Joining Discord servers is the best way to fully enjoy what Discord has to offer. Discord servers are like a big lounge where a user gets to meet other users to have fun; get away from real-life stress and frustrations, and just hangout and relax (at least, virtually). Although, some server administrators take it to the next level by organizing social gatherings and meet-ups outside the virtual world–making real friends with real people.
But, how do you get to experience all that?
Well, the most basic step in joining Discord servers is through invite links provided by the server admins. But, what if you don’t have one or don’t have any access to one?
The good news is, you can actually join a Discord server without an invite link. Read through this blog to know more.
How to Get Into a Discord Server Without an Invite
Whether you are using the desktop version of the Discord app, or downloaded the app on your mobile device via Google Play Store or Apple App Store, there are only three types of Discord servers: Public servers, Private servers, and Closed servers.
Private servers are the ones who need an invitation link before you can ask to join the server. Mostly, this type of servers are work or business-related (which means, you need to be either hired, or a part of the company to be able to join).
Closed servers, on the other hand, are the most difficult to join into because you will need to request for an invite link first before you can ask to join them (although having their invite link doesn’t guarantee you an approval to join the server). So, it’s still a kind of a private server but stricter and more difficult to get into. It’s a bit of a hassle, but deemed necessary. Mostly, this type of servers are exclusive clubs that require premium membership.
Both private and closed servers don’t appear in the ‘Explore’ tab when you search for them.
Finally, Public servers are free and open-for-all communities that welcome anyone who wants to join in on the fun. This is where you can easily join a Discord server without an invite.
There are countless of public communities on Discord that don’t require any invitation link. Here are two ways you can do to become a part of a public Discord community:
Join Public Discord Servers
To join a Discord server without an invite, you can always opt to search for public servers via the Discord app and directly join a server as per results shown. Here’s how:
Open Discord account and click the green compass icon found on the left sidebar of your user interface below the plus icon (i.e. create a new server). The easiest way to join a Discord server without an invite link is through the Server ‘Discovery‘ tab in the app.
Explore public servers by typing keywords (e.g. ‘fairytail’, or whatever it is you’re trying to look for) on the search bar directly, and hit ‘Enter‘.
A public Discord server list will appear once you begin your search. Go through the search results and select among the available servers whichever of those you’d want to join. While results may vary from the most popular servers to the recently bumped ones, what matters is you find the perfect server that suits your preferences.
For this example, “FT x EZ” aka Fairy Tail + Eden Zero, will be selected.
You will now be redirected to your desired server and a ‘welcome-to’ dialogue box will pop-up in your window. You can select “I’ll just look around for now” in the meantime and explore through their public channels to see if they’re worth joining over.
After going through their rules and guidelines, and if you’re now ready to join their community, click ‘Join FT x EZ‘ on the top most mid corner of their Discord server interface.
Most public servers still have a verification process to undergo through. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not welcome to join, but to ensure the server admins that you’re a real person-user who’s trying to join their server (and not a computer-generated bot).
Such verification process is SOP (standard operating procedure) so you don’t have to worry when they ask you to fill-out a form, or click through a CAPTCHA, or give out your email/phone number for an OTP (one-time pin).
Once verification is complete, you will have successfully joined a Discord server.
Find Discord Servers through Third-party Websites and Apps
Another way you can join a Discord server or any other public servers and communities is through third-party sites. There are many third-party websites that offer direct links to Discord servers by clicking the ‘Join Server‘ call-to-action button. Here’s just five of them:
Issues You may Encounter in Joining Discord Servers
Most of the time, joining Discord servers are easily done. However, there would be some instances where you will find yourself stuck with an error or two. And, these errors may apply to all server types (public, private, or closed).
Here are some of the most common issues you may encounter in joining Discord servers:
Invalid or Incorrect server URL
This error may occur when your invitation link is considered invalid (such as links that are auto-generated and are not really a legit Discord server URL–which can be used by some bad people for cybercrimes like skimming and phishing) or there might be some typos in the server URL given.
Make sure you have the right link to avoid hassles.
Expired Invite link
Some invitation links expire. This is because some servers have their links available only at a limited amount of time for server members count capping. When you click through their links outside their pre-set time window, you won’t be able to join that particular server anymore, unless they reopen it.
Discord server temporary outage
A temporary outage error may occur when a Discord server hits its maximum allowed online members at a given time. When you encounter this kind of error, you will have to wait for another user to go offline in order to fill-in the vacated spot.
This error may occur when a Discord server hits the maximum allowed users per server. Before, there were only 800,000 users allowed per server. Then, Discord changed it to a million over the time. However, there are still servers that hit that high a ceiling, and unfortunately for some avid fans, the Genshin Impact Official server is one of those.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Get Back Into a Discord Server After Being Banned?
The answer is yes, and no.
Yes, some servers allow users to file a petition once they get banned. This is because an admin bot may have accidentally banned someone without real violations. It could also be a mistake from admin users who do manual banning. Additionally, even for some who did commit violations inside the server, server admins usually pardon first and second offenses and reinstate violating members who promise to dutifully adhere to the rules and guidelines after serving a shadow-ban; and
No, because some server admins are stricter than usual and don’t give second chances to violating members. The moment you commit a violation is also the moment you get kicked out of the server. No petition needed.
How Can I Get Into a Friend’s Private Server Without an Invite Link?
To join a Discord server without an invite link, you may need to do the following (depending on what type of a private server your friend has):
request for an invite link
Since private servers don’t appear in the search results, you will need to ask your friend to give you an invitation link. This can be done through direct messaging (DM).
Ask to Join Server
Click through the invitation link to get redirected to the server’s landing page–which could usually be the server rules and guidelines, role setting, or the verification channel. Clicking through that link will automatically notify the server admin of your request to join the server.
Go through a Verification Process
Again, verification processes are SOP on most private servers.
Can You See Who Created an Invite Link On Your Discord Server?
Yes, you can. For most public servers, go to ‘Server Settings’ and click ‘Instant Invites’.
Note: Some servers don’t have this feature as they are private and exclusive.
How to Leave a Server?
If you want to leave a server for some reason, you can always choose to click through the ‘Leave Server’ option anytime. This function is found on the left side bar of the server’s graphical interface. Look for the drop-down button beside the server name and click it. On the drop-down menu bar, you will find a ‘Leave Server’ option.