If you’re looking for a solution to fix Discord lagging issues, you’ve come to the right place!
After reading this article, you’ll know exactly how to fix this frustrating issue.
8 simple fixes to try:
You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
- End unnecessary programs
- Turn off/on hardware acceleration
- Update your drivers
- Clear Discord cache files
- Change the power settings
- Reset Discord Voicer Settings
- Update Discord
- Reinstall Discord
Fix 1: End unnecessary programs
Some programs may conflict with Discord, causing Discord to lag. So, you should turn off unnecessary processes while running Discord. Here is how to do it:
If you’re on Windows 7…
1) Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager.
2) Click the Processes tab. Then, check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.
3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End Process Tree.
Try relaunching your game to see if this has resolved your issue. If this didn’t help, try fix2.
If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…
1) Right-click your taskbar and select Task Manager.
2) Check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.
3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End task.
Relaunch Discord to see if it works properly now. If not, read on and check the next fix.
Fix 2: Turn off/on hardware acceleration
Another quick fix that has fixed Discord lagging for many users is turning on/off Hardware Acceleration. Here is how to do it:
1) Run Discord, then click the Settings icon.
2) Click Appearance, if Hardware Acceleration is on, turn it off, and vice versa.
3) Click Okay.
4) Reopen Discord to see if this has resolved your issue.
If your problem still exists, don’t worry. There are still 6 fixes to try.
Fix 3: Update your drivers
In most cases, video or audio lagging issues occur when you’re using the faulty graphics driver or sound card driver. It’s essential that you have the latest correct driver for your hardware devices at all times.
There are two ways you can update your drivers:
Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually
The manufacturer of your hardware keeps updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the manufacturer’s website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Option 2 – Automatically update your drivers
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
Fix 4: Clear Discord cache files
Having too many cache files and cookies accumulated on your PC can also make Discord become laggy. To see if that’s the problem for you, try clearing Discord cache. Here is how:
1) Exit Discord.
2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog.
3) Type %APPDATA%/Discord/Cache and press Enter on your keyboard.
4) On your keyboard, press the Ctrl key to highlight all files on the window.
4) Press the Del key on your keyboard to delete all selected files.
5) Relaunch Discord to check if this helped.
If your issue still exists, move on to the fix, below.
Fix 5: Change the power settings
The power plan on all computers is set to Balanced by default to save more energy, so your computer sometimes will slow down to save energy. This might be the reason why Discord starts lagging. Follow the instructions below to see how to fix it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control panel.
2) Under View by, click Large icons.
3) Select Power Options.
4) Select High Performance.
5) Restart your computer and Discord to test your problem.
Discord should be able to run smoothly with lags. If not, try the fix, below.
Fix 6: Reset Discord Voice Settings
Improper voice settings can also trigger Discord lagging issues. In this case, try resetting Discord settings to default. Follow the instructions below:
1) Run Discord, and then click the Settings icon.
2) Click Voice & Video, then Reset Voice Settings.
3) Click Okay.
4) Try sharing your screen again to test your issue.
Hope the lagging issue has been fixed. If not, move on and check the fix, below.
Fix 7: Update Discord
An outdated version of Discord could also be the reason why your Discord lags. Try updating Discord to see if that’s the problem for you. Here is how to do it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog
2) Type %localappdata% and click OK.
3) Double-click Discord.
4) Double click Update.exe and wait for the update process to be complete.
After the update, relaunch Discord to test your issue. If Discord still lags, then go ahead with the next fix.
Fix 8: Reinstall Discord
If none of the fixes above worked for you, your problem might be caused by corrupted or damaged Discord files. In this case, reinstalling Discord is very likely the solution to your issue. Follow the instructions below:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key. Then, type control and click Control Panel.
2) Under View by, click Category, and then select Uninstall a program.
3) Right-click Discord and click Uninstall.
4) Download and install Discord.
After you reinstall Discord, launch it again to check if this fixed the lagging issue.
Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped in resolving your problem. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions and suggestions.