How to Make Discord Faster

Discord Aug 14, 2022

Discord is a pretty great app. It's free, it's easy to use, and it's pretty darn fast...most of the time. However, there have been instances where I've wished it were just a tad bit faster.

So, in this article, I'll be sharing some tips on how to make your Discord session a little speedier. From disabling unnecessary features to closing unused tabs, read on to find out how to make Discord as fast as possible.

We all know the feeling. You're in the middle of a heated discussion on your favourite Discord server when, all of a sudden, the application starts lagging. Your messages take longer and longer to send, and eventually, you can't even keep up with the conversation. It's frustrating, to say the least. But don't worry, there are ways to make Discord faster.  

Clear Your Discord Cache

Discord caches a lot of data on your hard drive, including images, videos, and other files. Over time, this data can start to take up a lot of space, which can slow down your computer. By clearing your Discord cache, you can remove this data and help your computer run faster. So how do you clear your Discord cache? It's actually pretty easy.

Just follow the steps below and you'll be up and running in no time.

On Windows

  • Click Windows key + R at the same time.
  • When the Run window pops up, type %appdata% and press Enter.
  • In the folder that comes up, find a folder inside it labeled discord.
  • Find the Cache folder and delete it.

On MacOS

  • Open the Finder folder
  • Click on Go -> Go to Folder, the Go to the folder text box will appear.
  • In the text box type ~/Library/Application Support/discord, click on Go
  • In the present view, right-click on the Cache, Code Cache and GPUCache folders, and then click on the Move to Bin button.

Pro tip–Empty the trash folder once you have deleted the cache folders from your system.

Check Discord Status

What happens when Discord goes down? Don't panic!

There's a few things you can do to check the status of the Discord servers and see if there's an issue. First, you can head to the Discord Status (discordstatus.com) page to see if there's an announced issue and check downtime of API or Other Proxies.

If there's nothing there, you can also try visiting the Down Detector website (downdetector.in), which tracks user reports of outages for various services.

Discord Status
Welcome to Discord’s home for real-time and historical data on system performance.

If Discord is down, there's not much you can do but wait it out. But at least now you know where to go to check the status of the servers so you can be the first to know when they're back up and running.

DownDetector Website
Discord Status Page

Update to the latest version

Occasionally, Discord itself needs a refresh. You can see if you’re using the most recent version by going to your System Tray at the bottom of your computer screen, looking for the Discord icon, and right-clicking Check for Updates.

Also if you're using an older version of Discord, you're missing out on all the latest features and security updates. So make sure you update to the latest version of Discord as soon as possible.

Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration uses Computer’s GPU to help CPU perform a better job.

But before you turn on or turn off Discord Hardware acceleration we should consider some facts.

It is recommended that you should turn off the hardware acceleration on Discord. Because it takes up much space both on CPU and GPU, affects the performance, and may crash your PC.

Settings -> Appearance -> Advanced

Discord can take long to load because it checks for updates on startup and applies them if there are any. There is no known (or publicly available) way to skip that. If you want a somewhat faster way use it through browser, there is no update check there since it will always use the latest version anyway.

More Ways To Make Discord Faster

  • Update your Graphics driver
  • Close background programs
  • Lower the bitrate or resolution of active voice calls or video streaming

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Suyash Raj

My name is Suyash Raj. I'm a 15y based in India. I describe myself as a passionate developer who loves coding, designing and writing.Aside from my school, I like to create and contribute to blogs.