How to Lock Down a Discord Server

Follow these simple steps to lock down a Discord server.

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Locking down a Discord server can be useful in situations where you need to prevent new users from sending messages, joining voice channels, or taking other actions on the server. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to lockdown a Discord server:

Steps to Lock Down a Discord Server

1. Access server settings

Go to Discord and click on the server name at the top of the screen, then select ‘Server Settings’ from the dropdown menu. In the Server Settings menu, find and click on the ‘Roles’ tab on the left-hand side.

2. Create or Modify a Role

You will either create a new role that can be given to users when you want to lock down or modify an existing one, typically “@everyone”.

3. Adjust Role Permissions

Scroll down to the ‘Permissions’ section. Here, you can control what actions the role can and cannot take. To lock down the server, you’ll typically want to disable the following permissions:

  • Send Messages
  • Connect (under Voice Permissions)
  • Speak (under Voice Permissions)

Click each of these permissions until the red ‘X’ appears, indicating the permission is denied. When you’re ready, scroll back up and click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Removing the Lockdown

When you want to lift the lockdown, you can either:

  • If you created a new role: Go back to the user’s roles and uncheck the ‘Lockdown’ role.
  • If you modified an existing role: Go back to the ‘Roles’ section in Server Settings, select the role you modified, and re-enable the permissions you previously disabled.

Remember to always click ‘Save Changes’ when you’re done.

Locking a Discord server can help maintain order and prevent spam or other disruptions. However, it should be used carefully, as it can frustrate users if they suddenly find themselves unable to interact on the server.

Always communicate with your server members about why the lockdown is in place and when it will be lifted! Also, you can lock a Discord channel if locking a server is not necessary.

Sofia Terlesky

Sofia Terlesky

I'm an SEO content manager with over five years of experience planning and writing for blogs and social media, helping small and mid-size businesses grow organically. Now, I'm responsible for planning Unita's content calendar—ensuring we are offering valuable content for community builders and founders.