How To Restart Steam

Having trouble with Steam? Here are three easy ways on how to restart Steam and fix most errors. We've even included screenshots to help you out.

Although Steam is an extremely well-developed and popular gaming platform, it’s not flawless. Sometimes users encounter bugs with unknown origins and history, and solving them usually relies on the classic “restart it” method.

Restarting Steam doesn’t always have to do with fixing bugs. Sometimes you need to install an update or switch from offline to online mode, which requires a restart.

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Luckily, this guide will show you how to restart Steam in just a few seconds.

The Three Methods Of Restarting Steam

There are three ways to restart Steam, so if you don’t like one of those for some reason, there are two more you can choose from.

Let’s start with the “easiest” and most convenient one, which is restarting Steam from the app itself.

Restarting Steam From Inside The Client

If you are already in the Steam app, and it’s working like it’s supposed to, restarting it is really simple. Follow these steps and you’ll be done in less than a minute.   

  1. Open Steam on your PC.
  2. In the top left corner find “Steam” and click on it.
  3. A dropdown menu shows up, find “Exit” at the bottom and click on it.
  4. Steam will now shut down. Re-open it again.
  5. Log into your account.  
  6. You’ve now successfully restarted Steam.

Restarting Steam When It’s Not Responding

Sometimes Steam won’t behave like it’s supposed to. The app may be frozen and you can’t use any of the built-in functions, not even the method listed above. Do this instead.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time on your keyboard. (Windows)
  2. The Task Manager window will open. Find “Steam Client Bootstrapper” on the list.  
  3. Click the “Steam Client Bootstrapper” and click on “End Task” in the Task Manager window.
  4. Steam will be forced to stop working. Re-start it and log into your account.
  5. You’ve now successfully restarted Steam from a non-responding state.

Restarting Steam From Offline Into Online Mode

Sometimes Steam users enjoy the offline mode option, which allows them to use the Steam platform but without the social aspect of it. To restart and go into online mode, do this.

  1. Open the Steam app on your PC.
  2. In the top left corner find “Steam” and click on it.
  3. If you are already in offline mode, find “Go Online” and click on it.
  4. Steam will issue a confirmation prompt.
  5. Click on “Restart and Go Online” in the confirmation prompt window.
  6. Steam will now automatically restart. You’ll need to re-log into your account.
  7. You’ve now successfully restarted Steam and went from offline into online mode.


Now you know how to restart Steam in every common scenario, so feel free to use this knowledge to improve your overall experience on the world-famous gaming platform.

If you are unable to log into Steam, remember that you may be trying to do this during maintenance hours. Steam has regular maintenance on Tuesdays.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.