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Here's how to uninstall Steam Games


Maybe you aren't playing a particular game as much, or you need to free up disk space. Games can take up a lot of room, especially when you’ve got several alongside apps, documents, videos and files. In this article, we cover how to uninstall Steam games on a Mac, which is a little more tricky than dragging it to the trash.

Uninstalling Steam games involves going through the application itself, which will delete the game on your Mac. However, you will still own the game (it will remain in your Steam account) but to play it again you will need to download it.

How to uninstall Steam games manually

1. Open the Steam application — either in your Dock, Desktop or Applications folder.

2. Go to the Library tab in the app. Here you should see every game you've downloaded and bought through Steam.

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3. Now, right-click (or press Control and Click) on the game you want to uninstall from your Mac. A drop-down of options should appear.

4. Click Uninstall.

5. Steam will ask if you’re certain you want to delete it, confirming that it will uninstall the local game files from your Mac. 

6. Click Delete and wait a few minutes for the game to be removed.

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Larger Steam games will take a little longer to uninstall. It will show you an uninstalling message alongside the game title in your library until it’s complete. Once that is done, if you check disk space it should show you’ve got more than you had before. Repeat the process if you want to free up even more space, or simply remove a few more distractions from your Mac.

Or maybe you want to take this distraction purge one step further. Perhaps it’s time to remove Steam from your Mac entirely. There are two ways you can do this.

For those who want to uninstall Steam without losing games, drag the app into the Trash and click delete. You might be wondering: If you uninstall Steam does it uninstall your games? Thankfully, no, all of your games will remain in your Steam account and on your Mac, so this method won’t free up much space. However, it does mean you can re-download the app again when you are ready.

Removing every Steam game, the local files and associated data, means going through steps 1 to 6 again, and then deleting the app from your Mac. Freeing up the space you need and removing some enjoyable but time-consuming distractions.

Whichever option you chose, your games will stay in the Steam library, which is good for those worried that if I uninstall Steam what happens to my games? They’re all still in the library, so if you want to download any of them and play again, you’ve not lost anything.

How to uninstall Steam games with CleanMyMac X

Removing Steam games is about to get even easier, with a special Uninstaller tool in CleanMyMac X. With its help you can uninstall Steam games in a few clicks - no need to go through the long process described above. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X (for free) and launch the app.
  2. Go to the Uninstaller tab.
  3. Choose the games you want to delete.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Say you’ve deleted unneeded Steam games, or even cleared out your entire Steam library, and you still need more space. This storage issue could be a sign that your Mac needs a cleanup.  

CleanMyMac X will help you with that. Just click the Scan button and the app will find all useless files you can safely remove. Most Mac users find over 74GB of junk when they run the program. Your Mac will run faster too, so you can enjoy an enhanced gaming experience.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!



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