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How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord (2020) – EASY STEPS

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In this article, you will learn why and how to make an AFK channel in Discord  so that few of us may understand what exactly is the use of an AFK channel and when to use it.


Why do we create an AFK channel Discord?

Discord servers are basically created for a specific community like gaming, business, friends, and relatives.                               

But sometimes users in the server go AFK (away from keyboard) and then they won’t be back for a very long time or they just completely forget about it.

We think that they’re in there or in the voice channel but actually, they are not.

So what we need to do is create an AFK voice channel that will automatically send people to afk if they haven’t talked into their mic for a certain period of time.


Benefits of creating AFK?

  • You can easily filter active members on the servers.
  • People who are not serious such as lurkers will automatically shift to the AFK channel as they are rarely active and mostly focus on Discord GIFs.
  • The discord server may slow down or become unresponsive if there are excess members. As we know there are many members who are not active, moving them to afk will reduce the members and of course the server performance as well.



How to make an AFK Channel in Discord                  

Before creating an AFK channel make sure of the following points

  • Admins can only create an AFK channel
  • Voice channel can only be created as AFK channel
  • You can create a new AFK channel or can edit an existing channel


Let’s see how to create AFK channel discord      

  1. Open Discord Dashboard
  2. Hover up to the Discord server for which you want to create an AFK channel
  3. Now Click on the drop-down beside to server name and choose Create Channel
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  4. From the channel type, choose Voice channel and give the channel name. Channel name should be easy to identify like Discord AFK Members and click Create Channel
    How to make an AFK channel in Discord
    How to make an AFK channel in Discord


  5. Navigate to server drop-down again and select server settings
  6. Look for AFK Channel and from the drop-down select the AFK channel you just created
  7. Select AFK timeout which will be by default to 5 minutes, but you can adjust according to yourself.                                                                                             
    How to make an afk channel in Discord
    AFK Channel and AFK timeout


  8. Click on Save changes and you have successfully created the Discord AFK voice channel.



Related Article:- How to create a Discord private channel



Frequently Asked Questions

How do you change the AFK timer on Discord?

You can change AFK timeout anytime you want, follow the steps

  • Go to Discord server settings for which you need to change afk timeout
  • Look for the AFK Timeout box and click on the drop-down to change the timeout.



How to stop Discord from going AFK?

If you are a member of any discord server and don’t want yourself to move in AFK, then you need to be active according to AFK timeout.


How does Discord AFK work?

Discord server keeps an eye on your green status icon, and when it observes that a specific user is not active or not using the mic for the specific duration set on AFK timeout, it will send you to Discord AFK



As you successfully created and learned how to make an AFK channel in discord, why don’t you try to check by keeping yourself or any other member inactive as per time out.   

Trust me you will feel good once you will notice that it’s working.

This is a default AFK setting provided by Discord, so please let me know what you feel about this feature of discord and also your feedback for my article.

Thank you for reading and BEST WISHES for the future!



Shahbaz Ahmad

I am Shahbaz, and by profession, I am a full-time Blogger and a YouTuber. I have done a master's in M.B.A and I love playing online games like PUBG and Valorant. I have a small family with my mom, dad, and a younger brother. My blogs and videos are on technology as I have experience and knowledge.

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