Many Steam users do not know that it is possible to download and play Steam games simultaneously. This comes from the fact that downloads are automatically paused whenever a game is launched using the Steam client, and that there is no option in the Steam preferences to prevent game downloads from not being paused when you start a game.
There is however a way to resume paused Steam game downloads while you are playing games. Let me show you how this is done.
Steam will pause or suspend all downloads as soon as you start a game. This is indicated by the suspend state of all downloads in the Steam library.
You can switch to the downloads page here to display this more clearly in the client. Just click on View > Downloads to see all current downloads that are either completed, starting up or suspended.
If you have started a game on Steam, all should either show up as suspended if they have not been fully downloaded yet to the computer, or as ready to play if they have been downloaded fully to it in this session.
To resume downloads while you are playing games do the following:
Resuming game downloads may be useful if you want to play a game alone or with your friends while a new game is being downloaded to your computer.
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