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How to Turn On or Off Threads on Discord

Discord released threads back in July 2021.

The problem is that larger servers tend to have people replying to each other in a chain.

This makes keeping up with the conversation challenging.

Discord threads allow you to move a conversation away from a channel’s feed.

This is done without removing the actual conversation from the channel.

When a thread is created, every chat after the first one will appear in a separate feed.

This allows people to chat about a topic without overwhelming the channel’s feed.

After 24 hours, the thread will be archived from the channel.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to turn on or off threads on your Discord server.

How to turn on threads on Discord

To turn on threads on Discord, you first need to go to your server settings.

Then, click on “Threads early access” followed by “Enable Threads”.

If you’re reading this article after August 17, 2021, threads will be automatically enabled in your server, so you don’t have to turn it on manually.

After you’ve clicked on “Enable Threads”, threads will be enabled on your server.

As of August 2021, threads are currently in early access.

In other words, they won’t be enabled in your server automatically if you’ve enabled the community feature for it.

If you want to enable threads in your community server, you need to turn them on manually.

On the other hand, non-community servers will have threads enabled by default.

Hence, if you own a non-community server, you don’t have to enable threads manually.

Here’s how to turn on threads on Discord:

1. Go to your server settings

If you own a community server before August 17th, 2021, you need to enable threads manually.

On the other hand, if you own a non-community server, threads will be automatically enabled for you.

To turn on threads on a community server, you need to first open the desktop version of Discord.

Do not use the mobile version of Discord as you won’t be able to enable threads on there.

Once you’re on the desktop version of Discord, navigate to your server.

Then, click on your server’s dropdown box.

After you’ve clicked on the dropdown box, a navigation drawer will open.

Click on “Server Settings” to go to your server settings.

2. Enable threads

How to turn on threads on Discord

After you’ve clicked on “Server Settings”, you’ll land on the “Server Overview” setting.

On the left sidebar, you’ll see a “Community” header.

Under the “Community” header, you’ll see multiple settings.

This includes “Membership Screening”, “Welcome Screen”, “Threads Early Access” (before August 17, 2021), and others.

Click on “Threads Early Access” to go to the threads early access page.

On the page, you’ll see an “Enable Threads” button.

Click on “Enable Threads” to turn on threads early for your community server.

Once you’ve enabled threads, users in your server will be able to create threads!

How to turn off threads on Discord

To turn off threads on Discord, you first need to go to your server settings.

Then, click on “Roles” followed by “Default Permission”.

After you’ve clicked on “Default Permission”, you’ll be able to edit the permissions for everyone on your server.

Scroll down the “Permissions” page until you see the “Public Threads” permission and the “Private Threads” permission.

Turn off the switch for “Public Threads” and “Private Threads”.

After you’ve turned off the switch for “Public Threads” and “Private Threads”, threads will be turned off.

Now, users in your server will not be able to create a thread.

Here’s how to turn off threads on Discord:

1. Go to your server settings

From August 17, 2021, onwards, threads will be automatically enabled for all Discord servers.

If you don’t want to use the threads feature, you need to disable it manually.

To begin with, you need to open the desktop version of Discord.

Once you’re on the desktop version of Discord, navigate to your server.

Then, click on your server’s dropdown box.

After you’ve clicked on your server’s dropdown box, a navigation drawer will open.

Click on “Server Settings” to go to your server settings.

2. Go to “Default Permissions”

Discord roles default permissions

After you’ve clicked on “Server Settings”, you’ll land on the “Server Overview” setting.

On the left sidebar, you’ll see multiple settings.

This includes “Overview”, “Roles”, “Emoji”, and others.

Firstly, click on “Roles” to go to the “Roles” setting.

Once you’re on the “Roles” settings, you’ll see a “Default Permissions” option.

Click on the “Default Permissions” option to go to modify your server’s default permissions.

In your server’s default permissions, you’ll be able to enable or disable public and private threads.

3. Disable public and private threads

How to turn off threads on Discord

After you’ve clicked on “Default Permissions”, you’ll land on the “EDIT ROLE — @EVERYONE” permissions.

Now, you’ll be able to modify the permissions for everyone on your server.

Scroll down the permissions until you reach the “Text Channel Permissions” header.

Under the “Text Channel Permissions” header, you’ll see the “Public Threads” and the “Private Threads” permission.

To turn off threads on your Discord server, you need to disable both the “Public Threads” and the “Private Threads” permission.

Firstly, click on the switch next to the “Public Threads” permission to disable it.

A green switch means that the permission is enabled while a gray switch means that the permission is disabled.

Hence, you need to make sure that the switch is gray.

Secondly, click on the switch next to the “Private Threads” permission to disable it.

Now that you’ve disabled both the “Public Threads” and the “Private Threads” permission, threads will be turned off in your server.

You’ve successfully learned how to turn off threads on Discord!

Conclusion

There are 3 main uses to Discord threads.

The first use is if you have a support channel.

If you have a support channel, you can use one thread per support ticket.

Secondly, you can use threads for special or recurring events.

You can create one thread for each event to prevent cluttering the main channel.

The last use is for large servers with busy chats.

If your chat is very busy, users can create a thread per topic so that they don’t talk over each other.

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