How To Fix Discord Update Failed Loop Error? [Updated 2022]
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
One of the leading VoIP services for gamers (especially), Discord receives a stream of bug fixes and updates every now and then. Users of Discord can communicate with each other through voice, video & text messages.
Discord’s development team ensures that users get to enjoy excellent functionality and thus, pump out regular software version updates.
Discord doesn’t open when it isn’t updated. Hence, it is troublesome to see the following discord update failed loop infinitely.
Table of Contents
- The Reason Why Your Discord Update Failed
- Methods To Fix Your Discord Update Failed Loop
Try the following fixes if your Discord Update failed:
- Check your Internet connection.
- See if Discord is down.
- Try using a different device.
- Run as Administrator.
- Disable your Antivirus temporarily.
- Disable your Firewall temporarily.
- Rename the Discord update file.
- Reinstall Discord.
The Reason Why Your Discord Update Failed
- Internet connectivity issues are one of the most common causes of failed updates on Discord.
- You will notice that you receive a notification indicating the failed update when you attempt to install Discord’s latest update with an unstable internet connection.
- Similarly, anything that disrupts the platform’s ability to connect to its servers can be the reason behind failed updates on Discord. Antivirus programs, firewalls etc. can cause such errors.
- In case you encounter instances where Discord update failed multiple times in a loop, corrupt local files are the cause.
- Clearing such files off your system will most likely allow the programs to update and you can get back online on Discord!
Methods To Fix Discord Update Failed Loop
Please note that most of the instructions provided below work regardless of the device you use for Discord. However, guidelines relating to the Discord update loop are specific to devices with the Windows OS.
Fix 1: Check Your Internet
- Make sure that your device does not face network connectivity issues. If you are unable to load websites like Discord.com, you need to restart your router or speak to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- In case of a mobile data connection, you can turn the ‘airplane mode’ on and off before you attempt to open Discord again.
Fix 2: See if Discord Is Down
- Sometimes, Discord’s chat service might be down, owing to the huge number of daily active users on the platform. However, finding out if there’s a Discord server outage can be difficult.
- To do the same, you can check the Discord service status page to know if there have been any issues.
- Or, simply log in to your Twitter account and search for news on Discord. In case there’s been a server outage on Discord, you are most likely to find several tweets with the hashtag #discorddown.
Check if these tweets are recent before you come to a conclusion.
Fix 3: Try With a Different Device
- Sometimes, you may need to recheck if there’s a problem with the current device you are using Discord on. See if Discord is working fine on your mobile devices/another computer.
- If it is working stable, it implies that your primary device has to be rebooted. Once that’s done, relaunch Discord and try installing your updates again.
Fix 4: Run as Administrator
- Many of us are aware of running programs as an administrator on Windows. This mode ensures that the update does not need admin rights to install updated programs or modify some system settings.
- Sometimes, granting Discord additional permissions for an administrator might allow the platform to punch through problems in downloading and installing updates.
NOTE: You need to be logged in to the administrator account on your device or possess an administrator password to use the above method.
To run Discord in ‘Administrator Mode’, you should:
- Click on the ‘Windows Icon’ in the search bar.
- Search for ‘Discord’ & Tap on the right-arrow.
- In the pop-up menu, click ‘Yes’.
Fix 5: Disable Your Antivirus Temporarily
- Antivirus may sometimes halt updates on Discord. Try turning it off and check if Discord updates and starts normally. If it does, please note that there is a conflict between Discord and the antivirus software you are using.
- To avoid further problems, you might need to switch to a different one or modify your antivirus settings to ensure that Discord does not get affected.
To disable antivirus software on your device, you should:
- On the keyboard, press the ‘CTRL + ALT + DELETE’ keys together to open ‘Task Manager’.
- Switch to the ‘Startup’ tab available in the menu at the top.
- Right-click on the antivirus application and disable it.
- Restart your device and check if the Discord update succeeds.
Note: This method might put your computer at risk and hence not recommended! Only proceed, if you are completely aware of the possible risks of going unprotected.
Fix 6: Disable Your Firewall Temporarily
- As stated earlier, a firewall can also block the progress of updates on your Discord servers. Turn it off temporarily and see if there’s a difference in how Discord works.
- In case you observe a noticeable difference in its functionality, you will have to add an exception to your firewall that lets Discord through.
To disable the Firewall:
- Go to ‘Settings’ on your device by clicking ‘Windows + I’ keys shortcut.
- Click on ‘Privacy & Security’ in the menu available on your left.
- Click on ‘Windows Security’ to check Firewall options.
- Disable Firewall by toggling off the ‘Virus & Threat Protection’.
NOTE: If you have an antivirus controlling the firewall, Go to your ‘Antivirus Application’ → ‘Turn off Firewall’.
Fix 7: Rename the Discord Update.exe File
Sometimes, the file containing the Discord update can get corrupted and renaming it will force Discord to download a new copy. This way the problem can get fixed on its own.
Here’s how you can do it by opening the ‘Local’ sub-folder of AppData:
- On your keyboard, hold down the ‘Windows key + R’.
- In the small window that appears, type %localappdata% and press Enter.
- Now, open the Discord folder and rename the Update.exe file to say Update1.exe.
Once done, open Discord (preferably as an Administrator) and see if the update is successfully installed.
Fix 8: Reinstall Discord and Empty App Data
This step not only ensures that Discord updates are installed correctly but also kills any lingering Discord processes. Here’s how you can reinstall Discord:
- On your keyboard, press CTRL + ALT + DEL. Now, select Task Manager.
- Find Discord in the list of processes that appears and end it. To end it, click on ‘End task’.
- Open Settings and in the list of apps, locate Discord. Select it and uninstall it.
- Once Discord has been successfully uninstalled, press the Windows key + R.
- Type %appdata% in the search bar and hit Enter.
- Locate the Discord folder and delete it.
- Press Windows key + R again, but type %localappdata% this time before you hit Enter.
- Locate the Discord folder and delete it. Note that these steps have erased all the Discord files on your system. You can now download and install Discord again from scratch.
Fix 9: Disable the VPN associated with your device
- In some cases, the VPN network that you are associated with might not connect well with the Discord server. So, go to the VPN application → Turn it off → Restart your computer.
- Now, try opening Discord and check if the update works perfectly without a VPN.
Fix 10: Installation of Discord update.exe to a different folder.
- The directory that Discord data is saved might be the root cause of the problem. It could be due to permission errors or intrinsic bugs.
- So, saving Discord in a new folder might help solve the Discord update failed error!
Follow the steps below to save Discord to a new folder:
- On the keyboard, Press Windows key + R and type %localappdata% before you hit Enter.
- Now, create a new folder in the Local sub-directory of AppData itself.
- Copy the ‘Discord’ folder under the Local sub-directory of AppData and paste it in the new folder.
Now, open Discord and check if the Discord update failed loop is resolved.
Now, you know why your Discord update failed. And, you are equipped with all the hacks you need to get your Discord update running :)
1. Is it possible to force the Discord application to update?
Ans. Yes, if you want to get rid of the Discord update failed loop without any limitations, Click on Windows Icon → Search for ‘Discord’ → Click on the right-arrow → Click ‘Run as administrator’.
2. How do I stop Discord from getting updated automatically?
Ans. You might think that if you just stop Discord from looking for updates, you will get rid of the infinite Discord update failed loop. But, unfortunately, Discord does not give its users an option to stop updates.
3. What to do if the Discord update fails on a Mac?
Ans. The first step you can do is to simply restart your Device. Check if the problem still persists. If it still does, try uninstalling and installing Discord.
4. Why is my Discord stuck on checking for updates?
Ans. The main reason for Discord getting stuck could be a poor internet connection. So, check your internet connectivity. If it is not your internet, try uninstalling and re-installing the application.
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