How To Block Messages From Non-friends On Discord

Are you tired of random people messaging you when you join a new server on Discord? Or do you want to filter the messages you receive on the app and accept only those that come from your friends? With that in mind, you can opt to block messages from people that are not on your friends list on Discord. Follow our quick guide below and, we’ll show you how to do it from your computer or mobile device.


By default, people that not on your friends list on Discord can directly message you on the app. As long as you’re sharing a mutual server, anyone can slide in your DMs whenever you want.

While it might not necessarily be a bad thing, as you can meet new people this way, some prefer to keep their circle small and only accept messages from their close friends. There are also times when people receive toxic messages from strangers they meet on a server.

Thankfully, Discord allows you to block messages from non-friends on a server. This option saves you trouble from blocking people that messages you one by one. However, take note that this option only applies to servers that you join in the future.

With that in mind, here’s our quick guide on how to block messages on Discord.

How to block messages from server members that are not your friends on Discord

If you don’t want random people to message you directly whenever you join a new server, you can opt to block messages from non-friends. In this way, you can browse and check the server without anyone bothering you.

You can block messages from non-friends whether you’re using Discord on your phone or computer. With that in mind, here are our step-by-step tutorials that cover both devices.

On your computer:

  1. Open Discord on your desktop or visit their web browser client and sign in to your account.
  2. Click the gear icon on the bottom left part of your screen to open your Settings.

  3. Under User Settings, click Privacy & Safety.

  4. Look for the Server Privacy Default section and toggle “Allow direct messages from server members.”

Please note that this option only applies when you join a new server. It doesn’t affect existing servers on your account. As such, you might want to leave and re-join crowded servers where you receive countless messages from strangers.

On your mobile device:

  1. Launch Discord on your phone and sign in to your account.
  2. Tap your profile icon on the bottom right part of the app.

  3. Under the User Settings section, tap Privacy & Safety.

  4. Head to the Server Privacy Defaults and toggle “Allow direct messages from members.”

Turning off messages from non-friends on Discord only prevents people from messaging you directly on the app. It doesn’t stop them from mentioning you on channels on the server.

On the other hand, you might generally like most people that you meet on the server. In that case, you can block the ones that make you feel uncomfortable on the app.

To wrap things up

Now that you know how to block messages from non-friends on Discord, you don’t need to worry about people sliding into your DMs whenever you join a new server. In this way, there’s no need to block users one by one.

To protect your privacy even further, you can opt to change your settings and select those who can add you as friends on the app. You can even prevent anyone from sending you a friend request.

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