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How to Fix “Disconnected: Steam Auth Timeout” Error in Rust

Rust is an open-world survival game where players must navigate a hostile environment.

Players must also gather resources, craft tools, and form alliances to survive the elements.

Set in a vast landscape, the game has realistic survival mechanics, base building, and PvP.

The game has a persistent world, dynamic weather, and challenging AI.

Engage in a competitive and immersive multiplayer experience where players contend for resources.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix the Disconnected: Steam Auth Timeout error in Rust if you can’t connected to the server.

Fix 1: Run Rust as an administrator

  • Navigate to your Steam library.
  • Right-click Rust > Properties > Local Files > Browse.
  • Right-click Rust > Properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator > Enable > OK > Launch the game.

Fix 2: Repair/verify the game files

  1. Navigate to your Steam library.
  2. Right-click Rust > Properties > Local Files.
  3. Click on “Verify integrity of game files”.
  4. Launch Rust.

Fix 3: Clear download cache

  1. Open the Steam app and select “Steam” at the top left corner.
  2. Select “Settings” and select “Downloads”.
  3. Select “Clear Cache” next to “Clear Download Cache” (this will restart Steam).

Fix 4: Wait until the Rust servers are back up

  1. Check if the Rust servers are down here: https://downdetector.com/status/rust/.
  2. Follow Rust on X for more updates: https://twitter.com/playrust.
  3. If the Rust servers are down, you need to wait for it to be back up.

Further reading

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