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Since its inception in 2015, Discord has been one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms. In terms of gaming alone, it’s become the go-to app for players looking for the best alternative to in-game communication. A gamer without a Discord account is a rarity in this day and age, and a Discord user without a server they frequent is pretty much non-existent. Today, we’re going over how to join a Discord server.

Read more: How to create and manage a Discord server

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To join a Discord server, copy the Discord server invite link of the server you want to join. Then, on Discord, click Add a Server > Join a Server. Paste the Discord server invite link there, then click Join Server.


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How to join a Discord server

There are a number of ways you can join a Discord server, but all of them will require you to have an invite link. Server invite links can be shared from person to person, and they can also be posted publicly online. For example, many YouTube channels link their dedicated servers in their videos’ description boxes.

Desktop

For this method, you will need a Discord invite link copied to your clipboard.

Open the Discord desktop app or go to the website on your computer. Scroll down to the bottom of the server list on the left side of the interface, then click Add a Server. This button looks like a plus sign.

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In the Create a server box, click Join a Server.

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Paste the server link in the INVITE LINK field, then click Join Server.

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Android and iOS

Joining servers using the mobile app is also very easy. It will require you to have the invite link to that Discord server copied to your clipboard, though.

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Open the Discord app on your Android or iOS device, then scroll to the bottom of your server list. Press the plus-shaped Add a Server button, then press Join a friend on Discord. Paste the server invite link in the Invite link field, then press Join Server.

What if I don’t have a Discord server invite link?

Most of the time, you will need a Discord server invite link to be able to join a server. However, there are a few ways to go about doing so.

Discord Communities

If the server you’re trying to join is a public one, meaning it is registered as a “Discord Community,” then you can search for it on Discord.

On the Discord desktop app, scroll to the bottom of your server list. Click on the Explore Public Servers button; this looks like a navigational compass.

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You can use the Explore communities field in the middle to search for a Discord Community that interests you, or you can use the genre tabs on the left to browse some of the more popular servers on DIscord!

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Disboard

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Before Discord Communities, there was Disboard.org. Disboard is a website where you can search through tons of different registered Discord servers to find one that you want to join. Just use the search function or select a tag that you believe would apply to the server you’re looking for.


Read more: How to leave a Discord server

FAQs

Can you get hacked by joining a Discord server?

No, you can’t get hacked just by joining a server. This is a common misconception because many “private” Discord servers have rules and regulations that you must accept before being able to participate in the server. Know that agreeing to these will not compromise your personal information in any way.

However, the same can’t be said if you decide to give out your Discord account information to some stranger on that server! Never do that. Always keep your Discord credentials private and to yourself.

Can you get a virus from joining a Discord server?

Your device cannot be infected by malware (or viruses) by joining a server. However, some servers allow other users to post URL links. Sometimes these links can be malicious, so stay vigilant and be careful when clicking links!

Can you join a Discord server without an account?

You can join temporarily when you click a server invite link. If you don’t have an account, Discord will ask you to input a username. Remember, this is a temporary fix and you should create your own account to be able to access all of the features of Discord servers.



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