How to Enable Developer Mode in Discord (2021 Update)

Discord has a ton a features but perhaps one of its most unique is how extendable it is through the resources they provide to developers. Whether you’re writing bots for Discord servers, or integrating games with Rich Presence, you won’t get far without Developer Mode.

Developer Mode allows your Discord client to see additional information such as user, channel, and server IDs. Developers need this information when writing applications that interface with Discord. A bot that posts to a channel will need to know that channel’s ID, for example.

In this article, we’ll show you how to enable Developer Mode in Discord on desktop and mobile.

Update: Discord has moved the Developer Mode option in one of its updates earlier this year. This article has been updated to reflect this change.

How to Enable Discord’s Developer Mode (Updated 2021)

Thankfully, Discord has made it easy to enable Developer Mode by including it as an option in your user settings. Here’s how to enable it on both desktop and mobile:

Desktop

  1. In Discord, click the Gear icon next to your name in the lower left corner.
    Discord Settings Icon
  2. Click Advanced under App Settings on the left hand side.
    Discord Advanced Option Under App Settings
  3. Developer Mode is the first option in the Advanced page. Click the Toggle icon next to it to enable it.
    Discord Developer Mode Switch

Mobile

  1. In the Discord Mobile App, tap the Hamburger menu icon (Discord Hamburger Menu) at the upper left and then tap your Profile picture at the bottom right.
  2. Scroll down to the App Settings section and tap Behavior.
  3. Tap the Toggle icon to the right of Developer Mode to enable it.
    Discord Mobile App Android Enable Developer Mode
  4. If you’re using an iOS device, and the developer mode is missing here, check under Appearance instead.

How to get User, Server, and Message IDs

With developer mode enabled, you can now use it to obtain information needed for development. If you’re developing a Discord bot, you might need to find things like User and Channel ID – check out our tutorial here to find out how.

6 thoughts on “How to Enable Developer Mode in Discord (2021 Update)”

  1. it wont work. when i click appearance it just shows options for theme, dark sidebar, message display, chat font scaling, space between message groups, and zoom level.

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    • Hi,

      Discord moved the Developer Mode option in an update. The option is now under Advanced in App Settings. I’ve updated the article to reflect this change.

      Reply
      • and when I turn it on from there carl.bot tells me that its not on and that I need to turn it on EVEN though it’s on please help

        Reply

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