How To Fix Steam Deck Won’t Turn On/Start?

Are you excited to get your hands on the new Steam Deck, only to find that it won’t turn on?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Many users have reported experiencing this frustrating issue, leaving them unable to dive into their favorite games on the go.

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In this article, we’ll explore some possible reasons why your Steam Deck won’t turn on and provide you with some 6 Actionable Fixes to troubleshoot the problem.

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What are the causes of the Steam Deck Won’t Turn On?

Here are 5 main causes of Steam Deck won’t turn on:

  1. Your Steam Deck battery may be totally drained out.
  2. The cable supplying power may be worn out.
  3. The charger you were using to charge your Steam Deck is not the original one.
  4. Any latest software update could also be the reason
  5. Hardware issues can also be the cause.
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Solution 1: Force Reboot Steam Deck

The first thing you need to do is force reboot your console to overcome Steam Deck won’t turn on.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Connect your AC adapter to your Steam Deck and wait for 15 to 20 minutes until the battery charges.
  2. Press and hold the Power button for at least 12 secondsHow to Install the Epic Games Launcher on Steam Deck
  3. Press the Power button once to turn the console back on and check if Steam Deck won’t turn on is fixed.

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Solution 2: Boot Steam Deck in BIOS Mode

Almost every user was able to fix Steam Deck not turning on as a user suggested this solution on Reddit and worked for many

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So, just follow the steps below:

  1. Hold the Steam DeckPpower button to bring up the power menu.How to Install the Epic Games Launcher on Steam Deck
  2. Now turn your device OFF by selecting the Shut Down optionshutdown
  3. Now Press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons until you hear a beep
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  4. This action of yours will help you enter into BIOS menu
  5. Now you can use the navigation button to select any one of the 4 options, you can choose Setup Utility and tweak the desired settings

Still facing the issue then continue to the next solution.

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Solution 3: Charge Steam Deck at least 1 hour

Normally, the screen still has a battery indicator light to let you know that it needs charging.

But, if the battery is too empty?

Charge with the official Steam Deck Power Adapter supplied with the console and leave it for at least 3 hours.

There may be an issue with your wall socket as well, so change the wall socket and insert the adapter into to different wall socket to charge Steam Deck.

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Or else move on to the next solution.

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Solution 4: Check Charger for Damaging to Fix Steam Deck beeps but Won’t Turn on

The official power adapter is pretty tough, but not impenetrable.

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Check for bent pins inside the USB-C plug that may not have good (bad) contact, inspect the cable for wear, as this can lead to a short (very bad), and, oddly enough, make sure there is no crack or bends on the housing from the wall adapter (real fire hazard).

If you see any signs of damage, do not use the adapter at all, as this can be dangerous.

Replace it with another official adapter, and check if Steam Deck won’t turn on is fixed,

and if not, move on to the next solution.

Solution 5: Use Steam Deck Official Charger

The Steam Deck is charged using a non-standard protocol, so if you’re using a third-party solution, you may lead to Steam Deck not charging at all.

There are a lot of completely reasonable third-party adapters, but can’t give guarantee reliability or safety, but we can guarantee an official charger will help you fix Steam Deck won’t turn on but beeps.

Solution 6: Contact Steam Deck

If you cannot get rid of the Steam Deck doesn’t turn on after checking the charging accessories, and force rebooting, you should contact Steam Deck support and ask them to perform the necessary repairs on the console.

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If still, you have a query feel free to share your experiences and question in the comments section down below


How do I know my dead Steam Deck is charging?

You will see an LED next to the charging port that will light itself when your Deck will be on charging.

Does hard reset delete everything on Steam Deck?

No, a hard reset will not delete everything on the Steam Deck, and only your screen shorts, saved game data, and account information will be saved.

How do I fix my Steam Deck Not Charging?

To fix your Steam Deck not charging you need to follow the steps below:
1. Press the power button at the top of the console for about 12 seconds.
2. Now release the power button.
3. Press the power button once, as usual, to turn it on.


Zul is an avid gamer with a passion for RPG and racing games. He enjoys playing games like Need for Speed and Grand Theft Auto 5 and is also skilled at fixing errors and crashes to enhance the gaming experience. Zul stays up-to-date with the latest gaming news and enjoys sharing his knowledge through writing gaming guides and articles.
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