The Steam login error is one of the frustrating things Steam users have experienced that has pushed them to the brink of abandoning the service. This fault appears on the screen with a note reading, ‘Unable to connect to the Steam network‘. In this article, we are going to see fixes that can fix this error and allow Steam users to access Steam extensively.
Why is the message “Unable to connect to the Steam network” displayed?
The program is not accessible because users cannot log in and this error usually does not allow users to log into their Steam account. So, a possible reason could be slow internet connection, however, there are other network related errors that we will talk about and how you can fix them to resolve Steam network error.
Connection error: unable to connect to the Steam network
You can try these fixes to make sure that you do not encounter this problem again.
- Change the internet protocol used by Steam
- Troubleshoot your network
- Reinstall your Steam client
- Update, restore, reinstall drivers
1]Change the internet protocol used by Steam
The first step to make sure this Steam network error is resolved is to change its UDP to TCP.
To do this, follow the steps.
- To select Properties after right clicking on the To smoke Shortcut. Note: If you can’t find the Steam shortcut on your desktop, navigate to its location.
- Now add ‘-tcp’ in the Target text zone. And then press the Okay button.
- Launch Steam by right-clicking the shortcut.
This will surely fix the error, but if it persists then the next solution is there.
2]Troubleshoot your network
Many times the internet connection status may be down and this can cause this error. You should check the internet connection as well as take a look at internet hardware i.e. adapter, router, modem.
You can call your ISP if your network is working now, or fix the slow internet connection if yours is the only device with the problem.
Before doing anything, it is best to restart your router as well as your computer. Sometimes this can fix the problem.
Corrupted files are one of the main reasons preventing Steam from connecting and causing network errors. Uninstalling the program and then reinstalling still does the job.
Backing up the game file is a must if you have downloaded games and apps through Steam clients. Go to the Steam app, copy all content, then keep it in a different location.
Now follow the given steps to uninstall the program
- Click Win + R simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. Type ‘Control’ in the open text box, and then click OK.
- hurry Programs and Features.
- Right click on Steam in the list of programs, then select the Uninstall option.
Now go to their official website and download the latest Steam app. You can now move the Steamapps save folder to the Steam directory and relaunch Steam to remove this error.
4]Update, restore or reinstall the drivers
Network drivers can cause this problem. So you need to open Device Manager, expand Network Adapters. Then right click on your network driver to update or uninstall the driver. If the problem persists, restore your network driver to resolve the issue
Finally, check if the problem persists.
How to check if Steam is down or not?
Sometimes the problem is temporary and there is nothing you can do about it except wait for the engineers to get service back on track. So, check the status of the Steam server and see if it is down. If so, keep checking and once the server status is up, start playing.
Read more : Fix Steam is having issues connecting to Steam servers on a Windows PC.