userdata/[steamID]/49520/
- Linux: ~/.local/share/Steam/userdata/[steamID]/49520/
- PC: C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\Userdata\[steamID]\49520\
These are the steps to download steam cloud saves on your device. We hope that we are able to fix this issue for you. If you’ve more queries related to steam cloud kindly let us know in the comment sections.
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