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
- Open Discord, and select your server in the menu at the left.
- Create a new channel by clicking the
+symbol to the right of Voice Channels or Text Channels.
- Change the Channel Type to
Voice Channel, type a name for the channel (“AFK” for example), and finally click
- Click the name of your server at the top left, above all your channels, and select
Server Settingsin the menu that appears.
- In the
Overviewtab (default), scroll to the AFK section and set the
AFK Channelto the channel you just created and the
AFK Timeoutto whatever you like.
AFK Timeoutdetermines how long a user needs to be AFK before they’re automatically moved to the AFK channel. We recommend 15 or 30 minutes.
- Make sure you save your changes by clicking the
Save Changesbutton (only appears after a setting has been changed)
Android / iOS Mobile App
- Open the Discord mobile app and tap your Discord server in the menu at the left.
- Tap the
Hamburger menuicon () in the upper left corner and then tap the
+symbol next to Text Channels or Voice Channels.
- Change the Channel Type to
Voice Channel, type a name for the channel (“AFK” for example), and finally tap the
Checkmarkin the upper right corner.
- Tap the name of your server in the upper left corner and select
- Now in Server Settings, tap
Inactive Channeland change it to the name of the voice channel you just created.
Inactive Timeoutand set it to the desired timeout for your server. We recommend 15 or 30 minutes.
Inactive Timeoutdetermines the amount of time someone must be AFK for them to be automatically moved to the AFK channel you set in the previous step.
- Make sure to save your changes by tapping the
Saveicon 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.
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.