If the Steam client is consuming too much bandwidth, follow the steps listed below to limit steam download speed in Windows.
Steam is the most popular way to download games in Windows. No matter the game, you can all most always find it in Steam. The best thing about the Steam client is that it makes downloading, installing, and managing games a pain-free experience. Just select the game you want to download and Steam does all the work.
The thing I really like about the Steam client is that it downloads games very fast. Most of the time, Steam will max out most home user’s internet bandwidth. For instance, I have a 20 Mbps connection and Steam uses all of it no problem.
If the games are small then the bandwidth consumption may not be a big deal. However, if the games are big then steam using up all the available bandwidth can really hamper your daily browsing and other internet activities. To avoid that, you can simply limit the Steam download speed. Limiting the download speed will make the other internet activities smooth and painless. Let me show you how
Steps to Limit Steam Download Speed
These are the steps you should follow to limit Steam client download speed.
- Open the Steam client.
- Go to the “Steam → Settings” page.
- On the left panel, select the “Downloads” tab.
- On the right panel, select the download speed from the “Limit bandwidth to” dropdown menu.
- Click “Ok” to save changes.
As soon as you select the download speed and save changes, Steam client will limit the download speed. You can instantly see the download throttling on the Steam downloads page.
Since I chose to limit Steam client use only 10 Mbps, the effective download speed is 1MB per second and I have the additional 10 Mbps bandwidth for other internet activities like browsing and streaming.
Remove Download Limit
To revert back and remove the download limit in the Steam client, simply follow the same steps as above but select “No limit” from the dropdown menu in step 4. Don’t forget to save changes.
Download Speed – Kbps & Mbps VS KBps & MBps
All most all internet service providers (ISPs) advertise their speed either in Kbps (Kilobits per second) or Mbps (Megabits per second).
If that’s the case, to find the real download and upload speeds, you need to divide your advertised internet speed by 8.
For example, if you have a 20 Mbps connection then the effective download speed you get from your internet service provider is 20/8 = 2.5 Megabytes (MBps) per second.
The same example is applicable even if your speed is designated in Kbps. When divided, you will get effective speed in KBps.
As you can see, limiting download speed in Steam is far easier than you think. Unlike in the older Steam client, you don’t need to edit config files to limit the download speed. All you have to do is select a download speed from the dropdown menu and you are done. Though the option is buried deep within the settings, once you know where to find it, things are really easy.
I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to delay Steam client startup in Windows.