Steam may be the most popular PC gaming marketplace, but with so many users comes inevitable, if occasional, instability. Whether the servers themselves are having issues, or there''s something wrong with your internet connection to them. Here are a few approaches to check and fix the Error Communicating with Steam Servers error.
Wait until Steam servers come back to your device.
In most instances, the best way to fix the communication error is to give the servers a little time to stabilize. Itsn''t difficult or desirable especially if the multiplayer game you were playing requires a Steam connection to function, but these errors usually take more than an hour to resolve. On Steam Sale days, servers will be back up significantly quicker. If you need to know immediately, check if the Steam servers are up.
Restart the Steam client
Sometimes connection issues are quite short-lived, but your client fails to recognize that the network is back online. If this is your case, enter Steam either through the top-left Steam menu or Task Manager. Relaunch the client and see if your connection is reinstated.
Change your download region
Steam servers operate partially based on the server region you''re using. If youre experiencing an issue connecting to them, you may try changing the download region in the Steam settings.
- Select View at the top of the Steam client and click Settings
- Navigate to the Downloads sub-page
- Change your download region by selecting a new one from the Download Region drop down
- Click OK
Add an exception to your firewall and remove your VPNs.
Both antivirus and VPN software can interfere with the connection to Steam servers. Both safety precautions usually allow you to add an exception so that Steam or other programs may bypass security and access the internet directly. By default, you should include the following file path as an exception to see if your connection errors are resolved: C:Program Files (x86)Steam.
Run Steam as an Administrator
If none of the above were successful, you may give Steam higher-level access to your system. Exit steam, then find its shortcut, its icon on your Taskbar, or when you search it in the Start Menu, right-click it and select Run as Administrator. It''s crucial that you verify that you have the desired information, then wait until Steam starts and confirms your connection.