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What is Steam's Offline Mode?


Offline Mode allows you to play games through Steam without having an active connection to the Steam Network. This feature is useful when you have limited or no internet access.

Offline mode not working:

  • Network settings

    Firewall settings may prevent the Steam client from updating. Please see the Troubleshooting Network Connectivity FAQ for further instructions.

  • Initial game startup

    Most games require an initial start-up while connected to the Steam Network before they will work in offline mode. If your game's status is "100% - Ready", but you receive the message "This game cannot be started in Offline Mode" when attempting to play offline, the Steam client and/or game files need to be updated.

  • Game requirements

    Games that require an active connection or use an external launcher will not work in offline mode.

Using Offline Mode

Please follow the instructions below to configure Offline Mode on your PC:

  1. Start Steam online - make sure the "Remember my password" box on the login window is checked
  2. Verify that all game files are completely updated
  3. Launch the game(s) you would like to play offline to verify that there are no further updates to download - shut down the game and return to Steam once you have confirmed that the game can be played
  4. Go to Steam > Settings > Account to ensure the "Don't save account credentials on this computer" option is not selected
  5. From the main Steam window, go to the Steam menu and select Go Offline
  6. Click Restart in Offline Mode to restart Steam in Offline Mode  

     

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