Steam Download Stopping problem fixed

Does your Steam tend to start a download and then just stop the download at random times or just gets stuck somewhere along the way? Then you are in the right place, here you will find various fixes to Steam download stopping problem.

Change Download Region

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the options that you see at the top of the Steam window click on ‘Steam’ then from the list that drops down choose Settings.
  3. From the list on the left click on ‘Downloads’.
  4. You will see a list of regions under ‘Download Region drop-down menu’. Choose a region that is somewhat close to yours, in a different country. 
  5. If the problem still occurs, try to change the region to an even further region.

Clear Steam Client download Cache

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the options that you see at the top of the Steam client window, choose and click on ‘Steam’ then from the list that drops down click on ‘Settings’.
  3. From the options list on the left, click on ‘Downloads’.
  4. Then scroll down until you see ‘CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE’ button and click on it and then click ‘OK’.
  5. After Steam clears download cache it will restart and you will need to log in again.

Change Steam Download Restrictions

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the options that you see at the top of the Steam client window, choose and click on ‘Steam’ then from the list that drops down click on ‘Settings’.
  3. From the options list on the left, click on ‘Downloads’.
  4. Look at Download Restrictions and see if the button titled ‘Only auto-update games between’  is unchecked and set the ‘Limit bandwidth to’ to ‘No Limit’.

Update Steam

Though this could seem like such an obvious solution and Steam should update automatically it is still worth a try to check if there are some new updates. Because Valve is constantly improving the Steam client and checking for that update can really solve Steam download stopping problem.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the options that you see at the top of the Steam client window, choose and click on ‘Steam’.
  3. Then click on ‘Check for Steam Client Updates’.
  4. If you see that an update is available, download and instal the update.

Turn off other high bandwidth Applications 

Make sure that there are no other applications that may be competing for bandwidth with Steam. For example – web browsers, Windows updates, torrent clients, other game clients, antivirus software etc. When you close these programs it can significantly free up bandwidth and fix Steam download stopping problem and even speed up the download rate.

Reset Router

You should reset your router every once in a while. If you haven’t done so in a while try resetting/restarting your modem/router. By restarting your router you can fix any packet loss or connectivity problems. That will give Steam a fresh start to download games and updates.

Reconnect The Steam client / Reinstall Steam

As one of the last resorts to fixing this problem, try reinstalling Steam. First, try discone=nect the Steam client from the internet and then reconnect it.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. From the options that you see at the top of the Steam client window, choose and click on ‘Steam’.
  3. Then select ‘Go Offline’ from the menu that drops down.
  4. When prompted, click on ‘Restart In Offline Mode’.
  5. When Steam has restarted in offline mode then click on ‘Steam’ again.
  6. Then click on ‘Go Online’ and then on ‘Restart and Go Online’.
  7. Now Steam will restart. After that start downloading and see if this fixed the problem.
  8. If you have tried every fix in this list of fixes and the problem does not seem fixed the reason might be that in some unique cases the problem can arise from the ISP that is caused by peak traffic, momentary connectivity issues or hardware issues. In this case, just waiting it out is the only thing that you can do.

Here are some other Steam issue fixes like Steam Content File Locked and Steam Missing File Privileges.