Fix: Discord Won’t Open

Is your Discord app not opening? There are multiple fixes you need to try if your Discord won't open. The first one does the trick most of the time.

Discord is the perfect communication application for gamers, teachers and students, friends, and anyone else. It’s easy to use, it’s lightweight, and it rarely causes issues.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Sometimes you might be left wondering: Why won’t Discord open? In those moments, you’ll start frantically searching through Google to find a solution.

To help you narrow down your hunt for a proper fix, we have made a list of some of the most common fixes when Discord isn’t opening.

1. Restart Computer

This may not sound like the most tech-savvy tip, but trust us, it works most of the time. The problem may be due to the communication between the app and the operating system, so it’s a good idea to restart the computer.

Usually, this is an easy way to resolve some of your issues on Windows 10.

If this doesn’t work, you can move on to the next fix.

2. Close Discord With Task Manager

Even when Discord does not open after you click the icon, a process is probably starting up in the background.

The process itself might be bugged or had a buggy launch, so you will need to close it manually.

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and click Task Manager. The alternative shortcut to Task Manager is Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Once you are in Task Manager, click More Details.

From there, in the Processes Tab, find the Discord process. Select it and press End Task at the bottom right.

By doing this you have manually killed the Discord process and you should be able to open it now.

Alternatively: Press Windows Key + R, type cmd, and then type in taskkill /F /IM discord.exe

3. Clear LocalAppData and AppData Cache

Discord and, of course, many other applications on Windows 10 form cache files in the LocalAppData and AppData folders. The purpose of this is to provide a slicker, quicker, and smoother experience to the user.

Discord accesses the cache, allowing to load contacts, images, text, etc. much faster.

However, sometimes, the cache can get corrupted, which leads to several issues, such as not being able to start Discord.

To clear the cache, you will need to delete the cache.

Press Windows Key + R and type %appdata% (shortcut to the folder).

 Delete the discord folder. If you can’t delete the folder, make sure you follow the previous Fix to close the app completely.

Go one folder back to reach the App Data folder. Open the Local folder and delete the Discord folder from there too.

You have successfully removed all Discord-related cache, and you should try opening the application again.

4. Make Sure You Have Enough RAM Available

It’s good to know; Discord is not a demanding program at all. Even while in a call and chatting, the program doesn’t use any more than 200 to 300 MB of RAM. CPU usage is also quite low.

Bear in mind; if you are on a system with low amounts of RAM, you may experience issues running it properly. Systems with only 2GB or 4GB of RAM, for example, may have trouble.

To successfully start Discord, you should try closing some other applications in the background.

Browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others can pull a lot of RAM usage if you open up too many tabs.

Also, try closing any game you might have running in the back.

5. Use the Web Version

If none of these fixes above are working for you, try using the web/browser version of Discord. It is very similar to the desktop app, with only a few features missing.

While it’s not ideal, it may be useful if you have to hop on a voice channel with your friends, so this could be a temporary solution while trying to fix the real problem!

Keep in mind, sometimes problems with Discord might not be from your end. Discord themselves could be having issues with their servers or that specific version.

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