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How To Block Someone in Discord

Posted by Robert Hayes on March 14, 2019

The Internet allows us to be in contact with billions of people from all over the world. The downside of this is that…it allows us to be in contact with billions of people from all over the world, and a significant percentage of those people are jerks. Anybody who has played a game with an open chat knows how abrasive or just socially inept many people can be. Even in a close-knit group of friends, there can be people whose behavior is problematic.

Whether someone is spamming the chat, sending abusive messages, or just being a general annoyance, on a voice server it can get very old very quickly. Fortunately, if you are using Discord to host your chat sessions, there are tools available to help you manage people whose behavior is a problem. In this article, I’m going to show you how to block, mute, or kick people from your chat.

Block vs Mute vs Deafen vs Kick vs Ban

Blocking a user prevents them from being able to communicate with you via text. They will still be able to see your messages, and will be able to see your status online.

Muting is similar, but is for the voice channel. A user who has been muted cannot speak on the channel, but can still hear what is being said.

Deafen also works on the voice channel, and prevents a user from hearing what’s being said.

Kicking, of course, means being completely booted off the channel or server. However, a user can rejoin the server after a kick if they are re-invited.

Ban is the highest level of sanction. A user who is banned is kicked off the server and cannot rejoin. In addition, the administrator can optionally choose to wipe out their messages on the server for the last 24 hours or the last 7 days, if the administrator feels the user’s contributions were so toxic as to require being removed.

Whether to block, mute, kick or ban a user is of course a decision for you as the server administrator.

Blocking someone in Discord

If you need to block someone in Discord, here’s how to do it.

  1. Select the user’s profile name in the Direct Message app.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon to the right of the profile.
  3. Select Block.

The blocked person will still be able to see your messages and will still be able to see your status but they will not be able to reply or contact you using Discord. It is a fairly effective way of removing the unwanted noise from your experience but apparently isn’t foolproof.

Muting someone in Discord

Muting is similarly straightforward. Muting will cause the person to be unable to speak to you via the voice channel.

  1. Find the user’s profile name in the user list.
  2. Right-click the user’s name.
  3. In the context menu, click “Mute”.

Deafen someone in Discord

Deafening will stop the person from hearing you. Note that deafening automatically includes muting; you can mute but not deafen but you can’t deafen without muting.

  1. Find the user’s profile name in the user list.
  2. Right-click the user’s name.
  3. In the context menu, click “Deafen”.

Kick someone in Discord

So muting and deafening aren’t enough and you need to kick someone out. No worries.

  1. Find the user’s profile name in the user list.
  2. Right-click the user’s name.
  3. In the context menu, click “Kick”.
  4. Enter the reason you are kicking them; they will be informed of why they got kicked. Or you could leave it a mystery.

Ban someone in Discord

The final answer to your troll problem: eliminate them.

  1. Find the user’s profile name in the user list.
  2. Right-click the user’s name.
  3. In the context menu, click “Ban”.
  4. Enter the reason you are banning them; you can also choose how much (if any) of their message history to wipe out.

With these tools at your disposal, you can keep your Discord server running smoothly and troll-free.

Want more information on having a good Discord experience? Check out our article on how to add bots to your Discord server, how to hide channels on your Discord app, or how to get someone off your channel in Discord.

One thought on “How To Block Someone in Discord”

Shay says:
Why would I want to block someone when they can still see my posts? That seems pretty backwards. I block people for Plagiarism. What’s to stop them from stealing my work if we’re in the same server?
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