Suffering a hardware failure, operating system crash, or getting a new computer isn’t good news for your game saves. Luckily, with the affordability of storage and the various services offering cloud backup, what would be disastrous is just an inconvenience. Even better, cloud storage is usually free, enabled by default, many game developers support it. Without a doubt, it’s a life-saver for gamers who never think it’ll happen to them until it does. And while they need to make regular backups a habit regardless, at least they don’t have to continue from scratch nowadays. In a similar situation? Let’s show you how to recover Steam Cloud, then.
1. Recover Steam Cloud saves automatically
The saves from the Steam Cloud are downloaded automatically as soon as you install and launch the game for the first time. For this to happen, two things need to be enabled:
Verify that Steam Cloud Sync is turned on
This is how to turn on Steam Cloud syncing for all games:
- Click on Steam in the top left corner of the app.
- Select Settings from the drop-down list.
- From the sidebar on the left side, click on Cloud.
- Toggle the switch next to Enable Steam Cloud Sync to enable it.
Make sure the game supports Steam Cloud
Here’s how to turn on Steam Cloud synchronization for a specific game:
- Find the game in the Steam Library on the left.
- Right-click on it and select Properties.
- Switch over to the Updates tab.
- Under Steam Cloud at the bottom, put a checkmark in front of Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for [game name].
- Clarification: If the Steam Cloud option isn’t there, the game developer uses a dedicated launcher or hasn’t implemented Steam Cloud for the game.
2. Download Steam Cloud saves in browser
This method is for people who play cross-platform or don’t want to download a game immediately. It’s also a great choice for traveling since you can continue your in-game progress on a computer without Internet access. Follow these steps to access Steam Cloud save via browser:
- Open the Steam Cloud page.
- Sign in with your Steam account.
If you are having trouble, we also demonstrated how to recover a Steam account.
- Under Home > Account > View Steam Cloud you’ll see a list of game names, the number of available saves, and their size.
- Tip: Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard to search for a specific name.
- Click on Show Files for a game you want to restore Steam Cloud saves for.
- If you played the game on PC, Mac, or Linux, Steams will present you with separate game saves for each of the platforms. Also, you can see the date the Steam Cloud last made an update.
- Click on Download on the right to download a file.
Where does Steam Cloud store saves?
Here are default locations for Steam Cloud saves based on the platform:
- Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata
- Mac: [Primary Drive Letter]/Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata
- Linux: [Primary Drive Letter]/.local/share/Steam/userdata
Placing a Cloud save when using multiple Steam accounts
Some gamers share a computer with others, which makes things a tad more complex. Here’s where to paste a Steam Cloud save based on a Steam account:
- Open the default location for a platform of your choice.
- You’ll see folders with numbers that represent unique SteamIDs for all accounts signed on that computer.
- SteamID represents a long string of numbers in your profile URL within the Steam app. Look for the address bar that resembles one in a browser. If you don’t see it, here’s what to do:
- Click on Steam in the top left corner.
- Select Settings (Windows) or Preferences (Mac).
- Click on Interface in the menu in the left sidebar.
- Put a checkmark in front of Display Steam URL address bar when available.
- Click on OK.
- After you open the appropriate folder, you’ll see a list of more folders with numbers. Those represent all the games you’ve installed, and each has a unique appID.
- Do a quick Google search for your game’s appID (Tip: Use SteamDB’s Apps page) and place the Steam Cloud saves inside.
- That’s all! Launch the Steam game and continue where you left off.
Bonus: Steam client Cloud files
On the Steam Cloud download page mentioned above, you can also download settings unique to your Steam account. That way, you don’t have to configure things again if method 1 doesn’t work or you don’t have access to the Internet. After downloading, place them in the Steam Cloud default location/[steamID]/7/ folder.