How To Fix Discord Music Bot Lagging, Buffering, Choppy Sound | 2021

Over the past few years, Discord has rapidly evolved from a boring voice chat service into one of the premiere gaming voice and video chat tool for millions of users.  It also offers other entertainment options from its traditional voice and video chat services as it also allows bots. One of the most popular type of bots in Discord is music bot, which lets you play songs in a chat room. While Discord music bots generally work normally most of the time, some people may encounter problems with them. In this troubleshooting article, we’ll show you the solutions for lagging, buffering, or if the songs play in a choppy manner when using a Discord music bot.

How to fix Discord Music Bot lagging, buffering, choppy sound issues?

If your Discord music bot is not working properly because it keeps lagging, buffering, or playing choppy audio all the time, these are the solutions that you can do:

Solution #1: Check the Discord servers status.

Discord relies on an array of servers around the world in order to deliver its services. While these servers work reliably most of the time, some of them may go down unexpectedly due to technical glitches, bugs, or scheduled maintenance. This can lead to some bots not working properly on the platform as well. To check for a possible Discord server outage, go to:

https://discordstatus.com/.

If you’re getting a Discord music bot lagging issue, although there’s no known server issues from Discord, it’s possible that the problem might be specific to the bot you’re using. For example, if your Rythm music bot seems to buffer when you try to play a song or playlist, it may be caused by limited server capacity on the side of Rythm servers and not by Discord. To check, you can do some research on how to check the server status of the particular Discord music bot you’re using.

Solution #2: Use another region for your voice server.

If there are no on-going issues with Discord servers or with the servers of your particular music bot, the next thing that you can do is to change the server of your particular voice channel. Some Discord music bot works better if their server is  configured properly. For example, Rythm music bot eliminates buffering effectively if you use the US East server. 

Below are the steps on how to change the server region of a specific voice channel:

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Make sure that you are the server owner or has a role with Manager Server permissions. 
  3. Join the voice channel you have an issue with.
  4. Hover your mouse over the voice channel and right click on it.
  5. Select Edit Channel.
  6. In the Overview tab, go to the REGION OVERRIDE section and select your preferred region.
  7. Go back to the main screen of Discord to save your changes.

NOTE: If your Discord music bot does not specify which region you should use, we suggest that you select the region nearest to your physical location. Most of the time, Discord music bot lagging issue is caused by high latency or high ping, which means that the signal is taking a long time to travel from your location to the servers and back. Picking the server that’s closest to your physical location might help rectify the issue.

Solution #3: Check your home internet connection.

If your Discord music bot is still lagging or buffering after changing the region voice server, it’s possible that the cause of the issue has something to do with your internet connection. If your internet is slow or keeps disconnecting, it can  interrupt apps from maintaining a good connection with the servers.

Try running a speed test on your PC to determine your download and upload speed. Discord may not run properly if your speed is way too low so you must ensure that both the download and upload don’t dip lower than 15 Mbps, especially if you’re doing voice or video chat while your music bot is running.

If you’re using wifi, try to see the situation improves when you switch to a direct wired connection.

If you need more assistance in troubleshooting your internet connection at home, we suggest that you contact your Internet Service Provider.

Solution #4: Check your hosting service.

If you created your own music bot you’re hosting it at the same time, make sure to check if the resources are enough to accommodate all the demands. This is especially common if you’re running out of resources while users upload or use the servers at the same time.

If you rely on third party servers to host your music bot, try to see if you need to upgrade in order to ease the pressure on your voice server.

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