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How to Remove Steam Games (Uninstall Guide)

Updated on January 06, 2017

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After playing games on Steam for a few years and going through a number of seasonal video game sales, I've collected quite a few games.

Unfortunately, my computer doesn't have a ton of space (150 GB hard drive.) I'm constantly swapping out (uninstalling) games so I have space for the latest and great games.

That's what I love about Steam, though, I never lose the games I buy since they're tied to my account.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to uninstall Steam games so you can save space, get rid of a horrible game (I'll admit, they're not all awesome games), or just get rid of it regardless of your reasons!

Note: If you just don't want to use Steam anymore, I recommend completely uninstalling Steam instead of removing individual games.

Let's get started!

In this tutorial, I'm removing Left 4 Dead so that I have space available to download TF2.
In this tutorial, I'm removing Left 4 Dead so that I have space available to download TF2. | Source
Click "Delete local content..."
Click "Delete local content..." | Source
Click the Delete button
Click the Delete button | Source
Yay! It's deleting! That means more space on my tiny computer!
Yay! It's deleting! That means more space on my tiny computer! | Source

Uninstalling Steam Games

There are two ways to uninstall a game from Steam. You can do it through "Add or Remove Programs" or through Steam. I recommend the latter because if you uninstall through "Add or Remove" programs, it'll open Steam anyway. To get started, open Steam and log in.

  • Click the "Library" tab at the top of the screen.
  • On the left-hand side of the screen, there will be a listing of all the games tied to your Steam account. Select the game you would like to uninstall.
  • Right click the game and select "Delete Local Content..."
  • A confirmation box will pop up. Click the "Delete" button. Voilà! Your game will start uninstalling (it might take a bit for it to be completely removed.)

You might notice that after you uninstall a game that it's not removed from the list in the left pane. This is actually a good thing (don't worry, it has been removed), which brings us to the next topic: reinstalling games.

Select the game you would like to download and click the big Install button
Select the game you would like to download and click the big Install button | Source
How long will it take for this to download? Long enough!
How long will it take for this to download? Long enough! | Source

How to Reinstall Steam Games

What I love most about Steam is that I don't have to keep track of any disks or anything, I just have to remember my username and password. If I don't want to play a game, I can just uninstall it. If I decide later that I want to play it, I still have it... I don't have to pay for it again.

So how do you reinstall a game in Steam? Easy!

  • In your "Library" tab, in the left pane (the game list), select the game you would like to install.
  • Once you select a game, the middle pane will be populated with information about the game. Here, under the title of the game, will be a button that says "Install." Click it.
  • A dialog box will pop-up telling you (approximately) how long it will take the game to download. Click "next."
  • The next screen will give you some options regarding icons. Select whichever options you'd like and click "next." The game will now download and install.

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    • Me 4 weeks ago

      Thanks Heaps .. steam wanted me to install a 36Gb test server as well as the 36Gb game .. NOOOOOOO. And I couldn't figure out how to destroy it. Dr Google and yourself to the rescue

      : )

    • gerry 2 months ago

      i get this ''time out'' on a game,i would like to unintsal it but it never works,it's even slowing down my computer and it's only two weeks old..how do i unintsal?

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      Melanie Shebel 2 months ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Yes, your games are attached to your account.

    • bob 3 months ago

      if its a bought game will it still be in my history

    • DC 4 months ago

      thanks i wanted to double check if pressing delete local content was right

    • Donald duck 6 months ago

      works

    • Neh 6 months ago

      I cant find the Library button

    • Tim 6 months ago

      What if I want it completely gone?

    • insert name 7 months ago

      i just did it with smite and it removed it from my list is that normal

    • Lucas 7 months ago

      will you still have alll your progress in the game??

    • Kiera 7 months ago

      Hi! I used this to uninstall a game from my laptop and noticed the game disappeared from my library rather than it staying like you said. It was a "Free to Play" game so does this explain it? You only keep the games you paid for?

    • eskimo360 7 months ago

      how do you uninstall a steam game that isn't yours? for example my son has a game on his account he got onto my computer and installed it. now he has moved out of the house and when i try to uninstall it it opens up MY steam account but it wont uninstall because i don't have access to it. so i have this game stuck on my pc taking up space. i know i can delete the files and remove the registry entries for it but i should not have to do all this work to uninstall a game.

    • Francisco 3 years ago

      Thanks! I wasn't sure about "delete local content" would work.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting and Useful!! I have used Steam, however I find this useful for those that do use Steam!! Thanks for Sharing!!

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