Discord won’t open, and I can’t think of a proper fix. Can anyone out there help me fix it? Thanks in advance!”
The above question is extracted from a query we received from one of our readers lately. As we have realized, the above situation is not that rare. In other words, many individuals say that their Discord won’t open due to some reason or another. So, we thought of composing this article with solutions to fix this issue to the benefit of our readers.
Discord is a popular VoIP platform used by a large number of users these days. This special tool comprises of various features to offer a good chatting experience for users. It comes with a downloadable app for Windows in addition to its browser-based edition. However, at times, some Windows users say that their Discord won’t open. As they say, no action takes place when you double-click on the Discord executable. Also, some users say that the Discord app opens, but the screen goes blank without showing any option. Most of those users try to fix it with a restart or a reinstallation but find no solution.
If truth to be told, we couldn’t find an exact reason behind the “Discord not opening” issue. However, in all those instances, the Discord app keeps running. You can see it in the processes after opening the “Task Manager,” but nothing is displayed on the screen. Some individuals see the grey screen and no other options at all. If that is the case with you, the reason could be that it is stuck in the login screen. Well, regardless of the cause, let’s find an answer if your Discord not opening.
We should emphasize that there is more than one way to fix this issue. So, you can try all these solutions one after the other and overcome this issue.
Solution 1: Kill the task from Task Manager if Discord not opening
In some instances, Discord won’t open just because it hasn’t started properly. Well, the truth is that the app gets started, but it runs only in the background without any features. So, what you should do is to locate the app, stop the process, and give it a fresh start. In fact, this solution has worked for many instances in which Discord not opening. Also, this solution is not complex at all. Therefore, this method should be tried as the initial solution. Listed below are the options you should use and stop Discord from running in the background.
- Launch Task Manager in your system. To do that, you can use “Ctrl” + “Shift” + and “Esc” key combination.
- Once the Task Manager window is opened, you can select the tab labeled “Process.”
- Now, scroll down the list displayed on the screen and locate the item labeled “discord.exe.” This is the icon that represents the ongoing background process related to the Discord messaging platform.
- Select that item and click on the option called “End Task.”
- In general, you are supposed to see only one “discord.exe” process in the Task Manager window. However, some users claim that they have seen multiple instances of discord.exe. If that is the case with you, it is strongly recommended to kill all those tasks. You can repeat the steps above until you kill all those ongoing processes.
- After killing all those tasks, you should close the Task Manager. Then, you should relaunch the Discord app. If everything goes fine, it should work properly.
Solution 2: Use Task Kill to Fix ‘Discord Not Opening’
If you find it difficult to follow the steps mentioned above, you can use “Task Kill.” Just follow the below steps to use that feature and kill Discord.
- First, launch “Run” utility. To do that, you can use the “Windows” key + “R” key simultaneously on the keyboard.
- Once the “Run” utility is opened, you should enter the text “cmd” and hit the “Enter” key.
- You can see the command line interface now. On that interface, you can enter the line below.
“taskkill /F /IM discord.exe“
- Then, you should press the “Enter” key.
This process will kill the Discord app that runs in the background. After getting it done, you should relaunch the app to see if everything is working correctly.
Solution 3: Log with the browser-based app if Discord won’t open
For some users, the problem may have occurred because of an issue related to sessions or cookies. In that case, signing into Discord through its browser-based version can be a solution. You should first sign in using the browser-based version and then use the app-based version. If it goes right, you can open the Discord app without any issue at all.
So, first, run the Discord platform on your computer. When Discord won’t open as expected or displays the grey screen, use the browser-based version to sign in. This method will reset your Discord account on the app. As a result, the app will start to run without trouble.
Solution 4: Delete the contents of Discord AppData
If none of the above methods have worked for you so far, this can be a good solution. In this solution, you will be uninstalling and reinstalling the Discord app. But you should know that a regular reinstallation will not solve this issue. Instead, you should uninstall the app, delete Discord AppData contents, and reinstall the app. When all the contents of the app are deleted, the reinstallation will take place with a fresh approach. So, just follow up below steps in order to perform this solution.
01. Go to “Run” utility simply by pressing and holding the “Windows” key and “R” key on the keyboard.
02. Once the “Run” utility is open, you should enter the text “appwiz.cpl” and hit the “Enter” key. That will direct you to the window that allows you to uninstall programs on your computer.
03. Now, you should locate the “Discord” app from the available list of programs. Select the app and choose to uninstall it. If a message prompts to confirm your action, just confirm it. Also, if you see a message saying that Discord cannot be uninstalled because it runs already, kills it first. To do that, you can follow “Solution 01” or “Solution 02“. Then, proceed to the uninstallation process.
04. Now, your Discord app will be uninstalled from the program directory.
05. Launch “Run” utility once again by using the “Windows” + “R” key combination as you did before.
06. You can enter the text %appdata% now and hit enter.
07. If you don’t see any folders there, you should follow the steps mentioned below.
- Press the “Windows” key and “E” key simultaneously.
- Select the option called “View” from the top and navigate to “Hidden Items” and check it.
- You can try to locate the Discord folder now, as mentioned before, and it will be there. Then, right-click on the folder & choose “Delete.” If you get any prompts, confirm them and proceed.
08. At the completion of this process, you should reboot the computer.
09. Now, your computer doesn’t even have a trace of the old Discord app that had some issues. You can now reinstall a fresh copy of Discord, and it should work fine.
Solution 5: Disable any VPNs or Proxies to Fix ‘Discord Not Opening’
If you are using a proxy or a VPN, that can create some troubles for Discord. That is because Discord doesn’t go smoothly with proxies or VPNs according to our knowledge. So, you should disable your VPN or Proxy for a while and see if Discord works properly.
Solution 6: Adjust the Date and Time to Fix ‘Discord Not Opening’
Although this solution might sound pretty weird, it has worked for some users to overcome the issue. This solution is pretty simple. If you have not changed the Date/Time settings on your computer to “Automatic,” just do it. Please follow the below guide in order to get it done.
- Use “Windows” and “I” keys at once.
- Go to “Time and Language.”
- Click on the option called “Set Time Automatically” and turn on the option.
- That’s it. Now you can launch your Discord app and see if Discord won’t open.
Solution 7: Reset your DNS settings
Sometimes, the culprit might be wrong DNS settings. When you use a computer for a while, the DNS settings can get changed due to various reasons. As a result, it can prevent some apps from accessing the internet. In that case, you should reset the DNS settings to get back to normal mode. Please follow up on the detailed guide to do it.
- Open the “Run” box by using “Windows” + “R” keys.
- Enter the text “CMD” and hit enter so you will enter the command-line interface.
- In the CLI interface, type “ipconfig/flushdns” and hit the “Enter” key.
- Wait for a while so that the process will be completed.
- Now, you can open “Discord” and see if you can work with it.
Sometimes, Discord may not be able to perform as expected because of the link blockers. So, if you have any link blockers, you should just disable them and see if you can open Discord. If you cannot use Discord yet, just try to disable the antivirus program temporarily and see if Disable works as expected.
So, those are the solutions you should try if ‘Discord not opening‘ on your computer. If you have succeeded with other methods when Discord won’t open, please share them with us. Also, please take a minute to leave a comment below.