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Can Steam do background downloading?

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2 years ago#1
I heard it can, but it's not doing it for me at the moment. Playing a game, a download has paused. Is there any way to make it resume while I play a game?
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2 years ago#2
If it says it's suspended, pause and resume it and it should start up again.
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2 years ago#3
alt+tab out of the game, resume downloading.

This is one of the things that has always bugged me about Steam. They really should make an option to keep downloads active even during gameplay.

I'm sure they have it set to turn off when a game starts for one of 2 reasons. 1 possibly being to help with online multiplayer games, so your bandwidth is dedicated to that, or 2, just to help with servers overall so that more people are not downloading at the same time.



either way, its an easy fix, for most games. Some games when you alt tab out of them, you will have to restart, putting you back to square one.
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2 years ago#4
You forgot the most important reason. Running the download while you are playing will greatly increase loading times.
2 years ago#5
That's why you get a SSD.
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2 years ago#6
It doesn't work for me. I alt tabbed out and pressed resume, but it doesn't resume.
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2 years ago#7
Saber_Dark posted...
You forgot the most important reason. Running the download while you are playing will greatly increase loading times.


increased download times vs. no downloading at all

Guess which one is better.
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2 years ago#8
Sometimes you have to click "resume all" at the top of the download page to get it to resume... sometimes you have to pause it again (so it goes from suspended to paused or whatever) so you can unpause it.
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