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How to back up your games in Steam and GOG Galaxy

Unlike the past, when disks were used to install titles on a PC without issue, you now have to connect an account on a selected platform, download a game from a server, and install and run the game through the client.

Steam and GOG Galaxy (opens in new tab) are two examples of these PC game platforms. Luckily, there's an easy way to take a backup of a game you've purchased for use at a later date when you may not have strong internet. Better yet, with GOG Galaxy, you don't even need to fire up the client to install the game. You get all necessary files because there's no DRM.

We'll run you through how to do this on Steam and GOG.

How to back up games on Steam

  1. Right-click a game in your library.
  2. Click the "Local Files" tab.
  3. Click "Backup game files..."
  4. Check all the necessary boxes (only if you wish to include other games).
  5. Click "Next."
  6. Browse to the folder in which you wish to store the game.
  7. Click "Next."
  8. Choose a name and media size for the backup.
  9. Click "Next."
  10. Wait for the backup to finish.

To restore a backup in Steam, simply access the main "Steam" menu and select "Backup and restore games" to begin the process of restoring a saved backup copy.

How to back up games on GOG Galaxy

  1. Select a game in your library.
  2. Click "More," next to install/play.
  3. Choose "Backups & goodies".
  4. Select the game under "Game Backup Copy."
  5. Wait for the backup to finish.

Once the GOG Galaxy client has completed its backup, you'll be able to install the game from the saved files without having to open the client. As always with backups, it's always recommended you check the media once the wizard has completed its task to verify the integrity of the saved files.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

8 Comments
  • Windows Store desperately needs something similar.
  • It's not stated in the article, but it's worth noting that the backup method for Gog is a full redownload of the game/download of standalone installers, and is not a backup per se. Correct me if I'm wrong though. To backup existing game files you can copy the game install subfolder in Gog Galaxy folder to a backup location, then paste into any new Gog Galaxy folder.
  • I just save games on a different partition to my system drive
  • SSD for system
    HD for data and games
    Inside steam set games folder for HD
    I don't know if GOG have this same option.
  • Yes you can set the install folder with GOG too
  • You do need to be online to restore a game on Steam. That's a really inconvenient thing.
  • How to backup a game that is t on a ****** drm platform:
    Copy & paste
  • GOG is going the extra mile to keep their library DRM Free. So your lousy trolling is only half true.