How To Limit Your Download Speed On Steam

Are you having trouble using other internet services when downloading a game on Steam? Do you want to limit the bandwidth of your downloads instead of stopping it entirely? If that’s the case, you’ll find your quick guide below helpful. We’ll show you how to throttle the download speed on the Steam app on your computer.


When you have a fast internet connection, downloading games and updates on Steam won’t take long. However, we understand some people have a slow network, which can affect the bandwidth of other devices when downloading.

For example, you might not be able to stream or watch videos online when downloading at full speed. If you’re living with other people at home, it can noticeably affect their internet usage.

Thankfully, Steam allows you to add a limit to the bandwidth that your downloads are using. As such, you can slowly update and add new games to your computer without affecting other devices connected to the same network.

In our guide below, we’ll show you how to throttle your bandwidth on Steam and how to adjust your other download options.

How to throttle your download speed on Steam

If you have a slow internet connection, Steam is probably taking away all your bandwidth, leaving you unable to stream or use other apps while downloading updates or games. Although pausing them is an option, you can also limit your download speed on the app.

You can throttle your internet speed when downloading games on your Steam Settings. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how.

  1. Launch the Steam app on your computer and sign in to your account.
  2. Click “Steam” on the top left side of your screen and select Settings on the menu.

  3. Head to the Download options.

  4. Check the box beside “Limit bandwidth to,” enter a value in KB/s, and click the Apply button.

  5. You can change the other options, such as throttling your download speed when streaming on Steam or allowing downloads when playing games.
  6. After finalizing your Download settings, click OK to save the changes.

By throttling your download speed on Steam, you won’t hog all the bandwidth on your network. In this way, other devices connected to the network can stream and use the internet without any problem.

Once you’re the only one using the internet in your home, you can go ahead and remove the limiter to download your games much faster.

To wrap it all up

Now that you know how to limit your download speed on Steam, you’ll have no problem using the internet while downloading games on your computer. While it may take you more time before you can play your new game, at least you still get to stream and browse while downloading.

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