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How to Ban or Unban Someone on Discord

How to Ban or Unban Someone on Discord

Becoming a good moderator takes more than just knowing the best Discord bots. You should also know when to ban someone from a server if they get too rowdy or offensive towards you and other members. This is one of the core features you should utilize as a Discord mod. If you have just become a Discord moderator, follow this guide to learn how to ban or unban someone from a Discord server.

What Happens When You Are Banned on Discord?

Banning a person from a Discord server removes them from it. They won’t see the server on their list, and it won’t appear in their search results either. Additionally, banned users cannot join the server even if they’re re-invited or shared an invite link. A moderator must lift the ban before they can join again.

How to Ban Someone on Discord

Banning someone on Discord is an extreme step, but it’s necessary against users who continuously break the rules. If it’s time to drop the ban hammer on someone, follow these steps.

  1. Open Discord and head to the server you manage.
  2. Look for the member you want to ban from the right side of the screen.
  3. Right-click and select Ban (username).
    Banning someone on Discord
  4. Optional: Choose a reason for the ban and choose whether to delete their previous messages.
  5. Click Ban to confirm.

Remember that you can only ban someone if you’re a moderator for the Discord server. Otherwise, you can report the user to the moderator to get them banned.

Banning someone won’t delete or disable their Discord account.

How to Unban a User on Discord

Of course, server bans aren’t permanent. If the person you banned has promised to make amends, you can unban and re-invite them to the group.

  1. Open Discord and head to the server you manage.
  2. Click the server name and select Server settings.
    Server Settings Icon on Discord
  3. Select Bans under Moderation.
    Location of Ban on Discord
  4. Click the name of the user you want to unban.
  5. Select Revoke Ban.
    Revoking a ban on Discord

Removing someone’s ban doesn’t mean they’re a part of the server again. You’ll have to send them an invite to join the server again.

How to Ban Someone on Discord From Android or iPhone App

You can ban users on Discord using the Android or iPhone app, making server moderation easy even when on the go.

  1. Open the Discord app and head to the server you want to manage.
  2. Tap the settings icon on the top right.
    Settings icon on discord
  3. Look for the member you want to ban and tap their name.
  4. Scroll down and then tap Ban.

  5. Choose your reason for the ban and select the messages from the user to delete.
  6. Tap Ban to finalize the process.
    Finalizing Ban on someone on Discord

You can delete previous messages from the user by toggling one of the options above. For example, toggling the Previous 6 Hours will delete all messages from the user from the last 6 hours.

If you ban a person because they frequently share spoilers on the Discord server, teach them to use the spoiler text effect on Discord.

How to Unban Someone on Discord From Android or iPhone

As with banning, you can also revoke a person’s ban using Discord’s mobile app.

  1. Open the Discord app and head to the server you want to manage.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon.
    Hamburger icon location on Discord
  3. Select the ellipsis icon next to the server name.
  4. Tap the gear icon next.
    Gear icon on Discord mobile app
  5. Scroll down to User Management and tap Bans.
    Location of Bans button on Discord Mobile App
  6. Tap the user you want to unban and select Unban.
    Unban button on Discord Mobile APp

As a responsible moderator, you can run a poll in Discord to take the input of other server members before unbanning someone.

Moderate Your Server With Ease

Banning someone on Discord is sometimes essential, especially if the person makes things hard for others on the server. Thanks to this guide, you can now moderate your server with ease. If you have too much on your plate and want to clear out a few unwanted servers, here’s how to delete a Discord server.


Q: Do Discord accounts get deleted when banned?

A: If moderators ban an account from a server, the account isn’t deleted. However, if a user is found breaking Discord’s terms and community guidelines, they could get banned by Discord itself and have their account deleted permanently.

Q: What is the difference between a ban and a kick on Discord?

A: Users who are banned from a server cannot see or join the server until their ban is lifted. If a person is kicked from a server, they can still see the server and even send join invites to it.

Q: Does Discord tell you who reported you?

A: No, for the safety of the reporters, Discord does not tell who reported or banned you.

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Jonas Sunico

Nov 14, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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