Discord’s team of developers is constantly releasing bug fixes, features, and all kinds of other updates to improve the user’s experience.
We are getting higher-quality voice communication, optimized streaming, better UI, and a huge number of upgrades with every update.
However, if your Discord is not updated, you can’t enjoy any of those new features. Unfortunately, updates can sometimes fail, leaving you stuck with an older version.
To get the latest version of this application here are a few things you should try.
Fix 1: Use The Dedicated Update Option
Usually, to force an update on Discord, the user only has to restart the application. But, that doesn’t work all the time.
Thankfully, the Discord team has added a dedicated button that forces the application to update. This button is located in the top right corner, right next to the search bar.
Once you press it, the application will immediately close and relaunch itself, forcing the update.
However, if you don’t have this icon, try fix number two.
Fix 2: Run As Administrator
Often, certain programs have trouble running properly without providing them with the right administrative privileges. Those programs usually give trouble when trying to install them or update them.
This might be the reason why Discord is not updating on your computer. Here is what you have to do to give it admin rights:
- Right-click Discord icon from Desktop or Start Menu
- Select Run As Administrator
Discord should now launch and update itself.
Fix 3: Temporarily Disable Anti-Virus Protection
The anti-virus software in your computer can override the decisions of your Windows user even though it is the one with administrator/owner rights. This is done to ensure that the anti-virus software can protect you from dangerous files even when you allows programs to run with admin privileges.
However, the anti-virus isn’t always right. Many times it detects false-positives. Claiming legitimate files and programs (such as Discord) as a virus or malware.
Your AV could be blocking Discord from updating which means you will need to temporarily disable it. Here’s how you can do that on Windows Defender (the default and most common Windows anti-virus):
- Open Windows Security through Start Menu
- Go into Virus & Threat protection and then into Virus & Threat protection settings
- In here, disable Real-Time Protection and then run Discord (preferably as Administrator)
If this resolves your issue, make sure to enable the anti-virus immediately after. You shouldn’t leave your computer exposed for too long.
If this does not resolve your problem, you will have to resort to a more aggressive fix.
Fix 4: Reinstall Discord
For these kinds of issues, it’s always best to just try reinstalling. It a painless solution. Don’t worry, all of your settings and user data will remain. Discord will automatically log in to your account.
- Search for Discord in the Start Menu, right-click the icon and select Uninstall
- Once the Programs and Features window opens, find Discord and press Uninstall again
- Go to Discord’s website and select Download for Windows
- Go through with the setup
After reinstalling the app, you should have the latest version.
There aren’t a lot of other methods you can use to resolve this issue, so if you try these two fixes, you will certainly have your Discord updated.