Discord Not Updating

Can't get your hands on the latest Discord update - read on

Discord not updating

Discord not working for you? Why not grab yourself a brand new gaming chair, so you can at least be comfortable while you wait –> Visit Secretlab Gaming Chairs!

Discord is the gamers champion VOIP service and for a good reason too. The service offers gamers an easy to use application with excellent functionality, that has Ventrilo and Teamspeak turning in their graves. The development team at Discord is brilliant, and the app pumps out regular updates for bug fixes and software changes.

Despite the constant development, the application can still be held back by bugs, which can irritate gamers to no end. Whether your microphone isn’t being picked up, you can’t hear your teammates, or Discord isn’t updating; it can be a headache that tilts you before you even join a server.

It’s time to stop worrying. We are going to go over a few fixes for when the Discord update fails/ gets stuck and we will have you back in the server communicating in no time.

Discord Not Updating Video Guide



Launch Discord As Admin

run as admin discord

Before we start uninstalling stuff, there is a simple trick that a lot of computer users out there will know about when an application isn't playing ball. To give discord that little nudge, we can try and run the program as an administrator. It may sound severe, but it's not, and it may just be the key to getting you back in the mix.

Right-click on the Discord icon on your desktop and you will see "Run as administrator".

  1. Click "Run as administrator" and a window will open asking if you are ok with the app making changes to your device. Once you see this new window, click "Yes".
  2. Discord will launch and the update should complete.


Reinstall Discord

If running as administrator failed and you still seem to get the Discord not updating issue then it is worth just reinstalling the application.

Download a new installer from https://discordapp.com/ and run it. If that does not fix the issue, you need to reinstall Discord completely.

If for some reason there is an issue reinstalling Discord then close it down in task manager and try again.



Disable Windows Defender

If you are using Windows 10, it can sometimes be worth turning off Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus system which uses classifiers that can sometimes misclassify files as dangerous threats.

  1. In the Cortana search bar next to your Windows button, type and run "Settings"
  2. Navigate to "Update & Security" then click " Windows Security" > Virus & Threat Protection> Manage Settings
  3. Toggle the "Turn on real-time protection" off
  4. Save & Exit


How do I update discord?

The best way to keep your Discord working as it should be with fewer bugs/problems is to keep it updated. Unlike other applications you might have on your phone or PC, there isn’t a specific button that you can click on to update Discord, because Discord has been designed to automatically update itself for you. However, if you want to speed things up, then there are a few steps you can take to encourage Discord to begin updating itself. The first thing you can do is press the Ctrl key and R key at the same time, which will cause Discord’s interface to refresh, at which point any detected updates will begin to be downloaded.

Why is my discord stuck on checking for updates?

Usually, the most common reason Discord appears to be stuck on checking for updates is because it’s running slow and needs time to effectively scan for any system updates. Though this can be frustrating to see, sometimes the best thing to do is play the waiting game!

Some of Discord’s downloads are bigger than others and depending on a number of factors such as your internet bandwidth and how saturated Discord servers are, it can mean that Discord is slowed down temporarily. This can have an effect on how quickly it is able to both scan for updates and then begin downloading them to your device. However, if your Discord hasn’t moved from checking for updates after a period of around 30 minutes, then there are a few things you can do to fix the issue, such as:

  • Re-install Discord and then re-install it.
  • Launch Discord as an admin.
  • Log out of Discord, and then log back in.

How do I fix discord infinite update?

Sometimes, when your Discord requires a new update, it can cause your computer to go into an infinite update loop, which occurs due to the fact that Discord is an extremely intricate app that requires a variety of permissions to successfully carry out an update, which can be problematic with the settings on your computer.

If you’re currently stuck dealing with this issue, then there are a few things you can do to help re-jig the system and get Discord running smoothly again. The first method you can try is to run your Discord as administrator, which can help to jolt the system, allowing you to try updating it again. If that doesn’t work, you can also try disabling certain settings on your computer, such as Firewall or Windows Defender, which could be the reason why your Discord update isn’t being successfully installed.

Does discord update automatically?

Yes, Discord developers created Discord to be able to automatically update itself as and when new updates are detected in the system. As the app has been made in this way, there’s no way to stop automatic updates from happening, although while the app is open you will be able to delay updates by not pressing on the green download button located next to the search bar. By doing this, it means that you will be able to continue using Discord until you’re ready to stop or take a break, after which you’ll then be able to prompt Discord to begin the update.


If all else fails – try installing Discord again!

If you have reached the bottom of this article and nothing works, then it is worth contacting Discord themselves who will be happy to help.

If you managed to find a different fix for your issue, please share below in the comments section!

If you have any further questions pertaining to the Discord platform, be sure to look over our How To Use Discord page for a full list of all our guides.