Making Private Text and Voice Channels

A guide to making exclusive channels in your Discord server.

A private channel isn't visible to anyone not in the group(s) that you allow access to it, meaning it won't even show up in their channel list.

Creating a New Channel (and Making It Private by Default)

To create a private channel, simply turn on the "Private Channel" option when creating a channel, and select the groups you wish to allow access to the channel. If you need to know how to create roles, check out our adding roles tutorial.

The Discord private channel option

Making an Existing Channel Private

To make a channel that already exists private, it is a little bit more complicated, but still a fairly straight-forward process.

Right click on the channel you wish to make private, and click "Edit Channel":

The Discord 'Edit Channel' button

Next, navigate to the "Permissions" tab, and disable both "Read Messages" and "Send Messages" messages for @everyone by toggling the options to the red "X". For voice, you will need to disable "View Channel" instead. Pictured are the steps for text channels:

Disabling reading and sending messages for @everyone

After doing this, all you have to do is change the permissions for each role you wish to have access to the channel.

Firstly, in the "Permissions" tab, add the role (or server member) you wish to allow access to the channel. As pictured:

Adding a role to channel permissions

Next, enable the "Read Messages" and "Send Messages" text permissions (or for voice channels the "View Channel" permission), and save.

Allowing access to a private channel for a specific group

After doing the above, that's it! You now have a private channel accessible only by the role or member you selected. If you would like to allow access to more roles/server members, simply repeat the above steps.


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