How to Kick or Remove Someone from a Discord Channel

There are many reasons why you might want to kick or remove someone from a Discord channel you’re on. Whether the user is guilty of spamming you heavily, being a cyberbully, was rude or just simply annoying, you can decide to put him them off your radar for some time.

This post contains steps on how to kick or remove someone from Discord channels when you have to do it yourself, though it could be said that the onus lies on the server’s proprietors and administrators to maintain decorum on such chat platforms as Discord. There are quite a number of ways to kick or remove someone from a Discord channel, depending on what platform you’re operating from. Let’s jump in right away!

How to Kick or Remove Someone from a Discord Channel

Removing users from a Discord Channel on Windows and MAC PCs

Whether you’re using a Windows or a Mac PC, the process is pretty much the same to remove a user from a Discord channel.

Remove Someone from a Discord Channel on PC

  1. First, you’ll need to be registered on the server. Look to the right portion of your screen on the right and select the appropriate server from the list.
  2. Whether it is a text or a voice channel, just below the server name you’ll see the list of channels in the main panel. Select the channel from which you want to remove a user.
  3. The channel will have a list of current users on it. Locate the user you want to remove and right-click on his (or her) name. That will generate a pop-up menu with a number of actions for you to choose from. Alternatively, you can generate that same pop-up menu by right-clicking on the username in the chatbox.
  4. Locate the “Kick username” option towards the bottom of the list and click on that. You’ll be asked to confirm your choice. Once you do, the user will be kicked out of that channel and would no longer be able to participate in, or join, the channel except if granted permission to rejoin the channel by someone who is authorized to do so, probably an admin. That’s how to kick a user from a Discord channel either on a Windows or MAC PC.

Removing a user from a Discord Channel on Mobile Devices

Remove Someone from Discord Channel on a Smartphone

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Again, whether you’re using an Android or iOS mobile device, the same rules apply when you want to remove or kick a user from a Discord channel for whatever reason.

  1. Open the Discord application and log in with your details when prompted.
  2. Once in, there’s a menu icon in the top left corner of your screen. Tap on that menu icon to expand the list of servers.
  3. Locate the server currently accommodating the user you want to kick out or remove.
  4. On that server, locate the channel from which you want to remove the user. It could either be a text channel or a voice channel, select the appropriate one.
  5. Tap the “two-people” icon located in the top right corner of your screen to expand the list of members on the channel.
  6. Locate the user you want to remove from the channel on the list and tap on him or her. This will draw up the user’s settings pane on your screen.
  7. Tap on the “Kick” option and confirm your choice in the prompt that follows.
  8. The user will be kicked off the channel and will only be able to gain access to the channel upon invitation.

Removing Users from Discord Channels by Pruning your Server

Pruning Discord Servers

Sometimes, you have just too many members to manage on a Discord channel and at some point, some users will become redundant, not participating in activities on the channel or even logging on at all. In such cases, you might decide to kick off all members of the channel who have been inactive for a specified period.

One easy way to achieve that is to prune your server, that is, kick out users en masse. Based on a preset period of time, you can set up an automatic kick option that makes it easier to kick out all the users who are found to be inactive within that preset period instead of monitoring each user individually.

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Here’s how to prune your server:

  1. Select the server you wish to prune and expand the “Server Settings” by clicking on the server name somewhere at the top of the screen. Click on “Server Settings” from the menu that drops down.
  2. To the left of the screen, you’ll see a “Members” tab. Click on that tab to expand the list of all users who are currently present on the server with each user’s roles indicated. This is also where you’ll find the option, “Prune”.
  3. When you click on “Prune”, you’ll be required to select the timeframe based on which you want to prune the server of inactive members. The currently available presets in the Discord app are 1 day, 7 days, and 30 days. If you select 30 days, for instance, every user who has been inactive in the last 30 days will be automatically kicked off your server. However, Discord always reflects how many users will be pruned off your server at the bottom of the “Prune” window. You should know that pruning will only work on users who currently have no roles assigned to them. So, if your prune is targeted at some specific users, make sure to suspend any role assigned to them before pruning so that they can be accounted for in the prune.

How to Ban Users from a Discord Channel

This is another way to remove a user from a discord channel. This is quite an extreme measure in the sense that it carries some element of permanence with it. So, if you’re an administrator or the server owner and kicking out the user just doesn’t satisfy you, you can ban him or her outrightly from the channel.

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Here’s how to ban a user from a Discord channel:

  1. First, you’ll need to be registered on the server. Look to the right portion of your screen on the right and select the appropriate server from the list.
  2. Whether it is a text or a voice channel, just below the server name you’ll see the list of channels in the main panel. Select the channel from which you want to remove a user.
  3. The channel will have a list of current users on it. Locate the user you want to remove and right-click on his (or her) name.
  4. Locate the “Ban username” option towards the bottom of the list and click on that. You’ll be asked to confirm your choice. Once you do, the user will be banned from that channel and would no longer be able to participate in or join the channel except if granted permission to rejoin the channel by someone who is authorized to do so, probably an admin.

In cases where the user has violated Discord’s community guidelines, you can go a step further by reporting the user. This can get the user banned, not just from the channel but also, from the Discord platform altogether if he or she is found guilty.

Moving A User To A Different Channel

Sometimes, all you want to do is just to move a user to a different channel temporarily instead of kicking or banning him from a channel. For example, if a user steps away but forgets to turn off the microphone, background noise coming from their end can get really disturbing on the channel and you just want to move the user to another channel (probably a currently inactive one) pending the time the user regains control of his account.

To move a user between channels, simply click and drag the username from the current channel to the channel you wish to move them to. You should know that you can only move users between channels of similar configurations, that is, you can only move a user from a voice channel to another voice channel and not another text channel, for instance.

Also, for you to be able to move users, you must have the “Move Members” permission toggled on. If however, you think you have the permission to move members but still aren’t able to do so, contact the server owner. That’s about all there is to know when you want to remove or kick out a user from a Discord channel. However, there are other ways to improve the user experience. You can choose to mute a user on your channel if you do not want to kick, move, or ban them. Choose whichever works best for you.

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