From the old days of MSN to everyday work chat on Slack, whether working or gaming, there’s certainly a place for chat apps in the 21st century.
VoIP application Discord initially launched in 2015 but was released again in 2019. It’s a free way for gamers to chat while playing on their consoles. However, along with a tonne of other bad news in 2020, now it looks like a message is circulating in relation to the shut down of Discord.
Is Discord going to shut down in 2020? What we think, plus troubleshooting on common crashes and errors found when using the app!
What is Discord?
Discord is an app used in the gaming community. Put simply, it allows gamers to chat via text and image, as well as audio and video while on their console.
The Discord app is widely available and can be used on Apple Mac, Linux, Windows, Android, iOS and web browsers. So, if you’re wondering how to use Discord voice chat on Xbox,
Settings > Account > Linked social accounts > Discord “link”.
Now, using your mobile phone, open the Discord app.
Click the menu (three lines, top-left corner) > ‘settings’ cog (bottom-right) > connections > select Xbox.
Is Discord going to shut down in 2020?
In 2020, many Discord users were unfortunately sent a message stating that Discord is going to close.
The message began: “Dear discord members, discord is supposed to close Nov 7, 2020 because it has become too populated…”
Over 250 million people use Discord, so the idea of the app shutting down probably isn’t the best news.
However, we can assume that the message, which specified that if users fail to “copy and paste this to 15 other users to show that you are still active within 2 weeks” would be “deleted without hesitation to make more space”.
If Discord was shutting down on November 7th 2020, we would imagine that Discord themselves would send out a more professional e-mail or Twitter post to its users to let them know of any changes.
Discord app crashing on startup iOS
If you find that the Discord app is crashing on startup on an iOS device, we can run through some troubleshooting tips.
- Ensure that your iOS software is up-to-date. Running the device on older software can cause issues for your apps.
- Ensure that you’re running the latest version of Discord, too. Often, when the app crashes, it’s because it needs to be updated.
- If Discord is not opening on an iPhone, it’s best to uninstall then reinstall the app.
- Clear your AppData folder – corrupted files can cause the app to crash. Please follow the steps below to do so.
Hold down Windows key + E > Type %AppData%\discord into Windows Explorer address bar > Enter > Select Cache folder > Hold CTRL key + A and click Delete.
Back in the Discord folder, select ‘Local Storage’ folder > Hold CTRL key + A and click Delete.
Discord keeps crashing: Mac
Users of Discord report a fair few issues in relation to Apple Mac OS. From failed updates on a Mac to the Discord helper not responding and Discord not opening on a Mac, it seems that a solution needs to be found for many different problems.
If Discord keeps crashing when using MacOS, please try the following options.
- Check that the date and time settings on your Mac are set to ‘automatic’.
- Restart your Mac fully.
- Delete entirely and reinstall Discord
- As outlined adobe, deleting the App data folder can help eradicate this issue
- Disable VPNs, proxy and antivirus when using Discord