If you run a Discord server, you have a wide variety of options to provide neat features for your members. One of those features is bots. Customizing your server is simple once you learn how to add these bots.
How to add and manage bots in Discord on your desktop or iOS and Android. Your personal virtual assistant for your server. (Similar post: Latest Hydra Discord Music Bot with commands)
This article will show you how to set up a Discord server, introduce you to the world of bots, and explain how to add bots to your Discord server (and why you might want to).
In Discord, bots are friendly, free-to-use, artificial intelligence apps that you can add to help improve and enhance your server. (Similar post: How to stream HBO Max on Discord)
They can automatically welcome users, ban or kick out anyone who’s disruptive, send out alerts for when you’re streaming on Twitch, and even allow you to play games.
You just need to pick one from a variety of popular bot websites and add them to your server. All the coding and the difficult process of creating them from scratch has already been done for you.
Adding Bots To Your Discord Server
Adding Bots to your Discord server can be a lengthy process the first time around. Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite simple.
Step 1 – Turn On Administrator Access
To add bots to your Discord Server, you will have to be an Administrator of that server. If you don’t own the server, it’s probably a good idea to check with the owner before adding anything to it.
- From your Discord home page select the server you’d like to add the bot to (on the left-hand side of the Discord Website).
- Once Selected; Choose the drop-down menu (the server name in the top left-hand of the screen with a small down arrow next to it).
- Tap Server Settings.
- Tap Roles.
- Click on Default Permissions.
- Scroll down to the Advanced Permissions setting and toggle Administrator on.
- Click Save Changes.
Step 2 – Get the Bots You Want
It’s important to note that depending on your Bots’ source website, you may see “Invite” or “Add Bots.” For this example, we’ll use Dyno, but the instructions may vary if you’re adding another Bot. Do keep in mind, that you will need to perform these steps for each server you own or moderate.
Here’s how to add a Bot to your Discord server:
- Visit the website of the bot you want to add. Then, click on the option to log in.
Note: Each source will have slightly different instructions. But overall, most follow steps similar to these.
- Log in using your Discord credentials. Then, select the server where you’d like to use the bot and click ‘Continue.’
- Make the selections appropriate for your server and click Authorize.
- Go through the setup process.
If you have trouble finding your server, make sure that you are logged into Discord in the same browser you’re using for the Bots’ website. Also, verify that you are signed into the correct account.
Managing Your Discord Bot
Now that you’ve added your bot, let’s review how you can manage it. Most bots have a dashboard located on the website with comprehensive controls for moderation. But you can make some adjustments in Discord’s settings too. To reiterate, the instructions below will vary depending on the bot you’re using.
- Head over to the bot’s website and click on the Dashboard option.
- Scroll down the page and sift through the controls that your bot offers.
- Make changes as you see fit.
Again, each bot will have different instructions and different capabilities.
How to add and manage bots in Discord using MEE6
With this in mind, we’ll be using MEE6 – one of the most popular Discord bots – as an example of how to set one up to welcome new users to servers, without you having to do any additional work.
- Discord client (desktop or browser app)
- Internet connection
- MEE6 (or another specific bot website)
- Select the bot you want to use. In this case, we’ll be using the MEE6 bot.
- Select “Add to Discord“.
- Authorize access to your Discord account. Having selected “Add to Discord”, an external pop-up box will open in your web browser, explaining that “MEE6 wants access to your Discord account”.
- MEE6 is a safe and highly recognized bot, so select “Authorize” to allow MEE6 access to your account so that it can be used on your server.
- Select the server to which you wish to add the bot. You’ll be redirected to the MEE6 website, where a list of servers will appear – as long as you’re a member of them and have certain permissions. Keep in mind that you should not add or change bots on a server you don’t own without first having a discussion with said server’s admin or owner. In this case, we’ll be adding the bot to our own server.
- Grant MEE6 access to your Discord server. Another external pop-up box will appear, asking you to confirm the server to which you’re granting MEE6 access. To allow this, you must have “Manage Server” permissions for that server. In this case, we do, since we’re the owner of the server.
- Click “Continue”, and you’ll be presented with a list of permissions that the bot is asking you to grant. These include: administrator, manage rolls, manage channels, ban members, and more. Click “Authorize” to continue, and complete the Captcha on the following page. It’s worth noting that the bot cannot and will not read or send messages as you.
How to use MEE6 as a Moderator Bot in Discord
- Go to your MEE6 Dashboard and select “Moderator”.
- Select “Yes” when prompted to enable the plug-in.
- Scroll down to “Auto-Moderator” and select the rules you want the bot to invoke. For each rule, you can decide to have the bot delete a message posted by a user, warn a member that they broke a rule of the server, or delete the message and issue a warning to the user.
- For example, we can have a bot delete a message if someone uses an excessive number of emojis, warn a member that they have posted an excessive use of emojis – or both if you wish.
- Once you’re happy with the bot, select “Save Changes”.