Discord: How to block direct messages

Discord: How to block direct messages


You will never have to worry about strange messages from bots or strange people again. […]

Discord servers are usually great – you can find a lot of wonderful communities dedicated to all your current interests. Unfortunately, it can happen on all servers that bot accounts or people appear who can not limit themselves. They indiscriminately send unwanted direct messages (also called DMs) to other server members, which at best cause trouble, and at worst spoil someone’s day.

Accidentally leave your DMs on all servers
open, and also you can come up with an unexpected
Threat of waking up from a bot account
(c) PCWorld

The problem is that Discord leaves direct messages open by default when you join a new server. To prevent bots and harassment, you need to change this.

Changing the settings is quite simple. Under Settings > Privacy & Security you will find the server privacy default settings. If you scroll down a little, you will find this item in second place in the list. Turn the toggle switch for Allow direct messages from server members on off. Now your direct messages are closed by default when you join a server. You can also activate them manually per server. If you are already active on many servers and want to apply this setting change retroactively, you can do this by clicking on the toggle switch.

On the desktop computer, you can find the setting here. (It’s similar on mobile.) This screenshot shows that the default setting has already been changed (c) PCWorld

To manually enable direct messages from members of a particular server, desktop users can right-click on the server’s icon in the left navigation bar, and then select Privacy settings. As a result, a window will appear with a switch to activate the function. On the phone, tap the server’s icon and then tap the three dots icon at the top right of your screen. This option is the second switch in the menu.

Now that you have made all the settings, you can return to your group chats or continue with further adjustments. We recommend that you learn how to change your nickname on any Discord server you are on. You can also check out our beginner’s guide to Discord, where you’ll learn everything there is to know about Discord that’s important to get you started.

*Alaina Yee reports on desktop PCs, computer components, mini PCs and more for PCWorld. Her favorite item is an annual item that combines her two passions: bargain hunting and PC building. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.

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