How To Fix Discord Not Opening Issue Quick and Easy Fix

Discord is a free VoIP application that’s popular mostly used the gaming community. On a Windows PC, you can use the web app or dedicated app to do voice chats or send text messages to your video game teammates. While this is quite a stable platform there are some issues that you might experience with it. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the  Discord won’t open issue.

How To Fix Discord Not Opening Issue

Before performing any of the troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer. This action will fix any issue caused by a minor software glitch. Once your computer has fully booted up check if you can run the Discord software without any issues.

Close Discord from the Task Manager

Sometimes there will be a previous instance of Discord running in the background which is why you won’t be able to relaunch the app. To fix this you will need to close any instance of the app running with the help of the task manager.

  • Type Ctrl + Alt + Del on the keyboard.
  • Select ”Task Manager” from the blue screen-backed options that appear.
  • In the Task Manager window, find and click on Discord among the listed services under ”Apps”.
  • Click on the ”End Task” button appearing in the bottom right-hand corner of the Task Manager window.
  • Wait for the services to terminate.

Check if the Discord not opening issue still occurs.

Try logging in the web version

Discord can be accessed via the browser or by the windows 10 app. If the problem occurs while using the app then you should try logging in to your account using the browser. Once this is done try using the Discord app. Most people who have experienced this problem did this step to fix the problem.

Set Windows time to automatic

If your computer has a wrong time setting then this can also cause Discord not to open. 

  • Right-click on the digital time in the bottom right of the Windows task menu and select “Adjust date/time”.
  • In the Date & time window, make sure the “Set time automatically” option is toggled to on.
  • Restart the PC and launch Discord

Check if the Discord not opening issue still occurs.

Don’t use a Proxy

A proxy is one way of hiding your current location which is helpful in keeping you anonymous. This will however affect the way Discord works which is why you should try to disable your Proxy if you are using one.

  • Right-click on the Windows start menu and click on Search.
  • In the search field, type ”Control Panel” and select the option with the same name from the search results.
  • Choose ”Network and Internet” from the Control Panel options.
  • Click on ”Internet Options”
  • In the ”Internet Properties” window that appears, click on the ”Connections” tab among the options running vertically along the top of the screen.
  • On the ”Local Area Network (LAN) Settings” section, click on ”LAN Settings”.
  • When the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings appears, find the ”Proxy server” section and ensure the ”Use a proxy server for your LAN” option is unticked.
  • Click ”Ok” below, then once more in the ”Internet Properties” window.
  • Launch Discord.

Check if the Discord not opening issue still occurs.

Uninstall then reinstall Discord

In case the above steps fails to fix the problem then you should try to uninstall the Discord app then reinstall it.

  • Right-click on the Windows Start menu and click on ”Settings”.
  • In the Windows Settings window, click on ”Apps”, the sixth icon in the list.
  • Under ”Apps & Features”, find the entry for Discord and click on it.
  • In the expanded menu, click on ”Uninstall”.
  • Follow the steps in the uninstall wizard

You should also clear out the Discord AppData folder.

  • Right-click on the Windows Start menu and select ”Run” from the drop-down options
  • Type ”%appdata%” into the search field and click on ”Ok”.
  • Find ”Discord” among the list of files and right-click.
  • From the  drop-down menu, click on delete.
  • Do the same for the %localappdata% folder.

When completed download Discord and install it again.

  • Visit the download section of the Discord web site
  • Click on ‘’Download Now’’
  • When prompted, click on ”Save File”.
  • Once downloaded, double click on the ”Discord Setup” executable file and follow the instructions provided by the installation wizard.
  • When complete, launch Discord.