Where Does Steam Save Files in Windows 10? [2024 Guide]

Written By Farhan Max

Steam is one of the biggest gaming platforms, as millions of gamers play and stream games on Steam daily. Thanks to its syncing feature, gamers can game through different devices and platforms.

Though Steam is an online platform for gaming, it saves your game data to your system. You can access the saved game files any time you want. Most users access the save files folder to safeguard their progression or delete any unnecessarily stored data.

It may be essential to access the folder, but Steam doesn’t show its saved files’ location.where-does-steam-save-files-in-windows-10

Don’t worry! In this article, I’ll guide you to your desired destination so that you don’t need to ask any second person to know Steam’s saved files’ location.

Without making any further due, let’s get started.

Where Does Steam Save Files on Your Computer?

Steam stores your game data both on your computer and the Steam Cloud. You can access them using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Steam interface. However, the saved files on the cloud and your device are basically different.

Steam saves the game data where Steam’s installation files are normally kept. You may play games offline and access your data thanks to this feature.

However, all games aren’t saved in the same folder as files, and the storage location is device-specific.

Your game is more likely to be cloud-enabled to save the players’ progress, rank, money, etc., if it is a multiplayer title. Thanks to the Cloud Save function, you won’t lose your data even if you uninstall a game. Steam will download all the necessary files immediately upon reinstallation, allowing you to continue from where you left off.

Since the location of game data can be different across games, you should find the stored data location individually for each game.

Related our new guide post how to Download & Install Steam on Windows 11.

Here is how you can access the location of Steam saved files on your Computer:

On Windows

  • Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Go inside the Local Disk (C:).
  • Double-click and open the folder Program Files (x86).
  • Go to Steam > steamapps > common.

Or you can paste it on the Windows address bar after copying the following address:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common

Inside that folder, you’ll see all the installed games. Each folder with a game name contains the save files of the respective games.

Steam also saves the app data on your system. These files are usually stored in the AppData folder.

Here is the location of the AppData folder:

  • Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Go inside the Local Disk (C:).
  • Double click and open the folder Users.
  • Open the folder of your Windows username.
  • Access the AppData folder and go inside the Local
  • Get inside the Steam folder, and you can see the application data of the Steam app.

If you don’t see the AppData folder, it may be hidden on your system. But you can unhide the folder and make it visible again.

You may also like to read: Steam Not Working on WiFi.

Here are the steps you need to follow to unhide the AppData folder:

Windows 8/10

  • Open File Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Click the tab View and check Hidden items.

Windows 7

  • Open Windows Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Click Organize, then Folder and search options.
  • Click the tab View and check Show hidden files, folders and drives under Hidden files and folders from Advanced Settings.
  • Click OK.

If you don’t want to go through all these steps, there is a shortcut for it. Copy the following address and paste it onto the File Explorer Search Bar.

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata

There is a quick method to access the saved files folder of a Steam game. You can easily access the folder from the Steam app.

Here are the steps to access the Steam save files in Windows 10:

  • Open the Steam tab.
  • Click on the Library section from the top.
  • Right-click on the game you want to access the saved files folder.
  • Bring the mouse pointer to the Manage option, and another section will appear.
  • Select Browse local files. steam-library-game-browse-location windows-view-check-hidden-items

That’s how you can easily access the saved games folder of Steam in Windows 10 easily.

On Mac

To access the Saved Files location of Steam, just follow the path I’ve listed below:

  • ~Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata

On Linux

To access the Steam Saved Files location on your Linux system, just follow the path I’ve listed below:

  • ~/.local/share/Steam/userdata

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are Steam files stored?

Steam installs to C:\Program Files\Steam folder by default, and files for games installed on Steam are stored in the folder C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ by default.

How do I restore Steam save files?

Visit Steam > Settings > Download > Steam Library Folder. Now click on Add Library Folder. Browse to the location where your game is installed and hit Select. Your game should once again appear in the library.

How do I know if a Steam game has cloud saves?

If you want to know if a Steam game supports cloud saves, simply go to its store page and check if the Steam Cloud logo is under the list of game features.

Wrapping Up

There you go.

Using these simple steps, you can easily access the Steam save files on Windows 10. However, I’ve also included the storage location of Steam saved files on Mac and Linux. Hopefully, that concludes your query.

Thanks for reading this article. If you have any questions left, feel free to share them in the comment section.


About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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