Saturday, May 28, 2022

What Are Steam Cloud Saves? How To Delete It?

Steam backs up all the game files to Steam Cloud so that you can play your favorite titles on any device at any time.

But you may not want certain save files of your game synced to the Steam cloud.

As Steam cloud saves from time to time, there is a way to prevent it from saving the game files.

Here we will mention what are these saves on Steam cloud and how to delete them in detail.

How To Enable Steam Cloud Synchronization?

To get your Steam cloud saves, you will have to enable Steam Cloud synchronization.

But remember that Steam Cloud does not support all games. For that, you will have to check the game titles.

Follow the steps to enable Steam Cloud synchronization:

  • Open Steam and choose the game you want to back up.
  • Right-click on the particular game and click on Properties.


  • Select General and click on Keep game saves in the Steam Cloud for that particular game option as shown below.


Now the game will be saved on you can enjoy the game on any device.

Also Read: Which Is The Best Cloud Storage For You?

How To Check The Enabled Steam Cloud Synchronization?

Before you make Steam delete Cloud saves, check if you have enabled Steam cloud synchronization.

To check that, follow the given steps:

  • Open Steam and click on Settings.


  • Select Cloud and check that Enable Steam Cloud Synchronization for applications that support its box is checked.


  • Now click on Steam Library and right-click on a particular game.
  • Expand game Properties and click on the General option.
  • Make sure that the Steam Cloud synchronization is enabled. Now you can proceed to delete Steam Cloud saves.

How To Delete Steam Cloud Saves?

Here is how to delete the Cloud saves on Steam. Follow the methods below and you should be able to do it.

1) Delete AppID Folders

To delete the AppID folder after you have taken the backup of your saves, you will have to go to the Steam directory.

  • Navigate to Steam\userdata\SteamID\AppID. Delete all the folders you find there.


  • After deleting the AppID folder, restart your computer. Then launch Steam again.
  • Try to play the games for the deleted folders. You will find the AppID folders again.

2) Trigger The Steam Cloud Conflict

  • Right-click on your Taskbar and select Task Manager. Find Steam and right-click on it. Select the End Task option.


  • Open the Steam directory and navigate to:


  • Press and hold the shift key and right-click on an empty space inside your File explorer.
  • Select Open PowerShell window here option.


  • Now copy-paste the path of the remote file location. For example:
clc-path “C:Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\SteamID\AppID\remote\*”


  • Press the Enter key to run the command.
  • Open Steam and then try to launch the game.

3) Remove The Cloud Files Already Stored

After triggering the Steam Cloud Conflict error message, you can delete the stored Cloud saves. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Open the Steam game folder and again navigate to:
  • From here, delete both remote and remotecache.vdf folders.


  • Now get back to the conflict window and click on Upload to the Steam Cloud.
  • An empty file will get synced to the cloud now and the game will get started. If you don’t want to back up the game, open Steam Launcher.
  • Click on Settings and select Cloud.


  • Deselect Steam cloud synchronization box. Exit the game as well as Steam.


  • Delete the game folder once again.

If you find multiple games are backed up to Cloud, then repeat the steps to delete those. Steam clouds can now back up your new games.

But you can keep the synchronization option unchecked if you do not want to back up the game progress anymore.

Closing Up

So, this was how to delete Steam cloud saves. For further queries ask us in the comments section below.

Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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