How to Refresh Steam App by Restarting on Any OS

Restarting is the universal way of troubleshooting most of the issues that occur in programs and devices. Similarly, restarting the Steam app often resolves the minor issues, especially with internet connectivity. If you’re facing trouble with loading or playing games in your Steam app, then you can try refreshing the Steam app and Steam files on your device. Restarting Steam is very simple, close the app entirely and reopen it a bit later. But, not every time a simple restart works, you need to refresh the files. If you think the Steam files are corrupted, modified, misconfigured or missing, then you should go for refreshing the files. The route for refreshing Steam files is different in different devices. Here is how to refresh the Steam app by restarting on any OS.

How to restart Steam app on any OS or device

This is the usual way to close and relaunch the Steam program anywhere, but for refreshing the data, you need to reboot it completely in your device.

1.   Quit the game you’re trying to play or anything that is not functioning properly or meeting the internet connectivity issues.

2.   And, navigate to the home screen.

3.   Now, open the Steam menu by clicking on the ‘Steam’ tab at the top-left edge of the window.

4.   Click on ‘Exit Steam’ or ‘Steam’ in the menu. This will stop the current session and close the app.

In case, you are not able to access the Steam menu, open the ‘Notification Tray’ from the Taskbar in Windows and tap on the Menu bar in Mac. Look of the Steam icon and right-click on it, then select ‘Exit.’

5.   Keep it closed for some seconds or minutes.

6.   After giving some time, select the ‘Steam’ icon on your desktop and press the ‘Enter/Return’ or simply double-click it to relaunch the Steam. If you don’t have the shortcut icon for Steam on your desktop, then you’ll need to access its location or search for it in Start menu or Application folder.

Doing so restarts the Steam app on your device.

How to refresh the Steam app files in Windows

If closing and reopening the app won’t troubleshoot the internet connectivity problem or other minor issues in your Steam, then refresh the data. Here is how.

1.   Close the Steam app by using the above 1 to 4 steps.

2.   Just after closing the program, open ‘Run’ dialog box using ‘Win + R’ keyboard shortcut. You should now see Run dialog box near the lower left side of your desktop.

3.   Now, in the field next to Open, type “steam://flushconfig” command. Make sure you’ve typed the correct command without quotes.

4.   Then, press ‘Enter’ or click ‘OK.’ Doing so runs the command and refreshes the Steam files in your PC.

5.   After that, restart your computer.

6.   Do not launch Steam using the desktop shortcut.

7.   Open ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ and navigate to the ‘Program Files’ in Local disk C.

8.   Open the ‘Steam’ folder. It is the folder where you’ve installed Steam in your PC.

9.   Now, look for the ‘Steam’ (.exe) launching file and double click on it.

You’ve successfully refreshed your Steam app, start the game as usual and enjoy the hassle-free experience.

How to refresh the Steam app files in Mac

1.   Close the Steam app by using the first 1 to 4 steps of the article.

2.   Just after closing the program, start ‘Safari.’

3.   Type “steam://flushconfig” command the search field. Make sure you’ve typed the correct command without quotes.

4.   Press ‘Return’. Doing so runs the command and refreshes the Steam files in your PC.

5.   Now, close ‘Safari.’

6.   Then, restart your Mac.

The Steam files have been refreshed in your Mac, now launch the ‘Steam’ and resume your gameplay.

How to refresh the Steam app files in Linux

If your device is running on the Linux operating system, then you need to run a command through Terminal to refresh your Steam files. Here it is.

1.   Close Steam, if running.

2.   Now, start the ‘Terminal.’

3.   And type this command “Steam –reset” into it. Make sure you’ve typed the correct command without quotes.

4.   Then, press ‘Enter.’ The command will run and display a message on the screen. If you see the message, this means the Steam files has been refreshed successfully in your device.

5.   Close ‘Terminal’ and restart your Linux device.

Now, you can start ‘Steam’ and begin your fun.

Devin Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Devin has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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