How to Backup and Restore Steam Cloud Saves (Free & Easy)

If you are looking for a way to backup and restore Steam Cloud saves, read this guide carefully.


By Lily Updated on May 20, 2024

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About Steam Cloud Sync

Steam Cloud Sync is a feature on the Steam platform that automatically synchronizes game data, such as save files, settings, and profiles, across multiple devices. This allows players to seamlessly continue their progress on different computers without manual transfers.

Enabled by default for supported games, Steam Cloud Sync uploads your data to Steam's servers whenever you play. If you switch devices, Steam will download the data, ensuring you can pick up right where you left off. You can manage this feature globally or on a per-game basis via the Steam client settings.

How to enable Steam Cloud Sync

If Steam isn't automatically downloading your old save games after you install a game, you can use the following steps to enable Steam Cloud Sync:

  • Locate the game in your Steam library, right-click it, and then select Properties.
  • Click the General tab and ensure the Keep games saves in the Steam Cloud for [game name] option is checked for the game.

Enable Steam Cloud Sync

* If you don't see a Steam Cloud option for a game here, it means that game doesn't support Steam Cloud.

How to backup Steam Cloud saves on PC

To backup Steam Cloud saves on PC, you should first figure out where cloud files are stored on your PC. Generally, they are located in the following path:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\[SteamID]\[AppID]\remote

Note: Steam IDs correspond to the Steam accounts that have logged in on that machine. App IDs correspond to the respective games associated with those Steam accounts.

Then, how to backup Steam Cloud saves on PC? The best free backup software – AOMEI Backupper Standard comes to help.

AOMEI Backupper
Best Free File Backup and Recovery Software
  • Various backup types: It offers system backup, disk/partition backup, file backup and cloud backup, catering to your different needs.

  • Automatic backup: It enables you to run a backup task daily, weekly, monthly or based on a special event (user logon/logoff, etc.)

  • Multiple backup devices: You can backup to USB flash drive, network share, NAS device or cloud storage. You can also backup to an external hard drive.

Download AOMEI Backupper now and follow the steps below to backup Steam Cloud saves.

Step 1. Install and run the free Windows backup utility. From the main interface, click Backup > File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the Steam Cloud save files/folders to be backed up.

Add File/Folder

Step 3. Click the destination box to specify a path to store the backup image.

Step 4. Enable Schedule Backup as per your need. Finally, click Start Backup to run your first backup.

Schedule Settings General

How to restore Steam Cloud saves

If Steam Cloud saves are deleted accidentally or corrupted due to server or Internet error, you can restore Steam Cloud saves from the backup you created earlier.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper. In the left tab, select Restore and then click Select Task.

Select Task

Step 2. Select the file backup task from the list and click Next.

Step 3. Select the Steam Cloud save files or folders from the list tree and click Next.

Select Folder from Image

Step 4. Select a location to restore the save files to. There are two options available: Restore to original location or Restore to a new location. Choose one according to your needs and click Start Restore to start this operation.

Restore to Original Location

Bonus: Download save games from Steam Cloud

If you lose your game progress and want to restore it from the save files on Steam Cloud, follow the instructions below:

1. Visit Valve's View Steam Cloud page in your web browser and sign in with your Steam account.

2. You'll see a list of games using your Steam Cloud storage. Locate the game you want to restore in the list and click Show Files to see all the files for the game.

Show Files

3. Find the save you want and click Download.

Note: The save files are ended with “.sav”. You can choose your desired save file according to the modification date.


To sum up

This page shows you how to backup and restore Steam Cloud saves on PC step by step. AOMEI Backupper is a great tool for backing up your Steam Cloud saves. It offers comprehensive backup solutions like daily incremental backup to ensure your game data is always up-to-date.

With AOMEI Backupper, you can easily restore your game saves if data loss or corruption occurs. What’s more, it’s still a free SSD migration tool that enables you to migrate data from HDD to SSD or from old SSD to new SSD. Don’t hesitate to try it by yourself!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.