Anyone that spends time in Discord knows that people need to leave their computer often. Sometimes though, we end up AFK longer than we were expecting. This results in a channel that looks active but is actually just full of mostly AFK people. It’s even worse when the person forgets to mute their mic before leaving. Luckily, Discord provides a way to automatically detect people that are away and move them to their own channel. Here’s how to make an AFK channel in Discord.
You’ll have to be the server owner or have administrative privileges to make an AFK channel.
How to Create & Setup an AFK Channel in Discord
Step 1: Open Discord, and join your server
Step 2: Create a new channel by clicking the
+ symbol next to
Voice Channels or
Step 3: Change the
Channel Type to
Voice Channel, type a name for the channel (AFK), and then click the
Create Channel button
Once created, the channel will appear under
Step 4: Click the name of your server at the top left, above all your channels, and then click
Server Settings in the menu that appears
Step 5: In the
Overview tab (default), scroll to the AFK section and set the
AFK Channel to the channel you just created and the
AFK Timeout to whatever you like
AFK Timeout setting determines how long a user needs to be AFK before they’re moved to the AFK channel. We recommend 15 or 30 minutes.
Step 6: Make sure you save your changes by clicking the
Save Changes button (only appears after a setting has been changed)
You should now have a functioning AFK channel in your Discord server. You can test that it’s working by idling for the time you specified in the settings Considering decking out your server even more? Check out our article on the best Discord music bots and how to add them.