How to download your saved games from Steam Cloud

Steam syncs many save files with its servers. They are automatically downloaded through Steam when you install a game, but that’s not the only way you can get them. You can also download them directly from Valve’s website in your browser.

Enable Steam Cloud Sync in Steam

If Steam doesn’t automatically download your old game saves after you install a game, make sure Steam Cloud is enabled for that game in Steam.

To do this, locate the game in your Steam library, right-click on it and select “Properties.” Click the “General” tab and make sure the “Keep games saves in the Steam Cloud for Game” option is checked for the game. If this option is not checked, Steam will not automatically download your cloud storage or upload new ones.

If you don’t see a Steam Cloud option for a game here, that game doesn’t support Steam Cloud. Not all games on Steam do that – it’s up to every game developer.

Download the files in your web browser

Valve also allows you to download your Steam cloud save files via a web browser. You can only download your saved files without downloading the whole game again.

To find your saved files, go to Valve’s View Steam Cloud page in your web browser and log in with your Steam account.

You will see a list of games using your Steam Cloud storage. Find the game in the list and click “View Files” to see all the files for a game.

Tip: Press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on a Mac) to use your browser’s built-in search to search for the game’s name.

Each game has a page that lists all the files stored in Steam Cloud, as well as the date they were modified. Click “Download” to download a file. Download all the save files for your game and you will have a copy of the saved games.

This is especially useful for multi-platform games that don’t automatically sync the save files between platforms.

Borderlands 2, for example, is available for both PC and Mac. It syncs its save files with Steam Cloud, but both PC and Mac versions sync saved files individually† You can download the Mac (or PC) versions from the Steam website and then manually import them into the appropriate folder to move your Borderlands 2 save games between platforms.

Without using the website, you would have to download Borderlands 2 on one platform, extract your saved games and then download the game on a second platform!

This is also a known issue for other games, for example it seems to be necessary when: moving save games from Torchlight for Windows to Torchlight for Linux.

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