How to add Discord bots to your server

Windows Central Discord server
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Finding cool Discord bots to add to your server can dramatically improve the quality of even the tightest-knit communities by automating welcome messages and images alongside level-based ranking systems. Some are just for fun, controlling message-based games and sharing interesting tidbits from around the Internet, and others can stop other bots from joining. I'll explain how to add bots to Discord and remove them if you change your mind, listing some must-have options.

How to add Discord bots to your server

At first glance, Discord can seem a little overwhelming with its extensive settings menus for practically every feature, whether you're joining a server or running your own. Fortunately, connecting some Discord bots to make your server better is relatively simple. If you're unsure what kind of bot you want to use, the first step is to check out the community-led website Bots on Discord for inspiration.

For this guide, I'll be using ProBot, which, as the name suggests, helps bring a level of professionalism to any server by offering custom welcome messages in multiple languages and a host of powerful moderation tools to help take care of any malicious users sending harmful messages.

  1. Navigate the unofficial Bots on Discord community to choose a bot.
  2. After thoroughly reading the bot's description, click Add to Server.
  3. You'll usually see a prompt to log in to your Discord account via your web browser.

Discord account login (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)
  1. On the following permissions page, carefully read the list of abilities your new bot can access.
  2. If you're comfortable, select your server from the Add to Server drop-down box and hit continue.

ProBot for Discord (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

After confirming the list of permissions for your chosen bot, which usually includes full administrator access and the ability to manage your entire server, your Discord bot will be able to change nicknames or even ban users. Each bot has its own set of instructions, so be sure to read them before adjusting the default settings.

After adding a bot to your server, some will automatically redirect you to its official website with a comprehensive beginner's guide. If not, visit the page manually and brush up on the critical commands. ProBot has a fully-fledged web dashboard but can still be adjusted with a range of text commands written in any compatible channel, such as /server for general server information.

Windows Central official Discord server

Windows Central on Discord (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

The official Windows Central Discord server uses ProBot alongside a handful of other useful alternatives with not-so-subtle nicknames inspired by Windows. Join the server to chat with our readers or ask questions about bots you're interested in using. If you're on Steam Deck, check our guide on how to install Discord onto Valve's portable PC gaming handheld and have access to your new bot anywhere.

Initially made for gamers, Discord has adapted to fit a range of other communities as a simple way to communicate and collaborate. Available as a standalone client app or via most web browsers, Discord can also be installed on iOS and Android devices allowing text or voice chat with any of the best compatible headsets

Ben Wilson
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Ben is the channel editor for all things tech-related at Windows Central. That includes PCs, the components inside, and any accessory you can connect to a Windows desktop or Xbox console. Not restricted to one platform, he also has a keen interest in Valve's Steam Deck handheld and the Linux-based operating system inside. Fueling this career with coffee since 2021, you can usually find him behind one screen or another. Find him on Mastodon to ask questions or share opinions.

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