If you use Steam on a regular basis then you must be aware of the Steam friends feature. If you aren’t and don’t even know, what is it then it is a quick chat feature offered by Steam so that you can chat with fellow Steam users.
Now from time and again, this chat feature faces some issues and displays Steam friends’ network unreachable. Today we bring you the fix to this problem and a lot more things. Take a look at what is to come.
- Network unreachable problems
- Server troubles
- List problems
- Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s start dealing with the problems one by one in a briefly discussed manner.
So we first come up with network issues faced by the users on Steam.
Network Unreachable Problems
Like most of the users, your first instinct will be to Google how to fix steam connection error as you might think a connection problem has caused this error.
If you think so then you are wrong. Now we tell you why as the network error has five forms.
All these forms do not allow you to use the chat feature.
Let’s see how to resolve each one of them step by step.
1. Friends Network Unreachable
This is the first form of problem that can happen due to too much cache and cookie data for the Steam application. While cache and cookies help an application to work faster. They can also ruin some of the features if they become corrupt.
To fix this error clear your Steam cache and cookies by:
- Opening Steam.
- Going to settings.
- Select web browser here.
- Click on “delete web browser cache”.
- Next click on “delete web browser cookies”.
- Close Steam and reopen it.
This problem is resolved. Let’s see its second form. Which is?
2. Friends Network Unreachable Steam
This is the second form of the problem. This happens when you are a part of the beta program for Steam. Now as you know a beta program is like a testing ground for new features and they are typically bugged with problems and exiting them fixes the problem.
To fix this error exit the beta program. To do so:
- Open Steam.
- Go to settings.
- Click on account.
- In account click go to beta participation.
- Here click on change.
- In the options that open, click on “opt out of all beta programs”.
This one is also solved. Let’s move on to the third version.
3. Steam Friends Down
This is the third form of error that may happen due to the fact that your network adapter driver is old. This results in a poor connection and the problem subsequently.
You can fix this error by updating your network adapter driver with the help of driver easy. Driver Easy will automatically detect what version or update for your network adapter driver is needed.
It will download and install itself on its own without you having to worry about anything. All you have to do is download and install the driver easy onto your computer. Just type ‘driver easy’ on your search bar and download it from the official site.
Moving on to the fourth version.
4. Steam Friend Network Unreachable
The fourth form of the problem can happen if you have too much upgraded version of Steam for your computer.
To fix this downgrade your Steam version. To do so:
- Right click on the Steam icon on your desktop.
- Select properties.
- In the window that opens select shortcut.
- In shortcut, in the target field add the extension “-nofriendsui” after leaving a space after whatever is already written.
- Click on OK to save the changes.
Moving on to the next which is the fifth version of the problem.
5. Steam Can’t Connect To Friends Network
This is the fifth form of the problem. The fifth form can happen due to an overloaded router and modem. As with time a lot of memory can get accumulated in your router and modem.
To fix this problem simply unplug your router and modem. Wait for them to cool off. Reconnect them and start your computer.
Now the error and its versions may simply be happing because of a server problem. Let’s see how to resolve them.
Just like the network problems you can also have server problems. So here is the way to fix them up.
Steam Friends Servers Offline
This one means that the friend’s server that supports the chat is down. There is no fix to this other than waiting for the server to come back online. Its second version reads steam friends servers are currently offline. You can say that it is the same toffee in a new wrapper. Waiting is the only fix to both these problems.
Next, we are moving on to the list of problems that contain answers to your friend’s disconnecting or offline issues.
In this, the problem is that even if you are connected to the internet and all your friends are online, the chatbox still shows that either the friends are disconnected or all of them are offline at the same time. Following we discussed them both and have provided you with their fixes.
Apart from the two major problems, there is the existence of a third one as well. Under this particular problem, you will see that your friend’s list is shown as disconnected and the following message flashes on the screen,
Steam Friends List Disconnected
To fix this you have to let the Steam application through your windows defender firewall. To do so:
- Using the shortcut Windows + S open the Windows Defender Firewall
- Here click on the option that says “allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall”.
- In here, open “change settings” and add the main file of Steam here.
- Save the changes.
Now the same problem can occur in a different form which is,
Steam All Friends Offline At Same Time
This again happens due to the server error. Wait for the server to come back. Nothing else can be done to fix this error.
Now next we take up the frequently asked question to dissolve every inch of your doubt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Why is steam friends not working?
It can happen if you encounter a network unreachable error or server error. The fixes to both are given above. Try out all the fixes and see which one works the best for you.
Q2. Why does steam say my friend is offline?
This can happen if your friend is facing the issues we discussed here. If it is so, help your friend to solve this issue. Also, see that you are not facing the same issue we have discussed as these issues can also say that your friend is offline.
Q3. Can’t connect to the steam network?
it can happen due to any one of the problems we discussed here. Find out the issue and solve it accordingly.
Q4. What is steam friend’s offline bug?
This bug is the same as the disconnected friend’s problem. To fix this refer to the information given above.
Q5. What is steam friends’ network unreachable 2021?
This is the same error that we have discussed earlier as well. There is nothing special is this error is happening to you in 2021. The fix of this remains the same.
Q6. What is steam friends list not working 2021?
Again, this is the same friend’s list problem that we have discussed earlier
So finally, we have come to an end to this productive talk. We believe that every minutest doubt regarding the Steam app and its chat feature has been resolved by us.
As it always said that every app comes with its own set of pros and cons, so does this app. But don’t you worry now as all your worries are gone as we gave you the answers of every possible question you might have.
Now you will be able to solve these problems on your own as you got its trick.