How To Join a Channel in Discord

Posted by Joseph on February 5, 2019

Discord channels are essentially where all the fun is being had. Be it a text channel chock full of memes and emojis or a voice channel with all the inside jokes and trash-talking. If you’re not in a channel, you’re not really on Discord.

“So how do I join the party?”

For those of you looking to join a channel with friends, or to find some new ones, I can help you out. No, I’m not going to be your friend but I will help you locate a few “openly accepting” servers that you may be interested in.


Joining A Discord Channel

There are two scenarios you’ll find yourself in when wanting to join a Discord channel. You’re either already a member of the server it’s found on, or you’re not. I’m here to tackle both.


Currently a member of the Discord server that the channel is located on:

  1. Launch the Discord app. You can either open the desktop application (if downloaded and installed) found in either the Windows menu (PC) or the Applications menu (Mac). If you’re like me, the shortcut is likely sitting in your taskbar or on your desktop. However, if you haven’t downloaded the desktop app, you can access Discord right through your web browser by heading to https://www.discordapp.com and logging in directly.
  2. Select the server you want from the list on the left side of your screen. It will be located just to the left of the main panel. Click on one of the icons to enter the server and have a list of channels displayed.
  3. Click  on the channel that you would like to join. You may have to double-click. You can choose either a text chat channel, where you’re words are seen and not heard or a voice chat channel. Text channels will be easily recognized by the # symbol located to the left of the channel name. When connecting to a voice channel, the quality of connection received will rely entirely on your ISP and the distance between yourself and the Discord server location. If you do join a voice chat channel, you may be prompted to allow Discord access to your microphone. You don’t need a mic to participate but don’t be that creepy guy lurking in the channel, listening to everyone else talk. Shed your timid cocoon and be the social butterfly I know that you can be.


If you aren’t a current member of the Discord server that the channel is located on, there are two primary ways to join. You either get an invitation link from a buddy or you go looking for one on the web. There is no other way around this so hopefully you’re not a complete loner. A Discord party of one kind of defeats the purpose altogether.


Receiving an instant invite from a friend:

  1. Will likely come by the way of an email notification or a direct message on Discord, Twitter, or anywhere else chatting is permitted. You’ll have to copy the link provided to you as this is your golden ticket to the big time. Or, you know, just a Discord channel. To copy the link, highlight it and press CTRL+C (PC) or CMD+C (Mac).
  2. Next, launch the Discord app (if you have it) or login using your browser and the Discord web page.
  3. Once you’ve reached your Discord home page, check out the far-left side panel. You’ll see a dotted circle with a + sign at its center. If you’ve never joined a server before, it will be the only thing over there aside from the Discord logo. Click on this icon and a popup will appear.
  4. You have two choices: Create a server (which is not what we’re here for) or Join a server. Go ahead and click on the green colored Join a server button to the lower-right.
  5. Now you’re staring at a new window asking you to enter in the Instant Invite, while also providing you an example of what it may look like. Remember that link you copied in step 1? This is where you’ll get to use it. Paste the copied link into the provided text area either using CTRL+V (PC) or CMD+V (Mac) and then click the Join button. If you’re able, you can also right-click the text area and select Paste from the menu provided if that’s easier for you.
  6. When first invited to a server, it will request that you create a username for that server. It doesn’t have to be the same as your DiscordTag but it may be best to make it something familiar and easily recognizable by your buds. Failure to do so could see you accidentally kicked before you can even get started.


Finding a website with a Discord server list:

Just open up your browser and and follow one of these links: https://www.discordservers.com/ or https://discord.me/. I found that DiscordServers.com doesn’t open well using the Mozilla Firefox browser. However, Google Chrome and Safari seem to work just fine.


For https://www.discordservers.com/:

  1. From the homepage, click on Browse to look through an assortment of different servers. You can find it off to the right of the search bar. You could also use the search bar if you have a specific server filter in mind or select from some of the more popular filters provided on the page.
  2. You can scroll through the long list of Discord servers available to you. Clicking on a server that interests you will take you to that server’s information page. Here you’ll have the member count displayed and a bit of context on what the server is about. If you like what you see, click the Join Server button to the right.
  3. Once clicked, you’ll be redirected to the Discord browser page where you’ll need to login, to be admitted onto the server.
  4. You’ll be directed to the channel for which the link has been attached.


For https://discord.me/:

  1. There are immediately servers to choose from right on the homepage. You can scroll from top to bottom and if none strike your fancy, simply click the Arrow button to head to another page full of more servers.
  2. There is a search function where you can enter keywords and filters or, if you know them, the name of a Discord server. You can even click on the Recently Bumped Servers button to get a list of servers that have been given a recent push into the spotlight.
  3. You may notice that each of the servers has a rank attached to it (either Master, Platinum, or Diamond). This indicates that these servers were willing to pay for a few premium privileges to see their server towards the ‘front of the line’ so to speak. It’s all for an increase in exposure but if a server is willing to pay out of pocket, chances are they are very active and welcoming to newer members.
  4. When you’ve found the server for you, just click the Join Server button on their banner and a new tab will open in your browser. The page has been redirected to the Discord page where you can enter a username for the server and login.
  5. You’ll be directed to the channel for which the link has been attached.

There are a few other Discord server hosting websites such as https://discordservers.me/ and https://disboard.org/servers if you’d like to check them out. Regardless, you now officially know how to join a Discord channel. So what are you waiting for? Get to socializing!

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