How to download your saved games from the Steam Cloud

The Valve Steam logo on a blue background

To download your saved games from the Steam Cloud, open in your browser and log into your account. Search for the game you want, then download your saves.

Steam syncs many save files on its servers. They are automatically downloaded via Steam when you install a game, but that’s not the only way to 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 saves after installing a game, make sure the Steam Cloud is enabled for that game within Steam.

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

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

Download the files to your web browser

Valve allows you to download Steam cloud save files via a web browser as well. You can only download your save files without re-downloading the entire game.

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

You will see a list of games that use your Steam Cloud storage. Locate the game in the list and click “Show Files” to see all the files for a game.

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

List of Steam Cloud saved games on the web.

Each game has a page that shows all the files it is storing in the Steam Cloud, as well as the date they were modified. To download a file, click “Download”. Download all the save files for your game and you will have a copy of its saves.

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

For instance, Borderlands 2 is available for both PC and Mac. Synchronize its save files with the Steam Cloud, but both the PC and Mac versions synchronize the save files separately. You can download the Mac (or PC) versions from the Steam website, then manually import them into the correct folder to move your own Borderlands 2 save games between platforms.

Without using the website, this would require downloading Borderlands 2 on one platform, extracting your saves and then downloading the game on a second platform!

This is a known problem for other games as well, for example, it also seems to be necessary when moving saves from Torch for Windows a Torch for Linux.