The whole buying and then downloading process in Epic Games store is relatively straightforward and easy as you would expect but some still ask the question – Where does Epic Games install games? Well, this could vary from machine to machine but the default location is – C:\Program Files\Epic Games[Game Name]. This is the same for every single title (unless you specify otherwise), whether it be the popular Fortnite or some local co-op favorites.
Of course, when you download a new game on Epic Games, you can select the location where it downloads, so any game can have a unique folder. This is important if you want to keep yours games together on something like a high-speed SSD for gaming.
While we are talking about the file location for installed games, we are also going to show you how to move an installed game from the Epic Games Launcher to another directory on your PC, which is simpler than you may think.
- Navigate to the game installation directory. (Default: C:\Program Files\Epic Games\[Game Name]) and then copy this game folder to another location.
How To Move An Installed Game From Epic Games Launcher To Another Directory
First, and most crucial step is to make a backup copy of the game you are planning to move. Do not proceed until this is done.
Open Epic Games
Open Epic Games Launcher, click “Library” and locate the game you wish to move.
Click the three dots menu & uninstall
Next to the game in your library, you will see three dots, click the three dots and then click uninstall.
Reinstall in the new location
Once uninstalled, click on the game in your library to start reinstalling it and select the new location you want to move it to rather than the default.
Once the download starts, after 2-3% has downloaded, click on the three dots again and then click “Cancel Install”
Copy backed up game files to new directory
Now, navigate to the new installation directory you selected for the game and copy your backed-up game folder to that location.
Please note: If you receive a warning to replace any duplicate files, click “Replace” to do so.
Once complete and the files are verified you are good to go and can jump straight back into that game.
Now you know where Epic Games installs your games you can decide whether or not to move them to faster storage or a drive with a bigger capacity. If you ever struggle to locate your files you can always use Windows Explorer’s search function. Don’t forget, when installing a new game through Epic Games Launcher you can change the directory then and there.