Does Discord keep crashing on your iOS device? Let’s fix it

Follow these simple troubleshooting steps to get your iPhone and Discord app playing nicely again

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So you are here because Discord is crashing on your iOS device. We can feel your frustration and that is why we have given you a few solutions to try to fix the problem. You can download the Discord App on all iOS devices whether it be an iPad, iPhone, or good-old iPod touch.

Discord has earned its place in not only the gaming community but in various hobbyist circles and fan clubs as a way to stay in touch with like-minded people. Community building is the primary focus of Discord, which allows a server to segment itself into various sub-channels for different subjects.

For example, a 3D printing Discord server could split itself into STL printing, Resin printing, Member showcases, General Chat, and more. It keeps things organized for large communities, which can reach up to Fortnites 827,000 members.

Whilst Discord used to be purely a gamer asset, with them trying to take on Steam at one point with free game giveaways, it’s very accessible for anyone with a smart device, PC, or Mac.

Rather than having all users dumped into one large group and comments branching out to threats like Facebook Messenger, for example, Discord allows for better organization and more control over notification settings. 

Let’s bear in mind that one user can join up to 100 servers, controlling notifications is key when making sure Discord remains manageable. Users can choose from receiving all notifications or only receiving mention notifications, and this can be managed server by server.

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Discord crashing on iOS

When it comes down to platform performance, Discord can sometimes clash with iOS and crash/lag. This means the Discord app can close unexpectedly or nearly grind to a halt and perform very slowly. Here are some troubleshooting tips to get you back up and running.

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General performance fixes

There are a couple of settings hidden in Discord that can sometimes conflict with iOS settings. These may very well be the source of your slowdown and crashes: 

In Discord, go to ‘User Settings’ > ‘Privacy and Safety’, then disable/turn off ‘Use data to improve Discord’. This feature sends crashes and other usage logs to Discord to help improve the app, but it can also affect app performance.

Hardware acceleration can also clash with performance and cause crashes.

In ‘User Settings’, go to ‘Appearance’ then turn off  ‘Hardware Acceleration’. Finally, making sure you’re closing down any background apps will really help performance.

Multiple apps being open at once can really affect performance, simply swipe up and hold your finger in the middle of the screen to bring up currently running apps and close them down. Still getting issues? See the next step:

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Prevent image-based crashes

Images, video, and Emojis can cause crashes if you enter a server channel that is full of them. By default, Discord automatically plays GIFS and animated Emojis, let’s change that.

Go to ‘User Settings’ > ‘Text and Images’, then you’ll need to find and disable ‘Automatically play GIFs and autoplay animated Emoji’.

Hopefully, this should stabilize crashes based on these instances.

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Fixing lag and slow performance

Slow apps should be a thing of the past on later iPhone models, especially when it comes to a low-demand app like Discord. Background app refresh takes up temporary memory by constantly refreshing when you’re not using Discord.

This time, go to your iPhone ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Background App Refresh’ and disable ‘Discord’ to stop this from happening.

The easiest option is to delete and reinstall Discord. All of your user data will stay exactly where it is thanks to your account, and it clears any settings and cached files that may be causing crashes and lagging. Also, it ensures you have the latest version available.

Does Discord work on iOS 12?

In January 2022, Discord made a statement that the latest Discord app requires Apple’s operating system iOS 11 or later. So if you are using iOS 12, Discord should work fine. For those with Apple devices that are no longer able to update past iOS 10, you will have difficulty using the Discord app, unfortunately.

Summary

Discord crashing on your iOS device can be really frustrating. We have outlined a couple of solutions to help fix any problems you may have with your app. At the end of the day, it is hard to know why your app is crashing, so we recommend trying each of these adjustments to see if they work.

If you enjoy articles like this, be sure to check out our dedicated iOS section here on PC Guide.

Does Discord work on iOS 12?

In January 2022, Discord made a statement that the latest Discord app requires Apple’s operating system iOS 11 or later. So if you are using iOS 12, Discord should work fine. For those with Apple devices that are no longer able to update past iOS 10, you will have difficulty using the Discord app, unfortunately.