Here is an ordinary situation among Steam users: You are happily downloading or updating your favorite PC game when, all of a sudden, the download just stops and nothing happens.
In some cases, you might even get a notification that the download file for the game is corrupted. This can of course be the result of different issues, including internet connectivity challenges. However, this is often a signal to change your download region.
Why should I change my download region?
Steam is a very large platform with tremendously high traffic around the world, therefore busy servers struggling to handle the load thrown at them is a common occurrence. Thankfully, Steam’s infrastructure is sophisticated enough to let gamers switch servers and initiate downloads from different, less burdened regions. This has to do with shared bandwidth, so the more people are active in a particular location, the higher the chances of experiencing poor download speeds.
Steam users have ultimately learnt overtime that paying attention to Steam’s official bandwidth map isn’t such a bad idea after all, especially considering it serves as a good guide to optimize download speeds by selecting appropriate regions.
How do I change my Steam download region?
Steam normally auto-selects the nearest download server location, but you have the option to overwrite it, which you need to do if you are experiencing download issues. Here is how to do it:
Step 1: Head over to the Steam menu and, under the first item, select Settings.
Step 2: Select Downloads on the left side of the settings panel. You should see your default download region below the Content Libraries section. As shown in the screenshot below, someone in Ghana logically sees West Africa as the default region.
Step 3: Click on the dropdown item and select your preferred location, then click the OK button.
And that’s it! Simply try restarting or resuming your download; you should be good to go. For visual assistance, watch the video below.