Discord search broken? – Here’s what to do

Discord is a free messaging platform, which offers a wide range of features. One such feature is Discord search.

Discord search allows users to easily locate certain messages or files. It can be especially useful when trying to find old messages. You can search for content using one of Discord’s default filters, which include:

from: user
mentions: user
has: link, embed or file
before: specific date
during: specific date
after: specific date
in: channel

Search is available on both Desktop and Mobile versions of the app. The search function should be accessible from the top right corner.

Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + K to access Discord’s Quick Switcher. The Quick Switcher is a tool that allows you to quickly search and move through servers, channels and users.

Discord search broken? – Here’s what to do

Sometimes, Discord search can stop working properly. This can make it difficult to find certain content, especially in larger servers where the Discord search bar can come in extremely useful.

If you find Discord not working properly, then fortunately there are ways to remedy this issue. So, here’s how you can fix Discord search and get back to browsing through your favourite servers.

Step 1: Restart your Discord app

The first and simplest solution for fixing Discord’s search function is by restarting the Discord app. The app may be experiencing some slight glitches, which can cause the search feature to malfunction. Restarting Discord will refresh the app and possibly get rid of those glitches.

To restart Discord, close the app. Click the red ‘x’ in the top right to close the app.

Alternatively, you can click on the arrow icon next to the taskbar. Locate the Discord app, and right-click on it. Then, select the ‘Quit Discord’ option to close Discord.


Now, reopen Discord by double-clicking the Discord shortcut.

Step 2: Update Discord

Another solution for fixing Discord search is by updating the Discord app. If you’re using an outdated version of Discord, certain features could fail to function correctly. There are a few ways of updating Discord.

If the Discord app is already open, you can go to the app and look in the top right corner. If there’s a downwards-facing arrow there, it means the app has an available update. Click on the arrow icon to download the update.


The app will then restart itself. Once it’s been restarted, try using the search.

Alternatively, if the Discord app is not already open, launch the app. During the launching process, any available updates should automatically be downloaded. Once the updates have been installed, try using search again to see if the problem has been fixed.

Step 3: Check Internet Connection

Discord search may be failing to work correctly due to a faulty internet connection. If your internet bandwidth is too low or your connection is unstable, search may struggle to load properly.

Try using a platform that requires a steady Wi-Fi connection, such as YouTube. If you’re also experiencing loading issues on that platform, there may be a problem with your internet router. Try restarting the router before trying Discord search again.

You can also try disconnecting and reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network. This will refresh your internet connection, which may work in fixing an unstable connection.

Step 4: Check Discord Server

Discord search could be experiencing difficulties due to server issues. Discord’s server may currently be down, which can cause the app’s features to stop working.

You can check whether Discord’s server is currently down by going to https://discordstatus.com/. Discord’s server status should be states near the top of the page. If the website says ‘All Systems Operational’, it means Discord’s servers are currently up and running fine.


If Discord’s servers are currently down, wait a few hours before trying Discord’s search function again. Servers usually aren’t down for long.

Step 5: Disable Streamer Mode

If you currently have Streamer Mode enabled in Discord, it may be causing search to stop working properly.

Try disabling Streamer Mode in the Discord app, before trying the search function again. Note: Streamer Mode is a little different to Developer Mode in Discord.

To disable Streamer Mode in Discord, open up the app. Beside your username in the bottom left, there should be a gear icon. Click on it to access the user settings. On the left side tab, scroll down until you see the tab for ‘streamer mode’. Click on the tab to open the settings for Streamer Mode.


Find the ‘enable Streamer Mode’ option, and click on the switch beside it. This should disable Streamer Mode. If the switch is grey, Streamer Mode has been disabled.

Step 6: Reinstall Discord

If none of the solutions above worked in fixing Discord search, try reinstalling the app. There may be a fundamental problem with your version of the app.

Reinstalling the app will give the app a complete refresh, which can flush out any current bugs or glitches.

To reinstall the Discord app, first uninstall the app. Open up the Start Menu, and search for ‘discord’. Select the ‘uninstall’ option to access the ‘Program and Features’ settings. From here, you can uninstall various applications.


Locate the Discord app using search. You can also just scroll through the different programs until you find Discord. Once you’ve found Discord, right-click on it. Select the ‘uninstall’ option to uninstall the app.

Alternatively, you can uninstall Discord from the ‘Apps & Features’ settings. You can access these settings by pressing Windows-key + I.

This will open up your device’s settings. Go to Apps > Apps & Features, and search for ‘discord’ using the search bar. Click on the three dots next to Discord, and select ‘uninstall’ to uninstall the app.


Finally, reinstall the app by going to discord.com/download. Click on the relevant download link to install the app again.


Now, try using Discord search to see if the problem still persists.

Contact Customer Support

If none of the solutions worked in solving the issue, try contacting Discord’s customer support service for aid. They may be able to help you troubleshoot the problem.

You can access Discord’s request form by going to https://support.discord.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.


In conclusion, Discord search could be failing to work for a number of reasons. You internet connection may be faulty, which can result in loading issues. Or, Discord’s server may be currently down, which can cause certain features to malfunction.

There could also be a problem with the app itself. If so, try restarting or reinstalling to see if it fixes the issue. If nothing seems to be working in solving the problem, try asking Discord Support for help.

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