Did you get the error `Steam Auth Timeout` after you got kicked out of the game on the Rust server? How do you fix the error? Don’t worry, you can find some useful methods in this article from Techquack.
It’s rare to find a sandbox game as free and fun as Rust. Collecting resources and tricking younger kids into killing them is an unusually enjoyable and fun part of the game.
But every time you launch the game, you’re greeted with a “Steam Auth Timeout” error. What is it and why does it happen? There are many reasons for it, and we’ll look at them in order.
In this article, we’ve also compiled a list of methods we’ve found online, on Steam support forums, and from other users who have provided their own personal solutions. Here’s how to fix the “Steam Auth Timeout” error in Rust.
What causes the Rust `Steam Auth Timeout’ error?
If you are a Rust user, you may get a “Steam Auth Timeout” error message after being kicked out of the game. This problem only occurs on PCs where you run the game via Steam.
This error occurs for many reasons, including a server issue, conflict with Steam beta channels, broken game integrity, corrupt files in the Steam download cache, corrupt installation/startup of the game, etc.
How to fix the error? Don’t worry, you’ll find some useful methods in the next section. Let’s take a look at these.
How to fix the “Steam Auth Timeout” error in Rust?
Checking for server issues
Before trying any of the possible solutions listed below, you should first check to see if there are any server issues on Steam that can affect the stability of the game. The `Steam Auth Timeout’ error has occurred in the past when the Steam Connection Manager servers were down.
You should start your investigation by checking the current state of Steam. The most effective way to do this is through the third-party site SteamStat.us. This service will tell you if the Steam servers in your region are currently down, which can affect the online functionality of Rust.
If the research you’ve just done reveals no problems with the Steam server, you should check to see if any of Rust’s mega-servers are currently experiencing problems. You can do this with services like DownDetector.
If the investigation you just did reveals a problem with the server, that problem is out of your control. All you can do at this point is wait for the developer to fix the problem. If you don’t find any indication of an underlying server problem, start troubleshooting using the next methods.
Not participating in Steam beta
According to some users affected by this problem, you can fix the “Steam Auth Timeout” error by not actively participating in the Steam beta. It turned out that the channels of some beta participants may conflict with your version of the game Rust.
Some Rust players who previously encountered this problem reported that they were able to resolve it by logging out of the Steam beta and re-registering custom modes that were stuck in limbo. If you don’t know how to do this from the Steam client, follow the instructions below:
- Open the Steam client, then go to the ribbon bar at the top of the screen. Then click Steam in the list of available options, and then click Settings in the pop-up menu.
- Once in the settings menu, select an account from the vertical menu on the left, then navigate to the menu on the left and click Edit under Beta Participation.
- Then use the drop-down menu (under Beta Participation) to change the status to None – Remove from all beta programs.
- Finally, restart Steam, and then start subscribing again to the mod that previously caused the error in Rust.
- Restart the game and see if the problem is resolved.
If the “Steam Auth Timeout” error persists even after you’ve unsubscribed from all beta channels on Steam, go to the next solution below.
Check the integrity of the game files
If the first possible fix didn’t work in your case, you should first consider that this problem (Steam Auth Timeout error) may be related to an inconsistency in the Rust game files. Some users who have also encountered this problem have confirmed that they were able to solve it by performing a game file integrity check through the Steam built-in menu.
If you haven’t tried it yet, follow the instructions below to run the integrity check from the Steam menu:
- Open the Steam menu and select the “Library” tab on the top horizontal menu.
- With the Library tab selected, scroll through the Library items and right-click on the item associated with Rust.
- Then click the Properties menu on the Rust Steam context menu.
- Once on the Rust properties screen, click the Local Files tab, and then click Check Game File Integrity.
- Confirm at the next confirmation prompt to begin the process.
- Now, wait for the process to complete and restart Rust the next time it starts to see if the problem is fixed.
Removing Steam and Rust
If none of the above solutions worked, a bug (in the game files or Steam) may be causing the “Steam Auth Timeout” error.
If you are really dealing with something locally corrupted, you can solve the problem by reinstalling both the game (Rust) and the game launcher (Steam). If you think this scenario applies, follow the instructions below to reinstall Steam and Rust:
- Open the “Run” dialog box by pressing Windows + R. Then type “Appwiz.CPL and press Enter to open the Programs and Features window.
- Once in the Programs and Features window, scroll through the list of applications and find your Steam installation.
- Once you find your Steam installation, right-click on it and choose Uninstall from the pop-up menu that appears. When prompted by User Account Control (UAC), click Yes to grant administrator privileges.
- In the last uninstall window, click Uninstall to confirm the process and then wait for it to complete.
- After successfully uninstalling the Steam client, repeat the uninstall process with the game Rust.
- After uninstalling the launcher (Steam) and Rust, restart your computer and wait for the next boot process to complete.
- After restarting your computer, visit the official Steam download page and install the latest version available.
- After installing the latest version of Steam, reinstall Rust from the menu and restart the game to see if the problem is now resolved.
Clear the download cache
According to some affected users, the Steam Auth Timeout error can also occur when there are many items in the Steam download queue. If this scenario is true, Rust may be experiencing persistent crashes because the loader is not working correctly and is not updating the game version.
If this is the case, you can solve the problem by clearing the download cache in the Steam menu. Many affected users have confirmed the workability of this potential fix. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it:
- First, open the Steam client.
- Then use the ribbon bar at the top of the screen and click on Steam. Then in the pop-up menu that appears, click Settings.
- Once in the settings menu, select the Downloads tab in the left-hand vertical menu.
- Then switch to the right pane and click Clear Downloads Cache (at the bottom of the screen).
- In the confirmation window, tap Yes to clear the locally saved cache.
- Once the process is complete, log back into your Steam account, run Rust, and see if the problem is now resolved.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Check for server issues.
- Check the integrity of your game files.
- Exit Steam Beta.
- Clear your download cache.
- Reinstall Steam and Rust.
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- You need to delete the file "steam_api64.dll" from the steam/steamapps/common/rust folder. For those who can't find the location, navigate to the Steam path installed on your PC.
- Then restart the Steam client and run the game Rust. It should work now.
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