How to fix discord issues

Discord is a popular communication platform for gamers and other communities to connect and chat with each other. However, sometimes users may experience issues where Discord is not working properly or channels are not showing in the sidebar. This can be frustrating, especially if you rely on Discord for communication with your friends or community. In this article, we will explore some troubleshooting steps to fix these issues.

Check your internet connection

One of the most common reasons for Discord not working properly is an unstable internet connection. Make sure that your internet connection is stable and working correctly. You can try resetting your modem or router or contacting your internet service provider for assistance.

Restart Discord

Sometimes, Discord may have a temporary glitch or bug that can be fixed by simply restarting the application. Exit Discord completely and then reopen it again to see if this resolves the issue.

Clear Discord cache

Discord stores temporary data and files on your computer in order to run faster. However, these files can sometimes become corrupted, causing issues with the application. To clear the cache, follow these steps:

  • Exit Discord completely.
  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type %appdata% and press Enter.
  • Find and open the Discord folder.
  • Delete the Cache folder.
  • Restart Discord.

Disable your firewall or antivirus

Your firewall or antivirus may be blocking Discord from working properly. Try disabling your firewall or antivirus temporarily to see if this resolves the issue. If Discord starts working after disabling your firewall or antivirus, you may need to add an exception for Discord in your firewall or antivirus settings.

Check for updates

Discord updates frequently to fix bugs and add new features. Make sure that you have the latest version of Discord installed. To check for updates, follow these steps:

  • Open Discord.
  • Click on the User Settings icon (gear icon) at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on the "Appearance" tab.
  • Scroll down to the "Advanced" section and toggle on "Developer Mode".
  • Close the User Settings window.
  • Right-click on the Discord icon in the taskbar.
  • Click on "Check for Updates".

Reinstall Discord

If none of the above steps work, try uninstalling and reinstalling Discord. This will delete all of the temporary files and data associated with Discord and give you a fresh start. To reinstall Discord, follow these steps:

  • Exit Discord completely.
  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  • Find Discord in the list of installed programs.
  • Click on Discord and select "Uninstall".
  • Download the latest version of Discord from the official website.
  • Install Discord and restart your computer.


Discord is a powerful communication platform, but it can experience issues from time to time. If you're experiencing issues with Discord not working or channels not showing in the sidebar, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to fix the problem. By following these steps, you can get Discord up and running again and get back to communicating with your friends and community.

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