How to Change Your Age on Discord

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Hey there! Have you been wanting to access more mature content on Discord but your account shows the wrong age? Or maybe you signed up when you were a bit too young to be on the platform? Not to worry – I‘ve got you covered.

Changing your age on Discord is totally possible if you go about it the right way. In this complete guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to update your age and access age-restricted servers.

Stick with me, and you‘ll be chatting freely in 18+ communities in no time!

Why Discord Cares About Your Age

Before we get into the how-to, let‘s talk about why Discord even asks for your age in the first place.

Discord requires an age gate for servers labeled "NSFW" (not safe for work). These servers can contain mature language, sexual content, violence, drugs, and other adult themes.

Here are some of the key reasons Discord enforces age restrictions:

  • To comply with laws regarding minors accessing inappropriate content online.
  • To protect children and teenagers from being exposed to content meant for adults.
  • To empower server owners to create adult-only communities.
  • To allow users to avoid unwanted mature content.

Without verifying ages, Discord could get into legal trouble for facilitating underage access to adult-only servers. Age gates allow them to provide both all-ages servers and adults-only servers on the same platform.

According to Discord, over 14% of their users are between the ages of 13 and 17. They have a responsibility to protect these younger users from stumbling upon things meant for mature audiences only.

At the same time, Discord does NOT want to prevent adult users from accessing age-appropriate content. Age verification helps them strike that crucial balance.

Discord‘s Rising Popularity

To understand why Discord started caring about age gates recently, you have to know just how popular the platform has become. Get ready for some mind-blowing stats!

  • Discord reached 250 million registered users in July 2021, up from 140 million in 2020.
  • It is the 15th most popular website globally based on traffic stats.
  • Daily active users on Discord spend an average of 120 minutes per day on the platform.
  • There are currently over 19 million active Discord servers.
  • 1 in 5 Discord users say the platform has replaced Skype or TeamSpeak for them.

With Discord exploding in popularity so rapidly, tightening up age restrictions has become crucial to avoid legal issues or PR scandals. It‘s the necessary cost of becoming one of the top social hangouts on the internet.

How to Change Your Birthdate on Discord

Now that you know why Discord needs correct age info, let‘s talk about how to change your birthdate displayed on your Discord profile.

If you set up your account when you were still considered underage, your birthdate is probably locked in at that time. Trying to access any 18+ content will trigger the dreaded "You must be 18+ to enter" message.

Luckily, there are a couple ways to update your age on Discord:

Method 1: Contact Discord Support

The official way to modify your birthdate on Discord is to reach out to their customer support team and submit an age change request:

  1. Go to the Discord Support Page and find the "Appeals, Age Update and Other Questions" category.
  2. Click on "Contact Us" to open up a support ticket.
  3. In the form, explain you need to update your birthdate and provide your Discord username.
  4. Discord will respond asking for a photo ID image to verify your age.
  5. If approved, they will change your birthdate to match your official documents.

This is the only way to modify your birth date without creating a new account. However, it does involve submitting personal information to Discord‘s support team.

The process typically takes 1-2 weeks for them to review your request and documentation. You may have to follow-up if you don‘t hear back after a week.

What IDs Does Discord Accept?

Discord requires government-issued photo identification to change your birthdate. Here are the types of IDs they accept:

  • Passport
  • Driver‘s license
  • National identity card
  • Military ID
  • State ID card

The ID must clearly show your full legal name, photo, and date of birth. Make sure the image you send is clear and legible.

If you submit an ID that looks forged or tampered with, Discord will reject your request. Only send legitimate documentation that matches your account details.

Method 2: Create a New Discord Account

If going through Discord support sounds like a pain, the faster option is simply creating a brand new Discord account with your current age.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Discord‘s registration page.
  2. Enter your REAL, current age when asked for your birthday.
  3. Use a fresh email not linked to your original account.
  4. Choose a new username, password, etc.

Once your new account is set up, you can join age-restricted servers without any hassle. This only takes a few minutes compared to waiting weeks for support.

However, you will lose your old chat history, server connections, and have to start your friends list from scratch. I suggest downloading a backup of your data before deleting your previous account.

Creating an Alt Account

Many Discord users keep their old, underage account while making a separate "alt" account for adult servers. This allows them to:

  • Maintain their primary account‘s history and connections.
  • Use a different name on their alt account for privacy.
  • Avoid cluttering their main account with NSFW content.

If privacy is a big concern, an alt just for 18+ servers may be the way to go. But constantly switching between accounts can be a pain.

Accessing Age-Restricted Content on Discord

Once you‘ve successfully changed your age on Discord, you‘ll have access to a whole new world of adults-only servers! Here are some tips to safely enjoy age-restricted content:

  • Double check you meet the server‘s minimum age requirements (usually 18+).
  • Only visit NSFW channels specifically marked for adult content.
  • Agree to any server rules about conduct, content sharing, etc.
  • Be respectful towards other members and moderators.
  • Turn off notifications if you don‘t want constant pings from busy NSFW channels.
  • Don‘t access mature content on shared or work devices.

It‘s also smart to learn how to enable Discord‘s NSFW Safe Mode, which limits visibility of sensitive channels. You can toggle it on and off as needed.

Changing your age means playing by a new rulebook. But abide by server guidelines, and you‘ll unlock amazing adult communities on Discord!

Frequently Asked Questions

Let‘s wrap up with answers to some common questions about changing your age on Discord:

Can Discord ban me if I put a fake age?

Yes, submitting false age information violates Discord‘s Terms of Service. If caught, your account can be banned without warning. Only change your age if you can verify it.

What if I accidentally entered the wrong birthday?

Not a problem! Just contact Discord support, explain the mistake, and provide your legitimate ID showing real DOB. They‘ll fix any accidental errors.

Do the mods/admins know my age when I join?

No, your birthdate is not visible to other Discord users – only to Discord staff. Server mods only know if you meet the age gate requirements.

Can I switch back to my old age if I change my mind?

You‘ll have to contact Discord support again to revert your age back to your prior birthdate. Provide your valid ID again to confirm the correct age.

Can underage users still sneak around age gates?

Unfortunately yes, minors can still falsify their age and access NSFW content. But Discord works hard to prevent this with improved age checks.

Ready to Update Your Age?

And there you have it! Everything you need to know to change your birthdate on Discord and unlock all those tantalizing adult servers.

I hope this guide gave you a clear action plan whether you decide to contact support or start fresh with a new account. Feel free to hit me up if any other questions come up!

The world of NSFW Discord is waiting – now get out there and update that age before you miss out!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.