If I uninstall or delete a Steam game on my computer, will it give me back the space/usage it took to download?

  • possible duplicate of How do I remove a Steam game from my library? – Mathias711 Sep 7 '15 at 10:33
  • but yes, it will free up space from your computer as it will be deleted – Mathias711 Sep 7 '15 at 10:39
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    @Mathias711 False duplicate. Deleting a game from your PC and removing it from your library (ie. your account) completely are different things. – DJ Pirtu Sep 7 '15 at 10:40
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    "Usage it took to download" - assuming you mean storage space on your drive, yes. If you happen to mean anything to do with broadband usage caps, no it won't change that at all. I'm hoping that's not what you mean, but... – Jeeva Sep 7 '15 at 10:48

Deleting the local files of a game (via right-clicking a game and selecting 'Delete Local Content) will free up all the space that that game is using on your hard drive. For large games like TF2 this can be more than 15 GB.

However, it will not free up any internet data that it took to download (if that is what you are referencing to in the space/usage it took to download). If your data cap has run out, I suggest you contact your ISP (internet service provider) or look on their website to purchase more data.

Please note that deleting some games will delete your savedata, it depends on the game. If your savegames are stored in your Users folder (My Documents etc) they should be fine, otherwise, it would be a good idea to check.

  • Does it also delete stuff like savegames? – Gigala Sep 7 '15 at 11:30
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    @Gigala Yes it does, so back them up if you are going to use them again. – angussidney Sep 7 '15 at 11:32
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    @Gigala Actually, it depends on the game, but it's better to be on the safe side. – angussidney Sep 7 '15 at 11:39
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    Games like TF2 might share some content with other Source based games like Half Life 2 so about 1 gb might still left unless you uninstall all. Also, steam sync supported games should backup and restore savegames automatically. – Furkan Omay Sep 7 '15 at 11:57
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    @FurkanOmay's point should definitely be added to the answer, especially since TF2 itself has been used as an example here… – o0'. Sep 7 '15 at 13:01

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