How to Make Someone a Mod on Discord in 4 Steps

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How to Make Someone a Mod on Discord in 4 Steps

Key Points

  • A Mod, or Moderator, is a trusted individual with administrative permissions access.
  • Assigning specific permissions to Mods is important to prevent misuse of power.
  • Creating a new role and assigning it to Mods is the first step in making someone a Mod on Discord.
  • Mods help keep Discord servers clean and handle administrative tasks, allowing server owners to focus on content creation.
  • Choosing the right Mods and giving them appropriate power is crucial for the success of a Discord server.

Sometimes, we all need a little extra help. Running Discord servers isn’t an easy task. You’ll need to mute, block, and ban people, give your members updates, and join the conversation. Fortunately, you can add someone as a Mod on Discord to help with the administrative tasks and make your chat more interesting.

A Mod, or Moderator, is a trusted individual with administrative permissions access. Of course, you may know them as the ones policing your favorite servers. Whether you love or hate them, Mods are incredibly useful, and we’ll show you how to promote your most trusted advisers in the following sections.

A Discord Mod is simply a server member with special permissions. They can block or ban offensive users and handle other administrative tasks. It’s imperative that you only assign Moderator privileges to those you can trust. Mods can do a lot of damage to your server and your reputation if you aren’t careful.

They’ll have access to so many permissions, that Mods with a power complex or poor communication skills can hurt your Discord server and drive members away. You can assign an Administrator permission, which grants access to everything, or you can set specific permissions.

Some of us prefer the latter because we have trust issues. So in the following sections, we’ll review the most common permissions to allow when you make someone a Mod on Discord.

General Permissions

There are many permissions you can grant others on Discord. Most of us with Discord servers assign our Mods all of the permissions in the General section. These are:

  • View Channels
  • Manage Channels
  • Manage Roles
  • Create/Manage Expressions
  • View Audit Logs
  • Manage Webhooks
  • Manage Server

Your Mods should have access to all of these settings unless you want them to have limited access to your server.

Membership Permissions

Another set of key permissions lies in the Membership Permissions section. Here are the ones we recommend giving to your Mods:

  • Create Invite
  • Manage Members
  • Kick/Ban Members
  • Timeout Members

Text/Voice Channel Permissions

There are sections for voice and text channels as well. Many of these permissions are fine to assign to everyone. However, here’s our list of the must-haves for Mods:

  • Create Public/Private Threads
  • Embed Links
  • Attach Files
  • Mention @Everyone
  • Manage Messages/Threads
  • Read Messages
  • Speak
  • Use Activities
  • Use Soundboard
  • Priority Speaker
  • Mute Members
  • Deafen Members
  • Move Members
  • Create/Manage Events

While we wouldn’t assign these permissions to everyone, they’re must-have options if you trust your Mods. Now that we’ve covered the permissions to assign, it’s time to dive into our tutorial. Remember, you can review the lists above while walking through the tutorial.

How to Make Someone a Mod on Discord: Create the Role

Now that you know what permissions to assign, it’s time to get to work. Making someone a Mod on Discord takes quite a few steps. We’ll set up the role and then assign it. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy if you follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Server Settings

Make Someone Mod Discord
The Server Settings button appears in the pop-out menu.


First, go to the Server Settings. You can do this by right-clicking the server icon on the left or by going to the server and clicking the dropdown arrow at the top.

Step 2: Click Roles

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The Roles option is at the top of the menu.


Next, click Roles. Roles may appear in the pop-up menu or the menu to the left, depending on how you accessed the Server Settings.

Step 3: Create a Role

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The Create Role option allows you to make new roles.


We’ll create a new role and then assign it to our Mods. In the upper right portion of the screen, click Create a Role. A new screen will appear. Name your role. We named our Moderators to make it easier. Of course, you could name yours something really cool, like “Guardians of the Server,” if you want.

Note: Be sure to choose a color so your members can differentiate your Mods from everyone else.

Step 4: Set the Mod Permissions

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The toggle switches to the right turn green when you enable the permissions.


After naming your role, you can scroll all the way down the page and enable Administrator permission. Simply click the toggle switch to the right.

However, if you want to assign specific permissions, use the list above to set the ones your Mods need.

Step 5: Click Save Changes

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The Save Changes option is at the bottom of the window.


After you’ve completed the permissions form, it’s time to click Save Changes at the bottom of the page. If you don’t do this, you’ll lose all of your progress, so be careful.

Now, you have a new role set up. Although, there’s still work to do. Follow the steps in the next section to make someone a Mod on Discord.

How to Make Someone a Mod on Discord: Assigning Roles

We’ve already covered a lot in this article. Fortunately, this part of the process is easier than creating a role. Follow these steps to make someone a Mod on Discord:

Step 1: Go to the Server

Make Someone Mod Discord
The icons on the left are an easy way to access your server.


Click your Server’s icon on the left side of Discord.

Step 2: Click the Prospective Mod

Make Someone Mod Discord
The Members list appears in the far right section of the screen.


The far right screen has a sub-menu listing all your server members. Click the one you want to have Mod mode privileges.

Step 3: Click the + Sign in the Pop-Up

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The + symbol lets you assign new roles to a server member.


A small pop-up window will appear. Click the + sign to add roles.

Step 4: Click the Moderator Role

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The Roles list should include the Moderator role.


Finally, click the Moderator role we created in the first section. Now, the user can help you moderate your Discord server and channels.

Making Mods: The Wrap-Up

Mods are the gatekeepers of your Discord server. They help keep your chats clean and take care of time-consuming administrative tasks. The best Mods are loved by all your server members and ensure you can focus on the important things like creating content and posting updates.

Of course, with great power comes great responsibility. Choosing the wrong Mods or giving them too much power will hurt your channel. So, choose wisely and follow our expert tips above to maximize the potential of your server.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make someone a Mod on the Discord mobile app?

Yes! The process is nearly identical to the steps above. Go to the Server’s Settings and click Roles. Create the role by tapping the + sign in the top right corner. Select the Moderator option and choose the members. When you’re ready to make the changes, click Finish at the bottom of the page.

What's the difference between a Moderator and a Manager?

A Discord Manager can create and delete channels, roles, emojis, and nearly anything a Server owner can do. A Moderator can only moderate the channels and server members. Whereas Mods can help you keep your chats clean and handle basic administrative tasks like posting links, Managers have God-mode powers over your server.

How do I know who has Mod capabilities on my server?

The easiest and fastest way to see your Mods is to look in the menu on the right side. Their username will appear as the color of the Moderator role you created above.

Can I give Mods custom icons on Discord?

Yes! Go to the Roles section in Settings and click the Role Icon button. Use an emoji from your server or create an image and upload it specifically for your Mods. This option is great for helping everyone in the channels identify your Mods.

How do I revoke Mod privileges for a member?

You can remove the Mod privileges by following the steps above in reverse. Click the Discord user in the menu to the right on the Server page. Hover over the moderator role and click the X button. Privileges will be removed immediately.

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