How To Restart Discord

Is Discord acting strange? A restart might fix it. Here is a simple guide on how to restart Discord on PC. Android or iOS.

Discord is a very well-optimized communication application on both phones and desktop computers.

But, that does not mean that it is perfect which means it can freeze up sometimes, show errors, bugs, etc.

To resolve that issue, we are going to show you how to refresh Discord.

Restarting The Desktop App

There are a couple of ways you can restart or quit the desktop application of Discord.

Method 1: Top-Right X Button

The most straightforward method is just clicking on the X, located at the top-right. The button can be found on any window in Windows.

However, by default, that button minimizes the app to tray instead of closing it completely. To turn that option off, head into User Settings and then into Windows settings.

Look for the Minimize to Tray option and make sure it is disabled. With it turned off, when you hit on the X button, Discord will close.

With that done, now just start the app again and all your issues should be resolved.

Method 2: Close From System Tray

If the previous method does not seem to work for you, it might be a good idea to try and close it from the system tray.

The system tray is part of the taskbar found on every Windows machine. Specifically, it is the icons located bottom-right, next to the time and date.

If you click on the small upward arrow, you should be able to spot Discord’s logo. Right-click it and press Quit Discord.

Discord icon in Windows system tray.

Once you’ve quit Discord, start the program again and check whether the app is working properly.

Method 3: Close With Task Manager

It’s no secret that when an application freezes or crashes that it can hinder Windows’ performance. In some situations, you won’t even be able to open up the system tray to force Discord to close.

The solution to this would be to use the Task Manager. The quickest way to open up Task Manager would be to hit Ctrl + Shift + Escape on your keyboard.

Alternatively, hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then select Task Manager.

If for some reason you don’t have access to a keyboard or some of these keys aren’t working for you, don’t worry, Microsoft has thought of everything! Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.

Once opened, make sure to expand Task Manager by clicking on More Details. The button is located on the bottom-left of the window.

Expanding Task Manager.

Now, in the Processes tab, sort by name and look for Discord. Select it and then press End Task or just right-click your selection and end the task. This should completely close the app, but just to be sure, scroll through the list to try and find some other process named Discord.

Or, just keep pressing D on your keyboard to go through all processes starting with the letter D.

If every process related to the desktop app is closed, you can start the application again. All your problems should be gone.

Method 4: Restarting The Computer

If none of these methods are fixing your problem or if you can’t even get access to the task manager or the system tray, the simplest solution might be just to restart your computer entirely.

Either hit down the power button on your computer or open the Start Menu and shut down or restart from there.

Windows 10 restarting.

Once your computer has rebooted, open Discord and check whether everything is working as it should be.

Those are all of the methods you could try to deal with the desktop app. But, if you prefer to use the browser app, keep reading.

Restarting The Browser App

For those using the browser app, the only way you can restart it is by closing the Discord tab or by turning off the browser.

Open your browser again, press Ctrl + Shift + T and it will open up all of your previously closed tabs, including Discord.

Test out the website this time around and see whether all of your issues have been fixed.

If the tab has frozen your browser, we recommend resorting to the previously mentioned method 3. Close the browser with Task Manager.

Restarting Discord On Phone

We know for a fact that a lot of Discord users prefer to stay mobile and use the application mostly on their phones. Whether it is an Android or an iPhone, it’s intuitive, optimized, and easy to use.

But, even though it is easy to use, we would still want to explain how to restart it on your phone.


There are multiple ways you can close an app on Android. The quickest method would be to hit the menu button and then swipe away the app you want to close. In this case, swipe away at Discord.

If you don’t use the traditional navigation bar on Android, to get to the list of apps, you’ll need to drag from the bottom upwards and then hold there for a few moments.

However, this method does not always force close the apps which is why you might still face issues. Instead, you will need to do this manually.

On Android, pull down the top bar, and press the cogwheel to go into settings. Scroll down and try to find Apps. In here, open Discord and then press on Force Stop and confirm.

Android Discord settings.

After force-stopping the application, open it back up again and every issue should be resolved.


If you are not on Android, this process on iOS is pretty similar, but here’s a quick guide either way.

To force close an app, you will need to enter the App Switcher. That can be done by dragging from the bottom towards the middle of the screen and then letting go. Once you see cards of all of your apps opened, swipe up on the app (Discord) and it will be forced to close.

You’ve done it!

So, whether you are on Android, iOS, or Windows, now you know exactly what to do if Discord needs restarting. Although, if your specific issue is with updating Discord, we suggest checking out this guide.

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Branko Gapo

Keeping up with the incredibly fast evolution of computer technology is impossible. Branko aims to use his knowledge on this matter to share news and information on all the latest essential technological innovations and advancements.