Fix: ‘You Do Not Have Permission to View Message History’ on Discord

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Tanja Messaging / Discord

4 min read
Key Takeaways
  • If the read message history option on the Discord channel is disabled, members will only see the messages when they are online and focused on that channel. 

 

With so many features under its belt, Discord can become a bit complex to use.

The platform has multiple features that allow server owners to easily manage large Discord communities and grant new users different permissions that "control" users' behaviors inside the Discord servers.

However, despite the great flexibility Discord provides, server owners can easily overlook some of its permission options and 'forbid' a user from taking a particular action.

A typical example is the 'You don't have permission to view message history' message users receive when the server owner limits their ability to read previous conversations.

In this ‘how-to’, we will explain when this message occurs and what you can do to fix it.

What does ‘You Do Not Have Permission to View Message History’ mean?

The mesage ‘You do not have e permission to view message history’, occurs when Discord owners limit new users to view the message history of the channel.

The new users who join will be able to see the channel and even send messages, but they won’t see the message history.

Reasons why you can’t view Discord messaging history

  • You cannot read previous conversations due to a server owner's restriction.
  • You haven’t refreshed the channel for a longer period of time.

Ways to fix ‘You Do Not Have Permission to View Message History’

Usually, members with a history of inappropriate behavior can get restricted by server owners and get disabled from reading the previous conversions. So, if you fit the profile, this might be the reason why the owner has restricted you.

The easiest way to know whether a server owner restricted you from reading prior conversations would be to send them a message asking for permission to read previous conversations.

Another thing you can try to fix this issue is to refresh the channel.

Hold the CTR+R key to refresh the channel.

This message also occurs due to some bugs, so refreshing the channel should do the trick.

How to block members from reading chat history on Discord

  1. Click on the ‘gear icon’ next to a channel.

discord gear icon

  1. Click on ‘Permissions’ from the left-hand menu.

discord permissions menu

  1. Under ‘roles/members’, select @everyone.

discord roles

  1. Scroll down to find the ‘Read message history’ section and click on the red x sign.

discord message history option

Bonus: If you like our guide make sure to read our articles on Why is my Discord camera blurry and Does Discord notify other members when you leave a group chat.

How to unblock members from reading chat history on Discord

  1. Click on the ‘gear icon’ next to a channel.
  2. Click on ‘Permissions’ from the left-hand menu.
  3. Under ‘roles/members’, select @everyone.
  4. Scroll down to find the ‘Read message history’ section and click on the green checkmark.

Discord owners can also set role permissions using the same steps we mentioned.

That’s it! You have set up Discord permissions successfully.

In addition, users can also create link invites to have better control over who is joining their Discord servers.

Wrapping up

For the newbies, Discord may seem a bit hectic at first.

But once you get the hang of it, the platform becomes a flexible and fun place for messages.

Hopefully, this how-to helped you understand better why you or maybe your users come across the ‘You don’t have permission to view message history’ message.