What does ‘idle’ mean in Discord? How to tell if a Discord user has been inactive for a period of time, or set your status as ‘idle’

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Discord lets you manually mark your status as idle if you don't want to people to know you're active.
  • On Discord, "Idle" status usually means that the user has Discord open on their computer or web browser but hasn't looked at it in a while.
  • If you want to manually change your status so you appear idle while still browsing Discord, you can do so by tapping your profile picture and changing your status.
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If you frequently use the Discord messaging platform, you've probably noticed that sometimes certain Discord users will appear as "Idle" instead of online or offline.

What 'idle' means in Discord

In the context of Discord, an idle user status means that the user in question has not logged out of Discord, but has not looked at or interacted with Discord for a few minutes. 

If you're familiar with the term "AFK" (Away From Keyboard), Discord's idle status is essentially the same thing. Most Discord users are automatically shown as idle when they have Discord open in their computer or browser but haven't looked at it in a while.

However, there is a way to set your Discord status to idle manually - here's how.

How to manually set your Discord status as "Idle"

1. Open Discord and log in to your account if prompted.

2. In the bottom left corner of your screen, click on your profile picture. 

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To change your Discord user status, click on your profile picture in the bottom left corner of your screen.

3. A small menu will appear, listing various user statuses. Click on "Idle." 

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You can change your Discord user status to Online, Idle, Do Not Disturb, Invisible, or a custom status.

4. Now, your user status will appear as idle automatically, even if you're currently active on Discord. 

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When in idle status, a small orange moon will appear on your profile icon.

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