What Does Idle Mean In Discord?

What does the idle status mean in Discord and is it possible to manually set your status as idle? Here's the ultimate guide with all the answers.

If you often hang out on Discord with your friends, coworkers, or classmates, you have probably noticed the orange half-moon that sometimes appears next to a user’s avatar.

This orange dot/half-moon is automatically (or manually) assigned to users that have been AFK (away from keyboard) for more than 10 minutes.

If the user does not interact with the Discord application for a few minutes, Discord automatically recognizes the user as Idle and assigns them with the Idle status.

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Manually Setting Discord Status As Idle

Did you know that you can also set your status as Idle manually? Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open Discord and enter any server.
  2. In the bottom left of your screen, you will see your avatar. Click on it.
  3. This will expand a menu with multiple choices, where you can set your status as Idle.
    manually setting Discord status as Idle

That’s all you need to do to set an Idle status on Discord. If needed, you could also use Do Not Disturb to stop receiving all desktop notifications. Alternatively, you can use Invisible to appear offline (but still get notifications) or even set a custom status.

Server Inactive Timeout

All servers have the option to set an automatic inactive timeout after a set amount of time. When a user is timed out, they will be moved to a different channel and their microphone will be muted.

You can adjust how long a user can be inactive before the timeout and to which channel the user will be moved.

Keep in mind that this feature is specific to each server. It won’t affect your profile’s status.

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