How to Update Discord

Discord is very popular among gamers, but non-gamers also use it to make calls, chat, and send files. Like most apps, Discord needs regular updates to remove bugs that could potentially ruin the user experience. However, Discord doesn’t have an update button, making most users wonder how to go about updating the app. If you are looking to update Discord, then this article is for you. Today’s post will discuss how to update Discord on PC. Read on.

Why Doesn’t Discord Have an Update Button?

Discord automatically checks for updates and installs them once you launch it. So, you don’t really need an update button because the app does everything for you. Unfortunately, many users don’t often close their Discord apps, thus missing the updates. This increases the chances of experiencing bugs that could cause ceaseless issues.

How to Update Discord in Windows 10

You can update Discord using any of the methods discussed below.

1. How to Update Discord on Launch

As aforementioned, Discord installs most updates automatically. Here is how to use the automatic approach:

1. Launch Discord on your machine.

Launch Discord
2. Wait for it to load and automatically check for updates.
3. If there are available updates, wait for the software to download and install them. Note that updates are not always available.
4. Once the process completes, Discord will display a list of the added features or applied changes.

2. How to Update Discord While Running

If you don’t want to disrupt your session but still need to update Discord, this tactic is for you. However, note that Discord will only download the updates but won’t install them. Therefore, restart your PC later to complete the installation.

Follow the steps below to use this method:

1. Click on the maximize button on the top-right corner of your Discord window.

Maximize Discord
2. Press Ctrl + R keys simultaneously to refresh Discord’s UI.
3. This will check for updates and download them automatically.
4. When ready, restart your PC to install the updates.

What Should I Do If Discord Runs into An Update Loop?

Updating Discord takes a few minutes, depending on your internet’s speed. However, the app sometimes gets stuck in an update loop. This mostly occurs when Discord wants to download updates but doesn’t have the needed permissions. You can solve this problem by applying the following techniques:

1. Run Discord as An Administrator

Running Discord as an admin gives it the needed privileges to perform a successful update download and installation process. Use this guide to run Discord as an admin:

1. Right-click on Discord’s desktop shortcut.
2. Choose “Run as administrator”.

Run Discord as Administrator
3. Click Yes in the UAC (User Account Control) window to confirm the action.

Click Yes
4. Wait for Discord to check for updates and install them.

2. Temporarily Disable Windows Defender

Windows Defender uses different criteria to classify potential threats. Although it’s a pretty reliable software, it sometimes misclassifies applications such as Discord, blocking them from downloading updates. To prevent that, temporarily disable Windows Defender, then enable it after updating Discord.

Here’s how to disable/enable Windows Defender:

1. Right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and choose “Settings”.

Windows Settings
2. On the new window, Go to “Update & Security”.

Update & Security
3. Click on “Windows Security”.

Windows Security
4. Click on “Virus & threat protection” under the Protection areas section.

Virus & Threat Protection
5. Click the “Manage settings” link.

Manage Settings Virus & Threat
6. Then toggle off the “Real-time protection” button.

Toggle off Real-time Protection
7. Save the changes and close the Settings app.


Updating Discord might seem tricky if you rarely close the app. However, the process is fairly simple. With this guide, you now know how to update Discord on PC and what to do in case you bump into any issues during the process.

Paul Kinyua

Paul Kinyua is a professional technology writer with a specialization in troubleshooting Windows and game-related errors. When not writing, you can find him reading books, listening to music or travelling.

Tech Guided is supported by readers. If you buy products from links on our site, we may earn a commission. This won't change how much you pay for the products and it doesn't influence our decision in which products we recommend. Learn more

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.