- 1 7 Best Ways to Fix Steam Broadcast Not Working on Windows 11
- 1.1 1. Check if Steam Broadcast is Enabled
- 1.2 2. Lower the Stream Settings
- 1.3 3. Check for Network Related Issues
- 1.4 4. Disable VPN or Proxy Servers
- 1.5 5. Allow Steam Through the Firewall
- 1.6 6. Update or Reinstall Network Drivers
- 1.7 7. Reinstall Steam on Your PC
- 1.8 FAQs on Steam Broadcast
- 1.9 Start Broadcasting Your Gameplay Sessions
7 Best Ways to Fix Steam Broadcast Not Working on Windows 11
Steam offers a wide variety of games for your PC. Additionally, Steam provides you with ways to connect with other gamers through features such as Steam Broadcast, allowing you to stream your gaming sessions on Steam Community. If you encounter any problems using Steam Broadcast on Windows 11, here are some solutions to fix the issue.
Several factors can cause Stream Broadcast to stop working on Windows 11. This includes network issues and lack of hardware resources. However, fixing these issues isn’t difficult, as you’ll see in this troubleshooting guide. Let’s begin.
1. Check if Steam Broadcast is Enabled
To live stream gameplay using Steam Broadcast, enable the feature in Steam Settings. Follow these steps to check if Steam Broadcast is enabled on your computer:
1. Press the Windows + S keys to open Windows Search and type “Steam”. Open Steam from the search result.
2. Click on Steam in the top-left corner and select Settings.
3. In the Settings dialog box, click on Broadcasting.
Step 4: Go to Broadcasting, choose Privacy setting, and select ‘Anyone can watch my games’ from the drop-down. Save the changes by clicking OK.
2. Lower the Stream Settings
Steam Broadcast may not work if you’ve set the stream setting to broadcast at the highest quality. This can happen if your computer lacks the hardware resources or if your network doesn’t offer the required upload speeds. To prevent these issues, follow these steps to lower the stream settings:
1. Press Windows + S keys to open Windows Search and type “Steam” in the search bar. Then, click Open from the search result for Steam.
2. Click Steam in the top-left corner and select Settings.
Step 3: In the Settings, click on Broadcasting.
Step 4: Click drop-downs for Video Dimensions, Maximum Bitrate, and Optimize encoding, and select lower options.
Step 5: Click OK to save changes.
3. Check for Network Related Issues
You need a high-speed internet connection to broadcast your Steam gameplay. Before delving into advanced solutions, check your PC for network-related issues by conducting a speed test using tools like Speedtest by Ookla or Fast.com.
If the speed test yields satisfactory download and upload speeds with low ping, your internet connection is likely adequate. However, other problems may impede stream broadcasting on your Windows computer.
Alternatively, if the speed test yields unsatisfactory results, refer to our guide for troubleshooting Wi-Fi connectivity or fixing ethernet network issues on Windows 11.
4. Disable VPN or Proxy Servers
VPN and proxy servers are useful for masking your identity and information from websites. However, using these tools can introduce unnecessary latency on your network that may interfere with Steam Broadcast.
If you can’t stream your gameplay sessions using Steam Broadcast, follow these steps to try turning off VPN or proxy servers on your computer.
Step 1: Open your VPN client and check if it’s disconnected. If not, click Disconnect.
Note: The location of the disconnect button may vary depending on the VPN client you use. In this example, we used ProtonVPN.
If you’ve set up your VPN manually, disable the VPN toggle in Action Center. Then, proceed to the next step to check if you’re connected to a Proxy Server.
Step 2: Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
Step 3: Click Network & internet in the left sidebar and select Proxy from the right side.
Step 4: Proxy settings need to be checked. Make sure the ‘Use a proxy server’ option is off.
Step 5: If the proxy server is on, click on it, toggle off ‘Use a proxy server’, and save.
5. Allow Steam Through the Firewall
Windows Defender Firewall is a security feature that controls programs’ internet connections on your computer. Sometimes, it can prevent Steam Broadcast from working properly. To fix this, you can manually allow Steam through the Windows Defender Firewall by following these steps:
Step 1: Click the Start button on the Taskbar and type “Windows Defender Firewall.” Then, open the Windows Defender Firewall from the search results.
Step 2: In the Windows Defender Firewall window, click on the ‘Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall’ option on the left.
Step 3: Click Change Settings. If a User Account Control prompt appears, select Yes.
Step 4: Look for the entry called Steam. If you can’t find it, click Allow another app at the bottom.
Step 5: Open the Add an app window, then click Browse.
Step 6: Copy and paste the given path into the Address bar of the Browse window: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
Step 7: In the specified folder, select the Steam.exe file and click Open.
Step 8: Select Steam, then click Add.
Step 9: Steam will appear in the Allowed apps list. Ensure the checkboxes for Private and Public are checked.
Step 10: Click OK to save the changes.
6. Update or Reinstall Network Drivers
Obsolete or corrupt network drivers on your computer can cause network issues preventing Steam Broadcast. We recommend updating or reinstalling the Network drivers to fix the issue.
To update or reinstall the network drivers on your computer, follow these steps:
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.
Step 2: Look for the Network adapters entry in Device Manager, and double-click to expand it.
Step 3: In Network adapters, right-click on your PC’s Wireless adapter (Qualcomm Atheros) and select Update driver.
Note: If you’re facing issues with a wired ethernet connection, update your PC’s Ethernet or LAN adapter (Realtek PCIe GbE Family).
Step 4: Update Drivers window, click ‘Search automatically for drivers.’
Step 5: Search for the latest network drivers compatible with your PC. If drivers are found, install them.
If you see a message saying your computer has the best drivers installed, scan for drivers through Windows Update. Otherwise, close the window and proceed to the next step.
Step 6: If you can’t find new network drivers, right-click the network adapter and uninstall it.
Step 7: In the Uninstall Device dialog, click Uninstall, then restart your computer.
After restarting your computer, Windows 11 will search for and install the relevant network drivers. Additionally, update your graphics drives to avoid issues from outdated drivers.
7. Reinstall Steam on Your PC
If other solutions fail, remove Steam and reinstall it. Reinstalling Steam will fix bugs that may affect Steam Broadcast.
Note: Uninstalling Steam will delete all games, DLCs, and saved files. Create a backup of Steam game files before continuing.
Step 1: Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
When the Settings app opens, click on Apps in the left sidebar.
Step 3: On the Apps page, click on the Installed apps option from the right pane.
Step 4: Type “Steam” in the search bar.
Step 5: Search Steam in the menu, then choose Uninstall.
Step 6: Remove Steam, then download the Steam installer on your PC. Step 7: After the download, open the SteamSetup.exe file and follow the instructions to install Steam on your PC.
If you need help installing or setting up Steam on your computer, refer to our guide on downloading and using Steam on Windows.
FAQs on Steam Broadcast
1. Can I stream non-Steam games using Steam Broadcast?
No, Steam Broadcast only supports games purchased and accessed through Steam.
2. How do I start a live stream with Steam Broadcast?
Steam will automatically start streaming your games when you begin playing them, as long as the broadcasting feature is enabled in Steam settings. You can configure broadcasting settings by pressing Shift + Tab and clicking on Settings while playing a game.
3. Where can I watch Steam Broadcasts?
You can watch live streams of other Steam players on the Steam Broadcast page in the Steam client for desktop, the Steam website, or the Steam mobile app for iOS and Android. Please note that you must be logged into your Steam account to view the broadcasts.
No, you cannot share Steam Broadcasts on Twitch. Steam Broadcasts can only be shared on the Steam Community broadcast tab.
Start Broadcasting Your Gameplay Sessions
You can use the solutions listed above to fix Steam Broadcast on Windows 11. After resolving the issue, you can start broadcasting your gameplay on the Steam Community’s broadcast tab and showcase your gaming skills to other players.
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