How To Update Discord
Follow our easy guide and you'll have Discord up to date in no time
Thankfully for you, figuring out how to update Discord is nice and simple. This article won’t take up too much of your time. No matter what kind of mobile device or gaming PC you’re working with, the process is much the same.
If you’ve been wondering why your Discord may be lacking some features others have, we’re going to show you how to update Discord in this quick and easy guide. When it comes to computer software, you generally want to keep programs/applications as up to date as possible. This means you’re making full use of new features, fixes, and often additional security. Depending on the size of the update and your internet speed, updates can take under a minute or sometimes much longer.
There is no specific button you can click on to update Discord whilst in the application, instead, the process is automatic. You can however use the following methods to prompt Discord to update itself in case you’re operating on an older version than you realize.
If you can’t access Discord at all, it might be worth asking yourself: is Discord down right now?
How to update Discord – step by step video guide
How to update Discord on launch
Discord should check for updates automatically each time it is launched. The issue is that many users don’t often close the application or shut down their PC / Mac / other device in order to allow Discord to be launched again and this process to happen. Follow the below steps to make sure the update has occurred.
Open the Discord App
Start by opening the Discord application by double-clicking the icon.
Allow Discord to check for updates
Next, allow Discord to check for updates.
Assuming there is an update (there may not be), the client will download and install them
The client will automatically update Discord if any updates are available.
If the application has updated, you should see a change log/new features list pop up on your screen
Updates will be confirmed via the change log section.
How to update Discord while running
Whilst restarting Discord is a more sure-fire way of checking for updates, you do not actually need to close and relaunch Discord to do this. Follow the below steps to prompt Discord to check for updates while it is still running. Note however that these updates will not actually install until you close down and then re-open Discord anyway, so you may just want to follow the first method.
Maximize the Discord app window
Click the small maximize tab in the top right-hand corner of the Discord window.
Press Ctrl+R on your keyboard
When maximized, press CTRL + R.
Discord’s user interface should refresh and reload
Wait for Discord’s user interface to refresh.
If there are updates available, the application should detect and download them
Discord should automatically update at this stage if updates are available.
When you next close down and then re-open the app, Discord will install the update
Allow Discord to install updates.
Discord update failed error
On occasion, the normal update procedure for Discord may not work and the software can get stuck in a loop trying to update itself. If you find you are having this problem, please read our handy guide on what to do if Discord is not updating. This should help you free yourself from this endless loop. We’re certain that this loop isn’t fun for anyone.
How to check if Discord is fully up to date
After downloading the Discord update(s) you were previously missing, you should be fully up to date. If you want to be absolutely certain, you can always check the version number, which can be found in the settings. On desktop, simply click the cog icon in the bottom left of the client in order to bring up your user settings. Again in the bottom left, below the ‘log out’ button, you should see the current version number of Discord installed. Simply compare this with the latest version by searching online.
Although we’ve covered desktop PC queries up to now, there are equivalent solutions on mobile. On Android, a similar menu can be found by tapping your avatar (which will bring up user settings). Scroll through the options until you reach a tab called ‘App Information’ – this will provide you with your installed version number for the Android app.
iOS has a slightly different setup, but you still first tap your avatar in the same way as Android. Here, you’ll want to locate the ‘Change Log’ information for the version number. Again, always check online if you want to know if it matches the latest version. iPad is similar, except you should tap the gear icon in the bottom left, then scroll down to the ‘Change Log’ information.
How to update Discord – final word
This has been our How-To Guide on how to update Discord. We hope this has given you all the information you needed. If you have more question or are just interested in learning more about Discord, please take a look at the other articles from WePC covering all things Discord related.
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