If you know you’re going to need offline mode – say you’re preparing for a long plane ride or you’re moving to a new place where you won’t have an Internet connection for a while – you should walk through several steps to ensure Steam is properly prepared to run offline first.There are quite a few “gotchas” with Steam’s offline mode – it won’t work if Steam knows there’s an update available but hasn’t updated yet, it won’t work for games you haven’t launched while online, it won’t work if your account credentials aren’t saved, and it may not even work unless you enable it while online. First, log into Steam and ensure the check box is unchecked.Next, go to your Library tab and ensure that each game you want to play offline is fully downloaded.
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When you’re ready to go offline, click the Steam menu and select Go Offline.
Click the Restart in Offline Mode button and Steam will restart in offline mode – features like Steam’s server browser, friends, and achievements aren’t available offline.
Some games – particularly older ones — will launch normally, while games that require Steam’s DRM will try to open Steam and will complain if you’re not logged in.
Unfortunately, this approach won’t work for most games – but it’s worth a try if Steam’s offline mode isn’t working for you.
Verify that all game files are completely up-to-date and that there are no current downloads on Steam (Games - Downloads): 3.
Launch the game(s) you would like to play offline to verify that there are no further updates to download.
IMPORTANT: The Steam client application's files must be updated to allow for the use of Offline Mode.
If your game's status is 100% - Ready but you receive the message This game cannot be started in Offline Mode when attempting to play offline, the Steam client application's files need to be updated.