How to Enable Developer Mode in Discord

Discord’s Developer Mode is a feature that helps developers write bots using the Discord API. It’s mostly used by developers to get information such as user and server IDs. Enabling Developer Mode in Discord won’t make you a developer alone, but it’s definitely a useful tool for those creating bots or other applications.

What does Developer Mode do?

Developer mode simply allows your Discord client to view information such as user ID, server ID, channel ID, and message ID. These ID numbers can be used in conjunction with the Discord API to create Discord bots or other applications that integrate with Discord. Unless you have a need for this information, you’re probably better off keeping developer mode disabled.

How to Enable Discord’s Developer Mode


In Discord, click the gear icon next to your name in the lower left corner.

Discord Settings Icon

Click Appearance under App Settings on the left hand side.

Discord Appearance Setting

In the Appearance settings on the right, scroll all the way to the bottom to the Advanced section and click the switch to the right of Developer Mode.

Discord Developer Mode Switch


In the Discord App, tap the hamburger menu icon (Discord Hamburger Menu) at the upper left and then tap your profile picture at the bottom right.

Scroll down to the App Settings section and tap Behavior.

Tap the switch to the right of Developer Mode to enable it.

Discord Mobile App Android Enable Developer Mode

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 Server ID – check out our tutorial here to find out how.

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