Discord: How to Create Server Roles on Mobile

Administrators can assign titles and permissions to certain members

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Discord allows server creators to create roles that they can assign to specific members in their servers. For instance, a creator may want to create a moderator role for trusted users who can help them moderate the server’s content.

Users with roles can be given access to specific permissions that regular server members don’t have access to. Roles can also be “cosmetic,” meaning that they don’t provide the user with any special permissions.

Our guide will show you how to create server roles from within the Discord mobile application.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Discord app on iOS.

Step 1: While viewing the Channel list for your server, tap the server name at the top of the screen.


Screenshot of a Discord server's Channel list with a red arrow pointing at the server's name at the top of the screen

Step 2: Tap “Settings.”


Screenshot of a Discord server's menu with a red arrow pointing at "Settings"

Step 3: Scroll down to the “User Management” section and tap “Roles.”


Screenshot of Discord's "Server Settings" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Roles"

Step 4: Tap the “Create Role” button.


Screenshot of Discord's "Server Roles" menu with a red arrow pointing at the "Create Role" button

Step 5: By default, the role will be called “new role,” but you can change this. Type the desired name for the role.


Screenshot of Discord's "Create a new role" screen. The application is waiting for the user to type the desired name for the role.

Each role has a designated color. By default, the role’s color will be gray. You can tap “Role Color” to change this color, if you’d like.


Screenshot of Discord's "Create a new role" screen with a red arrow pointing at "Role Color"

Step 6: When you’re ready to move on, tap the “Create” button.


Screenshot of Discord's "Create a new role" screen with a red arrow pointing at the "Create" button at the bottom of the screen

Step 7: Discord will now allow you to set permissions for the role by choosing from a series of templates, such as “Cosmetic” and “Moderator.” If you want to use one of these options, tap “Select” under the desired option. Or, you can tap “Skip this step” at the bottom of the screen to move on. Regardless of the option you choose, you can change the role’s permissions whenever you’d like later on.


Screenshot of Discord's "Set up permissions" screen with a red arrow pointing at the "Select" button under the "Cosmetic" option

Step 8: You can now assign members to the role. Tap each member you want to assign to this role, and then tap the “Finish” button near the bottom of the screen. Or, you can tap “Skip this step” at the bottom of the screen to skip this step and finish creating the role (you’ll be able to assign members to the role at a later time).


Screenshot of Discord's "Add members" screen with a red arrow pointing at the "Finish" button near the bottom of the screen

Once you’ve created your first server role, you can create additional roles by repeating Steps 1-3 above and tapping the plus sign icon in the top-right corner of the screen.


Screenshot of Discord's "Server Roles" menu with a red arrow pointing at the plus sign icon in the top-right corner of the screen