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How to Hide Offline Members in Discord – Tutorial

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Written by Kelly Houstan

A little while ago, smaller servers would also have a list of offline members. As soon as your server hit 100 members it would disappear as well. Along with recent changes, that list now stays regardless of how large your server is, however, can you hide offline members in Discord? Can you guys turn this list off? Just read this article to know all about How to Hide Offline Members in Discord – Tutorial. Let’s start!

Unfortunately, you guys cannot turn this off right now. Discord said that they were adding the ability for owners or admins of large servers to be able to see offline members as an extra feature actually. It’s a real shame they didn’t also add the ability in order to turn this list off too. It’s not an issue for the @everyone group because they don’t appear there. However, for admins, it’s an extra step to knowing who is on the server.

How to Hide Offline Members in Discord – Tutorial

There are requests on the Discord feedback forum to add a toggle for this list, However, it has yet to be implemented. In the meantime, the momentary relief we had whenever our server hit 100 members and the offline list disappeared is now a thing of the past as well.

If your server seems to have too many offline members, then what can you do to reduce that?

Pruning in Discord

The term pruning is basically a gardening term that means to trim a plant or bush of dead parts to encourage growth. It’s an apt term to use here as well. With removing offline members, you just trim down your server so only active users are there and you have less admin to do. There is also a side advantages of removing any alt accounts trolls may have left on your server in advance of making trouble. It’s a small thing but each and every little helps.

Server owners can prune their servers periodically so that inactive members are removed and only those who basically join in chat remain. You guys have to be careful when pruning to not remove valuable members who might be on vacation or doing something else. However, for the most part, pruning servers is a really valuable pastime for owners.

You guys will have to be the server owner or admin in order to do this.

Here’s how to prune a server in Discord on desktop:
  • First, you have to open the server you want to prune and select Server Settings.
  • Choose the Members tab.
  • Then select the Prune text link at the top.
  • Just choose a time limit in the popup window and select Prune.
Here’s how to prune a server in Discord on mobile:
  • You have to open the server you want to prune and select Server Settings through hitting the three dots icon and select the gear icon.
  • Now scroll down and select members.
  • Then select the three dots icon at the right top of the screen.
  • Choose prune in the pop-up window as well.
  • Select a time limit in the popup window and also choose Prune.

The pruning tool will also tell you how many members will be removed when you choose a time limit in the popup box. I would suggest using 30 days as the limit as 1 or 7 days could just be a vacation s well as road trip. Few people go away for 30 days so is a fairer time in order to kick inactive members. It is entirely up to you guys though.

Members along with roles will not be pruned. You guys have to do that manually. It will only remove inactive users from the @everyone group and also not admins, moderators, or any custom roles you guys may have created.

I don’t really understand why there is even a 1 day setting as we are all inactive on Discord at one time or another as well. You can understand 7 days for more active or for thriving servers however, a single day?

Use the prune tool in Discord

The prune tool is a valuable for server owners but can also be devastating in the wrong hands. If you are the server owner, keep access to this tool restricted and be really careful with who you share it as well. Done well, pruning can help you to maintain a healthy server and encourage growth. Used incorrectly and things can go really wrong very quickly.

This story on Reddit is a case in point as well. A server owner delegated the prune tool to members he initially trusted only for one rogue in order to prune every member who had been inactive for 1 day actually. That’s a really dangerous setting and I genuinely don’t know why it’s there. In this case, the server lost half its membership in one go and also the rogue admin left as well.

As that post goes on to explain, so anyone you give admin permissions to can prune. If you guys want to restrict pruning on a server, you have to delete all kick and ban permissions from your admins. That’s not a practical solution, however, it’s all we have right now.

It’s actually a shame you cannot hide offline members in Discord or better control who can also prune and who cannot. But it is what it is and we make do along with what we have. Do you guys know of any effective ways to hide offline members. Or control who can prune and who actually cannot? Know of any bots that can also prune? Tell us about it below if you guys do!

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