How to Download Games Through Steam

by Craig Brewer ; Updated September 22, 2017

Steam is an online service that allows you to download video games for personal computers. These are games which are normally only purchasable in stores, but Steam allows you to acquire them directly, as well as to join an online community of players with the same game. Buying and downloading games is quite simple once you have a Steam account.

Create a Steam account from the official website, and download the official Steam client (see Resources below).

Search for the game you want to purchase. Most can be found by title, but you can also locate games that are similar to those you already enjoy by clicking on the "Browse Games" options at the left of the Steam client.

Click on "Add Game" once you have found a game you want to purchase. This will take you to the checkout screen.

Insert your preferred payment method if you have not done so already. Note that Steam allows you to use PayPal as well as credit cards, so you have a variety of payment options available. Click "Purchase" when done.

Go to the "Downloads" tab on the Steam client. Right-click on the game to see your options. You can start and stop the download pause it at any point, and even download deleted games you've purchased previously. Note that once you buy a game through Steam, you can download it as many times as you want in the future in case you delete it or buy a new computer.

Tip

  • Check the "Downloads" tab periodically to see if there are any updates to your purchased games. You can download any updates or patches for free.

About the Author

Craig Brewer, a graduate of the University of Texas, has been a freelance writer for 12 years, while also working as a software engineer and video game tester. He has published articles in a number of regional magazines, as well as all over the internet.