How Do I Change Permissions on a Discord Server?


Larry Thompson

If you are a Discord server owner or administrator, you may find it necessary to change permissions for certain roles or members within your server. Discord provides a robust set of tools that allow you to easily manage permissions to control what actions and activities users can perform within your server. In this tutorial, we will walk through the steps of changing permissions on a Discord server.

Step 1: Accessing Server Settings

To begin, open your Discord application and navigate to the server where you want to change permissions. Once you are in the server, locate the server name at the top left corner of the window and right-click on it.

A dropdown menu will appear, and from there, click on “Server Settings. “

Step 2: Navigating to Roles

After accessing the Server Settings, you will be presented with various options on the left side of the window. Look for “Roles” in this list and click on it. Roles allow you to assign specific permissions to groups of users within your server.

Step 2.1: Creating a New Role

If you want to create a new role with custom permissions, scroll down to the “Roles” section and click on the “+” icon located at the top right corner of this section. Give your new role a name and choose an appropriate color for it. You can also assign special display settings such as “Hoisted” or “Mentionable” if desired.2: Modifying Existing Roles

If you wish to modify the permissions of an existing role, locate that role in the “Roles” section and click on it. This will open up a new window with detailed settings for that specific role.

Step 3: Adjusting Permissions

Once you have accessed the settings for a role, you will see a list of permissions that can be assigned to that role. Discord provides a wide range of permissions, including the ability to manage channels, kick or ban members, and send messages.

To change a permission, simply click on the toggle switch next to it. A green toggle switch indicates that the permission is enabled for that role, while a gray toggle switch signifies that the permission is disabled.

Step 4: Saving Changes

After making the necessary changes to permissions, click on the “Save Changes” button located at the bottom right corner of the window. This will apply your modified permissions to the selected role.

Step 5: Applying Roles to Users

Now that you have set up or modified roles and their respective permissions, it’s time to assign these roles to users within your server.

Step 5.1: Assigning Roles Manually

If you want to assign roles manually, go back to your server and navigate to the “Members” tab in the Server Settings. Locate the user you wish to assign a role to and click on the “+” icon next to their name. From there, select the desired role from the dropdown menu.2: Using Bots or Custom Scripts

If you have advanced requirements or need automated role assignment based on certain conditions or actions, you can explore Discord bots or custom scripts that are capable of managing roles programmatically.


By following these steps, you can easily change permissions on your Discord server. Whether you want to create new roles with custom permissions or modify existing ones, Discord provides a user-friendly interface to manage these settings. Remember to consider the needs of your server and its community when assigning permissions to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all users.

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