How to Create a Discord Server

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Discord is definitely one of the best voice communication apps available today. Thanks to the super-optimized sound compression, it is able to provide uninterrupted high-quality voice chat even when streaming resource-intensive video games.

Discord works through virtual servers, which route communication directly between chat participants. Although it may seem complex, it's actually quite easy to set up your own Discord server. Whichever platform you use, this article will walk you through the process step by step.



How to Create a Discord Server

Creating a Discord server is almost the same for all popular platforms. You can use it on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, as well as iOS or Android mobile devices. Moreover, you can even use it through an internet browser by accessing the Discord web app.

The process generally includes the following steps:

  1. Installation de l’application Discord.
  2. Creating your Discord account.
  3. Login to Discord.
  4. Creating your server.

Of course, some steps will differ slightly from platform to platform, so the next sections will dig deeper into each platform's needs.

How to Create a Discord Server on Windows and Mac

To use Discord on a Windows or Mac computer, you can either use its web app through a browser or download and install the desktop app. Once Discord is set up, the process for creating your first server will be the same no matter what version of the app you're using.

To create a Discord server using the web app, follow these steps:


  1. Visit https://discord.com/.
  2. Click on “Open Discord in your browser” in the main part of the screen. If this button is not available, you can click on "Login" in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Enter your username and click the button with the arrow pointing to the right.
  4. Now, you'll probably need to solve an "I'm not a robot" reCAPTCHA challenge. Once you pass the test, you will enter the Discord app.
  5. Select your date of birth and click "Next".
  6. The next screen allows you to either create your server from scratch or use one of the common templates, such as Gaming, Friends, etc. For the purposes of this tutorial, choose "Create my own".
  7. Now you can define if this server will be for your personal use or for a club or community. For now, select "For me and my friends".
  8. The next screen allows you to customize your server. You can upload an image to use for your server, as well as set the server name. Once you're done, click "Create".
  9. As a final step, you can set your server subject. Of course, there's a "Skip" button if you don't want to do that right now.
  10. Once done, you will see the message “Your server is ready! » notification. Click the "Take me to my server!" button. » button to continue.
  11. Finally, Discord lets you claim the server you just created. To do this, you will need to create a Discord account by entering your email address and a password.

As you can see, it is possible to create a server without even creating a Discord account. Of course, if you plan to use it in the future, it's best to claim your server and keep all the settings you just made.



If you want to use the Discord desktop app, the process is slightly different than explained above:

  1. Visit https://discord.com/.
  2. Click the "Download for..." button in the main part of the screen. Depending on your operating system, the website will adjust the wording of this button. For example, if you are using Windows, it will say "Download for Windows".
  3. The app installer file should start downloading now, so wait for it to finish. Since the app is quite small (around 65MB), it shouldn't take more than a minute to download.
  4. Once the app installer file has finished downloading, navigate to your Downloads folder and double-click the file to start the installation.
  5. Now the installer will download the latest updates and open the app when done.
  6. You should see the message “Welcome! » screen now. If you don't have a Discord account yet, click "Sign Up" under the "Connect" button.
  7. Now enter your email, username, password and date of birth. Once you are done, click "Continue".
  8. After that, the app's homepage will appear, allowing you to start using Discord.
  9. Before continuing, be sure to verify your email address with Discord:
    1. Open the mailbox of the email address you used to register on Discord.
    2. Find the mail from Discord with the subject “Verify email address for Discord” and open it.
    3. Click the "Check Email" button.
    4. A new browser tab will open saying "Email verified!" »
    5. Click "Continue on Discord".
    6. This action will automatically open the Discord web app. Once done, you will probably see the message “Open Discord? » notification. Click "Open Discord" to return to the app. Of course, you can also close this tab and return to the app on your own. Simply click on the application icon in the taskbar.
  10. Once you return to the Discord desktop app, you'll notice a yellow exclamation point in the menu on the far left. He hovers over the “Create Server” button. Click on it.
  11. Now follow the process as explained in steps 6-9 in the previous section. This will take you to your new server.

How to Create a Discord Server on Android

To create a Discord server on Android, you must first install the Discord mobile app on your mobile device from Google Play.



  1. When you start the app, you will need to create your Discord account by providing your email, password, username, and date of birth.
  2. Once the app is open, tap on the “hamburger” menu. It's the icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the app.
  3. You will now see the “Create Server” icon which looks like a plus sign. Press it.
  4. Tap "Create Server".
  5. Add an image for your server, name it and press "Create server".
  6. Now you can invite people to join your server if they use Discord. Otherwise, you can share the link at the bottom of the screen. You can skip this step by tapping the "x" in the upper left corner.

And that's all. Your new Discord server is ready.

How to Create a Discord Server on iPhone

Creating a Discord server on iPhone or any other iOS device is quite similar to how it is done on Android.

  1. The first step to creating a Discord server on an iPhone or any other iOS mobile device is to download the app from Apple's App Store.
  2. Once the application is installed, start it and fill in all the required information about yourself.
  3. Once that's done and the app opens, tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  4. Tap the "Create Server" icon, which looks like a plus sign in the left menu.
  5. Now tap "Create Server" at the bottom of the screen.
  6. In the next screen, add an image and name for your server. When you're done, tap "Create Server."
  7. You can skip "Invite Members" for now by tapping "Close" in the top left corner.
  8. Now the app will take you to your new Discord server.

How to Create a Discord Server on Chromebook

For anyone using a Chromebook, there are two ways to create a Discord server:


  1. Use the Chrome browser to access the Discord web app. This process is explained in the first part of the “How to create a Discord server on Windows and Mac” section of this article.
  2. Install the Android app from Google Play. To do this, follow the steps explained in the “How to create a Discord server on Android” section above.

When using a Chromebook, the experience is much better with the web app. The Android app is designed for mobile devices and the interface can get clunky when used on a laptop.

How to make a Discord server public

Discord servers are as public as you want them to be. At first, no one can join your server unless you or someone else invites them by sharing the server link. If you post your Discord server link publicly on a website or anywhere on social media, it will have a public perception.

However, if you want to create a truly public server that anyone can access without using a link, you will need to enable the “Community” option. Be aware that it will take some time before your server actually goes public, as Discord has strict guidelines that you will need to meet first.

  1. Right click on your server icon in the left menu.
  2. Click on “Server Settings”.
  3. Click on the “Enable Community” option in the left menu.
  4. Click "Get Started" from the main screen.
  5. Now Discord will expand your server's feature set, allowing you to reach a wider audience.
  6. To become publicly visible, click on “Discovery” in the “Community” section.
  7. In the main window, you will see the "Enable discovery" button, but it will be greyed out.
  8. In order to make your server public, you will need to meet all the conditions listed under the "Enable discovery" button.

How to Make a Discord Server Private

Making a Discord server private is quite easy.

  1. Right click on your server icon.
  2. Click on “Server Settings”.
  3. Click on "Roles" in the left menu.
  4. Click on the "@everyone" role from the main screen.
  5. Now scroll down the page and uncheck each option in the list of permissions.

This way, only people you personally add to the server will have access. If you want, you can also further adjust their access permissions by assigning them to a new rule that you can create.

Additional FAQ

How do I organize channels in Discord?

The general rule is to start with the following structure:

Welcome

# rules

# advertisement

# new members

General

# lobby

# off topic

# Voice

The subjects

# subject_1

# subject_2

# subject_3

moderators

# mod_chat

# mod_log

Once you get familiar with Discord, you can further customize the channel list.

Are Discord servers free?

Yes, Discord servers are free.

How do I set up a Discord server?

Please refer to the sections above for the type of device you plan to use for Discord.

How do I set roles in Discord?

To set roles in Discord, follow the steps below:

• Right-click on the server icon in the left menu.

• Click on “Server Settings”.

• Click on “Roles” in the left menu.

• Click on the “+” icon next to the “Roles” section in the upper left corner of the main screen.

• A new role will appear, so give it a name and customize it as you wish.

Tidy up your Discord

Now that you know how to create a Discord server, it's time to add your friends and start conversations. By using your server's voice channels, you can enjoy all the benefits of Discord, which is much better than other applications, such as Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.

Did you manage to create your Discord server? What platform are you using it on? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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