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6 Ways to Fix Steam Remote Play Together Not Working

Getting a “Couldn’t connect to the remote computer” Error When Using Steam Remote Play? Our Troubleshooting Guide Will Help You Fix It

Steam Remote Play not working has recently been affecting many Steam users. This issue prevents gamers from playing with their friends. Remote Play may stop working if you’re using a Beta version of Steam and if your Steam version is outdated. In addition, different network settings and having more than one network connection may also cause this issue. Continue reading this article to find out how to fix Steam Remote Play Together.

What is Steam Remote Play?

Remote Play is a Steam feature that allows you to share a game with your friends over the Internet. It enables you to play local multiplayer co-op games over the Internet even if they don’t natively support online play. One user that owns the game can stream it from their hardware to other users.

Remote Play requires only one game copy for it to work as long as the game supports local multiplayer. This allows you to share and play a game with your friends. With Remote Play Together, one user that owns the game can run it, and then four and sometimes more players with fast Internet connections may join the game.

Fix Steam Remote Play Not Working

How to Use Steam Remote Play?

To use Steam Remote Play Together, you have to launch any game that supports this feature. Then, invite anyone from your friends’ list to play. Your friends have to accept the invitation, and then you can play together.

Remote Play allows the host to share their mouse and keyboard, or players can use their own controllers.

Why Won’t Steam Remote Play Work?

Most of the time, Steam Remote Play works reliably, but many users continue experiencing issues with it.

The Remote Play feature may stop working due to many reasons, but the main ones include using an outdated Steam client version and using a Steam client Beta version. Furthermore, The feature might not work due to incorrect network settings, such as IP settings, including IPv6.

Remote Play requires a decent amount of broadband connection speed. A slow Internet connection may also be the reason why Steam in-home streaming could not connect to a remote computer. So if you’re using a mobile data connection or if your Wi-Fi is slow, a constant data stream while playing can’t be maintained. You may also encounter this problem with Remote Play if you have more than one network connection.

When Steam Remote Play Together won’t connect, you will get an error message that reads, “Couldn’t connect to the remote computer.” The error message means that the connection has failed. Though, sometimes, the game will start for the host, but not the guests. In some cases, the host gets a black screen.

How to Fix Steam Remote Play Not Working?

Before you try any of our suggested fixes, you should restart your PC and networking devices. If you have more than one network connection, try leaving only one connection.

You should close any other remote desktop applications and streaming services, such as Chrome Remote Desktop, Remotr, and so on. You should also make sure that your Steam client and game are both running with administrative privileges.

In addition, you should make sure that your PC is running the latest graphics card (GPU) drivers and that Windows 10 is up-to-date.

Lastly, you should check if your third-party anti-virus software or firewall prevents Steam Remote Play from establishing a connection with guest devices. If it is blocked, add Steam to your anti-virus software exceptions list and allow it through the Firewall.

Before we begin, note that these solutions should be implemented on both host and guest computers unless specified otherwise. You can follow our troubleshooting instructions by watching our video on this or follow the instructions found below.

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Video Guide on How to Fix Steam Remote Play Together Not Working

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Solution 1. Update Steam Client and Game

Open Steam menu and click Check for Steam Client Updates

1. Open the Steam client and click Steam in the menu bar.

2. In the drop-down menu, click Check for Steam Client Updates.

Click Restart Steam to complete the update process

3. If an update is available, Steam will download and install it automatically.

4. Click Restart Steam when prompted.

Right-click a game and click Properties

5. Then, to update a game, right-click it and click Properties.

Click Always keep this game updated

6. Select the Updates panel.

7. Open the Automatic Updates drop-down menu and select Always keep this game updated.

In the Betas section select None

8. Then, select the Betas panel.

9. Open the Betas drop-down menu and select None.

10. Check if Remote Play is working.

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Solution 2. Stop Using Steam Beta Client

Open the Steam menu and select Settings

1. Open the Steam client and click Steam in the menu bar.

2. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

In the Account panel click Change

3. In the Account panel, under the Beta participation section, click Change.

Select NONE - Opt out of all beta programs

4. Open the Beta participation drop-down menu and select None - Opt out of all beta programs.

5. Then, click OK.

Click Restart Steam when prompted

6. Click Restart Steam when prompted.

7. Check if Remote Play is working.

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Solution 3. Disable and Re-enable Remote Play

Open the Steam menu and select Settings

1. Open Steam and click Steam in the menu bar.

2. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Uncheck the Enable Remote Play checkbox and click OK

3. Then, select Remote Play.

4. Disable Remote Play, and click OK.

5. Then, restart your PC.

Check the Enable Remote Play checkbox and click OK

6. Once your PC boots up again, return to the Settings menu and re-enable Remote Play.

7. Check if Remote Play is working.

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Solution 4. Disable Hardware Decoding in Steam

1. Open Steam Client of the Guest’s PC.

Open the Steam nenu and select Settings

2. Open the Steam menu and select Settings.

Click Advanced Client Options

3. Select the Remote Play panel.

4. Click Advanced Client Options.

Uncheck the Enable hardware decoding checkbox and click OK

5. Uncheck the Enable hardware decoding option and click OK.

6. Check if Remote Play is working. If it isn’t, then disable hardware decoding on the Host computer as well.

7. Check again if Remote Play is working.

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Solution 5. Force IP Address Change

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD in run and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open elevated Command Prompt

2. In the Run dialog box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

 Run ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew commands

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in ipconfig /release and press the Enter key.

4. Then, type in ipconfig /renew and press Enter.

In Run type in steam://open/console and click OK

5. Check if Remote Play is working. If it isn’t, then hold down Windows+R keys to open Run on the Guest computer only.

6. In the Run dialog, type in steam://open/console and click OK.

Type in connect_remote [Host's IP address]:27036 and press Enter

7. Then, in the Steam console, type in connect_remote [Host's IP address]:27036, and press Enter.

8. Check if Remote Play is working.

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Solution 6. Disable IPv6

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

In Run type in cnpa.cpl and click OK

2. in the Run dialog box, type in ncpa.cpl and click OK.

Right-click the network adapter and click Properties

3. Right-click your network adapter and click Properties.

Uncheck the checkbox next to IPv6 and click OK

4. In the Networking tab, uncheck the checkbox next to Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click OK.

5. Check if Remote Play is working.

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