Click here to fix Windows errors and optimize system performance Steam, by default, has the configuration where it automatically updates your game whenever it has a network connection. Although there is no specific way yet to turn off all global automatic updates by a button, there are alternatives present. Take a look at the methods listed below. Disabling automatic update for a game There is an option where you can disable all the automatic updates for a single game.
This method is very effective and easy as you can toggle this through your Steam client without any hassle. However, if you have a lot of Steam games installed, this can prove to be a tedious task. Open your Steam client. Head over to the Library tab present at the top of the screen.
Now all your games will be listed in the left column of the screen. Right click on the game you want to change the settings of and select Properties. Once Properties is opened, head to the Updates tab located on the top of the window. Now you will see an option regarding automatic updates. After you click Automatic Updates, a drop down menu will appear and you will be able to choose from three options available.
Always keep this game up-to date: This is the default option and in this, Steam will update your game whenever it has a network connection. Only update this game when I launch it: This option disables all the automatic updates of the game and forces the game to update only when you want to play it.
Always auto-update this game before others: This option will automatically give your game priority as compared to others when updating. This is a useful option when you play a game very frequently. You can choose from these options whatever that seems fit to you. Setting auto-update time restrictions If you are experiencing a slow internet connection in your working hours because of Steam updating the games, you can set auto-update time restrictions.
This configuration will force Steam to only update your games on that specific time. On the top left corner, you will find an option named Steam. Click it and from the drop down box, select Settings. Head over to the Downloads tab present on the left side. Here you can set the time when you want Steam to update itself. Through this, Steam will pause the download if the time window you have runs up and will queue the download again when the time comes.
This works in most cases, where the issue is originated due to a system corruption. You leave all the Steam settings like they are and limit the bandwidth of Downloads.
In the section of Download Restrictions, you will see an option of Limit Bandwidth. Click it and you will be able to access a drop-down menu consisting of different speeds. Chose the one that suits your internet connection. Save changes and exit. Disabling Auto-update by editing Appmanifest Although this method attempts to disable global auto-updates by editing the Appmanifest configuration, it is highly not recommended as you can accidentally change any setting you may not know about and it can cause problems later on.
Be very diligent when performing this solution. Furthermore, we have no affiliations with the third party software involved in this method, please follow and download it at your own risk. Click on the Download button present in the bottom left side of the screen. Click Next through all the stages and Install the application to any location. After installing, launch the application and click File present on the top left. From the drop down menu select Open.
Now navigate to your Steam directory and into the folder of Steamapps. The name may not exactly be the same but not to worry. If there are more than one files named appmanifest, you need to make changes in all of them. Change the value of 0 to 1. Launch your Steam client again and hopefully, the global auto-updates will be turned off. Disabling Steam to start at startup Another remedy is to disable Steam from starting up automatically when you turn on your computer.
As you may have noticed, Steam tends to start up whenever you turn on your computer. Since Steam cannot update unless it is open, this method also addresses the issue very efficiently. Navigate to Settings after clicking Steam present on the top right corner of the window. Now Steam will only open when you open it yourself using the Steam client or by clicking any game.
This is by far the most effective method to stop automatic downloads from happening in the background when you are using your PC. Thank you for reading the article above. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.