How to Fix: Upload Failed - Discord

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Tanja Messaging / Discord

6 min read

Did you experience the ‘Upload Failed’ error on Discord, and you’re wondering what could have gone wrong? You’re in the right place, where you can find where the error is and how to fix it.

Even though Discord is currently among the best instant messaging/streaming platforms, errors and glitches happen on a daily basis on all gadgets and platforms.

Luckily, these errors are fixable. Most of Discord’s most common errors - call issues, messages not loading or messages not sending, can be fixed easily, and so can the ‘Upload Failed’ error.

Hence, since gamers are reporting more and more issues regarding the platform, we did some research to help you get the good experience from Discord back. Luckily, there are more than one fixes to this problem, so whatever it might be, we got you.

In this article, you’ll learn how to find the core of the issue, and how to fix it in a few simple and easy steps.

Keep reading and find out below with our detailed guide.

How do I fix the ‘Upload Failed’ error?

As we mentioned, it can’t be determined whether there’s one particular issue causing the ‘Upload Failed’ error, therefore, we will give you solutions to several possibilities.

  1. Discord’s Server Status

It often happens for the error to be due to an issue caused on Discord’s server, and it has nothing to do with you, or an issue with your Internet or computer.

These issues are often due to server maintenance, cyber attacks or power outages.

If the server cannot function properly, and the connection is not stable at all, a fair share of messages will end up with an issue such as ‘Upload failed’.

Hence, the best solution is for you to check the status of the server you’re using at the moment.

To check the status, there are a number of websites that check server status information, and pass the information along to you, so you can determine the issue. One of those is DownDetector, and the second one is Discord’s official status webpage.

You can check the number of reports in the past 24h, divided by the exact hour of the problems reported.

Additionally, you can use the embedded Twitter feed, where you can communicate with Discord’s support profile.

  1. Updating the app

Since Discord has been gaining a big number of downloads lately, updates are needed constantly, in order to suit the needs of the users.

However, lack of updating any app will surely cause issues and bugs, which is exactly what might be the reason why your message is not going through. To update the app, click on the ‘Update and Download’ button, located in the upper right corner of the app, the icon looks like an arrow facing downwards.

  1. Checking your Internet connection

Even though most of the time the issue lies in Discord’s servers, it would be the best option for you to double-check that everything is right with your Internet connection.

In case there is an issue with your own connection, it would be best for you to restart your device.

There are multiple online websites which check your speed, to make sure everything is in order.

Once you see the results, the latency should be below 25ms, and download and upload speeds at least 10mbps, in order to be able to use Discord’s services with no issues.



  1. Restarting the device

The operating system on each smart device needs a reboot from time to time. Additionally, each device is prone to potential errors, and the errors only grow bigger as the platform expands.

Hence, each device should receive a restart every once in a while, to refresh its memory.

Once your device gets restarted, the RAM memory will be reset, and it might cause your Discord app to get back to normal and fix this issue.

MacBook users can do this through ‘System Preferences’ by clicking on the ‘Apple’ icon in the upper-left corner, and Windows users can do this by clicking on the ‘Windows’ icon in the lower-left corner.



  1. Using Discord from the web

A big number of users have reported being able to upload images and files when using the web version, even when the app was crashing.

Hence, you can try using the website instead of the Discord client, in order to upload the file that’s causing issues.

  1. Changing the region on Discord

If you’re able to change the region on Discord’s services, you can try this trick, since for some users this did fix Discord’s error.

However, bear in mind that in order to be able to change the guild’s server location, you need to be an admin or moderator, and have the right to make changes.



Additional note

If none of the above-mentioned fixes have resolved your issue, there might be a problem with the file you’re trying to upload. Discord, like all other platforms, has limits regarding the file size. If the file you’re trying to upload seems to be surpassing the limit, you will receive the Discord ‘Upload Failed’ error.

On the other hand, if the file is not that big, you should contact the Discord Support Team, and explain in detail what type of an issue you’re having, in order to get it fixed as quickly as possible.