How to make an AFK Channel in Discord – Inactive Channel

How to make an AFK (INACTIVE) Channel in Discord

Creating an AFK (INACTIVE) Channel is equally important to adding moderators in a Discord server. If you’re a discord server owner or admin, then you might have felt that, initially, it’s not that easy to manage a server. Though, once you completely set up everything on a server including, assigning roles, and adding bots. Then, you can even run the server on autopilot mode. On discord, you can create all kinds of channels in your server, and in this article you’ll get to know about the AFK channel. Usually, you will find AFK channels on some populated servers.

What is AFK Channel / Inactive Channel?

Due there are lots of people on the server, the Discord server can become slow and unresponsive. And, temporarily kicking out inactive users doesn’t make sense. So here comes the AFK channel as a lifesaver. By creating an AFK channel, you can move inactive users automatically in it. In the AFK channel, users can’t text or chat, user will just stay in it.

The AFK is basically short form for Away from Keyboard. An AFK user is who isn’t actively using the Discord app on their computer. However, if a user is connected to the Discord channel, and playing the game will not be considered an inactive user. Though, you can even manually move users to the AFK channel. I hope, you now know all information needed, so let’s make an AFK channel in discord.

Let’s make an AFK (INACTIVE) Channel in Discord

Well, in order to create an AFK channel, first you need to create a channel in your server. Although, you can transform any existing voice channel into an AFK channel. Though, it would be good, if you create a separate channel for this purpose.

Step 1: Open Discord App and then select your Discord server from the left pane. Remember you can only create a channel in a server if you’re an admin of the server or owner.

Step 2: First, we will create a channel. So click on your discord server name and click Create Channel. (Yes, you can skip this step, if you want to convert your existing voice chat channel into AFK.)

Create Channel in Discord

Now, select “Voice Channel” in the channel type. And, give an appropriate name to the channel. (For instance, I gave the “AFK” name.) And, click on “Create Channel”.

Make an AFK Voice Channel in Discord

Step 3: Ok, now you need to convert it into an AFK channel. That you can do from server settings. So, click on the server name and then click server settings.

make an afk channel in discord - Discord Server Settings

Step 4: In the server overview, you will see the “INACTIVE CHANNEL” option. Previously, it was AFK channel, developer renamed it. Though, it does the same thing, automatically move members to this channel and mute them, when they are inactive for long.

Ok, so in INACTIVE CHANNEL, select the AFK channel that you have created.

Now, in INACTIVE TIMEOUT, select a timeout. (For instance, if you select 30 minutes timeout, then if a person is idle from 30 minutes in the voice channel, then they will move to this AFK channel.)

make an inactive channel discord

Step 5: Click on Save Changes. That’s it, you have successfully created a channel and converted it into an AFK channel.

Now, whenever discord will move anyone to the AFK channel. The person will get a pop-up notification about it.

Move user to AFK (INACTIVE) Channel

How does Discord will know, if someone or you’re AFK?

Well, this has not revealed yet by Discord Developers. Once you setup an AFK channel or INACTIVE channel. Then, the official discord AFK bot gets added to your server. And, whenever a person joins a voice channel, the AFK bot also joins it. After that, the bot keeps scanning the server for user inactivity and use internal timers to find out the user is present or not. Once the timer expires, and if the bot doesn’t detect any activity of a user, then it moves the user to the AFK channel. Well, sometimes, the bot moves even active users to the INACTIVE channel. If that keeps happening, then you should delete and recreate the inactive channel.

Final Words

Ok, so these were the steps to create an AFK channel or convert an existing channel into an INACTIVE channel. Now you will no more need to install a bot for it. Discord built-in option will make things easier for you. If you find this article helpful anyhow, let me know in the comment section.