How To Fix Not Being Able To Change Member’s Role On Discord

How To Fix Not Being Able To Change Member’s Role On Discord

Are you having problems with changing a member’s role on a Discord server?

Discord is an instant messaging app that allows users to create servers that can house thousands of members.

As a server owner on Discord, you will have permission to assign roles to any of your members.

Roles on a Discord server* are a way to differentiate or group members in a hierarchy; some servers will have more permission than others.

This helps promotes the organization in the server and protects it from intruders or hackers.

Some of the roles that can be assigned to members on a Discord server include moderators, admins, team, owner, whitelisted*, and a host of others; it all depends on the server.

In this guide, you will learn how to fix not being able to change members’ roles on a Discord server and why it happens.

Why Can’t I Change Roles on A Discord Server?

If you can’t assign or change roles to members on a Discord server, you need to make sure that you have permission to do so.

Another reason you cannot assign roles on a Discord Server may be due to technical issues on the Discord website.

These technical issues can also prevent the members’ list on your Discord server from loading, there are usually caused by a bug or glitch.

How to Fix Not Being Able To Assign Roles on a Discord Server

To fix not being able to give roles to members on a Discord server, you need to update your Discord app to fix the technical issues.

Or try accessing the Discord server on the Discord desktop version.

1. Update the Discord app

The first step is to update your Discord app, that way you can fix bugs that may be preventing you from giving out roles on a server.

To do this, go to the App Store or Google Play Store, and search for “Discord” in the search bar without the quotes.

Select the first app on the list of search results, and tap on “Update” to install the newest version of the app on your device.

2. Improve your internet

The next step is to improve your internet connectivity.

If your internet is slow then you might not be able to save changes on your Discord server.

You will notice that even if you manage to assign a role to a member on your server, the changes will not be saved no matter how many times you tap on “Save changes”.

So, improving it or switching to mobile data or a hotspot might help fix this issue.

3. Switch to Discord’s desktop version

If you have been trying to assign roles to members on your Discord server through the Discord mobile app and you have been running into issues, switching to the desktop version of the app might fix it.

To do this, make sure you are connected to fast internet, log into your Discord account on a computer, and then try allocating new roles to members again, it should be working properly this time.


And that is how to fix not being to change roles to members on your Discord server.

As you have read, the process is straightforward, all you have to do is to follow each method correctly to achieve the best results.

Not being able to change roles on the Discord server is one of the few bugs that occur on Discord from time to time, it can easily be troubleshot without needing help from Discord support*.

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna is based in Minnesota in the US at the moment, and has been writing since 2017. She is currently a 3rd Year med student at the time of writing this.