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Tips for Steam's offline mode, both planned and unplanned - 6/27/2013

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I have read several comments on other sites of people who reported not being able to get Steam's offline funtionality to work the way they need it to and it appeared from their comments that they might not have been correctly using the feature. So I decided to make a short post with some tips to getting Steam's Offline mode to work.

*This is just what works for me, I can't guarantee it will work for you, I don't work for Valve I just use Steam

1. For offline mode to work you have to save your credentials on the machine you want to use offline. When you log into Steam the log in window has an entry field for your Account name and one for your password. Beneath those is a little box that say "Remember my password" next to it. You have to check that box when logging in, while online, for either offline mode to work.

2. By completing step 1, saving your credentials, you are all setup for the "sudden interruption of service" offline mode. This is would be for example what you would use if your modem dies, or your wifi card fails, or your ISP is down for maintence. I have used this before myself and I have just verified again by completely exiting Steam, disabling my ethernet adapter, and starting Steam. I am able to access my library and launch and play games. This mode should work for three months before you have to sign in again. Make sure you don't try to click "Go offline", as that is specifically for planned interruptions of service.

3. There is also an offline mode which lasts as long as you want it to. Again, you must have your credentials saved and log into Steam at least once on the computer you want to put into offline mode. After you have downloaded and installed the games you want to play offline go up to the upper right hand corner of your Steam client, click on the menu heading "Steam", then click on "Go Offline".
A window will come up describing what Offline Mode is and then provide you with the options "Restart in Offline Mode" or "Cancel". Click "Restart in Offline Mode" and Steam will restart. Now your Steam client is in Offline Mode and all installed and updated games will work for as long as you want. When you have internet service again and want to go back online just follow step 3 but this time it will say "Go online".

I know this probably seems obvious to a lot of us on OCN but I know some people do have trouble with this feature. I have used these features before and I have also verified them as I wrote this up, which involved a lot of restarting Steam and disabling my Ethernet adapter.

I will subscribe to this thread and try to help anyone having trouble with this feature. Hopefully other smart OCN Steam users can help too.
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Good post for anyone who doesnt know how to do it thumb.gif
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