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How To Fix Could Not Connect To Steam Network 2021

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There is an error’Could Not Connect to the Steam Network‘ that has troubled a lot of Steam users.  It usually occurs when the Steam users try to log in their account. And they cannot be login even can’t use the program normally.

Maybe you also get this annoying error, don’t worry. There are some methods below and they  are very helpful for you.

Solution 1. Change Your Steam’s Internet Protocol

UDP (Full name: User Datagram Protocol) is the original Internet protocol for many Steam users. However, the protocol becomes unstable in some while. In this case, you can change it to TCP (Full name:Transmission Control Protocol), which is more reliable and faster.

Therefore, if you come across the “could not connect to the Steam network” error, you can try changing it and here are detailed steps:

  1. If there is a Steam shortcut on your desktop, right-click it and select Properties.
  2. In the Properties , select to the Shortcut tab.
  3. In the Target box, add –TCP to the end.

The location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” -tcp.

add tcp to the end of the Target box

Now, you can run your steam client again and check if the Steam connection error is removed.

Solution 2. Check Your Internet Connection

Also, you can check if  the Internet connection works normaly . That is very, you can directly open the browser to check if your computer can acess the Internet. other way, you can check your network adapter. Here’s below:

Press Win + X keys to and select Device Manager from it.

In the pop-up window, find the Network adapter and expand it, and then you will see the list of WiFi /LAN adapters with their own official name.

Double click one adapter to open Properties, and then see if there is a window that states this device is working properly.

If your network settings have been changed, you need to revert them by running  commands. Press Win + R keys to open the Run and type cmd in it and hit Enter.

Type the commands and hit Enter after typing each command.





    netsh int ip set dns

    netsh winsock reset

After complete, restart your computer and check if the error “could not connect to Steam network” is removed.

Solution 3. Reinstall Your Steam Client after Deleting Its Files


If the above methods none of working, you can try reinstalling Steam client. you can follow the steps as below, this method will not remove your gaming data.

Right-click the Steam shortcut on the desktop and select Open file location to open its root directory.

Delete some files, including appcache, config, bin, but others except the following folders and files that are used to launch Steam:





    Ssfn files

After deleting the files, running the Steam from the Steam.exe launcher and then Steam will download some files and update itself.

After reinstallation completes, you can check if the Steam connection error has been removed.

Solution 4. Update the Network Driver

If thenet work adapters has been  outdated or problematiced are also responsible for the Steam connection error. So, you can check and update the network adapter. For that:

  1. Open the Device Manager window by refer to Solution 2.
  2. Right-click the network adapter and select Update driver yours.
  3. In the pop-up window, choose how to search for drivers. There are 2 options: automatically and manually. You can choose one accoriding to your requres and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.


So, here my job is done. Maybe there are also some problems like failed to load Steamui.dll, Steam game uninstalled itself itself that you may also be vexed.  Today,  there are all above fixes given one by one and main to fix the problem “can’t connect to Steam” .

All the solutions given are easy to use but still, it is advised to write the commands carefully. I hope the article worked for you to fix the problem “can’t connect to Steam”  in your Windows 10.

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