How to Reconnect Steam: A Step-by-Step Guide

But sometimes, you may have to force your machine to reconnect to the Steam network manually. Launch Steam. Select the “Go Online” option. Navigate to “Connect to the Internet.” Select “Restart Steam.”

If you’re experiencing issues with your Steam client, such as not being able to connect to the platform, you may need to take some troubleshooting steps to fix the problem. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reconnect Steam.

First, open the start menu and type “task manager” to open your task manager. Click on “more details” and locate the “Steam client bootstrap service”. Select it and press “end task”. Check that all the Steam services are closed and then close your task manager.

Next, right-click your Steam shortcut and select “properties”. Go to “target” and go to the end of the text. Press your space bar once and now add a hyphen and “tcp”. Press “apply” and then “continue” and “ok”. Now launch Steam and see if the issue has been resolved.

If that didn’t work, right-click your Steam icon and select “properties”. Go to the “compatibility” tab and select “run as administrator”. Press “apply” and then “ok”. Now open Steam and your problem should be fixed.

If that still didn’t work, open the start menu and type “firewall”. Open Windows Defender Firewall and click on “turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off”. Select “turn off Windows Defender Firewall” and press “ok”. Now run Steam and see if the issue has been resolved. If you don’t use Windows Firewall, then disable your antivirus.

If that still didn’t work, open the start menu and type “cmd”. Right-click “command prompt” and select “run as administrator”. Press “yes”. Type the following commands and press enter after each one: “netsh winsock reset”, “netsh int ip reset”, and “ipconfig /release”. Type “exit” and press enter. Restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved.

If that still didn’t work, open the start menu and type “control panel”. Open your control panel and go to “network and internet” and then “network and sharing center”. Open “change adapter settings”. Right-click your network adapter and select “properties”. Select “internet protocol 4” and click on “properties”. Select “use the following DNS server addresses”. In “preferred DNS”, type “” and in “alternate DNS”, type “”. Press “ok”. Close the window and see if the issue has been resolved.

By following these steps, you should be able to reconnect to Steam and continue playing your favorite games without any issues.


How do I regain my connection on Steam?
If you receive the network connection error, you may need to restart Steam. To do this, select Steam >, Go Online >, Connect to the Internet >, Restart Steam. When you receive the Can't connect to Steam error, you have the option to Retry Connection or Start in Offline Mode.
Why is my Steam account not connecting?
Please review our FAQ on programs that may interfere with Steam. If you continue to have trouble connecting to Steam then it is possible that Steam is undergoing maintenance or that there is an issue with your local network or ISP. In this case, you may need to wait a few hours and try again.
How to reinstall Steam?
Ensure that you are logged in as an administrator on the machine which you would like to install Steam on.If you have previously installed Steam and are reinstalling to remedy a problem with your prior installation, you can just run the Steam installer again and it will automatically reinstall Steam.More items...
Why am I disconnected from Steam?
1) Clear Steam download cache If you are continuously receiving this error, try clearing the Steam download cache. To do so, go to your Steam settings. Then navigate to the 'Download' section. Here, find the 'Clear Download Cache' button and click on it.