Discord messages failed to load 

Discord Messages Failed To Load (Easy 4 Step FIX!)

In this work from home environment, many small companies have turned to Discord as a sort of “virtual office”. Some companies have even reported creating a ‘good morning’ channel to keep their teams feeling connected. While it’s a great platform, one issue repeatedly cited by users is the Discord messages failed to load error.

Discord Messages Failed To Load

To fix the Discord messages failed to load error, first check if the Discord server is down. If the Discord server is connected, restart everything and disable the proxy server for your local area network (LAN). Finally, if that doesn’t work, manually change your domain name service (DNS) provider.

In addition to the Discord installation has failed error, this Discord messages error is one of the most complained about user issues.

Fortunately, following these four steps detailed below will solve the problem in most cases.

Step 1: Check Discord Server Connection Status

Many times when you can’t send messages on Discord, you are not the only one experiencing this issue!

The very first thing to do if you encounter this error is to check the Discord server connection status.

Often, what you will find is the Discord server is down and everyone is experiencing the same problem.

One of the easiest ways to investigate this is to head over to Down Detector and see if there has been an uptick in the number of Discord outages in last 24 hours.

Down Detector shows recent Discord outage

If you scroll down a bit, Down Detector also has a highly active Discord comments section.

It can sometimes be useful to review the latest comments and see if there are any obvious recent trends in the reported issues.

Other options to check on Discord’s current connectivity status include Discord’s official status page and the ‘@IsDiscordDown’ Twitter account.

@IsDiscordDown twitter update

Unfortunately, if the issue is on Discord’s end and the server is down, the only thing left to do is wait and continue to monitor the situation.

Step 2: Restart Everything

First and foremost, before we dive into the more involved troubleshooting steps, try restarting everything.

And yes, I do mean EVERYTHING.

Start by fully closing out of the Discord application or web browser. Then power down your computer.

Next, you’ll also need to restart your internet. To do so, unplug your modem for 60 seconds and then plug it back in.

Lastly, turn your PC back on and open Discord.

If you are still encountering the issue, proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Disable Proxy Server For Local Area Network (LAN)

Ok, so you’ve confirmed that the Discord server is connected and fully operational and you have restarted everything – what next?

If there does not appear to be a broader server issue, it is possible you are encountering the error due to an internet connection issue on your end.

Once you’ve confirmed the internet connection is secure on your end, the next fix to try is disabling the proxy server for your local area network (LAN).

Ultimately, a proxy is a sort of filter or gateway between your device and the broader internet.

The problem is, your proxy can sometimes act as a firewall, blocking the connection to various applications. As it turns out, some proxy servers are not compatible with Discord’s configuration.

To determine whether or not the proxy server is causing the problem, disable it.

  1. First, type “Internet Options” into the Windows search field and click Internet Options in the search results.
  2. Next, click on the Connections tab and select LAN settings.
  3. Within the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings, uncheck the Use a proxy server for your LAN option. Then, click OK, Apply and OK again to save the changes.
    Discord Messages Failed To Load - disable proxy server
  4. Finally, restart the computer.

Once your computer fully reboots, give Discord a try.

Step 4: Change Your DNS Provider

If disabling the proxy server did not successfully solve the problem, the final fix to try is changing your domain name service (DNS) provider.

In short, the DNS provider is the service your PC uses to translate webpage text and code.

Changing providers is a highly recommended troubleshooting step when you are having trouble loading or connecting to Discord chat.

Doing so can even result in a faster, more secure web experience in general!

How to swap out your DNS provider:

  1. First, type “Control Panel” into the Windows search field and click Control Panel in the search results.
  2. Next, in the Control Panel click on Network and Sharing.
  3. Within Network and Sharing, select Change adapter settings from the upper left side of the pop up window.
  4. Then right click on you Network adapter and select Properties.
  5. Within Ethernet Properties, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv6) and then select Properties.
  6. Finally, click the button next to Use the following DNS server addresses and in the Preferred DNS server box type “1.1.1.1“. In the Alternate DNS server box type “1.0.0.1“. Then, click OK.
    Discord Messages Failed To Load - change DNS
  7. Once you have fully changed your DNS provider, close the window restart your computer.

That’s it! Your Discord messenger should now be fully functional.

Conclusion

Not being able to access your Discord messages can be frustrating. Fortunately, this is a common problem with four proven solutions.

To fix the Discord messages failed to load error, first check if the Discord server is down. If the Discord server is connected, restart everything and disable the proxy server for your local area network (LAN). Finally, if that doesn’t work, manually change your domain name service (DNS) provider.

If you tried each of these troubleshooting steps and still Discord failed to send messages or load messages, you can submit a Discord “Help & Support” request.

I hope your found these troubleshooting steps helpful! If this post helped you fix your Discord messaging, or if you solved your issue some other way, be sure to leave me a comment below so that we can include it!

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