How to Turn Off Steam auto Updates

Though it might seem that turning off updates could be such a basic and simple thing to do, that is not the case with Steam auto-updates. You won’t find this option in Steam Settings, it does not exist. Though there are a few ways to bend the rules of Steam auto-updates. So here are a few ways to turn off Steam auto updates.

Change Auto Update Schedule

Steam has a great feature that lets its users schedule auto-updates. Players can use this feature to trick Steam into avoiding the downloads altogether. You can limit all downloads to when you are not using Steam like during your sleeping hours or working hours for example. Any time that fits your schedule.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the menu at the top of the window click on ‘View’.
  3. From the menu that drops down click on ‘Settings’.
  4. In the menu on the left click on ‘Downloads’.
  5. Under ‘Download Restrictions’ from the options that appear on the right side tick in the box by the ‘Only auto-update games between’.
  6. Then assign a time frame that works for you the best, when you won’t be using Steam, using two bob=xes marked as ‘0:00 And 0:00’.
  7. From the drop-down menu ‘Limit bandwidth’ choose the lowest option which is ’16 KB/s’. Although it is very unlikely that Steam would start to download an update during some other time than the one that you have set, setting the ‘Limit bandwidth’ will limit the downloads.

Though there is one exception to this method. If you have a game that has a scheduled update you won’t be able to play that game without downloading the update first. And you can’t go around this Steam rule.

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Alternative: Only Update when games at launch

This is a great fix for the games that you are not playing and you don’t want to update them and for the games that you want to avoid being updated.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the menu at the top of Steam client window click on ‘Library’.
  3. Hower over a game that you don’t want to be updated and right-click on it, then select ‘Properties’ from the list of options that appear.
  4. In the window that pops up click on the tab titled ‘Updates’.
  5. Click on ‘Automatic updates’ and from the drop-down menu choose ‘Only update this game when I launch it’.
  6. Close the ‘Properties’. 

Do the same for every game, though this can take you a while if your Libary is full of titles. You can go round downloading updates by disconnecting your internet cable or your Wi-Fi connection right before you launch a game. When you do this Steam is not able to make a connection to check for updates so it will not be prompted to begin downloading any updates.

So you have probably noticed that these methods are not the ideal solution to turning off Steam auto Updates because no matter what you do the updates won’t be completely turned off. But unfortunately using these methods is all we got.