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How to Delete a Discord Server

We explain the pros, cons and alternatives of deleting a Discord server and show you how to delete a server on Discord completely if you plan to do so.


is a popular platform for online communication, especially for gamers, hobbyists, and communities, and running a Discord server can be a lot of fun. However, there may come a time when you want to delete your Discord server, either because you no longer need it, you want to start fresh, or you want to switch to another platform.

Deleting a Discord server is a permanent and irreversible action that will remove all the channels, messages, roles, and members from your server. Therefore, before you delete your Discord server, you should consider the following things:

  • Why do you want to delete your Discord server? Is it because of low activity, spam, toxicity, or something else? Are there any alternatives to deleting your server, such as archiving it, transferring ownership, or changing the settings?
  • Have you backed up any important data from your server, such as chat logs, media files, or bot configurations? Have you informed your members about your decision and given them enough time to say goodbye or join another server? Have you deleted any integrations or webhooks that are linked to your server?
  • How will deleting your Discord server affect your online presence, reputation, and relationships? Will you lose any followers, subscribers, or supporters? Will you upset any friends, partners, or collaborators? Will you miss any opportunities, events, or fun activities?
  • Are there any other platforms that can offer you the same or better features and benefits as Discord? Do you have any existing or potential servers that you can join or create instead of deleting your current one? You might consider this before you delete a Discord server so you can move your community there. Do you have any other ways to stay in touch with your online contacts?
  • Maybe you want to transfer the Discord server to a community member instead? Read our other guide to learn how this works and what to consider in that case.

If you have considered all these things and still want to delete your Discord server, here are the steps to do so:

How to Delete a Server on Discord

  1. Select the Discord server and click the menu button next to the Discord server name
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  2. Open “Server Settings”
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  3. Click “Delete Server”
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  4. Enter the Discord server name and click “Delete Server”
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How to Transfer Ownership on Discord Servers

Being a Discord server owner is not easy. It requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. If you are the owner of a Discord server, you may have considered transferring the ownership to someone else at some point instead of just deleting the Discord server. Both are decisions that should not be taken lightly because as a Discord server owner, you are the leader and the face of your community. Check out our other guide to learn how to transfer ownership on Discord servers and explain the implications and what you should consider before.
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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Deleting a Discord Server

Can I temporarily disable my Discord server instead of deleting it?

While Discord doesn't offer a direct feature to temporarily disable servers, you can simulate this by adjusting user roles and permissions to restrict access. Consider setting all channels to “private” and revoking general access permissions, leaving only the owner with full access. This approach keeps the server “inactive” without removing any content or memberships.

How can I save individual channel contents before deleting the server?

Manually copying text or taking is one way to save channel contents. For a more efficient approach, consider using Discord's “Export Channel” feature for text channels, which lets you download a channel's messages as a CSV file. For third-party backup solutions, look for bots or software with good reviews and security practices, but be aware of Discord's API and data handling policies to avoid violations.

What steps should I follow to ensure all members are aware of the server's deletion?

To ensure all members are informed, post an announcement in a channel where notifications are enabled for all members, like a general or announcements channel. Use the @everyone tag to catch everyone's attention and consider pinning the message. Provide clear reasons for the deletion, a timeline, and alternatives or ways for members to stay connected. For critical updates or personal messages, direct messaging can be effective but more time-consuming.

Is it possible to migrate a Discord server's data to another platform or server?

Migrating a Discord server's data, such as chat logs and member lists, to another platform or new server is not directly supported. Manual setup for a new server is required, and while you can recreate roles, channels, and permissions, chat history cannot be transferred. For platforms outside of Discord, check if they offer import tools or integrations that might facilitate the migration of certain elements like member lists.

How can I remove a large number of members quickly before deleting the server?

Discord lacks a native bulk removal feature, so you'll need to remove members individually or use a bot that can perform bulk actions. Choose a bot that is reliable and complies with Discord's terms, and ensure you have the necessary permissions to use these features. Set clear criteria for removal to avoid accidental exclusions and maintain transparency with your community about these actions.

What are the best practices for handling bots and custom integrations before server deletion?

Review all bots and integrations for any custom settings or data that might need to be saved or deactivated. Remove bots through the server settings and disconnect integrations to ensure they don't continue to function or attempt to access data from a deleted server. For custom bots, ensure you have backups of their code and configurations, and consider notifying the bot developers or service providers about the server's impending deletion.

How do I handle subscription-based features or premium bots in the server before deletion?

Check all active subscriptions for bots or enhanced server features and cancel them to avoid future charges. This may involve visiting the bot's website or contacting the service provider directly. Keep records of cancellation confirmations, and be aware of any cancellation policies or refund terms. If possible, inform your community members if they're directly affected by the loss of premium features.

Can I delete a server if I am not the original owner but have been granted ownership?

Yes, the current server owner has full rights to delete the server, regardless of who originally created it. Ownership provides full administrative permissions, including deletion. If you've been granted ownership and decide to delete the server, it's advisable to follow the same considerations and steps outlined for original owners, including notifying members and backing up important data.

What precautions should I take if my server contains sensitive or personal information?

Conduct a thorough review of the server's channels and files for sensitive information. Encourage members to delete personal messages and remove any shared files containing sensitive data. If necessary, manually remove such content from public or group channels. Ensure compliance with applicable data protection laws, such as GDPR, by properly handling personal information during the deletion process.

How can I document the reason for my server's deletion for future reference?

Keep a written record outside of Discord, such as in a digital document or email, outlining the rationale behind the deletion, key discussions, and member feedback leading up to the decision. This documentation can be useful for personal reference or if you need to explain the decision to former members or in future community-building efforts.

Is there a cooling-off period after I initiate the server deletion process?

The deletion process in Discord is immediate without a built-in cooling-off period. Once you confirm the server deletion through the server settings, the action is irreversible. It's crucial to be certain of your decision and to have all necessary backups and communications in place before proceeding.

Can server deletion be automated to occur at a specific time?

Discord does not support scheduling server deletions. The deletion process requires manual initiation by the server owner. If timing is crucial, plan to manually delete the server at a specific time, ensuring all necessary preparations are completed in advance.

How can I ensure I've removed all personal data from the server before deleting it?

Review all channels and direct messages for personal data shared by you or members. Manually delete any messages, files, or information that could be considered personal or sensitive. Inform members about the server's deletion and advise them to remove their personal data as well. For large servers, consider using moderation bots to help identify and remove such content, but always respect privacy and consent.

What impact does server deletion have on linked Discord communities or servers?

Deleting a server doesn't directly affect other servers, but it may impact shared members, especially if there were partnerships, shared events, or cross-server activities. Communicate with administrators of linked servers to inform them of the deletion and discuss any necessary adjustments to shared plans or resources.

How can I provide a way for members to stay connected after the server is deleted?

Before deletion, share information about alternative communication platforms or groups where members can reconvene. Consider setting up a new Discord server or directing members to an existing one with a similar theme or community. Provide clear instructions and links, and if possible, facilitate the transition by organizing introductory events or discussions in the new location.

Related: How to Create and Add Roles in Discord Manually or with Bots

Roles in Discord are a way to assign permissions and privileges to different members of a Discord server. Roles can be used to create hierarchies, organize groups, customize colors and nicknames, and more. In our other guide, we explain Discord roles, some best practices for using Discord roles effectively, and how to create and manage them.
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Related: How to Change Your Name or Nickname on Discord

If you are new to Discord, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Discord user name and a Discord nickname. In our other guide, we will explain the main features and functions of both, and how you can customize them to suit your preferences.
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Last Updated on April 21, 2024 9:33 am CEST

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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