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Discord is the foundation of many online communities and a great way to connect with people to play online games. Like any online service, Discord can experience outages. So here’s how to troubleshoot that issue when it arises.

Update, 3/8/22 2:53 pm Eastern: Discord went down for a while on the afternoon of March 8, 2022, but it is now back up.

Check Discord’s Status Page

If you’re having trouble connecting to Discord, first check whether the service is experiencing an outage. You can do this using the Discord status page, which should report any problems. If you’re having particular problems with one aspect of Discord, like notifications or calling, you can see whether these individual services are running as intended.

Check Discord status

If you find that Discord is having trouble and the “All Systems Operational” message isn’t showing, it’s time to sit tight and wait it out. There’s not a lot you can do until Discord fixes the issue. You can always search Twitter or Reddit to see if other users are having the same problem.

If you don’t see any problems reported, the problem may be on your side.

Check Your Internet Connection

Consider for a moment that the problem could be related to your internet connection. You can check this by accessing Discord using a mobile app over cellular instead of using home wireless or wired internet.

Using Discord over 4G

Based on the results of your test, you may want to restart your router or modem to see if that solves the issue. If you’re having problems accessing other websites, check your internet service provider’s status to see if there are any reported issues. You may need to contact them directly and report a fault.

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Restart, Update or Reinstall

First thing’s first, restarting the Discord app may solve the issue so give that a go. You can also try restarting your computer or mobile device to see if your device’s software was to blame.

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The second thing to do is to check for any updates to Discord. Updating Discord on Windows or Mac involves closing the app and opening it again, at which point it will check for updates automatically. On other platforms like iOS or Android, you’ll need to check inside the App Store or Google Play for any available updates.

Download Discord

If Discord is up to date, consider uninstalling the app and reinstalling it again. You can download the client for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Discord website or use mobile storefronts like the App Store and Google Play to download the mobile app.

Other Network Tweaks You Can Try

There are some other things you might want to try if you’re still experiencing issues. You can update your DNS server on whatever device you’re having issues with to see if that helps (and you may get faster browsing performance as a nice bonus).

Discord may not work with a proxy server, so disable any proxy server you may be using on Windows, iPhone and iPad, or Android. If you use a VPN, consider disabling it and testing Discord to see if that helps.

Use the Web Version Instead

If you’re having no joy getting Discord to work via the official app, the service also has a web version you can try. Head to Discord’s website and select “Open Discord in Your Browser” then log in as you normally would.

Use Discord in a browser

Consider an Alternative Until the Problem Is Resolved

The truth is that there aren’t too many alternatives to Discord that do the same job of providing a place to hang out, group video and audio calls, and in-game communication.

The closest alternatives are probably TeamSpeak or Ventrilo for in-game communication, Slack or Microsoft Teams for hanging out and productivity, and Telegram or Google Hangouts for group calls. If the service is genuinely down then it might be better to just wait and read about the precursor to Discord, IRC.

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