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This is a complete and easy guide to fix the “Discord Update Failed” Loop in 2021.

Whether you have a Windows or a Mac computer, you will be able to fix this error loop just by following this guide. Keep reading!

Symptoms of Discord Update (Failed) Loop

The most reported symptom is that the Discord desktop client starts updating while starting the app and it gets stuck after a while. And the worst thing is, it doesn’t allow the user (you) to work on Discord without finishing the update. In return for a longer update process, this is what you will see:

Discord update failed loop
Update loop

Why Discord Update Fails and Gets Stuck in a Loop?

This is just to make sure that you will not encounter such annoying errors in the future. Based on our findings, here are the causes that keep “Discord update failed” and stuck in a loop:

  • Firewall (built in or third party) prevents discord reaching their servers to download updates
  • Invalid Update file
  • Discord cache
  • Discord Server Errors (you have nothing to do about this)
  • Poor internet connection or VPN conflict

Now, it is time to fix the Discord update failed loop. Let’s get started!

How to Fix Discord Update Failed/Stuck in Update Loop (Windows/Mac)

Every solution listed here will be updated regularly for better results! Don’t rush, try the solutions one by one to get the issue fixed and to work on Discord the same as before.

01 — Check Discord Server Status

Sometimes, the problem is not on your computer or the connection. It can be the not-functioning Discord servers that eventually cause the update failed loop. In this instance, it is better to check the server status before proceeding to further solutions.

Here is how to check Discord server status (check whether they are down!):

Discord server status

If you happen to see something like this (marked on the image), then you have to wait sometime till they fix the issues on their servers. (Tip: Keep checking server status every after 30 minutes.)

02 — Check your Internet Connection (Or VPN/Proxy)

VPN diagram

You might want to ignore this, but poor internet connection or incompatible VPN configurations or Proxy might be the cause of your Discord issue.

Checking the internet connection is the first thing you should do (head over to Ookla and test the speeds). If you got bad results, then try fixing your connection.

Then, if you are using a VPN, try disabling it and run the Discord again. If you got your problem solved, then the VPN is the bad guy here.

Discord uses UDP protocol; therefore, make sure you have set the VPN configurations to UDP (ask your VPN provider) then it should work fine.

04 — Disable Windows/Third Party Firewall (Temporary)

If Discord is blocked by a firewall, then it won’t update. What you need to do is to temporarily disable any firewall that is activated on your computer.

If you are using a third-party firewall, then you may have to look at how to disable that firewall temporarily (sorry but there are a lot of third parties so I cannot tell you the exact way to do that).

But, if you are using the inbuilt Windows firewall, then here is what you need to do:

For Windows 10

  • Open Windows Security (also known as Windows defender)
  • Go to Firewall and Network Protection
  • Turn off “Domain network“, “Private network” and “Public network firewalls
Windows security firewall
This is how it should look in Windows security settings

Please note that you must turn them on again after updating Discord to protect your computer from malware.

For Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

  • Open Control Panel, go to System and Security
  • Go to Windows Firewall
  • Turn off Firewall

This is how it should look after you turn off Firewall

Windows 8 firewall

Please note that you must turn them on again after updating Discord to protect your computer from malware.

05 — Rename the Discord Update file (Windows)

Discord uses an executable update file to keep Discord updated so renaming this file will prevent Discord from updating the client. This is a good option you can do to get around the update failed loop.

But, this will prevent Discord from updating. Meaning, you will not be able to get bug fixes, latest features, etc. Therefore, consider updating Discord manually or try another solution if you don’t like this trick.

How to rename Discord update file:

  • Open file explorer
  • Copy this path in navigation bar
  • Rename the “username with your Windows user folder name and press Enter button
Discord update file location

Once you press the Enter button, it will take you to the update file location of Discord. Now, rename the file with a different name (if you get any error, terminate any discord processes from the taskbar and try again).

Rename Discord update file

06 — Clear Discord Cache (Windows/Mac)

Both Windows and Mac users have reported that clearing the Discord cache helped them to solve the update loop issue. It is worth trying!

Discord keeps cache (temporary files) stored in computers to work well without stressing computer resources. But sometimes it can get corrupted end up creating annoying issues like this update loop you now experience.

You can clear Discord’s cache by deleting the app data folder (Windows)/ Application support folder. Here is how to do that:

Clear Discord cache in Windows (10/8.1/8/7):

  • Press Windows key + R to open Run dialog box
  • copy this path to the dialog box and click the OK button
Run dialog box
  • In the Discord folder, Select “cache“, “Code cache” and “GPU cache
  • Press Shift + Delete buttons to delete them permanently
Delete Discord cache windows

Clear Discord cache in Mac:

  • Open the finder app, Select Go > Go to folder (Or press Command + Shift + G)
  • In the Go to the Folder box, copy the following path and click the Go button
~/Library/Application Support/discord
Mac finder go to folder
  • Select the “Cache“, “Code cache” and “Gpu cache” (Use the command Key)
  • Press Option + Command (⌘) + Delete
Confirm delete immediately Mac


  • Move them to trash and Empty the trash

07 — Uninstall & Reinstall Discord (Windows/Mac)

If none of the abovementioned things worked, the last option you have left is to uninstall and reinstall Discord to fix the update failed loop. Follow these:

How to Reinstall Discord on Windows (10/8.1/8/)

  • Go to settings, then “Apps
  • A list of Applications installed on your computer will be loaded, select Discord from there
  • Click the “Uninstall” button
Uninstall Discord Windows


How to Reinstall Discord on Mac

  • Open the Finder app and select “Application
  • From the Applications, find Discord and Right click on it, then select “Move to Bin
  • Right click on the Trash and select “Empty Trash” (Or “Empty Bin“)
Delete Discord Mac


That is it. I think now your problem on the Discord update failed loop is solved. Which solution worked for you? A comment would be appreciated.

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