How to Fix Discord Update Failed on Windows and Mac

Discord is a boon for games as it enables them to chat in games and share screenshots about games with each other. However, more and more people started complaining that Discord can’t be updated on Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and Mac systems. Checking for updates in Discord failed and this app is just unable to get updated.

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With deep reflection, you can find that if Discord update failed loops haunts your PC and Mac, it either means that the software itself refuses to be updated or the system or programs on your PC prevents it from being updated.

Based on these facts, below are the most effective and feasible ways to remove Discord stuck on checking for updates error.

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How to Fix Discord Update Failed Issue on Windows and Mac?

For Windows:

For Mac:

Windows Fix: Discord Update Failed on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

To be specific, to fix Discord update failed loop, you are to ensure Discord has privileges to check for updates on your computer and the antivirus programs won’t prohibit the system from updating this application.


Solution 1: Disable all the Antivirus Programs 

According to your settings, it is likely that the antivirus software, be it system embedded or third-party software, will supervise and block Discord updates in some cases. If you are not sure which program is doing so, there is much need for you to stop all the antivirus programs in order to solve Discord update failed loop.

Here, take disabling Windows-based antivirus program – Windows Defender as an example. If there are any antivirus applications or you are using a MacBook, you can try to disable the antivirus software on your device.

1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security.

2. Under Windows Security, hit Virus & threat protection to configure its settings.

3. In Virus & threat protection, choose to turn off the option Turn on real-time protection.

In this way, Windows Defender won’t prevent Discord from updating on Windows 10, 8, 7. You can use the similar way to disable your antivirus program.

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Solution 2: Update Discord as administrator

As per user reports, it is found that Discord updates require administrative privileges. Therefore, you would better grant the privileges to get rid of Discord update failed loop. That is to say, you would better try to run Discord app as administrator.

1. Open Task Manager, and then under Processes, right click Discord app to Open file location.

2. Then in File Explorer, find out the Discord folder.

3. Right click it to Run as administrator. Or you can just right-click the Discord shortcut on the Desktop to Run as administrator. Possibly, Discord not updating is fixed and you can use the latest Discord app in games.

Solution 3: Rename Discord Updating Folder

Sometimes, perhaps the Discord failed to recognize the installation files for updates so that it can’t be updated. In this sense, it is necessary to rename the Update.exe file for Discord.

1. In File Explorer Discord folder, locate the Update.exe file.

2. Right click the Update.exe file to Rename it to another name.

Then manage to update Discord again to see if the update failed loop persists.

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Solution 4: Change to another Discord Installation Folder

It has been reported that Discord will be updated if you try to install it in another folder. So you would better open the Discord folder in File Explorer, and then place the Discord installation folder to another location that is easily to be found on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

After that, it is possible that Discord update error will be solved and you can utilize it to chat and share with your friends as before.

Solution 5: Uninstall and Reinstall Discord app

Of course, to fix it more easily, it is also available for you to uninstall the Discord app and reinstall a new one from the Discord official site. That will resolve Discord updated failed loop on Mac and Windows 7, 8, 10 effectively as it can get rid of the corrupted files and settings in it once for all. The new Discord software will undoubtedly be updated as you wish.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Find out Programs > Uninstall a program. Choose to View by Categories to locate the items more quickly.

3. In Programs and Features, locate and right click Discord app to Uninstall it completely from your PC.

4. Navigate to Discord official site and Download a new Discord app.

Mac Fix: Discord Corrupt Installation and Update Failed Error

If Discord installation is corrupt on macOS and the application update failed in loop, or the discord cannot work on Mac, you may try the following steps to get Discord to work properly on a Mac and then update it.

In order to remove the corrupt installation files, make sure your macOS system is macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or above.

Step 1: Uninstall Discord completely on Mac. Uninstalling Mac Discord eliminates those factors that cause installations and updates to fail. Here is a tutorial: how to uninstall programs on Mac completely.

Step 2: Download Discord for macOS. You can get it from here: download macOS discord version.

Step 3: Reinstall Discord on macOS. Find the Discord.dmg program from Downloads folder, double click this application, and then drag the to Applications to finish reinstalling it.

install discord on mac

Now, if the new Discord notification for updating pops up on Mac app notifications, you can directly update it by clicking the link.


In short, if you are stuck on Discord updated failed loop on Windows and Mac, you can manage to fix issues with the Discord folders and the app itself.

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Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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