How To Permanently Delete Your Steam Account

Gamers are used to deleting things, to free up space or simply because they no longer use them. While Steam can be permanently removed from your device relatively easily, there are a few things to keep in mind before proceeding. Why? Because you might be wasting hundreds, even thousands of dollars if you delete your Steam account.

The most common reason for people to uninstall Steam is usually because they want to free up space on their computers. While deleting an account instantly frees up a ton of space on your device, you may want to rethink the whole thing. First, you risk wasting hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on video games since you first installed Steam.

Deleting games that you are 100% sure you will never play again is the best approach. Of course, this all sounds much easier said than done, especially because of the human mindset. Think of removing the games you don’t play as getting rid of clutter.

Remove video games from Steam

steam library

Removing video games from Steam is quite simple and straightforward.

  1. Open your Steam app

  2. Navigate to the Library tab in the top menu.

  3. Right click on a game and click “To manage” you will see the “Remove…” choice.

Choose the games you no longer need and start removing them one by one. This will free up a ton of space on your computer and you can still return to Steam at some point in the future. The best part here is that Steam allows you to re-download the purchased games completely for free. If you delete your Steam account, you will have wasted all your money. It’s better to delete all games from your Steam to delete your account permanently.

Delete video games

Remove Steam

If you’re sure you won’t be using Steam for the foreseeable future, but you know you’ll probably want to come back at some point, you can always choose to temporarily remove Steam. However, uninstalling Steam from a Windows computer is different from uninstalling a Mac.

Uninstall Steam on a Windows PC

The removal process is simple. You are essentially using the typical uninstall process that you do when you uninstall another app.

Using the Control Panel to Uninstall Steam

  1. Go to “Control panel” by typing it in the Start menu and clicking on it.

    Control panel.

  2. Find Uninstall a program and click on it. Control Panel Menu
  3. Find Steam in the list and right click on it and select remove.

    Program menu

  4. Select remove from the new window that appears.

    Steam uninstall window 2.

Uninstall Steam on a Mac

Uninstalling Steam on your Mac computer is a little more complicated than on a Windows PC. However, it is not too complicated and it is done quite quickly.

  1. Exit Steam and click the “finder” app in the bottom menu bar.

  2. Select the “Applications” folder on the left.

  3. Find the “steam.appicon and right click on it. Select “Move to Trash” from the drop-down menu.

  4. Type in “CMND + SHIFT + G,” type in “~/Library/Application Support/” and press go.

  5. Locate the Steam folder and right click on it. Select the “Move to trash.

That’s the process for removing your Steam library and application from a device running MacOS. If you want to immediately free up storage space on your device, empty the recycle bin afterwards.

Delete your Steam account

Again, if you think you might want to use Steam again at some point in the future, don’t delete your account. If you’re sure you’ll never use it again, the option is always there. As is the case with most social media accounts, there is a deletion period that must elapse until your account is permanently deleted. Should you change your mind before the waiting time expires, just log in and cancel the deletion.


Here’s how to delete your Steam account for good:

  1. Log in to your Steam account.

  2. Click on the Support link in the top menu.

    Steam Support Page

  3. Scroll down and click Mine Account.

    Steam menu

  4. Click Manage Account Information.

    Steam Account Management Page

  5. Scroll down until you find the . have reached Delete my Steam account link and click on it.

    Remove Steam Account Link

  6. Click now Proceed to Delete Account.

This will start the deletion process for your Steam account. It is important that you do not attempt to log in again within 30 days as this may delay or cancel your deletion request.

Delete your Steam account with the app

  1. Log into Steam with the app.

  2. Click the drop-down menu on the left and select Account details.

  3. Then scroll down until you see the . have reached Delete my Steam account link and click on it.

  4. Click now Proceed to Delete Account.

Similar to the PC instructions, this will start the uninstall process for your steam account. It is important that you do not attempt to log in again within 30 days as this may delay or cancel your deletion request.

Better be safe than sorry!

While you can rest assured that you will never use Steam again, you should think twice before proceeding with deleting your account. There are alternatives that allow you to return to Steam whenever you want. Please note that all money you have spent on Steam gaming will be lost if you delete your account. However, there are refund options.

Have you ever deleted your Steam account? Have you ever lost over $100 in-game money? Start the discussion in the comment section below and keep gaming!

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