My Steam client always waits for an hour+ to start downloading a game update: "Scheduled for 19:35". There is a button to force update though. Auto-updates are turned on for all games.

How can I make Steam download updates immediately without additional interactions?

Steam settings:

Steam settings

  • Hmm, I've never tried looking for it, but I'm really surprised that it isn't an option in the menu you have a screenshot of. You would think that would be one of the more common download options. – JMac Apr 5 at 16:08
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    Weird, mine just starts downloading updates on its own. I can check my settings tonight to see if I have something set differently. – Adam V Apr 5 at 16:40
  • For some weird reason, Steam always schedules downloads for 3 AM, when my PC is supposed to be turned off. It's been like that for years. – Nolonar Apr 5 at 16:46
  • 19:35 is a value specified somewhere. Maybe its environmental thing (e.g. provider parameter) and steam is smart to use it, to optimize downloading. Try to look for something what has it in windows settings and all other related programs/services. – Sinatr Apr 6 at 15:24
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This isn't something that can be turned off (unless you manually do it per-game), and happens for two (main) reasons:

  • The game had some form of error occur while downloading, so it's been scheduled for a few minutes time to try again.
  • The game's update has just gone live - and steam cannot handle thousands of people all downloading it at the same time, so it staggers the various updates to ensure that everyone is able to get a fast and reliable download.

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