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How To Unblock Someone on Discord

Posted by Jamie on April 19, 2019

If you want to effectively manage your Discord server, you’re going to need to know how to control the conversation and handle toxicity online. While the vast majority of people just want to get on, there are always a few who seem to take pleasure in spoiling things for others. That’s why you need to know how to block and unblock someone on Discord.

Discord began as a games chat server to take on TeamSpeak. It did that and it won. Discord then grew into something much more than just games. It is now used by people across the world for all kinds of reasons, from business to hobbies and everything in-between.

Sometimes it’s a cultural thing, sometimes it’s just a being a jerk thing. Hardly a day goes by online where someone doesn’t make an annoyance of themselves in one form or another. Whether that’s by throwing insults, sarcasm, being rude, spamming, talking trash, being offensive or worse. Whatever is going on, knowing how to handle it is key.

Discord provides several tools to control your chat server. The most widely used are blocking and unblocking. You can also mute or kick or even ban someone from your channel. This tutorial will show you how.

Blocking someone on Discord

Blocking shouldn’t be the first thing you do but as it’s in the title of this tutorial, we should tackle it first.

To block someone:

  1. Select the user’s profile name in the Direct Message part of Discord.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon at the top right.
  3. Select Block.

Blocking is limited to chat. The person you block will still be able to see what you write and see your status but will not be able to contact you via DM.

It may be more effective just to mute the person. This shuts out their noise without blocking them from contacting you altogether.

Unblock someone on Discord

If you have blocked someone and they promise to be good, you may like to unblock them to see if they are true to their word. It is as simple as blocking as long as you can find their username from chat history or your friends list.

  1. Select the Friends tab from the DM list.
  2. Find the person you blocked from the Block list.
  3. Select their name, right click and select Unblock.

That person will now be able to interact with you on your chat server as if nothing had happened.

Mute someone on Discord

Muting is less permanent than blocking and will clear the airwaves of their noise, for you anyway. You will no longer hear anything they say on the server for that session.

  1. Right click the person’s name in the user list on the left.
  2. Select Mute.

From now on during that session, they will be able to talk as much as they like but you won’t hear a thing! What’s more, they don’t know you have muted them either. Although it will quickly become obvious when you don’t react or reply…

So far we have tackled someone who has been making trouble for you individually. But what about if they are generally being annoying to the whole server? Then you have two crowd control options, kicking and banning. Both are useful in their own right but should only be used in the worst case scenario.

Kicking someone from chat in Discord

Kicking someone in Discord is the same as any other chat. They are booted from the server and will have to rejoin, if they can. If the person is being an annoyance to everyone, this is how to handle them.

  1. Right click the person’s name in the user list on the left.
  2. Select Kick and enter a reason if you want to.

Adding a reason is purely optional but will tell the person you’re kicking exactly why it happened. Unless they are completely dumb, they should know anyway but it’s often good to lay it out in no uncertain terms.

Banning someone in Discord

Banning someone in Discord really is the measure of last resort. If you have muted, blocked or kicked someone and they keep coming back for more, it’s time to get the ban hammer out. It’s the same as kicking, only permanent.

  1. Right click the person’s name in the user list on the left of the chat dashboard.
  2. Select Ban and enter a reason if you want to.

Again, adding a reason is optional as it’s only the person you’re banning who sees it.

Discord provides all the tools you need to maintain a happy and productive chat server. While I hope you never have to use any of these tools, they are here if you need them.

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