7 Reasons You Can’t Join Discord Servers (& Fixes for Each)

The most common reasons you aren’t able to join a Discord server are expired server invites, or you joined the maximum number of servers. Some quick fixes include: finding a new server invite link, waiting a few hours before trying to join servers, clearing your app cache, leaving existing servers or even reinstalling the Discord app.

1. The Discord invite link expired

Discord server invite links usually expire after a few days or after a certain number of uses.

Thus, if you can’t join a server, it’s possible that the invite link has expired

How to fix this:

  • If the Discord server is public, do a Google search such as “Genshin impact discord”, click on the first Discord link, and join the server.
  • If you can’t find the server on Google, go on Discord desktop and manually search for the server. This won’t work on Discord mobile app because it doesn’t have server discovery features.
  • If the Discord server is private, ask whoever invited you to create a new invite link.

2. You are rate-limited for a bit

It’s possible you aren’t able to join Discord servers because your account is temporarily rate-limited.

Rate limiting means that Discord limits the number of actions you can take on your account, such as comments, replies, sending emojis, server joins, direct messages etc.

Discord usually rate limits accounts when users do too many repetitive actions in a very short time period, such as trying to join 50 servers in 1 minute. It’s basically a form of spam protection.

Rate-limiting isn’t a serious problem. In most cases, account rate limits will be lifted after a few hours or a day at most.

How to fix this:

  • Most of the time, you just have to wait a few hours to a day, and everything will return to normal.
  • If you’re impatient, you can try changing the IP for your device. For desktop, just restart your Internet router, and for smartphones try switching from mobile data to Wi-Fi (or vice-versa) and then maybe restart the device.

3. Your account was disabled and/or banned

If your usage of Discord broke its Terms of Service, then it’s possible your account was disabled or temporarily disabled.

If you think this is the case, check the email address you used to register your Discord account and see if you received an email from Discord informing you of such a decision.

Another possible reason is that you may have been banned only on a particular Discord server. This usually happens if the server moderators think you broke the server rules.

How to fix this:

  • If your entire account got suspended, go to Discord Support and appeal your suspension.
  • If you were banned on just one server, see if the server has some form of appeal system.
  • If all else fails, create a new Discord account.

4. You reached the 100 server limit

Discord only allows you to join 100 servers for free users or 200 servers for paid (Nitro) users.

If you think you’ve reached this limit, simply leave a few servers and try joining some new ones.

How to fix this:

  • To leave a server, simply open the server page on desktop or mobile and scroll down until you find “Leave Server”.
  • Note: Discord Nitro users can join 200 servers. If you no longer pay for Nitro, but have joined 200 servers, then you’ll need to go under the 100 server join limit for free accounts before you can join new servers again. Either that, or you must pay for Nitro again and leave 2-3 servers to join a new one.

5. Discord has an outage

Discord, like many other major social media sites, can occasionally suffer from outages that affect the site as a whole, or just certain features and functionalities. 

You can see if Discord is having technical issues by using this site: https://discordstatus.com/

It’s basically a monitoring tool to see Discord’s overall stability, as well as the stability of its subsystems.

How to fix this: 

  • Just wait. There’s nothing you can do here, and it’s up to Discord’s engineering team to fix this.

6. Discord server reached its limits

If you can’t join a particular server but can join others, then one possibility is that your desired server has reached its usage limits and cannot allow new members.

This is because an individual Discord server can have up to 500,000 members (or 250,000 on a new server). 

Next, a Discord server can only support 25,000 online users simultaneously. 

How to fix this:

  • If the Discord server you want to join is so popular it has reached the limits above, then try joining again after a few hours or a day or two, after the server admins have resolved the usage issue.

7. Discord server may have bugged out

If you haven’t been banned on an individual server, and the server hasn’t reached its limits, then another possibility is that the server might have bugged out.

This happens from time to time because the Discord server doesn’t properly process the join request, for whatever reason.

How to fix this:

  • Create a new invite link.
  • Ask a server admin or mod to ban then unban you, as a reset of sorts.
  • Log out and then log in again to your account.

8. Clear your Discord cache

Caching issues might be another reason you cannot join Discord servers. Basically, your Discord app stores files “the wrong way” which in turn causes bugs to certain Discord features.

To clear your cache, simply do the following:

Android:

Settings > Apps > Discord > Storage and Cache. Click on “Clear Cache”.

iOS:

For iOS, it’s usually best to just uninstall and reinstall the Discord app. This is because iOS handles app cache and storage differently than Android, making a reinstallation the better solution.

9. Try using a VPN

If you’re using a Wi-Fi network, it’s possible someone else on the network is using Discord in a way that breaks the terms of service. 

Because of this, Discord “punishes” the entire IP address as a way to combat spam or other nefarious activity.

In this case, it’s possible that even if you switch to your own data, your device will still be flagged as suspicious by Discord so you still won’t be able to join servers.

If cleaning the cache and reinstalling the app doesn’t work, the one other solution is to use a VPN to connect to Discord.

Paul Bonea
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