- You can update Steam games automatically or manually.
- Steam usually updates your games for you as patches are released by the developer, and downloads the updates automatically.
- You can also choose to manually download a beta version of a game.
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Steam will default to updating games automatically as content is released for them. If you live with capped internet, or if Steam is running slowly, you may have disabled automatic updates.
Or you may want to update into a beta release of a game, which Steam will not do by default.
Here’s how you change your update settings, or update your games into beta versions.
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How to update Steam games
2. Right-click the game in your library that you want to change the update settings of, and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
3. Select the “Updates” tab.
4. If you want the game to update automatically when an update is released, select “Always keep this game up to date” from the automatic updates menu. If you want to choose when the game is updated, choose “Only update this game when I launch it.”
5. If the update you want to install is an alpha or a beta, and not the current public release, then open the Betas tab (if one is available for this game).
6. Open the drop-down menu and select the alpha or beta version you’d like to opt into. You may need to enter a code.
7. Steam will begin updating your game to the latest version you’ve selected.
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