How to report someone on Discord

There are a number of reasons why you might want to report someone on Discord. They might be harassing you, for example, or they might be doing something that breaks the law. Whatever the reason, they’ve gone beyond the point of having the channel mods deal with them. If you’ve reached this level, reporting the other parties to Discord is really the only way to move forward. Unfortunately, Discord doesn’t make that process as easy as you might think.

There is, however, a way to report another user that only requires a bit of work on your part.

Reporting another user does require going a little deeper into Discord than you might have gone before, so you’ll want to follow some basic directions to get the job done.

What You’ll Need

If you’re going to report someone on Discord, you’ll naturally need to be able to access the Discord program in some way. You’ll be reporting to Discord’s Trust and Safety Team via another website, but you will have to gather your information directly from the program.

As you move through this process, you’ll need to gather the following:

  • The other user’s numerical user ID (not their Discord name)
  • A link to the messages you want to report

Step One: Information Gathering

The first step towards reporting the other party is getting the information you need. Doing so requires going into Discord’s Developer Mode, which is something that most users don’t touch. Fortunately, getting there is fairly easy. If you are using the Discord App, you’ll find the Developer Mode toggled in the Settings – > Appearances menu. If you are using the Android app, it’s in User Settings – > App Settings – > Behavior and in the iOS version it is under User Settings – > Appearance – > Advanced. Regardless of the version you choose, you can toggle on the setting and get the information you need.

Getting the user ID is probably the toughest part of this process, but it’s still pretty easy. If you’re using the PC version of Discord, you’ll just need to right-click on the user’s name and choose ‘Copy ID’ from the menu. In the mobile apps, you’ll go to the user’s profile to see the same menu link.

Next up is grabbing the message link. Again, it’s a simple process that’s slightly different on the various versions of Discord. On PC, click on the three dots to the message’s right to get the ‘Copy Link’ option. On the mobile apps, you can tap and hold on the message to get the option to copy the link.

Submitting the Report

Once you’ve got the information you need, submitting it is easy. You can go to the Trust and Safety Team site and submit the report directly to the team. It might take some time for them to respond, but this is the only official channel through which you can send a report.

Remember, this is a report to Discord and not to your channel’s mods. If you think that the problem is big enough to involve Discord itself, you’ll want as much documentation as possible. Be prepared to work with the Discord team if necessary – after all, reporting someone can be a very big deal.

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