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How to Add Roles in Discord?

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Apr 07, 2021• Proven solutions

Having a Discord server for you and your friends is a fun experience. And for gamers, Discord is a necessity. You can customize it with bots, connect real-time over voice channels, and even add rooms for chat forums.

Obviously, creating and managing a Discord server can get difficult. Especially when the server gets crammed with members, it is no longer a one-person show. You need help with monitoring and moderation. And let’s face it – you cannot watch your server round the clock.

So, let us learn the art of delegation on Discord! This guide will help you with – How to add roles in Discord and how to assign them to members. This includes creating roles, deleting them, and granting appropriate permissions.

Part 1: Discord Server Permissions You Can Set Up

To give you a heads-up, there are around 29 permissions that you can adjust over a Discord server. More specifically, there are 7 voice permissions, 9 permissions related to texts, and about 13 permissions dealing with the server.

1. General server permission

Administrator – this is the highest permission that you can grant to a user. Think twice before giving this authority to anyone.

View Audit Log – with this permission, a user can read the server’s audits.

Manage Server – this permission enables a user to change the server’s name or shift it to another region.

Manage Roles – a user with this authority can make new roles or modify the roles without this permission.

Manage Channels – with this; a user can make, edit, or remove channels on a server.

Manage emojis – users with this authority can manage emotes.

Manage Webhooks – if you have this authority, you can add, modify, and remove webhooks.

Read Text Channels & See Voice Channels – a user with this permission can read text channels.

2. Membership permissions

Ban Members – a member with permission, can ban members from the server.

Create Instant Invite – users with this permission can invite people to the server.

Change Nickname – you can change your nickname anytime if this permission is enabled.

Manage Nicknames – if enabled, a user can change other’s nicknames.

Kick Members – a user with this authority can remove members from the server.

3. Text channel permissions

Send Messages – with this; users can send texts on chats.

Send TTS Messages – this enables users to send text-to-speech texts.

Manage Messages – with this; a user can remove or pin texts of other users.

Embed Links – enables users to embed hyperlinks in texts.

Attach Files – with this; users can attach files in the texts.

Read Message History – enables users to access earlier texts.

Mention Everyone – you can send push notifications on the channel if this permission is enabled.

Use External Emojis – if enabled, users can send emojis from other servers.

Add Reactions – with this; users can add new reactions to a text.

4. Voice channel permissions

Connect – enables users to connect themselves over the voice channel.

Speak – users can talk over the voice channel.

Mute Members – turn off other user’s speech.

Deafen Members – turn off hearing on the channel for a user.

Move Members – enables a user to shift members from one channel to a different channel.

Use Voice Activity – a member can talk without using Push-to-Talk, with this permission.

Priority Speaker – when this permission is turned on for a user, other’s

this permission allows the user to reduce the volume of other users when this user is speaking so that their words are louder on the channel.

5. Advanced permissions

Includes the 'Administrator' permission, which by default enables all the permissions to the assigned user.

Part 2: How to Make and Add Roles in Discord on Computer

The desktop app and Browser resemble the mobile apple a lot. The process of assigning roles and configuring members is more or less the same across devices. First, you need to create roles and define their authority before assigning these roles to some members.

How to create roles in Discord?

Before you can assign roles, you need a server. Once you have created your Discord server, start crafting the structure.

  1. Open your server and right-click on it.
  2. From the menu that appears, tap server settings.
  3. Name the role suitably. It should be descriptive of the authority.
  1. Tap on the plus sign that appears on the top right of the page.
  2. Here, you can change the title off the roll and even choose the color.
  3. Now comes the time to grant some permissions. These are basically the authority that you gave to every profile.
  4. When you are done, save the changes.

How to Assign Roles to Members in Discord?

To be able to assign roles, you should first create them

  1. Once again, hit that right button on your server and go to server settings.
  2. From the menu that appears to the left, ‘choose members’ under user management.
  3. Here, you will see the list of all the members on your server, tap the Plus sign that is right beside the username.
  4. From the drop-down menu that appears, select a role you want to assign to that member.
  1. You will notice that the color changes as per your settings. And this is how you assign roles to a server.

Part 3: How to Manage Roles in Discord?

After you learn how to make roles in Discord, you might want to manage them.

If you have got the hang of creating roles, then managing them is no different. Whenever the server gets crowded, you can create more roles or modify the existing ones. A smaller server can run smoothly with just an admin and an ‘everyone’ role.

The quickest and easiest way to manage your bloating server is to let all members be ‘everyone’ and adjust permissions accordingly. So, whenever members enter your server, they will automatically be assigned the common role.

Further, you can easily figure out what roles you have assigned to whom. Due to these colors, the other members can identify moderators, admins, or other roles.

Part 4: How to Delete Roles in Discord?

Honestly, removing Discord roles easier than setting them up. There are hardly a few steps that you need to follow for role removal.

  1. place the cursor on the server, and hit the right-click.
  2. From the list, choose server settings. Then click on roles.
  3. From the roles window, tap on the role that you wish to delete.
  1. Towards the bottom, you will see the option to delete the role. 
  2. Press ok to confirm.

Part 5: How to Add Roles on Discord Mobile?

Like we mentioned earlier, the user interface of Discord is similar across devices. So, there is little difference between the process of creating and managing roles. But it can be baffling for beginners, so here’s a brief!

1. How to create roles in Discord mobile app?

Before you can assign roles, you have to create them.

  • Open your server.
  • Tap on the arrow beside the server’s title. A drop-down menu will appear. Select ‘server settings’ from that.
  • Tap on 'Roles.' A common role, 'everyone' is assigned to all the members who have basic permissions enabled for everyone.
  • Tap the plus sign and add a role.
  • Give the role a color and describe it in a few words.
  • Go through the permissions and enable the ones that fit the role.
  • Save the changes.

You can repeat this multiple times to create more roles.

2. How to Assign Roles in Discord mobile app?

  • Head over to settings and select 'Members.'
  • Select the members you want to assign roles to.
  • Tick the boxes beside each member’s name for the roles you are assigning them.

Save the changes, and you are good to go! You can assign multiple roles to a member.

Part 6: FAQs about Discord Server Roles

Just some obvious things you might wonder about.

  1. How to make someone admin on Discord?

Making someone admin is the same as assigning other roles. Open your server and go to server settings.

  • From there, select ‘roles’ from the left pane.
  • Create a new role.
  • Name the role ‘admin’ or an equivalent title.
  • Adjust the setting related to sorting out role members with other members.
  • Go to general permissions and tick the ‘Administrator’ option.
  • Hit the ‘save changes’ button at the bottom.
  • Now it's time to assign the role to someone. Right-click on the user that you want to assign the role.
  • Choose 'roles' from the drop-down list and select 'Admin.'

And now your server has an admin!

  1. How can I assign roles to new users in Discord automatically?

By default, every member gets the role of ‘everyone’ on the server. However, you can customize this and add the MEE6 bot for automatic role allocation.

  1. Why can’t I manage the server even I am an admin on the server?

This is likely to happen if the server owner gave you the role of admin, but the permissions are disabled. You can ask the owner to enable the permissions for your user ID.

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Richard Bennett
Richard Bennett is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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