Discord Update Failed? Here’s How To Fix It

Daniel Westrop
Daniel Westrop
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You’re eager to play an online game, accompanying your comrades-in-arms while you share strategy and tactical movements via Discord. However, when you open Discord, you face the notorious error, which makes the app icon swirl around and around endlessly, until showing you that the Discord Update Failed. 

It’s really annoying when you want to TTS with your pals but are hit right in the face with an Update Failed. Discord, don’t do that to us. Now we are going to teach you some fixes to this problem, starting from the top most well-known fixes and going down to some most dangerous that may or may not include burning your PC down to ashes.

How To Fix Discord Update Failed

First of all, you want to check the Discord Server Status. We would hate for you to blame yourself when the fault lies elsewhere. If all the bars – or most of them – are green, ok, you can blame yourself.

Secondly, and at the risk of sounding like a recently-hired IT support attendant, did you reboot your computer? I know, it’s a frivolous solution, but it often works. Rebooting your computer flushes its memory, it may correct software glitches (what we want) and also restarts the Discord update failed loop, so it stops circling itself inviting a stroke. 

update failed

Thirdly, take advantage that your computer is restarting and also restart your modem/router. To update Discord, you need the Internet. Let’s make sure it is top-notch and able to update your gaming communication tool.

Renaming Discord Update File

The following solution doesn’t work 90% of the time, but in case you are one of the luckiest within the 10%, it is worth a try.

You will rename the Discord update file. If it is corrupted you won’t be able to update the VOIP app. Renaming it forces Discords to download a new copy and hopefully the update as well. Close Discord and make sure it’s not running in the background. Open the Task Manager and make sure the Discord application is closed. You can easily open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.

Discord End Task

After ending its process, let’s access the Discord folder.

  • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command window.
  • Then %localappdata% in the Run window and hit enter.
Discord app data
  • Search for and open the Discord folder. Find the Update.exe and rename it something else, like UpdateME.exe.
rename discord update file

That’s it. Open up Discord and see if the update works.

Open Discord with Administrator-level Privileges

Since you already know how to access the Discord folder, let’s give it some top-tier privileges. 

Search for the Discord executable in another folder, like app-0.0.309, and select Run as Administrator. A confirmation box should appear and when you confirm, it will run with the power of an Admin in its hand. Sometimes, this simple solution fixes the error.

Discord run as administrator

You can also try to set Compatibility to Windows 7 or 8 (try both) if you use Windows 10. Right-click the Discord executable, go into properties, and change compatibility.

Delete and Reinstall Discord

If none of the solutions above worked, let’s get down to violence and do some deleting.

Delete Discord and try to reinstall it. But when I say delete, I mean it. Make sure to end its process with the Task Manager as stated above, press Windows key + R to open up the Run window and type appwiz.cpl in the command box, and press Enter. An application manager window will open. Search for Discord in it and uninstall the bad boy.

uninstall Discord

Then, go back to the official download page, download it and reinstall the little fella. Reinstall failing? Repeat the process above and try again. Still stuck in the Discord Update Failed Loop? Time to bring the big guns.

Delete Discord Entire Folder 

This is by far the most reliable fix for this mistake. Why didn’t I start with it? Because the others were easier to do. Follow this step-by-step so you don’t end up deleting any undesired system files.

  • Press Windows Key + R .
  • Type %appdata% and press Enter. You will open a window with a lot of applications and their contents, such as cache, local storage, and anything else corrupted. 
  • Locate the Discord folder and delete it, no mercy. If by any chance you can´t find it, it may be hidden. Select View from the top bar and check the Hidden Items option.
Delete discord folder
  • Now install the latest Discord version you just download and restart your PC to flush out any trace of it.
  • Pray to any God you believe in and Launch Discord.

Fingers crossed hoping it works. If it does, great! Hop in the same room as your friends and feast yourself in the wake of your enemies.

Didn’t work? Bummer. Carry on.

Temporarily Deactivate Windows Defender or Antivirus

You know when you go to install something and you always need to give permission? That’s Windows Defender being overzealous in its machinery protection.

While it is efficient when you put unknown applications on your PC, it can be frustrating when it blocks some necessary updates. In this case, Discord update. Let’s disable Windows Defender temporarily.

  • Open up the Start Menu by pressing the Windows Key, type Windows Defender and run it.
windows defender
  • On the left bar, click on Turn windows defender on or off.
  • Check all the ominous red options. I recommend against browsing the Internet for the moment. Quickly reactive it after opening Discord.
turn windows defender off

In case Windows Defender claims something like “Blablabla Antivirus is monitoring the system”, then you will have to stop it. It may vary from PC to PC, but generally, you will find the antivirus icon in the taskbar next to the time and date. Right-click on it and look for an option to pause or turn off monitoring.

Run Discord and please, update you gorgeous.

Disable VPN

Just to make sure: Is there any chance that you are using a VPN because you wanted to access the Netflix catalog from another country or lower your latency in games? If so, turn it off and restart your internet. VPN messes up your routes and it is hard to blame Discord as it looks for the update on your server, but gets lost among the ghostly virtual paths you created.

  • Call on your besties Windows key + R once again, type inetcpl.cpl and smash Enter.
  • An internet properties window should open. Click on the Connections tab.
  • Click on LAN settings, and see if the “use a proxy server for LAN is checked”. It if is, uncheck it. If it isn´t, disregard this solution.
Windows proxy settings
  • Click ok, apply to save changes, and open the Discord app to check whether it successfully installs updates.

Contact Discord Headquarters and Curse Them

I mean, don’t really do that. But if you do, no mentioning us.

Your problem is graver than we thought. You can try sending Discord a support ticket regarding your problem. You probably won’t get a timely answer, but if you want to fix this issue and none of the above solutions worked, you are out of options.

Just ask them How to Fix Discord Update Failed or Discord Update Failed Loop and they will probably know what you talking about.

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Daniel Westrop, Executive Editor for WhatifGaming. Dan has always been an avid gamer and tech lover, he enjoys exploring all areas of technology with a focus on gaming and hardware.
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