How To Fix A Discord Lag

Millions of people use Discord every day. In fact, 19 million people are active users that log in daily. In 2017, on their third birthday, Discord managed to achieve 130 million downloads. 

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Because of how many people use this app, it is normal to find someone who experiences problems with it. From time to time, you can experience different glitches and bugs. It is to be expected. But, today we will focus on something else. Something you can fix at home. 

While this problem doesn’t appear for everyone, nor is it there a 100% sure way of solving it, it can be a useful thing to talk about. And that thing is lag. Some people have reported experiencing lags when they use Discord. It puts a lot of pressure on their CPU usage. 

That’s exactly why this guide is here to help you out. If you are experiencing any lag due to Discord, this guide can help. However, this guide can be useful only if Discord is the source of the problem. If there is lag when Discord is open, there is something that can help you fix it. 

But, if something else is the cause of your problem, this trick can’t help. So, if Discord is the one that causes the lag, this simple guide can be useful. Here is what you can do.

Step 1

Go to “Settings”. It is the cog icon next to the microphone and headphones. Select it. 

Step 2

 Scroll through the menu and look for “Appearance”. Click on it.

Step 3

This is the submenu you are looking for. Here you can find the option to fix the lag and that option is “Hardware Acceleration”. Toggle the “Hardware Acceleration” off. If you can’t find it see the screenshot below. Now Discord will restart by itself. When the app opens again, you are good to go. Hop into the game and see how the FPS drops. 

For some people, this can help. But, if the lag continues, the source of the problem could be elsewhere. It depends on the CPU. In some rare cases, it can sometimes use 30%-40% of CPU. 

When the “Hardware Acceleration” is toggled on, it can stress your GPU out. If your computer has a weak processor, you don’t want to have this option toggled on. It will apply more pressure to it. That’s it! Now you know how to fix the lag!


As you can see, this trick can be useful to get rid of the pressure Discord puts on your GPU and CPU. Even though it might not be helpful if the cause of the lag is something else, it doesn’t hurt to try. It is very easy and you will get it done in no-time. So, go ahead and give this trick a try. Besides, there are only a few steps that won’t take too much of your time. They are quick and easy to follow. Let us know if this trick helped you out. We hope you found this guide helpful.