Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is one of the biggest multiplayer shooters. At the time of writing, the average monthly player count is around 45,000.
Unfortunately, a significant number of these players are facing Discord-related issues. This can be extremely frustrating if you rely on Discord to exchange match-related information. One quick disconnect can result in a round loss.
To make sure that you never lose a rank again on Rainbow Six Siege, we’ll help you fix this issue.
Let’s have a look at some solutions!
1. Use Discord’s Web App
We recommend just using Discord’s web app for the people who do not have the time or simply can’t be bothered to fix their Discord-Siege-related issues.
Based on the different user experiences we found online, it seems that the desktop Discord application might be the cause. In other words, open the browser app, and you are good to go to start your next ranked match in Rainbow Six.
If you keep disconnecting from Discord while playing Rainbow Six Siege, even with the web app, try out some of the other fixes below.
2. Disable Quality Of Service High Packet Priority
The Disable quality of service high packet priority option on Discord sends information to your router that Discord’s data is always a very high priority. While this is a handy feature, it can cause more issues for some users.
This might be why Discord disconnects when playing Siege, so here’s how you can turn it off:
- Open Discord (desktop version).
- Click on the cogwheel icon on the bottom-left of your window.
- Look for the “Voice & Video“tab on the left-side panel.
- Scroll down a bit until you find “Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority” and disable it.
With that done, try playing a couple of “rounds of Siege to test if Discord will disconnect again. If it does, let’s try fix number three.
3. Disable Discord’s Overlay
This feature adds an overlay over your game which helps you see exactly which one of your teammates is talking. This feature is especially helpful for people who do not have a second monitor.
Unfortunately, some games have trouble working with overlays, and Windows also has problems with overlays. So, if that’s the case, it is best that you just disable it, which might stop the random disconnects while you are playing Rainbow Six Siege.
- In Discord, click on that cogwheel icon again.
- Scroll the list on the left-side panel until you spot “Game Overlay” (right under the Activity Settings category)
- Disable the first option labeled “Enable in-game overlay.”
Alternatively, you can use the Shift + ` shortcut to turn the overlay on and off. You can also change the shortcut at any time through the settings.
With the overlay disabled, make sure to do a few in-game tests. With this process of elimination, we’ll surely be able to find why Discord disconnects when playing Siege.
4. Enable (Or Disable) Hardware Acceleration
Hardware acceleration can be another handy feature. It offloads work from the CPU and transfers it to the GPU. This makes both the application and games run smoother.
Here’s a short video explaining why hardware acceleration matters:
By default, hardware acceleration should be enabled, but if it isn’t, this might be the reason why you keep disconnecting from Discord while playing Rainbow Six Siege.
Step-by-step explanation to enable this option:
- Open Discord and click on the small cogwheel icon (bottom-left).
- Under the “App Settings” category on the side panel, look for the “Advanced“tab.
- Here you can enable Hardware Acceleration.
NOTE: if hardware acceleration is already enabled, it is worth trying to disable it.
Try to do a few tests with the option both enabled and disabled.
5. Monitor Your Bandwidth
While we haven’t gone through every single possibility of why Discord might be disconnecting while you are gaming, it is definitely possible that the issue is related to your internet.
To ensure that your network isn’t the cause of this issue, we recommend using network monitoring software. Consider GlassWire, PRTG, or BitMeter OS. These are heavily recommended in various subreddits, which is why we suggest them.
Next time you fire up a Rainbow Six Siege match, ensure that you have a tool running in the background to monitor your bandwidth. Then, whenever you disconnect, check the tool to see if your network speed has slowed down.
If your network does indeed drop at the same time when your Discord disconnects, you might want to call your internet provider and resolve that issue.
6. Assign Discord With High-Priority
Slower CPUs can’t keep up with multiple applications simultaneously, so your CPU drops Discord for a performance boost when running Rainbow Six Siege, Discord, and several other apps.
Instead of closing all apps before starting a game, it’s better to assign Discord with a higher CPU priority. This can be done through Windows’ Task Manager, and here’s how:
- Use shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Escape or right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
- Click on “More Details” to expand Task Manager and then head to the “Processes” tab.
- In this long list of applications, look for Discord.
- Right-click every Discord entry you find, hover over “Set Priority” and select High.
Now go back to Rainbow Six Siege for another test run.
7. Reinstall Discord
If none of these fixes work for you, it might be best to reinstall Discord. This might fix any issues you might have with this application.
To do that, first, download Discord from the official website. With that done, you can search for Discord in Windows’ Start Menu, right-click the Discord entry and click Uninstall.
From there, just follow the uninstallation process, finish it and then start the newly downloaded setup.
Still Disconnecting From Discord While Playing Rainbow Six Siege?
These seven fixes we shared above are some of the most popular solutions we’ve been able to find online. For most users, these fixes worked.
However, if, for some reason, this is not true in your case, we recommend contacting Discord’s support team. Submit a request and make sure you fill every field correctly. Make sure you add your own email so they can contact you.
Be patient, as they will probably take a couple of days until they get back to you.
That’s about it! There isn’t a whole lot more you can do in this situation. If this is a game-related or app-related bug, you won’t be able to fix it. We hope that Siege’s team or Discord’s team will be able to resolve this problem with an update in the future.
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