How To Change Location In Discord

Posted by Brad on January 14, 2019

If you’re experiencing some problems with voice communication in Discord, that could largely be because of your server location choice. When you first make your Discord account, Discord generally automatically chooses the voice server closest to you when you join a server for the best performance; however, it being the “best” option might not always be the case. Luckily, users are free to edit the location of their voice servers all they want, playing around with the different settings until they find the best performing options.

It’s, however, not always immediately clear on how to change your voice server manually in Discord. If you’re not sure how, be sure to stick with us — we’re going to show you how you can switch it up in just a couple of steps.

Change your voice region

Changing your voice server is important because, the closer you physically are to the server, the less latency you’ll have. The less latency have, the better connection you’ll have. This improves everything from response times to voice quality. If you’re having trouble in one of these areas, or just want to experiment, the process is quick.

Open up Discord and make sure you’re logged into your account. Then, choose the server in the left-hand column that you want to change the voice server on. Remember, to change the server, you need to either be the server owner, or have a role within a server where you have your own manager server permissions enabled. If either of these are true, we can change the voice server location settings.

First, click on the down arrow to open up your server options.

Next, click on the option that says Server Settings.

Now, under the section that says Server Region, press the button that says Change. This should be closer to the right side of the application window.

Finally, choose a location that you think would closest to your physical location. In my case, this would be US East. But, if you live over in California or Washington state, you’d be better off choosing US West. You can kind of get the idea — just choose what you think would be closest to you. If one turns out to be slower than the other, you can always go in, change the server location again, and see if your latency improves.

Simply click on one of the voice server locations to save your changes. One of the neat things about Discord is that, after you change a server, there will be less than a second of voice disruption. That said, changing your server won’t ruin any ongoing conversations currently happening.

Setup a location on a new server

If you’re planning on setting up a new server on Discord, Discord makes it easy to choose the most optimal voice server location for your server from the get-go.

To get started, press the + button on the left-hand server navigation column. When the option appears, press the Create a Server button.

On the next screen, you’ll be asked to name your server, and then select the Server Region. Press the button that says, Change, and you’ll be able to select from the list of voice server regions like we did above. Simply click on the region that would be most optimal, and the changes are automatically saved.

Finally, press the Create button. Invite some friends, see how the voice server works, and if the latency is a little high, you can always change the voice server location again by following the earlier steps.


As you can see, it’s quite easy to change your voice server location in Discord! In just a couple of seconds, you can have it changed to something more optimal, and with less than a second of active voice interruption.

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