Fix Discord Channels Not Showing [6 Easy Fixes in 2023]

Written By Steven Arends

Are you trying to figure out why the Discord channels are not showing up?

If so, you are in the right place.

I will show you how to make Discord channels reappear.


Why are Discord channels not showing?

Discord channels are not showing up due to not having the required permissions or roles to view them or hiding the muted channels. Role-specific text channels are only visible to the users with required roles, unlike voice channels.

Keep reading the post to learn more.

Why Can’t I See Channels On Discord?

You cannot see channels on Discord because of one of the following reasons: you do not have the required role, you need a role to view any channel on that server, you are hiding the muted channels, or there is no channel, to begin with on the server.

Discord is a great communication platform for the new generation. It offers extensive and more refined controls over how you want to get in touch with someone.

Discord has servers to create multiple text and audio channels and set them up to categorize users. You can set up specific roles for the server members and assign them the roles.

As such, the server members will get specific permissions to attend or communicate on specific channels.


Such extensive customizations can be extremely helpful for managing a large server with thousands of members. But at the same time, it can be challenging for a newbie user to get used to it.

If you join a server but cannot see any channels at all, there are two possibilities. Either you need a role to see any channel, or there just is no channel at all.

Some servers set up their channels such that new members cannot see any channel unless they are assigned a role by the admins. It is done to prevent any mishap in a large server.

So once you are assigned a role by any admin, you can see the channels on the server.

However, if you can see some channels but not all of them, you do not have the required role to browse those channels. Usually, admins and the owner have some separate channels which they hide from the rest of the server. Unless you have the admin role, you cannot view them.

Another reason for not seeing some of the channels is that you are hiding the muted channels. There is an option in Discord to mute channels and then hide them. If you enable it, Discord will hide the muted channels.

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To sum up, here are the reasons why you cannot see channels on Discord:

  • You need a role to see any channel.add-role-to-discord
  • You need a specific higher role to see some channels.
  • You are hiding the muted channels.
  • There is no channel currently on the server.

How To Fix Discord Channels Not Showing

If you cannot see the channels of a particular server on Discord, you do not need to worry.

There are easy fixes to solve the issue.

Here are the steps to fix Discord channels not showing:

1. Ask server admin for permission

For most users, the reason for not seeing the channels is the lack of role.

Either you do not have the higher role to browse the channel, or you do not have any role at all.


In either case, you can contact the server admins to give you a role. Then you will have enough permissions to view the channels.

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2. Unhide muted channels

If you cannot see some of the channels, the reason might be that you have hidden the muted channels.

Channels can be muted on a server to tidy up the clutter of the channels on the sidebar. However, if you enable the muted channels to hide, you will not see them on the channels list.

Here’s how to unhide muted channels:

  • Go to the target server.
  • Click on the server name to open the drop-down menu.
  • Uncheck the ‘Hide Muted Channels’ option at the bottom of the menu.hide-muted-channels-discord
  • Restart Discord.

That’s it. You should now see all the text channels that you have muted on the server.

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3. Re-login to Discord

Sometimes, the issue occurs due to some bug. Maybe some bug got triggered while you were using Discord.

In that case, you can log out of the Discord account and then log back in.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Click on the cog icon from the bottom left.
  • Scroll the left menu to the bottom.
  • Click on the red Log Out button to log out.log-out-discord
  • Enter your credentials on the login page to log back in.

Now you can check if you can see the channels.

4. Create a new category

Often, the issue occurs only to the channels of a particular category. The best way to overcome the issue is to create a new category and relocate the channels to the new category.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the target server and click on the server name.
  • Click on Create Category from the drop-down menu.create-category-discord
  • Type the category name in the box.
  • Enable Private Category.
  • Hit the Next button.
  • Add the members or roles.
  • Click on the Create Category button to complete creating the category.
  • Drag and drop the channels to the category.
  • Right-click on the category and select Edit Category to change permissions.

Now you can delete the old category, and your problem should be fixed.

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5. Check if channels are collapsed

If the admins divide the channels into categories, you can check if the category is collapsed or not.

If a user collapses the category, they will not see the channels under it unless they have unread messages.

From the channels list on the left, find the small arrow beside the category name. Check if it is pointed to the right or not. If it is, click on the arrow to make it point downwards and expand the category.

Now you should see the channels under that category.

6. Try Discord web

If everything else fails, you can try to use the Discord web version as a last resort.

Go to the official website of Discord, and click on the login button. After logging in, check if you can see the channels on the server.discord-web-login

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How Do I Make Discord Channels Not Visible?

Discord is a top-rated app for communication, no doubt.

Discord has a server system where users can join a server and interact with thousands of other users. Moreover, there are separate channels and roles to divide and differentiate the topics and users for better management.

Still, things can get quite messy, especially if you join a large server. There will be lots of channels and categories.

You might not want to bother with all the channels that appear on the channels list on the left. It makes the channels list cluttered and hard to navigate.

The good thing is, you can hide some of the channels that you do not want to interact with. It will make the list of channels compact, and you can easily navigate through them.

To do this, at first, you have to mute the selected channels. Then you have to hide them.

Step by step process is as follows:

  • Go to the appropriate server.
  • Click on the server name to open the drop-down menu.
  • Click on ‘Notification Settings’.
  • Scroll to the bottom and find ‘Notification Overrides’.
  • Type the channel name or use the drop-down menu to select.
  • Check the ‘Mute’ option for every selected channel.
  • Click done to save changes.
  • Click on the server name again.
  • Find and check ‘Hide Muted Channels’.

Now the muted channels should disappear from your channel list.

What Are Role-Based Channels On Discord?

Role-based channels on Discord are those channels that server members can only access if they are assigned a specific role. It helps to lock and unlock different channels for specific roles. Admins can specify separate channels for separate member groups.

As there are many users in a server in Discord, it is essential to categorize the different channels. It helps to administer and run the server efficiently.

It helps to cater to specific channels for specific use-cases. You can have separate channels for admin stuff, separate channels for different games or activities.

It creates a neat communication pipeline and allows the server members to only access the channels.

The process is done in two steps.

First, we have to set up the required roles for the server and assign the roles to server members.

Then, we want to create specific channels and make them accessible only to members with specific roles.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the correct server.
  • Click on the server name and go to ‘Server Settings’.
  • Select Roles from the left and click on the ‘Create Role’ button.
  • Create roles with appropriate permissions and assign them to members.
  • Select the server name again and click on ‘Create Channel’.
  • Select ‘# Text Channel’ and give it a name.
  • Enable ‘Private Channel’.
  • Add the role you have created earlier.
  • Click on the ‘Create Channel’ button.

You have successfully created a private role-based channel on Discord.


Question: How do I make a Discord channel visible?

Answer: To make a Discord channel visible, uncheck the server’s ‘Hide Muted Channels’ option. It is only applicable for muted channels.

Question: Can admins see private channels Discord?

Answer: Admins can see private channels on Discord as they have full access to the server.

Final Thoughts

Discord channels are a great way to separate the different contents and topics inside a Discord server.

It helps to organize the server.

However, sometimes the channels do not show up correctly.

The good thing is, there are quick fixes.

About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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