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How to fix Discord 404 error?

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Discord is one of the most popular VoIP programs out there. The program was originally meant for gamers but since then has evolved to serve a much larger user base. That said, popularity doesn’t guarantee seamless operation and Discord has its fair share of bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the Discord 404 error, its causes, what you can do to fix the problem as well as a small easter egg on the Discord 404 page.

What causes Discord 404 error?

Much like every other 404 error, Discord 404 errors also occur when you try to access a page or server that doesn’t exist on Discord’s backend. This can happen for a number of different reasons including the following.

  • Spotty internet connectivity.
  • Wrong URL or server name
  • Active VPN or proxies
  • Windows Firewall blocking Discord

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How to fix Discord 404 error?

Here are nine fixes that should help you fix Discord 404 error.

Run Discord as an administrator

Since Discord uses UDP to communicate with its servers, there’s a chance that inappropriate permissions are getting in its way. Try running Discord with administrator privileges to check if that resolves your issue. 

Right-click on the Discord icon either on the desktop or the start menu and choose the Run as Administrator option. 

Check your internet connection

Discord requires an active internet connection to work. If you have an unstable internet connection, chances are you’re going to miss out on notifications. Suppose you’re on WiFi check to see if you’ve got internet access and strong signals. If you’re on mobile data, check to see if data is enabled and that you’ve got good network coverage.

Disable any firewalls

If you’re using any third-party firewalls, now’s the time to disable them to see if Discord is being blocked by them. The same goes for any third-party antiviruses.

If your Windows firewall is blocking Discord, refer to this guide to see how you can unblock the program.

Use the web app

A lot of you might already know that Discord is also available as a browser-based app. In case you can’t get the Discord client to start on your PC, you can quickly switch to the browser app to check on what’s going on in your favourite servers. 

Disable your Proxy settings

Corrupt or incorrect proxy settings can also cause problems with Discord. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type in inetcpl.cpl and press enter.

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Step 2: Head over to the Connections tab and click on LAN Settings.

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Step 3: Ensure that the Use a proxy server for your LAN option is unchecked and that the Automatically detect settings option is enabled.

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Restart your PC and try again. Alternatively, you can leave the Automatically detect settings option unchecked if the above configuration doesn’t work for you. 

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Restart from the Task Manager

Try quitting the Discord process from the Task Manager and relaunching it to see if that solves your problem.

Step 1: Right-click the Taskbar and click on Task Manager.

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Step 2: Find the Discord process and end it using the End task button in the bottom right.

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Now restart Discord, and it should work just fine. 

Update Discord

The issue you’re facing may have already been fixed in an update you haven’t installed yet. Once you’ve launched Discord, press Ctrl + R. Discord will restart, download any pending updates, and probably fix the Discord 404 issue.

Disable the in-game overlay

Sometimes, disabling the Discord in-game overlay can help resolve the issue. Here’s how.

Step 1: Click the settings icon next to your name at the bottom. 

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Step 2: On the left panel, head over to Overlay under Gaming Settings. Make sure that the Enable In-game Overlay setting is disabled. 

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Now try restarting Discord and the error should be gone. 

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Reinstall Discord

If all else fails, your best bet is to reinstall Discord from scratch.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features. 

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Step 2: Find Discord in this list and click on Uninstall. 

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Once the program has been removed, restart your PC, reinstall Discord and try launching it again. 

Discord 404 page games

Most of you might miss it, but there’s a small easter egg on the Discord 404 page. You can click the Snake icon in the bottom right of the 404 graphic to launch an in-browser snake game called snek. 

How to fix Discord 404 error?

If you’re having trouble finding the page you’re looking for, at least you can now play a game as you wait for the right URL to arrive. 

Also read: How to fix Discord error ‘Channel verification level is too high’?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: