However, users have been experiencing an error in which it will tell them, “You have made too many requests. Please wait and try your request again later.” This error can still occur even when you have waited and come or when you have not made any requests.
Fortunately, this is simply an error, which means it can be resolved with some troubleshooting. Read on to find out why this happens and what can be done to right this issue on Steam.
Why Does It Say ‘You’ve Made Too Many Requests Recently Steam’?
Steam can be a very fun place to play video games and share your gameplay with others but it can also be a form of income since there are actually many different ways to make some dough on Steam.
For example, you can sell Steam trading cards or sell Steam mods, which is only naming a couple of ways. With that said, a lot of the financial practices on Steam are done through the Steam Market.
However, this is also the most common area where the error of “You’ve made too many requests. Please wait and try your request again later.” occurs. Now, this error is quite irritating and inconvenient but it can be figured out.
As you likely already know, requests are made when you want to do almost anything on a site such as Steam.
For example, when you sign into your Steam account, a request is sent to a Steam server, which is then processed and answered by the server; allowing you to log in. By sending the HTTP request to a server you are effectively requesting access to a certain resource on the server.
You can visualize this as you sending a message to someone in order to receive information from that person. It is as simple as that but it does sound more complicated than it actually is.
So, what this Steam error is essentially saying is that your Steam account is or has recently been making too many requests to the point that one of the Steam servers cannot properly respond to the requests.
This could be a literal overload of requests or it could also be as simple as a server being down and unable to process the response at that time. You must also consider any potentially pending payments that may be running in the background as well since these are also considered requests.
1. Auto-Buys Running in Background
As you may know, on the Steam market, you can set auto-buys for items. This is quite similar to bidding on sites such as eBay; however, it is quite different in some respects such as rather than watching the bid and purchasing the item when the seller ‘okays’ the sale.
Instead, you would set a range with a maximum and a minimum limit. Once the item or items falls into that range, the purchase will be made automatically with or without your confirmation.
Now, this can be very helpful when you do not have time to consistently check in on an item but you also want first dibs when the item hits your price range.
With this in mind, since the auto-buys you set are automatic, they will subsequently be running in the background at pretty much all times. This guarantees that the purchase will be made as soon as the item hits the right price range.
However, since your auto-buy(s) are constantly running in the background, this also means that they are almost always making requests to the Steam server for current information.
Fix – Remove Auto-Buys
As previously depicted, if you have auto-buys set for one item or multiple items, they will be running in the background almost constantly to ensure that you purchase the item(s) as soon as it falls into the set price range.
While this is all good and great, it also means that these auto-buys are consistently making requests to the Steam server, which can result in you receiving the error “You’ve made too many requests.
Please wait and try your request again later.” This is certainly less than ideal but it is very much a possibility that should be considered upon receiving the said error.
If you can manage to get to the Steam Market, then you will want to remove any auto-buys you may have set. This will in turn tell the Steam server you are not making any requests and should clear the error issue. While this is the most likely reason for the “You’ve made too many requests” error prompt, it is not the only possibility.
2. You Have Made Too Many Requests
Now, it may seem obvious but you very well may have recently made too many requests. This error is known as an HTTP 429 and is also known as “rate limiting,” which means that it sounds like, there have been too many requests made to the server in a given amount of time.
Now, these requests are, of course, initially made to the page but in the end, they wind up at the server to be responded to; however, making too many requests in a small span of time can overload the requests, which will trigger the HTTP 429 error message.
Fix – Give it Time / Clear Browser Cache
This error can be triggered by something as small as clicking on something too many times in a small span of time. So, if your internet connection is lagging and you get frustrated when it will not load what you are clicking on, so you let out a barrage of clocks.
While this might make you feel like you are accomplishing something, you are unfortunately and most likely digging the hole deeper.
This is because once your internet connection does clear up and connect, that bombardment of clicks will be registered as requests, which will trigger the “requesting limit” error.
Luckily, you can fix this HTTP 429 error by doing what the message asks of you. You can wait for a period of time for the error to clear and for any requests being made to finish.
Another valid method to mend this issue is to clear the cache on your browser, which will clear any potential requests being made and should also stop them from potentially reoccurring. Since as long as requests are still being made the error is likely to remain.
3. Steam is Down
As previously mentioned, when you make a request it is first made to the page and then after that, it is received by the server so that it can process and respond.
With this in mind, it is very possible that Steam’s server has gone down. Now, a server can go down for many different possible reasons such as a power outage, hardware failure, or even maintenance.
However, when the server goes down, requests being made to the server cannot be responded to or processed, which is a big bummer for anyone trying to access the server.
This very well could be the reason why you are getting the “too many requests” error on Steam, as their server could be down.
Sure, a webpage will usually tell you when a server is down but not all of the time and it is also possible that the server did receive your request but then it went down, which could result in the HTTP 429 error showing.
Fix – Wait For Server to Resolve / Check Server Status
If you believe the reason why you are getting the “too many requests” error is that Steam’s server is down, then you will want to check if their server is indeed down.
You can easily check if a web page’s server is down or not by going to www.isitdownrightnow.com where you can find out if Steam’s server is down or not.
It is best to use a site such as the one before mentioned so that you do not have to waste your time playing the guessing game. Another valid option when you know that Steam’s server is down is to simply wait for it to come back online.
Typically when a server goes down it will not be too long until it is back up and running. The wait time will usually be minimum and will be 20 minutes at the absolute maximum but it is rare for it to take this long for a server to come back up. Sometimes the best that you can do is wait for Steam’s server to come back up, which should not be too long.
4. There’s a Bug
It should be stated that Steam users have been dealing with this “You’ve made too many requests” error for years now, which has made many conclude that it may be a bug in Steam’s system.
As you may know, a technical bug is essentially an error, malfunction, or glitch; however, a technical bug is typically recurring, which means it will happen again.
It is unfortunate that there has not been a “cure-all” for this error issue but it does incline us to believe that it is a bug. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do on your side to right this bug problem. Rather, it is up to Steam to figure out what the bug is and how to fix it.
Fix – Wait For Bug to Be Fixed
As previously stated, when there is a technical bug causing trouble on a webpage there is nothing you (the user) can do about it. Instead, it is up to the developers to figure out how to fix the bug issue.
While it is unfortunately not looking too positive for Steam to come up with an answer for this issue since this has been going on for years now. However, take heart, because they could come up with a fix for the bug, we just have to be patient in the meantime.
5. Weak Internet Connection
It is feasible that you could be receiving this error of “too many requests made” because your internet connection is wavering or is not stable enough.
This can result in your browser attempting to access Steam’s web page, which requires requests to the server and an internet connection. Steam is notorious for not working properly when you do not have a strong and reliable internet connection.
Fix – Check Internet Connection
If you believe that your internet connection might be to blame for this error issue, then you will want to check your internet connection to make sure that you are connected and also have a decent connection.
It would be a good idea to check that your modem and router are working correctly as well, as these are integral devices for a good WiFi connection.
This error issue can be downright frustrating for Steam users but it is not hopeless, as there are fixes for such a situation, which we have provided a few for you.
Steam is a fantastic website but that does not mean that it will always function wonderfully. When encountering errors such as this one, patience almost always pays off so try not to hit the rage button too quickly when this happens.