How to Make an NSFW Channel on Discord (Desktop and Mobile)

Make NSFW Channel on Discord

Discord is a great application to build a community around any topics or interests.

While it started as a messaging platform for the gaming community, there are servers and channels on every topic under the Sun.

Some of these topics might not be appropriate for users under the age of 18; therefore, channels with adult content have to be labeled as NSFW.

If you are looking for the steps to create such channels, then you are in the right place as we’ll go over how to make an NSFW channel on Discord.

NSFW stands for ‘Not Safe For Work’, but in Discord, it stands for ‘Not Safe for Wumpus’, which essentially means the same thing.

As a server owner, you are responsible for creating such channels to meet the Discord guidelines.

So let’s find how to go about creating these channels.

What to Know

‣ Only the server owner or admin can create or mark channels as NSFW.

‣ You can mark a channel as NSFW, or make the entire server NSFW.

‣ Only 18+ users can view and access NSFW channels and content.

‣ Partner/Verified servers cannot have NSFW channels or contain adult content.

What is an NSFW Channel?

An NSFW channel is an 18+ channel. That means that users must be at least 18 years old to access these channels.

While creating a Discord account, you have to provide your age as well. This is used to determine your access to NSFW channels.

When users open an NSFW channel, they see a warning indicating that it contains adult content. The user can then choose to exit the channel or continue accessing it.

The warning says, ‘This channel contains adult content marked Not Safe For Work. Do you wish to proceed?’

Click on ‘Nope’ to exit or ‘Continue’ to access the channel.

Discord NSFW channel warning

If the user had not provided an age when they signed up for Discord, they’ll have to confirm their age when accessing an NSFW channel.

Users under 18 cannot access the channel at all. They are locked out of it.

There is no way to change your age in Discord by yourself. If you have recently turned 18, you’ll have to reach out to Discord support to change your age and unlock access to NSFW channels.

⚠️ Warning: You can share NSFW content on Discord, but there is still some material that is not appropriate anywhere in Discord. Read the Discord Terms of Service to know what is ok or not.

How to Make an NSFW Channel on Discord Desktop (PC)

It is very straightforward to make an NSFW channel. It is just a setting that needs to be turned on.

If you want to create a new NSFW channel, then follow these steps from the start, but if you wish to make an existing channel as NSFW, then start from step #3.

Step #1: Click on the ‘+’ next to the ‘Text Channels’ header to begin creating a new channel.

Plus icon to create new channel

Step #2: On the pop-up window, give the channel’s name and choose the channel type. Click on ‘Create Channel’ to finish creating the channel.

Create new channel on Discord Desktop

Step #3: Locate and click the gear icon next to the channel name to edit the channel settings.

Gear Icon to go to channel settings

Step #4: Click on the ‘Overview’ option in the left sidebar to bring up the channel overview.

Step #5: Locate the ‘NSFW Channel’ option and toggle the switch to turn it on.

Step #6: Click on ‘Save Changes’ to make a channel NSFW.

Create NSFW channel on Discord desktop

That’s all there is to create NSFW channels on the Discord desktop application.

The same steps can be followed if you use the Browser to access Discord.

Now, whenever a user tries to access this channel, they’ll be greeted with a message saying, ‘This channel contains adult content marked Not Safe For Work. Do you wish to proceed?’

How to Make an NSFW Channel on Discord Mobile

The steps to make an NSFW channel on the Discord mobile app are very simple as well.

The option to make an NSFW channel on the Discord mobile app was unavailable earlier, but Discord listened to the community and has recently provided this option.

If you want to create an NSFW channel, then start from step #1, but if you just want to make an existing channel as NSFW, then start from step #3.

Step #1: Navigate to the server home screen and tap on the ‘+’ icon next to the ‘Text Channel’ header.

Step #2 Provide a channel name on the next screen. You can also select the ‘Channel Type’.

Step #3: Tap on the checkmark in the top right corner to create the new channel.

Create new channel on Discord Mobile

Step #4: Once the channel has been created, go back to the server home and long tap (tap and hold) on the channel name to bring up the channel overview.

Step #5: Tap on ‘Edit Channel’ to update the channel settings.

Step #6: Scroll up to find the ‘NSFW Channel’ option and tap in the box to enable it. You might be prompted for your age, so go ahead and provide that too.

Create NSFW Channel on Discord Mobile

That’s it. You have successfully created an NSFW channel using the Discord mobile app.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to Unlock Access to Discord NSFW Channels?

To unlock access to NSFW channels, you’ll have to raise a ticket with Discord support to get your age updated.

Your age determines your access to NSFW channels, and you have to be 18 or above to access these channels.

Step #1: Take a photo of yourself holding a Photo ID and your full Discord Tag.

Step #2: Submit a request with the picture.

There is no way to change your age on Discord yourself, so raise a ticket with Discord support to update your age and gain access.

We have a detailed article that shows you how to raise a request to change your age on Discord.

What Does NSFW on Discord mean?

On Discord, NSFW stands for ‘Not Safe For Wumpus’, which essentially means the same thing as ‘Not Safe For Work’.

Wumpus is the cute little Discord mascot, who is highly sensitive to adult content (images and videos)

What is Discord NSFW Age limit?

Discord users have to be at least 18 to view NSFW channels and content.

Users between the ages of 13 and 17 cannot join NSFW servers and are locked out of NSFW channels.

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Final Words on Making an NSFW Channel on Discord

NSFW content is allowed on Discord but not allowed everywhere.

Under the Discord guidelines, NSFW content can only be shared on NSFW servers or channels.

If you violate these guidelines, you risk getting your account terminated or banned.

Adult content shared outside of ‘Not Safe For Wumpus’ (NSFW) channels will be removed by the admins and moderators, and the user may be banned from the server.

Making an NSFW channel on Discord is simple, so go ahead and create one to share sensitive content.


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