- Steam keeps temporary downloads and other files in a "download cache," which can become oversized if you use Steam often.
- Clearing Steam's cache can potentially help fix games that aren't running correctly.
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Maybe a game you've downloaded on Steam won't load properly. Or maybe Steam is just running incredibly slow.
While there's a short list of things you can do to troubleshoot the problem, the first among these should be clearing your download cache, which can help Steam run more smoothly.
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How to clear Steam's download cache
Before you clear the cache, you'll want to take care of your mods.
If you're running mods on any of your Steam games, you'll want to back up and move those before clearing your cache. Otherwise, you'll need to download and install them again.
This is because Steam installs mods in the same place as the cached files it's clearing out, so clearing your download cache will remove those mods as well.
Once that's taken care of, here's how to clear the cache.
1. Open the Steam app.
3. In the sidebar on the left, select "Downloads."
4. Click the "Clear Download Cache" button to clear your cache.
It's that simple. This process will log you out of Steam , so you'll have to log back in if you want to play games.
Clearing the download cache doesn't always work for everybody, nor fix every problem, but it's a good place along with restarting Steam and restarting your computer to begin when the Steam client is being wonky.
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