Steams offers you to play offline and enjoy your time while the notifications and other stuff are off and won’t bother you. This mode allows you to play certain games without having to connect to a Steam server.
Unfortunately, if the game has its own launcher, then it is not possible to play such games in offline mode on Steam. Furthermore, there are various games that require the initial online activation to start up the game, and then only you will be able to play the game offline.
In this article, we will find out ways to play steam games without going online.
How to Play Steam Games Offline
In order to play games offline, you can’t simply just open the Steam without the internet and go on playing your favorite games. You must be aware of all the prerequisites and make sure you get all things right before moving to Offline mode.
At first, make sure you have not saved the account credentials on your PC. Saving account credentials will disable the offline mode. Then, you should download the additional files required for the proper functioning of the game. Additionally, remember to tick on Remember my password in the initial login to the Steam.
Now, let’s check each of them in detail.
Don’t Save Account Credentials on This Computer
You must uncheck Don’t save account credentials on this computer on the steam as this prevents the Steam to go to offline mode. Here is a procedure to uncheck.
- Open Steam.
- Click on Steam on the toolbar.
- Go to the settings.
- Click on the Account section on the left pane of the window.
- Untick the Don’t save account credentials on this computer.
- Click on OK.
Update the Game or Download the Additional Files
When you move to offline mode, there is no way you can download the additional files or upgrade your game. You won’t be able to play games in offline modes if the game lacks any of the essential files. So, you must be wary about the game files and updates before going to Offline mode.
Here’re the steps to update or download additional game files if there are any.
- Open Steam.
- Hover to the Library section just below the toolbar.
- Click on the DOWNLOADS.
- Check whether there are any updates or additional files available to download.
Play Steam Games Offline
Here’re the steps you can follow to go offline in steam:
- Open Steam.
- Click on the Steam on the toolbar
- Click on the Go Offline.
- Then click on Enter Offline Mode.
How to Fix Steam Not Going Online After Staying in Offline Mode?
After you move to the offline mode, the steam gets stuck in this mode and takes time or won’t go online. There are a various contributing factor that causes this problem and some of the causes are
This is the big problem if you won’t be able to go back online on the Steam. You cannot play multiplayer games or co-op with your friends if the steam does not have online access. Here are the solutions to fix this problem.
Check Steam Server Status
Sometimes the Steam server may go down due to several issues in the Steam. But, there is nothing you can do than just wait and see when the issue will be solved. If the server status is okay but steam refuses to go online, then move on to the fixes below.
You can also reset Winsock to solve this problem. Resetting Winsock undoes the previous faulty configurations and resets the Winsock catalog. Here are the stepsyou need to follow:
- Press Windows + R to open Run.
- Enter cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator
- Type the command below and press Enter after each command:
netsh Winsock reset catalog
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
Now, reset your system and try to go online.
Make Changes to Your Shortcut
Using -TCP rather than -UDP is more useful and reliable. And this fix almost works all the time. You just need to add -TCP in the steam shortcut. Here is the way to add -TCP.
- Right-click on the Steam shortcut.
- Click on the properties.
- Click on the Target.
-tcpafter the end of the double quotation.
- Click on Apply and then click on OK.
Clear Download Cache
You can also try clearing the cache of the Steam. Clearing your cache file would not affect your installed game, but you need to re-enter login credentials. Here are the step to clear the cache:
- Open the Steam
- Click on the Steam on the toolbar.
- Click on the Settings.
- Find the Downloads option on the right pane of the window and click it.
- Click on CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE.
- Click on OK
Uninstall and Re-install the Steam
Sometimes, the files may be corrupted on the steam. The corrupted files may cause various problems including this one. Try uninstalling the steam and reinstalling it.
Here is the process to uninstall the game:
- Press Windows+ R to open Run.
- Enter the Control Panel and click OK.
- Click on Uninstall the program.
- Find Steam and click on Uninstall.
Restart your PC and go to the Steam official website and download it.
Is It Possible to Change Visibility on the Steam?
If you want to get out of the online radar and have a solo gaming experience, Steam lets you be on offline mode. With that, your friends or family will not send you any messages or invitations to play the game. Here are the steps to be Offline on the Steam.
- Open Steam
- Click on the Friends button located in the toolbar.
- Click on the Offline.