It’s rare to find a sandbox game as free and fun as Rust. Gathering resources, cheating on young children, and ultimately killing them is an extraordinarily enjoyable and fun part of the game.
But every time I start the game, I get a “Steam Auth Timeout” error. What is this and why does it happen? There are several reasons, and we’ll look at them all in order.
What causes Steam Auth Timeout?
- Game integrity issue
- Main server problem
- Conflicting Steam beta channels
- Damaged easy cheat mechanism
- Damaged files in Steam download cache
- Damaged game installer/startup program
How do I repair the Steam Auth Timeout?
Authenticate the integrity of your game files
- Start Steam and click the Library tab at the top of the menu.
- Scroll down and right-click on the entry for Rust to select Properties.
- Click on Local Files and select Check Game File Integrity.
- Then run Rust and see if the problem is resolved.
Clearing the Download Cache
- In Steam, also go to Steam -> Settings.
- Select Downloads and click Clear Download Cache.
- Click Yes to confirm the operation.
Reinstall Steam and Rust
- Run the Run window, type appwiz.CPL and press Enter.
- In the Programs and Features window, right-click on Steam and select Uninstall.
- Then repeat the uninstall procedure with Rust.
- Reinstall Steam and Rust, and the error should be fixed.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Check the current state of Steam services.
- Check for problems with Rust megaservers.
- Opt-out of the beta.
- Clear the Steam download cache.
- Reinstall the Steam client.
- Check the status of the Rust servers.
- Join or leave the Steam beta.
- Check the integrity of your game files.
- Change the download region.
- Clear your Steam download cache.
- Fix your anti-cheat engine.
The 'Steam Auth Timeout' error has occurred in the past when the Steam Connection Manager servers were down. This service informs you if the Steam servers in your region are currently down, which may affect the online functionality of Rust.