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How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord — The Complete Guide

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord — The Complete Guide

Need to be away from your Discord community for a few minutes to an hour?

But we’re in the middle of a game, and it would be rude to leave my teammates wondering what’s up with me since I’m not responding.

Good thing Discord has this channel called the “Away from Keyboard” channel, more commonly known as an “AFK” channel.

Yet, how can I create an AFK channel in Discord? Do I need to use a computer to make one?

All of your queries will be answered if you continue reading below. However, let’s start creating AFK Discord’s channel using a computer.

 

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Using a Computer

  1. Click the server icon on Discord’s left-side panel or right-click on the said icon.
  2. Select the “v” button beside the server name and click “Create Channel” (choose this also in the dropdown menu that appears after right-clicking the server icon).
  3. Tick the circle beside “Voice” channel.
  4. Type AFK channel name on the “Channel Name” space.
  5. Select the “Create Channel” button.
  6. Click on the “v” button beside the server name and choose “Server Settings.”
  7. Head to the “Inactive Channel” section and click the “v” button to choose the newly-created channel.
  8. Set the time for the “Inactive Timeout” category.
  9. Click “Save Changes” before selecting “Escape.” 

But, just like when creating an NSFW channel, you cannot choose between a voice or a text channel to be assigned as an AFK channel.

If for NSFW you can only create one using a text channel, AFK channels can only be created from voice channels.

Also, the members of that particular server can’t share their screens or stream videos using the AFK channel.

Simply put, AFK channels exist so that the inactive members of your server cannot disturb the game by moving themselves into it.

So, if you feel that creating an AFK channel is needed, refer to the steps below.

Step 1: Once the Discord app launches on your computer, head to the left side panel and click on the server icon.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 1.1

This move will open the server panel to the screen’s right side.

If, however, you prefer a shortcut for this step, right-click on the same server icon to make a dropdown menu appear.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 1.2

Step 2: Beside the server name, select the “v” button to make a dropdown menu appear.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 2

From there, select the “Create Channel” option. Choose the same option after right-clicking on the server icon.

Step 3: Inside the “Create Channel” window, tap the circle for the “Voice” channel to mark it.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 3

Step 4: After selecting the channel type, head to the “Channel Name” section and type the new name of the said channel.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 4

Step 5: Once you’re done filling out the needed details on the window, click “Create Channel.”

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 5

You’ll then be redirected to the main Discord interface.

Step 6: After creating a new channel, it will appear at the very top of the channel list on your server.

But, instead of tweaking the channel settings using the “Settings” button, head to the server name area instead.

Then, click the “v” button to make a dropdown menu appear again. This time, choose “Server Settings.”

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 6

Step 7: The “Overview” category is automatically displayed on the “Server Settings” page.

From there, head to the “Inactive Channel” section and click the “v” icon. 

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 7.1

Then, select the channel name on the dropdown menu.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 7.2

Step 8: After selecting the channel, click the “v” icon on the “Inactive Timeout” section.

From there, choose the time it needs before a particular member will be moved to the AFK channel.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 8

Step 9: A pop-out window will then appear, informing you of the unsaved changes you created.

To save the new server settings you created, click “Save Changes.” 

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 9.1

Then, select the “Escape” button to head back to Discord’s main interface.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord on a Computer Step 9.2

Very easy, right?

Yet, if you don’t have a computer at the moment, you need not fret.

You can always create an AFK channel even if you’re on Discord mobile.

 

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile

  1. Tap on the hamburger menu on the last chat page you accessed.
  2. Head to the left side panel and press the server icon you want to make an AFK channel.
  3. Press the server name and tap “Create Channel.” 
  4. Fill up the “Channel Name” area with the name of the AFK channel you’re creating.
  5. Press the circle beside “Voice Channel.”
  6. Press the checkmark icon to save the new channel created.
  7. Press the kebab menu beside the server name and choose “Settings.”
  8. Tap the “Overview” option.
  9. Head to the “Inactive Channel” category to choose the newly-created channel from the dropdown menu.
  10. Go to the “Inactive Timeout” section and select the time setting from the dropdown menu.
  11. Press the floppy disk icon and save the changes made.

Again, just like when using a computer, you can only assign a voice channel to become your AFK channel.

Step 1: After launching the Discord app on your phone, tap the hamburger menu on the last chat page you accessed.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 1

Step 2: On the left side panel, press the server icon you’re planning to add an AFK channel.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 2

Step 3: Tap the server name or the kebab menu and choose the “Create Channel” option.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 3

Step 4: Once you’re on the “Create Channel” page, type the name of your AFK channel.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 4

Step 5: Now, head to the “Channel Type” section and press the circle beside the “Voice Channel” option.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 5

Step 6: If you have nothing to tweak further on your new channel, tap the checkmark button to save the changes made.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 6

You’ll find the new channel on the top part of the channels list.

Step 7: Tap the kebab menu beside the server name.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 7.1

From there, press the “Settings” option.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 7.2

Step 8: Press the “Overview” option on the “Server Settings” page.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 8

Step 9: Go to the “Inactive Channel” section and tap it. You’ll then see a dropdown menu appear with the list of channels on your server.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 9

From there, press the new channel. 

Step 10: After assigning your AFK channel, head to the “Inactive Timeout” section and tap it.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 10

Click a time setting that should pass before Discord moves certain inactive members into your AFK channel.

Step 11: To save the changes you made, tap the floppy disk button on the bottom right of the screen.

How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord Mobile Step 11

If you can’t locate this button, press the “←” button instead to exit the page.

Wow! Creating AFK channels on Discord is such a breeze!

And, if you aren’t satisfied with the arrangement of your server channels, you can always move those Discord channels to your liking.

Now, are you ready to add an AFK channel to your server on Discord?

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Make an AFK Channel in Discord

 

How long should a member be inactive before he will be moved into an AFK channel?

The time it takes for an inactive member to be moved to an AFK channel depends on what the Discord server’s admin has set. The time setting can be as short as a minute and as long as 1 hour.

 

Can I turn an existing Discord server channel into an AFK channel?

You can turn an existing Discord channel into an AFK channel, granted that it is a voice channel. Access the “Server Settings” page and head to the “Overview” section under “Settings.” Then, access the “Inactive Channel” section and choose one of the existing voice channels from the dropdown menu.

 

Will the inactive member know that he’s been moved into an AFK channel?

The inactive Discord member will know that he’s been moved into an AFK channel as a notification will appear. On the said prompt, the member will be informed that he has been inactive and that Discord has moved him to the AFK or inactive channel.

 

Why are AFK channels created?

AFK channels on Discord exist for 4 reasons. First, it allows admins to differentiate inactive members. Second, other channels won’t be tagged as inactive. Third, you’ll avoid kicking out inactive yet online members. Lastly, members who don’t want to be disturbed can move into the AFK channel.

 

How will I get out of an AFK channel?

When you’re placed on an AFK channel, you’re automatically muted and tagged as “Idle.” If you want to get out of the said channel, just click or tap on a server channel you have access to so Discord will move you out.