How To Leave a Voice Channel in Discord

Posted by Joseph on December 27, 2018

Hopping in and out of a voice channel in Discord is rather quite simple. There are no magic tips and tricks to pulling it off, just understanding which icons are for what and where to find them. If you’re having issues jumping out of a voice channel, would prefer to stay in the channel but have it muted, or already know but would like a refresher course, I’ve got you covered in the walkthroughs ahead.


Leaving A Voice Channel In Discord

I’ll be tackling both the desktop app as well as the app available for your smartphone and tablet. This article is targeted toward those who are already actively using Discord. If you would like to download Discord for yourself, a version is offered for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux operating systems.

Let’s begin with how to leave a Discord voice channel using the desktop app.


Discord Desktop Application

You’ll need to be in a voice channel to follow along. In the desktop app, all you need to do is be on a server and double-click any channel in the room with a volume indicator. So long as you have the valid permissions, you’ll be logged into the voice server and channel.

Now that you’re in a voice channel, to leave it:

  1. Just below where the channel names are displayed, you should see a box similar to this one
  2. This box provides a few bits of information. It will show you that you are connected to the voice channel as well as provide a visual representation of your current call latency. Below this, it will have the server name followed by the channel name (server name/channel name). To the right, you’ll find the connection information icon (circle with an ‘i’ at the center) and the call connection icon (phone with an ‘x’).
  3. The connection information icon will show you the region the discord server is currently connected to in real time. It will also display the average ping rate you’re currently receiving from that server.
  4. The call connection icon is for connecting and disconnecting from the voice server (and channel). You can click this icon if you want to leave the voice server.
  5. While still connected to the voice server, you can swap freely between all voice channels. By left-clicking on one of the channels, you will be instantly moved from your current channel to the new one.


Muting A Channel

Sometimes you’re doing things in a voice channel that may prevent you from leaving, yet you still don’t want to talk or listen to others talk. This is where the option to mute or deafen come in handy.

From a voice channel:

  1. Just below the info box discussed in the previous section, you should see your personal box.
  2. This box houses your avatar, your full Discord name, and three different icons of to the left.
  3. By clicking on your avatar, you can display your availability by choosing between one of four options: Online (to indicate that you are readily available), Idle (for when you’re around but haven’t performed an action in awhile), Do Not Disturb (other than the self-explanatory implication, this option will also disable desktop notifications from Discord), and Invisible (renders you invisible while offline but still gives you full access).
  4. The icons — Microphone (this will allow you to mute and unmute your microphone), Headphones (this will mute both your microphone and your speakers so that you hear no one and no one hears you), and User Settings (a plethora of options that have nothing to do with the topic of this article).
  5. To mute or unmute your mic, left-click the Microphone icon. To deafen yourself, click the Headphones icon.


If you’d like to mute or deafen the channel itself, and you have the proper permissions to do so:

  1. Right-click the channel name and select Edit Channel. If you don’t have a right-click, hold CTRL while clicking with the left (or only) mouse button.
  2. From the menu on the left, select the “Permissions” tab.
  3. In the window to the right, scroll to the “Voice Permissions” section and click the green checkmark to the right of “Mute Members” to mute the channel, or to the right of “Deafen Members” to deafen the channel.
  4. Once a selection is made, the Save Changes button pops up. Click it to confirm.


To unmute (or undeafen) the channel, you’ll want to click on either the red ‘X’ or gray ‘/’ icon.


Deleting A Channel

Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered with all of crazy and would instead prefer to do away with the channel altogether. Easy fix, so long as you are the owner or a server administrator.

To completely delete a voice channel and forego the need to leave it, just:

  1. Right-click the channel you wish to remove.
  2. From the popup box select Delete Channel.
  3. A popup dialog will ask if you’re sure. Click Delete Channel once more to confirm.


Using Smartphone or Tablet

So now that you know how to leave a voice channel on the Discord desktop app, you might want to know how to do the same on your phone or tablet. It’s just as simple as the desktop version but some have found it a bit hard to navigate at times.

Obviously, you’ll want to already be actively engaged on Discord inside of a voice channel to follow along with the walkthrough. The screen should be situated as such that the name of the channel sits at the top and a list of those inside the channel with you, just below.

From this screen, you can do a multitude of things:

  • -The triple dots menu to the right of the channel name will allow you to change the channel settings and the voice settings for inside the channel.
  • -The triple dots menu to the right of your name will allow you to deafen or mute the server. You can also bring up the same menu just by tapping on your name.
  • -At the bottom are four icons: Microphone icon for mute/unmute, Headphone icon for deafen, Phone icon for connect/disconnect, and the fourth icon allows you to adjust your volume and swap to Speaker mode.


To disconnect from the voice server (and channel), tap on the Phone icon. You can also choose to tap on the other icons resulting in their specific function. Swap to other voice channels by tapping on them from the channel list.

The confusion mentioned earlier stems from a user who has been either idle too long or swaps to a different application while currently connected to a voice server. When you return to the Discord app, the mentioned icons may not be readily available on your screen.

  1. If you can see your avatar and name at the bottom of the screen, you’ll need to swipe left to pull up the channel.
  2. From here, you should notice a different box at the bottom of the screen detailing your connection, the channel name, and the server name. To the right of this information is an ‘^’ up arrow.
  3. Click the ‘^’ to pull up the voice channel and once again have access to the mute, deafen, disconnect, and volume options.

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