Steam “Content servers unreachable” error: How to fix, possible reasons, and more

Fixing the “Content servers unreachable” error on Steam (image via Valve)
Fixing the “Content servers unreachable” error on Steam (image via Valve)

From time to time, even the popular Steam client runs into performance issues where players are denied access to certain features of the client due to a bug.

One of the more common issues that users have been facing with the platform is the “Content servers unreachable” error, which prevents you from being able to download a particular game or content. This generally occurs when there's high traffic on Steam's servers or when multiple users are trying to download the same content from the client.

As such, it’s one of the most annoying errors to deal with in the system as there's no permanent solution to this particular issue. However, the community has come up with a few fixes that could temporarily deal with this bug in the client.

Today’s guide will go over some of the steps that you can use to deal with the “Content servers unreachable” error on your Steam client.

Fixing the “Content servers unreachable” error on Steam


As mentioned earlier, there's no permanent fix to this error for Steam users as it usually occurs due to high traffic surges on the client. To deal with this issue while trying to download a particular game or some other content, here are a few things you can do:

1) Restarting the client

The first thing that you will be required to do is to restart the Steam client itself. While this may not seem like a viable fix on the surface, many users within the community seem to have had a good success rate with it.

2) Try downloading your content after changing the region

It’s likely that you are facing the “Content servers unreachable error” because there has been a surge of users in your region. You can address this issue by trying to download the same content after changing your client’s region.

To do so, you'll need to make your way to the Settings option by clicking on Steam in the top-left corner. In the Downloads section, you will be able to change your download region.

After this step, you must restart the download and once the content has been successfully installed in your system, you can change your region back again.


3) Launch the client as an administrator

Many members of the community have had a fair bit of success by launching the Steam client as an administrator while trying to deal with this error. You can do this by right-clicking on the client executable first. You must then click on Properties, head to the Compatibility tab, and then select “Run this program as an administrator.”

Finally, you will need to apply these changes and relaunch the client.

4) Disabling your anti-virus

In certain cases, your anti-virus might be the reason behind the “content servers unreachable” error. You can disable it by making your way to the Update & Security Option on the Windows Settings page, where you must access the Windows Security tab and disable Threat Protections.

5) Wait it out

Finally, it's possible that the servers for the content or the game that you're trying to download are currently down. At this point, your best option would be to wait it out for a few hours and try downloading it again.

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Edited by Atul S
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