While Windows 10 has so many useful features and is a pretty stable platform, there are a few instances where there may be some issues. Recently, I’ve found a lot of users having problems connecting to Steam servers.
According to users, the error message “There Was An Error Communicating With The Steam Servers” appears out of nowhere in their Steam client. In this article, we’ll take a look at this error in communicating with the Steam servers using some tweaks and tips I’ve put together for you. Just follow these tips and fix that pesky error in a few clicks.
What causes “A connection error with Steam servers occurred”?
- It is well known that Steam conflicts with the Windows firewall. As we all know, Steam tends to download updates and games in the background while you’re using Windows for something else.
- Perhaps your Internet router is registered in the wrong configuration. Or recent settings may have prevented it from working properly.
- It could also be that something on your computer is misconfigured or a third-party program is interfering with the connection.
How to repair the “An error occurred while communicating with the Steam servers”?
Restart your router
While the Steam client is usually responsible for server issues, sometimes the problem can be caused by your own ISP or router. We highly recommend that you briefly reboot your router, let it reboot, and then try connecting to Steam again.
Generate an exception for anti-virus or temporary disabling of anti-virus
- Right-click the Avast icon in the taskbar, then select “Open Anti-virus UI” from the drop-down menu that appears.
- Click on the “Menu” icon in the top right corner of the Avast window and select “Settings”.
- Click on the “General” tab on the left side of the settings window, and then on “Exceptions” on the right side.
- Click on the green “Add Exception” button.
- Enter the location of the Steam executable (most likely C: Program Files (x86)Steam) in the box and click “Add Exception”.
- Close the Steam client and restart it.
Change your internet settings
- Right-click on the Windows Start menu and select Search.
- Type “Internet Options” in the search box and click on the first result with the same name.
- In the “Internet Options” window, click on the “Connections” tab.
- Under “LAN Settings”, turn off the “Automatically Detect Settings” checkbox.
- Click the “OK” button.
- Click “Apply” at the bottom, then “OK.
- Open Steam and see if that gets rid of the “Connect to server” error message.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Check the status of the Steam servers.
- Change the download region.
- Turn off your firewall and add an exception for antivirus.
- Add the -tcp parameter.
- Disable flow control for your Ethernet.
- From the Start menu, type cmd and select Run as administrator.
- Enter the following command: "C:\Programs (x86)\Steambin\SteamService.exe"/repair", then press Enter.
- If the Steam folder is in a different location, you need to change the path between the quotes.
Because Steam was unable to connect to its servers, the problem may be because your antivirus/firewall is blocking the connection between Steam and its servers. In this case, disable your antivirus program or disable your firewall. These applications usually block access to Steam servers due to false positives.