Today you will learn about the Discord AFK Channel. In case, if you are a server owner or admin. Then you can create all kinds of channels within that server. Now, The channel type we are also going to discuss today is an AFK channel. Then You will also see them on a bunch of servers. So, especially the more populated ones. Now, You may also have a few who wondered what they were for but never asked. So, This tutorial will also show you how to create an AFK channel in Discord. Then explain why you might want one in the first place.
Discord AFK Channel:
So, Let’s cover that why first thing so you know why you are doing what you’re doing. In case, if you are also running a gaming server or channels. This is where some of the people DM a lot, and then you may have lots of logged-in users. So, nothing is happening in chat. Other People might be in-game, just by doing something else. The Direct Messaging or just have Discord open while they are busy elsewhere. So, You may also have a high population of lurkers.
This is Whatever is going on then you may want to shift all members who aren’t actively engaging in chat. Then to a specific server where they can reside until they are ready to engage again. So, It is also a better option than kicking them after a timeout. You have to keep them on the server until they are ready. Also, That is why you create an AFK channel.
How To Create a Discord AFK Channel?
This is how You can also create an AFK channel in much the same way that you create any other. So, You will also need to be a server owner or admin with the right privileges. Then to create a channel but the rest is a breeze.
Steps to do this on desktop:
- You have to Log into your Discord server as usual.
- Then select the server at the top to access the Server Settings menu.
- Now, select Create Channel.
- To Set text or voice as usual and name it AFK or something meaningful.
- After that Save your new channel.
- This one is Under Overview, select your new AFK Channel from the center pane.
- You can also Set the AFK Timeout to your desired time.
- To save all your changes.
Steps To do this on mobile:
- To select the server and then tap the three dots icon.
- Now, select Create Channel.
- You can also Set text or voice as usual and name it AFK or something meaningful.
- After that Tap creates at the top of the screen.
- When again click the three dots icon and select the gear icon to access settings.
- To Choose Overview.
- You have to Select Inactive Channel to choose what channel want to AFK.
- After that Choose AFK in the selection.
- You can also Select Inactive Timeout and set the AFK Timeout to your desired time.
- Now, Tap on the Save at the bottom of the screen to complete the process.
So, You should now also see a new channel called AFK. This is whatever you called it on your list. Also whenever someone is inactive for a set amount of time. Then they will be automatically moved into the AFK channel. It also depends on what time you set in step 7 above, members will also find themselves in AFK after that time. Now, They can also move the channel when they are ready to do so.
Now, You can also go into the channel and also remove all voice and chat permissions for the @Everyone group if you want. Then I don’t see the point but a ‘proper’ AFK channel would mute everyone. So, People are moved into AFK just because they are AFK or busy DMing or raiding. In case, if they want to chat, they would chat so I don’t see the point of removing permissions. Now, Your opinion might differ though.
In case, if you don’t have an AFK channel, then Discord won’t do anything and also will leave them be. Also, If you do have an AFK channel, then this will automatically move members after that set period. You Don’t have to make that period too short. So, Nobody wants to be moved from their channel. In case, if they just go to make coffee or get a snack. Now, I tend to suggest a 15-minute timer. So, That’s enough time for most things but not so long that you have a full, but silent channel.
How does Discord know you’re AFK?
The code behind the feature has not been made public but we understand the main functions of the AFK bot. As far as we know, when you create an AFK channel, the Discord AFK bot will also join. It will scan users on your server for activity and use internal timers to assess whether they are present or not. Once the timer expires, if the bot doesn’t detect activity, it moves the user to the AFK channel.
For the most part, the AFK bot works well. It does occasionally move people to the AFK channel who are chatting. If this happens, shut down Discord and open it again and see if it stops. The bot may not be picking up your activity and think you’re AFK. If it keeps happening, talk to the server owner or admin and have them investigate.
Tell people you’re About Creation Of Channel:
You can also notify your server or channel you’re going AFK for a while so people don’t chat with you until you return. You can either manually move yourself to the AFK channel or use the AFK bot. This bot will automatically reply to mentions or DMs that you’re away and store the messages so you can check them all when you return. It won’t stop you from being moved to the AFK channel but does keep everything organized so you can quickly catch up on your return!
Then they will be automatically moved into the AFK channel. It also depends on what time you set in step 7 above, members will also find themselves in AFK after that time. Now, They can also move the channel when they are ready to do so. Now, You can also go into the channel and also remove all voice and chat permissions for the @Everyone group if you want. Then I don’t see the point but a ‘proper’ AFK channel would mute everyone. So, People are moved into AFK just because they are AFK or busy DMing or raiding. In case, if they want to chat, they would chat so I don’t see the point of removing permissions. Now, Your opinion might differ though.