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How To Get Around and Bypass a Ban in Discord

Nobody likes being banned from anything, and a Discord server is no exception to that rule. It’s even more frustrating when there is no reason given for the ban; sometimes you know what you did, but sometimes you honestly have no clue.

One of the most common reasons for being banned on a Discord server is for violating the Discord Terms of Service [1] (ToS), in the opinion of the administrator of the server that banned you. Bans can be short-term or permanent, fair or unfair – it’s really entirely in the hands of the person administering the server that you were banned from, and there’s nothing to be done about it.

Or is there?

So You’ve Been Banned From A Discord Server. What Now?

You could just ignore the ban and move on. Who needs Discord anyway? Never mind that all of your friends and guildmates use it all the time, for everything… OK, you do need Discord.

Before we get into the details of how you can get around a ban, let’s address the elephant in the room: does getting around a ban constitute a violation of Discord’s Terms of Service?

A ban from an individual server could just be a dispute between you and one admin; you’re still able to join any other server that will have you. If you really want to be a part of that server you can create a new profile.

But having Discord itself mad for violating their ToS can be a much, much bigger deal. You really don’t want to get banned from Discord itself. 

Evading a ban does not, in and of itself, constitute a violation of the Terms of Service. However, depending on the reason you are evading the ban, and more importantly your behavior AFTER you evade the ban, you could be putting yourself in the position of violating the ToS. Here’s how. There is a specific, and explicit, statement within the Discord community guidelines [2]

So, if you have been banned from a server for harassing people on the server, and you evade the ban and then go right back and harass those people again – you are putting yourself in the line of fire. Bear this in mind when implementing the suggestions I’ve listed below.

How to Evade a Discord Ban

There are at least a couple of different ways to get around a Discord ban. I’ll describe two of them in this article.

Using A Mobile Device & Data Plan

When you are banned from a server while using a desktop Discord client, then the account identifier you were logged in with and your unique IP address is what the Discord server uses to identify you as the target of a ban.

Thus, you can’t just create a new account from the same machine – the IP address is still flagged, and the server will be on to you right away and block your attempts to move forward. So that’s a no go.

However, if you have a mobile device with a data plan (and who doesn’t these days?) then you can use this to trick the server and get around the ban.

Here’s how:

  1. Turn off the WiFi on your mobile device. You have to do this all with mobile data.
  2. Launch the Discord mobile app on your phone.
  3. Create a new account with a new e-mail address.
  4. Log into Discord with your new account, and join the server that you were banned on.
  5. Log out of Discord and turn off your mobile data.
  6. Log back into Discord on the desktop, with your new account. It should still be allowed to access the server; the IP filter is on new people joining the server, not on people using it.

Just in case you don’t have a mobile device and cellular data, there is another option for you to bypass a Discord ban.

Using a VPN

The other approach to evading a ban uses a VPN [3] service. VPN [3] stands for Virtual Private Network, and it is a way of disguising the IP address you are using to connect to Internet services.

There are many, many VPN [3] services out there – some are free, some charge money. For purposes of this tactic, a free VPN is sufficient because you won’t need to use it for very long. See our article on free VPNs [4] for more information.

Once you have selected, installed, and activated a VPN, the steps to follow are similar to the ones for using a mobile device, but first you need to clear out some cached information about your Discord account.

  1. Close your Discord desktop client.
  2. Navigate to the %appdata% folder located in the C: drive. Look for it in your [username] folder. You may need to enable hidden items to be seen. At the top of the window, open the “View” tab and place a check into the box labeled “Hidden items”.
  3. You should now be able to see and open the AppData folder. Inside this folder, you may have three options to choose from – Local, LocalLow, and Roaming. Open up the Local folder.
  4. In the Local folder, look for and delete the Discord folder.
  5. Activate your VPN and generate a new IP address.
  6. Launch the Discord client on your desktop.
  7. Create a new account with a new e-mail address.
  8. Log into Discord with your new account, and join the server that you were banned on.

Once you’ve created the new account, you can disconnect from the VPN as you only needed it to create the new account.

Minding Your Ps and Qs

If you want to continue on the server you were banned from, it is important to remember a couple of things.

One, it is easier to fool a computer than it is to fool a person. If your banned account was named Jonan_The_Barbarian and your new account is Jonan_The_Barbarian_II, then surprise, Einstein, you’re going to get banned again right away as soon as the admin who nailed you the first time sees you on the server.

Two, the ban was probably handed down for a reason. Discord servers are fun places to play, but not if people are going to behave like jerks. If you were behaving like a jerk, then your ban was not exactly unjustified, was it? Play nicely and don’t give the administrators a reason to ban your new account. The online world can be enough of a hassle without people acting like jerks; make your online world a better place to be, not worse.