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Fix: Discord Not Updating

Discord is a Voice over IP applications. Basically, this app is used to communicate with friends and other people. You can chat, voice chat and do lots of other stuff in Discord. But, you might encounter a Downloading Update issue while opening the Discord app. It is pretty common to see the Downloading Update screen when users open the Discord app. But in this case, the Downloading Update screen won’t go away.  Even if you leave this app open for a couple of hours, the screen will stay just the same. Closing the app and restarting will not fix this issue. Rebooting the whole system hasn’t resolved the issue for anyone as well. Whenever you will open the Discord app, you will see this screen. This won’t have any effect on the web version though. Almost all the users experiencing this were able to use the web version without any issues.

The culprit behind this issue is the Discord installer/update. There is a bug in the update (or the installer) that causes this issue. That is why the issue isn’t replicated on the web version. Usually, this can be resolved by reinstalling via a fresh installer. However, if that doesn’t solve the issue then that means the problem might be in one of the app files or Windows file. So, clearing up all the files related to Discord app will, hopefully, fix the issue.

Tip

A lot of users simply waited for half an hour or an hour and the issue as fixed for them. So, if you haven’t waited then try to wait for the Discord to update. It might not be an issue at all and it might work after a while.

Method 1: Reinstall Discord

Reinstalling Discord has worked for plenty of users. It’s a simple process that can be done in a couple of minutes. Here are the steps for reinstalling Discord app

  1. Click here and download the Discord installer
  2. Double click to run the Discord installer and follow on-screen instructions

Note: You don’t have to uninstall the previous version for this to work. Simply downloading and running the installer should work.

The reinstall should fix the issue.

Method 2: Clean Reinstall Discord

If the method 1 didn’t work then you might have to clean install Discord. This just simply means that you will have to manually delete some of the Discord files. If you haven’t tried method 1 then we strongly suggest that you first follow the procedure in method 1. If that doesn’t work then follow the steps given here.

Here are the complete steps for clean reinstalling Discord

  1. Make sure Discord isn’t in the System tray. If it is, right click the Discord icon and select Quit Discord. Just to make sure, hold CTRL, SHIFT and Esc key simultaneously (CTRL + SHIFT + Esc) to open the Task Manager. Look in the process list and make sure Discord process isn’t in the list. If you find Discord in the process list, select Discord and click End Task

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter

  1. Locate and select Discord from the list of installed applications
  2. Click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type %appdata% and press Enter

  1. Locate and right click the Discord folder. Select Delete and confirm any additional prompts

  1. Press backspace once
  2. Locate and double click Local folder
  3. Locate and right click the Discord folder. Select Delete and confirm any additional prompts

  1. Once done, click here and download the Discord installer
  2. Double click to run the Discord installer and follow on-screen instructions

Your Discord should fine after this reinstall. If you still experience issues then follow the steps 1-12 and reboot. Try to install Discord when the computer restarts.

Method 3: Run as Admin

This has worked for plenty of users as well. Running the Discord app with Administrator privileges have allowed the update to install properly.

  1. Close the Discord App
  2. Reboot
  3. If the Discord app start automatically then close it. Make sure Discord isn’t in the System tray. If it is, right click the Discord icon and select Quit Discord. Just to make sure, hold CTRL, SHIFT and Esc key simultaneously (CTRL + SHIFT + Esc) to open the Task Manager. Look in the process list and make sure Discord process isn’t in the list. If you find Discord in the process list, select Discord and click End Task

  1. Locate the Discord shortcut on the Desktop. Right click the icon and select Run as administrator. If you don’t have a Discord icon on the Desktop then press the Windows key You will have a Discord entry in there. Right click Discord > More > Run as administrator

Once the app starts, the update should install without any issues.

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Fix: Discord Not Updating

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