Why Does Discord Say I’m Online When I’m Not?

Have people ever told you they saw you somewhere when you weren’t there? It happens to all of us. You meet a friend, and they tell you, “Hey, I saw you at the mall last Sunday,” when in reality, you were at home that day. Such trivial misunderstandings happen all the time in real life. But sometimes, they can also happen in the virtual world when a platform shows you online when you are not using it.

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If you are a Discord user, you must have faced this issue multiple times wherein you appear active or online on the app even when you have not opened the app for a while. Although this is not a big issue, it can cause misunderstandings among your friends and can be really annoying.

Let’s try to understand this problem and how you can fix it for good. Read on to learn about this issue and its solutions in detail.

Why Does Discord Say I’m Online When I’m Not?

Well, mistakes are part and parcel of our lives. This sentence applies not only to our mistakes but also to the mistakes made by machines and applications.

So, if Discord is not behaving the way you want and showing unreal online statuses, it likely means two things: one of you has made a mistake. Yes, it can happen because of something you did or a technical glitch or bug from Discord’s end.

Here are a few reasons that might cause Discord to show you online when you’re not.

Reason 1: Discord is running in the background

Most social networking apps can work even when they are not running in the foreground. Therefore, an app like Discord can run in the background if you have not closed it properly.

Now, if you are like most people, you might have a habit of leaving an app by directly tapping the Home button. While doing this removes the app from your screen, the app keeps running in the background.

In the case of Discord, background activity might result in the app showing incorrect online statuses when you’re not using the app.

Fix: Close Discord in the background

It’s important to close the Discord app properly if you want to avoid those incorrect online statuses. You can close the app by removing it from the background.

To remove Discord from the background, tap on the Recent Tabs button at the bottom panel of your screen to view all the background apps. Remove the Discord app by swiping up or sideward (depending on your phone).

Reason 2: Discord is open on another device

Another reason why Discord can show misleading online statuses is that you might be using it from multiple devices.

If you use the Discord app on your phone and desktop, you must be offline on Discord from both devices to avoid discrepancies. For example, if you are not using the Discord app on your phone but have the Discord tab active on your desktop browser, your friends might see you online for obvious reasons.

Fix: Close Discord on all devices

If you are logged in to Discord on two or more devices, make sure to go offline on all of them if you want to appear offline to others. If you are using the Discord app on your laptop or PC, you should close any open tabs on your browser.

On mobile, close the Discord app from the background, as discussed above.

Reason 3: Discord has a technical glitch or bug

Occasionally, the Discord app can have bugs that are responsible for causing a wide range of problems. One of these problems can be incorrect online statuses.

A bug can creep in due to an outdated version or a faulty update. Either way, you can have problems like these when the app behaves wrongly or differently.

Fix: Try these steps

There is no specific method to eliminate all the bugs at once. Bugs are generally removed as part of the update process. You might notice that all updates have one thing in common– they come with bug fixes and performance updates.

The simplest way to get rid of bugs is to update the app from the Play Store or App Store. But you can also try deleting the cache and data, uninstalling the app, and installing it again to get rid of a bug.

Step 1: Clear the cache

The cached data of any app includes unnecessary temporary files for faster loading experiences. But it can cause some unnecessary problems if not cleared occasionally.

Open the Settings app on your phone and go to Applications>Discord. Head to the Storage section and tap on Clear Cache. Confirm the action if asked to confirm via a pop-up.

Step 2: Clear the data

Clearing the app data is similar to clearing the cache, but the total app data contains much more information than cached data.

You can clear Discord’s app data just as you cleared the cached data. Just follow the same method mentioned in the first step. Instead of tapping on Clear Cache, tap on Clear Data.

Step 3: Uninstall and reinstal

If the first two steps don’t work, you can try uninstalling the Discord app altogether. Uninstalling the app would not only delete all the data associated with it– your media files won’t be deleted– but also delete the entire app with all its bugs.

Once you uninstall Discord, you can reinstall the latest version from the Play Store, which will also update the app. This method is better than merely updating the app and is more likely to help you fix any glitches.

Reason 4: Your internet connection is poor

We have talked about a variety of issues so far. But this trivial issue cannot be neglected.

If your internet connection sucks, it can cause a whole lot of problems. As such, a wrong online status is just one of the shortcomings of poor internet. Network problems can delay the syncing process between your device and Discord’s servers, which are responsible for updating the online status.

Therefore, you might appear online for some time, even after you have closed the Discord app.

Fix: Check (and maybe change) your connection

If you think a bad internet connection might be responsible for causing problems with your online status on Discord, try switching to a different network to see if it helps. You can try switching to a WiFi network or changing your network provider to fix any network issues.

In the end

Discord has its fair share of problems and glitches, like any other app. And the issue of incorrect online statuses is quite common among Discord users. Users often complain they appear online minutes or hours after using the app.

If you are facing this issue, you would have likely found the possible causes after reading this blog. Try the fixes we have mentioned above and tell us whether they worked for you. If you bump into any problems or get confused about anything, drop a comment right away.

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