How to Fix ‘The Resource Is Being Rate Limited’ Error on Discord?

Discord implements measures to limit access to its servers if it detects activity resembling spam or flooding attempts. When users repeatedly try to submit a text verification message and fail, Discord triggers the error ‘The resource is being rate limited‘ and temporarily blocks further attempts to enter the code.

How to Fix The Resource Is Being Rate Limited Error on Discord?
How to Fix The Resource Is Being Rate Limited Error on Discord?

Such measures are in place to deter users and “hacking” software from “guessing” verification codes by entering various combinations in an attempt to bypass security barriers. After multiple incorrect attempts, Discord will prevent further entries by enforcing a block.

1. Recheck the Verification Code

Make sure the code you enter is correct – this may seem obvious but is often overlooked:

  1. Double-check the verification code sent to your phone before entering it again.
  2. Enter the code carefully to avoid triggering the rate limit by mistake.

2. Check Discord Server Status

Check if Discord is experiencing any server issues – this can save you a lot of time because sometimes the issue could be on Discord’s end due to server outages or maintenance.:

  1. Head to Discord’s Status Page to see if there are any outages or maintenances.
  2. If Discord is down, simply wait for the issues to be fixed before trying to verify your account.

3. Wait Out the Rate Limit

If you fail the verification multiple times, you may just need to wait a bit:

  1. Try not to make more attempts for at least 10 minutes if you’ve been soft banned.
  2. In some cases, it could take up to 6 hours for a temporary ban to lift.

4. Use a Mobile Hotspot

If the issue stems from a soft IP ban, changing your IP address may resolve it, since the ban links to your specific IP. Using a mobile hotspot can facilitate this change. Follow the steps below:

  1. Restart your computer and mobile phone.
  2. Disconnect both devices from the internet.
  3. Activate mobile data on your phone, then turn on the hotspot feature.
    Enabling Hotspot
  4. Connect your computer to the mobile hotspot you’ve created.
    Connecting to Hotspot from Computer
  5. Verify if the rate limit issue has been resolved. Once logged in successfully, you may reconnect to your Wi-Fi.

5. Use A VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network service, can also help you avoid the rate limit error by hiding your IP Address. If Discord has soft-banned your IP, using a VPN can bypass this restriction. For recommendations, check out this article on The Best VPN For Streaming and Gaming in 2022.

6. Clear Discord Cache

Cached data might sometimes cause issues with Discord. Clearing the cache can often reset the app’s state, potentially resolving the rate limit error.

  1. On your computer, navigate to Discord’s cache folder (`%appdata%/Discord/Cache` on Windows).
  2. Select all files within the folder by pressing `Ctrl + A`.
  3. Delete the selected files by pressing `Delete` on your keyboard.
  4. Relaunch Discord and try the action that triggered the error again.

7. Update Discord Application

An outdated Discord application can lead to various issues, including rate limiting. Ensure that you’re using the latest version of the Discord app.

  1. Open Discord on your device.
  2. If an update is available, Discord will typically download and install it automatically.
  3. Otherwise, check Discord’s official website for the latest version and install it manually.

8. Disable VPN Temporarily (If Already Using One)

While VPNs can be a solution, they can also sometimes cause rate limiting if Discord’s servers detect unstable or suspicious IP changes. Try disabling your VPN to see if this resolves the issue.

  1. Turn off your active VPN connection.
  2. Restart Discord to ensure it recognizes the change in network settings.
  3. Attempt the verification process again using your original IP address.

9. Check for Network Restrictions

Networks with strict firewall settings, such as those in schools or offices, may limit Discord’s functionality. If possible, switch to a different network without such restrictions.

  1. Disconnect your device from the restricted network.
  2. Connect to a network that you know doesn’t impose stringent firewall rules, such as your home Wi-Fi.
  3. Try accessing Discord again.

10. Contact Support

If you continue to experience problems after trying these methods, it may be time to reach out to Discord support for further assistance. Remember that patience is key, as repeated attempts in a short period can prolong the duration of a rate limit.

Wait approximately 6 hours for the issue to possibly resolve on its own since soft bans might range from 10 minutes to 6 hours. If the problem persists after this time, you should reach out to Discord Support by following these instructions:

  1. Visit Discord support directly through the link.
  2. Select Help & Support and enter your Email Address.
  3. In the Type Of Question section, opt for Phone Verification.
  4. For the Phone Verification query, select Other.
    Entering Account Information
    Entering Account Information
  5. Provide your phone number and the subject, then detail the issue you are facing.
  6. Include a screenshot of the error by attaching the image in the provided section.
  7. After completing the form, click Submit and await a response from Discord support.
    Submitting A Request
    Submitting A Request

Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.