I have a game that I don't play often, and would like to not update until I actually play it. So I went into the Properties of the game and under the "Automatic updates" section changed the option to "Only update this game when I launch it." However, every time I turn on Steam, the choice is reverted back to "Always keep this game up to date," even though I didn't change anything!

I turn off my computer every night, so the Steam program does completely close each day.

My questions are:

  1. Why is this happening?
  2. How do I stop it?

The problem

  • I think it works in an opposite way. You may need to disable auto updates for all games through Steam's "Downloads" settings, and then choose which games you want to auto-update. Let me know how it works out and I'll craft it into a proper answer if it does. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 0:28
  • But I want all my games to update regularly except for this one? Then wouldn't I have to add a game to that list every time I bought a new game? And why would they have this option in the game Properties if it worked in the opposite way?
    – Guy
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 0:30
  • Those are good points, I was only speculating, hence it's just a comment. I'm really not sure why it would be opposite, just theorizing. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 0:31
  • Have you tried this on games other than Dota2? Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 0:33
  • I have not. However, Steam had an update so it restarted (after I had already booted up it up and changed it to "Only update when I start the game" and I can confirm that after the Steam program restarted, the option was still the same this time.
    – Guy
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 0:38

1 Answer 1


The issue suddenly seems to have resolved itself. I continued to change the setting to "Update this game only when I launch it" each time I logged on to Steam. Suddenly the past few times I've booted up Steam it has saved the setting.

I didn't do anything differently, so I don't know what solved the issue. Maybe they patched it in one of the updates.

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