Steam cloud basically stores your game data easily and transparently on a remote storage system. After exiting the game, the auto cloud configuration files will be replicated automatically to the steam cloud servers. The Cloud API generally helps during the performance. In case you are looking forward to changing your computer, this procedure is pretty much useful for you.
In that case, the Cloud API or the disk will automatically resume the game progress. So before you launch the game, the files will automatically be downloaded as soon as you enter your Steam credentials. Therefore, the Steam Cloud ensures to synchronize all the files across the systems that you are using.
And fortunately, you have the option to disable the Cloud Synchronization existing in the Steam Settings in the client. Also, you do have the option to disable the per game synchronization feature.
Find Out Multiple Methods Of Utilizing The Steam Cloud
There are two different methods of how you can utilize the Steam Cloud. Let’s begin with that.
The first one is the Steam Cloud API that offers a series of features to integrate the Steam Cloud directly into the game. It also isolates all the individual Steam user files and gets a better grip over the Steam Cloud wholly.
Now let’s move forward to the second one. It is the Steam auto-cloud feature that is for the legacy games where the Cloud API doesn’t work. Though it is quite easy to go on with the Steam Cloud, it doesn’t give enough facilities like the Cloud API.
Therefore, as per the developers’ point of view, using Cloud API is much easier than the Steam auto Cloud. Afterall, it is always better to use the method that has effective and deeper customization and integration.
Are You Sure Your Gaming Data Is Being Stored Properly?
Steam cloud basically helps to back up your gaming progress data, so you don’t lose your access while playing from another computer. In this regard, I would like to inform you that you can ensure that your gaming progress is being stored properly. Try out these following steps and check out your gaming progress
- Go to the Steam Client and click on the Steam button to open the settings section.
- Navigate to the Cloud tab and make sure that the “Enable Steam Cloud Synchronization for the applications which supports it” option is on.
- Open the Library tab and there you will find a list of all the games.
- Go to the Properties of the particular game by right-clicking on it and hit the Update button.
- Again, take a look if the “Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for [game’s name]” option is on.
Once you enable both the options, the system will automatically back up your gaming progress data. Now you can go ahead and delete them as per your requirements.
Time To Delete Files From The Steam Cloud Servers
In order to proceed, you first need to go to your Steam directory and remove the AppID folder. As soon as you restart your system, the Steam will re-create that folder automatically. Follow the steps from below and ensure that the Steam Cloud is working fine, so you can move forward to the deletion part.
- Go to your Steam directory.
- Look for the AppID folder and delete that.
- Now restart your device and the Steam and go to the Steam directory to check if the AppID folder is back again.
If the folder is still existing, it is sure that your Steam Cloud is doing fine and now you can delete the files from the server.
Bring Up The Steam Cloud Conflict Dialogue
It is necessary to bring the Steam Cloud conflict dialogue as without it the deletion part doesn’t work at all. Actually, Steam Cloud conflict appears when your computer hard drive data doesn’t match with the Cloud files.
- Open Steam\userdata\SteamID\AppID\remote.
- Now while holding shift, right-click on the remote folder.
- Click on “Open PowerShell Window Here” option.
- As soon as the PowerShell window opens, type clc –path “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\SteamID\AppID\remote\*”.
- Again restart your Steam and you will find the conflict window on your Steam Client.
Finally, Deleting The Cloud Files
As soon as you ensure that the Cloud conflict dialogue is on its right track, you can follow the steps from below to delete the Cloud files. At the same, let me remind you that one wrong step can create more troubles for your device. So be careful while going through the steps accordingly.
- Open up the Steam\userdata\SteamID\AppID and delete all the files from there.
- After this, get back to the conflict window and choose the option “Upload to the Steam Cloud”.
- Once you restart your game, the files will again be synced to the Steam Cloud as soon as you exit the game. Fortunately, you can stop the procedure by pressing alt+tab and navigating to the Steam Client.
- Go to the settings section and uncheck the line that enables cloud.
- Now get back to the game and no files will be synced as soon as you exit the game.
- Finally, close the Steam and delete the AppID folder by following the previous method.
In order to check that this method works, log into Steam from another computer and ensure that the files don’t exist anymore.
Hope this article is useful enough for you to understand the whole deletion process correctly. In case you meet with any difficulty during the procedure, let me know through the comment section. Also, if you have got any further information regarding the matter, feel free to share it with me. I’m eagerly looking forward to hearing back from you.