How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord

Anyone who regularly uses Discord knows that people need to step away for all kinds of things. 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 people who aren’t there.

It’s even worse when someone goes AFK and forgets to mute their microphone 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.

Note: You’ll have to be the server owner, or have administrative privileges, to make an AFK channel in Discord.

What is an AFK Channel in Discord?

AFK means “Away from Keyboard” and is a term used to describe someone who’s still connected to Discord but not actively present. An AFK channel is a special voice channel in Discord where people who are AFK are automatically moved to after a certain amount of time.

You can make any channel an AFK channel in your Discord server’s settings. You can also specify how long someone needs to be “AFK” before they’re moved to the channel.

How to Create an AFK Channel in Discord

To create an AFK channel in Discord, start by creating a voice channel like you would any other channel. After creating this channel, you then simply need to set it as the AFK channel in your Discord server’s settings. Here’s how, step-by-step, in the Android / iOS mobile app and on your PC:

Desktop / PC

  1. Open Discord, and select your server in the menu at the left.
  2. Create a new channel by clicking the + symbol to the right of Voice Channels or Text Channels.
    Discord Create New Channel Button
  3. Change the Channel Type to Voice Channel, type a name for the channel (“AFK” for example), and finally click Create Channel.
    Discord Create AFK Channel
  4. Click the name of your server at the top left, above all your channels, and select Server Settings in the menu that appears.
    Discord Server Settings Option
  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.

    The AFK Timeout determines how long a user needs to be AFK before they’re automatically moved to the AFK channel. We recommend 15 or 30 minutes.
    Discord Make Channel AFK Channel
  6. Make sure you save your changes by clicking the Save Changes button (only appears after a setting has been changed)
    Discord Save Changes Notification

Android / iOS Mobile App

  1. Open the Discord mobile app and tap your Discord server in the menu at the left.
  2. Tap the Hamburger menu icon (Discord Hamburger Menu) in the upper left corner and then tap the + symbol next to Text Channels or Voice Channels.
    Discord Mobile App Create Channel Button Next to Voice Channels
  3. Change the Channel Type to Voice Channel, type a name for the channel (“AFK” for example), and finally tap the Checkmark in the upper right corner.
    Discord Mobile App Channel Name Channel Type and Checkmark in Create Channel Screen
  4. Tap the name of your server in the upper left corner and select Settings.
    Discord Mobile App Settings Icon in Server Settings Menu
  5. Now in Server Settings, tap Overview.
    Discord Mobile App Overview in Server Settings
  6. Tap Inactive Channel and change it to the name of the voice channel you just created.
    Discord Mobile App AFK Channel in Inactive Channel Settings Menu
  7. Tap Inactive Timeout and set it to the desired timeout for your server. We recommend 15 or 30 minutes.

    Inactive Timeout determines the amount of time someone must be AFK for them to be automatically moved to the AFK channel you set in the previous step.
    Discord Mobile App 15 Minutes in Inactive Timeout Settings Menu
  8. Make sure to save your changes by tapping the Save icon at the bottom right.

Let Other’s Know Your Going AFK with Discord Bots

There’s some Discord bots that allow you to let others know you’re AFK by setting a custom status message. Dyno bot’s AFK module and AFK bot are two ways that you can add this functionality to your Discord server.

In the Dyno AFK module, for example, you can indicate that you’re going AFK with the ?afk command. Dyno will append “[AFK]” to the beginning of your nickname (if it has permissions to) and send an AFK message to anyone who attempts to mention you.

Conclusion

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. If you come back later and find yourself in the AFK channel then you can congratulate yourself on a job well done!

Considering decking out your server even more? Check out our article on the best Discord music bots and how to add them.

4 thoughts on “How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord”

    • Same with me but I have windows, and yeah, this does work, but when I click the ‘save changes’ button, it doesn’t save the changes and the ‘save changes’ button is still there with the bar thing that pops up?
      It’s wierd.

      Reply

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