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Steam not opening on Mac? 13 Solutions to fix it!

It’s frustrating when you wish to play games on your Mac, but the Steam app is not opening or fails to work. Several system glitches can cause Steam to keep crashing on macOS Sonoma. But don’t worry! You can quickly fix the issue. Here, I’ve compiled a list of solutions for Steam not responding on your Mac. Let’s get started!

  1. Check Steam server status
  2. Restart the Mac to fix Steam
  3. Force quit and relaunch Steam
  4. Check the Mac’s date and time settings
  5. Grant Accessibility Permissions to Steam on Mac
  6. Ensure Mac has sufficient RAM
  7. Ensure Mac has enough storage
  8. Check for Steam and macOS updates
  9. Delete Steam cache files on Mac
  10. Delete Steam preferences
  11. Opt out of Steam beta updates
  12. Reset SMC and NVRAM
  13. Delete and reinstall Steam on Mac

1. Check Steam server status

If you’re having unexpected issues with Steam, it could be due to a server-related error. Steam servers may be experiencing downtime or temporary overload, causing the service to malfunction for users. Before moving on to other solutions, you should check Steam’s server status on steamstat.us.

If the Steam servers face issues, wait until they are back online. Once the servers are up, Steam should function normally without further intervention.

Image showing Steam server status

2. Restart the Mac to fix Steam

Restarting your Mac can often resolve minor glitches that may cause Steam to crash or not open. This feature clears the system memory, closes background tasks, and refreshes the system. So, any underlying issues that may interfere with Steam’s operation are fixed.

To restart your Mac, click the Apple logo () on the menu bar Select Restart. Once the Mac starts, relaunch Steam to see if the issue is fixed.

Just click the Apple logo choose Restart on your Mac

3. Force quit and relaunch Steam

If Steam doesn’t work on your Mac, simply force quitting and relaunching the app can help resolve the issue.

  1. Click the Apple logo () on the menu bar Select Force Quit.
    You can also use the Command + Option + Esc keyboard shortcut.

    select Force Quit
    ‍ 
  2. Select Steam from the currently open apps Click Force Quit.

    Force Quit Steam app
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  3. Then, relaunch Steam and check if the issues are fixed.

4. Check the Mac’s date and time settings

Steam relies on accurate date and time settings to communicate with its servers. If your Mac’s date and time are inaccurate, it can cause Steam to not work. To ensure this isn’t the case, verify the accuracy of your date and time settings.

  1. Click the Apple logo () in the menu bar Select System Settings.

    Click on Apple logo and select System Settings
    ‍ 
  2. Click General from the sidebar Select Date & Time.

    Navigate to General and select Date & Time
  3. Toggle on Set date and time automatically.

    toggle on set time and date automatically

5. Grant Accessibility Permissions to Steam on Mac

Steam requires Accessibility Permissions to perform certain functions, like displaying overlays over game windows or detecting game controllers. If Steam is not opening on your Mac, it might be because Steam doesn’t have the necessary Accessibility Permissions.

  1. Click the Apple logo Select System Settings.
  2. Click Privacy & Security from the sidebar Select Accessibility.

    navigate to Privacy & Security and select accessibility
  3. Click the plus button (+) under the list of allowed apps.

    click the plus button in Accessibility section
  4. Go to Applications Select Steam Click Open.

    select Steam and click open

6. Ensure Mac has sufficient RAM

Steam is a pretty demanding app that requires a significant amount of RAM to run. If Steam keeps crashing or isn’t responding on your Mac, you must check your current memory usage and close unnecessary processes to free the RAM.

  1. Open Activity Monitor on your Mac using Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. Navigate to the Memory tab Check the RAM usage at the bottom.

    Navigate to memory tab and check memory usage
  3. Select the unused apps Click the x icon to close them.

    Select unused app and click on x icon

7. Ensure Mac has enough storage

Steam needs adequate storage space to install and run games smoothly. If your Mac’s storage is running low or near capacity, Steam might encounter issues due to insufficient disk space. Hence, you must ensure that your Mac has enough storage capacity.

  1. Click the Apple logo in the menu bar Select System Settings.

    go to Apple logo and select System Settings
    ‍ 
  2. Click General from the sidebar Select Storage.

    Navigate to General and select Storage
    ‍ 
  3. Check if your Mac has sufficient disk space to run Steam.

    check Mac storage

If your Mac is running low on storage, you may refer to our step-by-step guide to free up space on your Mac. Once sufficient storage is available on your Mac, check if Steam works correctly.

8. Check for Steam and macOS updates

An outdated Steam version or macOS can lead to app crashing issues. So, keep them updated to prevent compatibility issues and resolve any potential bugs.

To install the latest version of Steam, you may follow these steps:

  1. Open the Steam client/app on your Mac.
  2. Click Steam on the Menu bar Select Check For Updates.

    check for Steam updates

To install the latest version of macOS, you may follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to System SettingsGeneralSoftware update.

    Navigate to general and choose Software Update
    ‍ 
  2. Click Update Now if a new macOS update is available.

    Click Update Now

9. Delete Steam cache files on Mac

Corrupted cache files can sometimes prevent Steam from opening or working on your Mac. Deleting these files forces Steam to rebuild its cache, potentially eliminating corrupt data.

  1. Open Finder on your Mac  Click Go from the Menu bar.
  2. Hold the Option Key to reveal more options  Select Library.

    Click on Go and select Library
    ‍ 
  3. Now, navigate to Application Support Steam.

    Navigate to Application Support and select Steam
    ‍ 
  4. Right-click on the appcache folder Select Move to Bin.

    Right click on appcache folder and select Move to Bin

If deleting the cache folder didn’t fix the issue, you may delete the Steam Download Cache as shown in these steps:

  1. Open the Steam client/app on your Mac.
  2. Click Steam on the Menu bar Select Preferences.

    go to Steam and select preferences
    ‍ 
  3. Select Downloads from the sidebar Click Clear Cache → Confirm.

    Navigate to download and select Clear Cache

10. Delete Steam preferences

Glitches in Steam preference files can also cause it to experience crashes or startup problems. Deleting these files will reset the preferences to default settings, fixing any underlying issues.

  1. Open Finder Click GoGo to Folder from the Menu bar.
  2. Enter Library/Application Support/
  3. Select the Steam folder.
  4. Right-click the steam .plist file Select Move to Bin.

    delete Steam plist file

11. Opt out of Steam beta updates

If Steam is not working after the update, opting out of the beta version may resolve the issue. Beta updates are pre-release versions of Steam that may contain unfavorable bugs. By opting out, you can ensure that you’re running a stable version of Steam, which is less likely to cause issues.

  1. Open the Steam client/app on your Mac.
  2. Click Steam on the Menu bar Select Preferences.

    go to Steam and select Preferences
    ‍ 
  3. Select Interface from the left sidebar.
  4. Click Client Beta Participation drop-down Select No beta chosen.

    Navigate to Interface and select Client Beta Participation and choose No beta chosen in the dropdown

12. Reset SMC and NVRAM

The NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) and the SMC (System Management Controller) are physical chips on the Mac that store various settings and control essential functions. Resetting these components can sometimes fix issues related to many pre-installed and third-party apps.

If you don’t know how to do this, you should refer to our guide on how to reset NVRAM on Mac, followed by our guide on how to reset SMC on Mac.

13. Delete and reinstall Steam on Mac

If you cannot fix Steam-related issues on your Mac after applying the previous solutions, deleting and reinstalling the app may help. This method will remove any corrupted or missing files that might be causing the issue and ensure that you have the latest version of the app.

  1. Open Finder on your Mac Select Applications from the sidebar.
  2. Right-click Steam Select Move to Bin.

    move Steam to bin
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  3. Reinstall Steam from its official website and check if the issue is fixed.

    install Steam for Mac

Wrapping up…

Issues with Steam are chaotic, especially when you’re eager to dive into your favorite games. Fortunately, by following the troubleshooting steps in this guide, you should be able to identify and fix the underlying cause of the issue and get back to playing your games.

However, if Steam is still crashing or won’t open on your Mac, please drop a comment below detailing your error. We’ll do our best to assist you further and get Steam working smoothly on your Mac.

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  • Ayush

    Ayush is a writer with a keen interest in consumer technology and the Apple ecosystem. He has over three years of working experience at several big-name publications, including Guiding Tech, TechPP, and MobiGyaan. Here at iGeeksBlog, he specializes in crafting how-to guides, buying guides, and editorials related to all things Apple.

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