Discord Backup Codes Not Working [3 Simplest Solutions 2024]

Written By Farhan Max

Lost the access to your authy application while switching your device and can’t recognize yourself to Discord for that? Well, you can still use the backup codes that you downloaded earlier. Wait! You don’t have that access either?

Do you think you are screwed?

But, since you are here, I will help you in every possible way to get away with the Discord backup code issue.

The exact problem occurred to me when I swapped my work device. I forgot my login credentials, and the worse happened when discord started to display my backup codes as invalid code errors. After trying loads of techniques, I managed to get access to my Discord account again.

So, which of the solutions did work? Keep reading to find out.discord-backup-codes-not-working

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Why is Discord Backup Code not Working?

If you submit the backup codes that you used already, Discord will not accept the codes. Other than that, entering the wrong backup codes, i.e., misspelled codes or putting an unnecessary character between the text, can trigger the backup codes not working on Discord.

In summary, you can’t input the backup code that you have already entered earlier. These codes are one-time functional. You get ten sets of codes only usable for ten different situations.

About inputting the wrong text/characters— if you contribute the code with a character missing from the original, Discord will not accept the credentials. And another fact is if you insert backup codes, including the unnecessary special characters such as hyphen/dash, you’re gonna get an invalid notification.

These reasons may sound so basic, but trust me! These are valid. Then, there are some unusual reasons, such as your phone’s time mismatch with the authenticator applications and using an outdated version of Discord.

You get the idea, right?  Since you are now well aware of the grounds, let’s fix it.

Jump to the forthcoming section to perform the quick fixing methods.

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How to Fix Discord Backup Codes Stopped Working

It is quite an unfortunate event when you sign out of the Discord application, and at the same time, your secondary verification device gets out of reach. In my case, I lost my phone, where I had the authentication application installed.

There are exactly three methods you can use to fix the Discord backup codes issue, and I’ll mention them here. Apply them to your device in an orderly.

Here are the techniques to solve backup codes not working on Discord:

Remove Two-Factor Authorization

This trick is helpful most of the time. Perform this simple solution if you are using the Discord application and suddenly face the issue.

You’ll just need to remove 2FA from your Discord account and include it later on.

Here are the steps to remove 2FA from Discord:

  • Launch Discord from your device.
  • Select settings from the bottom of your screen.
  • Move to my account menu from the left pane.
  • Scroll down to Two-factor authentication enabled and click on Remove 2FA.remove-2fa
  • Enter the six-digit code that’s been sent to your e-mail.six-digit-code

Voila! 2FA is now disabled. Click on Enable Two-factor auth once you disable the factor. After enabling, you’ll get the new backup codes ready for you to download.

Note: Read this solution repeatedly if you can’t seem to make the fix work. Though it’s complicated, you will surely get the best outcome once done successfully.

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Check Your Device History

Try logging in to Discord on every other device you currently own. That could be your mobile/laptop/tablet and whatnot. Even check your friend’s device.

Most importantly, check every browser where you could’ve possibly logged in with your discord account. If you are still logged in to any of these places, you will surely be able to recover your backup codes along with your Discord password.

Do you have access to your backup codes? If yes, try those codes on different login platforms. Check your codes both on the mobile app and also on the desktop app. You can try out every possibility.

Did that work? If not, you have only one option. Check out the next stage for that.

Contact Discord Support

If any of those methods couldn’t solve your issue, I would suggest you contact Discord Support. When you provide them the proof of the account, they will probably delete the two-factor authentication from your account.

And after that, you can gain access again. That will only happen if you can prove that’s your account.

These are the solutions available for you right now. I know these are only a few, but hey! These are going to work like hell. Read the following section if you have any queries regarding Discord backup codes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get back up codes for the Discord server? 

Look for the discord_ backup_ codes.txt file on your device. You had probably saved that when you enabled the 2FA.

Do Discord Backup Codes Expire?

Yes, you can use a code only once. After that, the code becomes inaccessible for discord.

Are 2FA backup codes safe?

Yes, using the 2FA security feature is comparatively safer than the other features. 2FA prevents data breaches with a robust authentication process.

Final Remarks

Throughout the article, I have tried to clear your confusion regarding discord backup codes. And I believe this piece of article can assist you at the level best if you want to learn factual knowledge.

Then again, if any part of the document seems complicated or bounces over the top of your head, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment box. My team will answer all of your queries.


About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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