How to Automatically Give Roles in Discord
Using Bots to customize your Discord server is one thing that makes this messaging application so great. Although the ability to auto-assign roles is not readily available within the application, adding a bot is a simple and effective way to do so.
What is a Discord Role?
Roles are a defining feature of a Discord server’s hierarchy. They grant specific privileges to a member, enabling them to perform certain tasks within the server. Sometimes, it would be easier to have a role automatically assigned to a member for reaching a certain milestone, doing a particular task, or simply for time spent remaining a loyal member.
Roles also come in handy to sort departments or categories like Fortnite, COD, and PUBG groups or modding discussions like Motorola, HTC, and iPhone.
What are Auto-Roles in Discord?
Rather than consume time constantly assigning/changing roles for new and existing members, mods let you configure how a role changes for a user or lets the user pick their own role(s) so you can manage other important server elements. Auto-Roles is just another term for Auto-Assigned Roles.
The only known way to auto-assign roles is by using a Discord Bot. There are a few different bots available from which to choose. Each one can auto-assign roles to members or let them choose their own. We’ll cover how to set up a bot and auto-assign roles with two of the more prominent bots on the market—Dyno Bot and MEE6. For letting users auto-assign their role(s), see How to Add Reaction Roles in Discord.
Using Dyno Bot to Auto-Assign Roles in Discord
Dyno Bot is a feature-rich Discord bot that gets used on over 3 million Discord servers. It is fully customizable and features a simple and intuitive web dashboard. You can also use MEE6, which features a dashboard for easy setup and management—more on that below.
Dyno Bot also offers a Music Search option that pulls videos from YouTube for you to watch, an “Announcements” feature, an automated Google Search feature to surf the web on your behalf, various custom commands at your disposal, and much more.
How to Set Up Dyno Bot, a.k.a. Dyno Discord Bot
The process of setting up Dyno Bot on your Discord server is both simple and the first step to assigning auto-roles. Once it’s up and running, enabling “Autorole” is only a few additional steps away. Of course, you should already have a Discord server and several roles (not auto-roles) set up. If not, here’s how to manage roles in Discord.
To set up Dyno Bot, you’ll need to start by visiting the official website and downloading the tool:
- Head to the Dyno Discord Bot and select “Add To Server.”
- Choose your subscription option: “Free Plan,” “Premium 1x,” or “Custom Premium.”
- If prompted, log in to your Discord account. Next, click the “Select a server” dropdown, then choose which server you want to use the bot on.
- Click “Continue.”
- Click “Authorize” to give Dyno Bot all necessary access permissions to your Discord account. All items should default to being selected.
- Verify that you are human by following all prompts.
- Choose a prefix (a character to identify that a typed string is a command), then select the closest time zone and click “Next” to save the server settings.
- Choose the channel to get update/changelog notices and Dyno Bot server stats (coming soon), then click “Next.”
- If desired, upgrade to a premium subscription, or click “Done” to save your settings.
- If not already on the “Manage Servers” page, click the “Dyno” icon in the top left section. Once on the main page, click the “Manage Servers” link.
- Confirm you’re on the “Servers” tab on the Dyno Bot website, then click on the server you want to manage, and you’ll be taken to the Dyno Bot dashboard.
- Ensure you are in the “Dashboard” menu as indicated in the left nav menu.
- Go to the “BOT SETTINGS” section and give your new bot (Dyno Bot) a “Nickname” for the server.
- Add managers to the “Managers Roles” section if desired. These users get access to the “Dyno Dashboard” and other settings. You can always change this option later.
- All other sections under “BOT SETTINGS” should be set based on the previous steps. Feel free to make any changes, then click “Save.”
You have now set up your server with Dyno Bot. The next step is to manage it and auto-assign roles.
Managing Your Discord Server Using Dyno Bot
Once the server is set up, you can manage it and assign automatic roles. You can create auto-roles based on the criteria you desire.
Note: To create auto-assigned roles, you must already have the roles set up in your Discord server. See “How to Add, Manage and Delete Roles in Discord“ for more information.
How to Auto-Assign Roles and Ranks Using Dyno Bot
Discord has two kinds of auto-assigned roles: Autoroles and Joinable Ranks. The first one is automatic roles you set up in which the user must meet your specified time requirements to obtain the next rank/role, such as limiting new users to the “Contributor” role/rank, then advancing them to “Moderator” after 21 days. The second type, called “Joinable Ranks,” allows the user to choose their role—more on that later.
No matter which type of Dyno Bot Autorole you choose, the permissions must be set in the “actual” Discord role within your server’s settings. For more information, check out how to manage your Discord roles.
You can enable the Autoroles feature from the dashboard in Dyno’s “Modules” section.
- If not already on the “Manage Servers” page of the Dyno Bot website, click the “Dyno” icon in the top left section. Once on the main page, click the “Manage Servers” link.
- Ensure you’re on the “Servers” tab, then choose the server you want to have automatic roles assigned.
- Click the dropdown for “Modules” in the left nav menu, then select “Autoroles.”
- In the “ADD ROLE” section of the “Autoroles” tab, click the “SELECT ROLE” dropdown and choose the role you want to auto-assign to a specified time.
- In the “DELAY (MINUTES)” dropdown, choose the time length necessary for new members to acquire this role up to 10080 minutes (seven days). It can be immediate by placing a ‘0’ or leaving the space empty.
- Click the “Add” button to place the role as auto-assigned.
The role will is now granted to every member that reaches the allotted time set in place.
Note: Ensure that the Dyno Bot role is listed higher on your server than the auto-assigned role, or it will not work. See below for steps on adjusting its position.
Now, you have an auto-assigned role that triggers after the time you specified. You can repeat the process for as many roles as needed. If you’re good with math, you can make the length last days, weeks, months, or even years by placing the appropriate time in minutes.
Note: You can remove any auto-assigned role whenever you want by clicking the red “Remove” button to the right of the role in the “Autorole List.” The original role still remains in Discord, so no worries there.
To adjust Discord role ranks so that Dyno Bot is on top, do the following:
- Right-click on your Discord server on the left-hand side using the Discord app or website, then choose “Server Settings -> Roles.”
- Confirm that the Dyno Bot role is above all other roles used in Dyno Bot. If not, press and hold the “eight-dot” rectangular icon to the left of the role and slide it upward.
The above steps ensure that Dyno Bot controls the roles listed below it. Otherwise, your auto-role setup will fail.
How to Let Discord Users Auto-Assign Their Own Roles Using Dyno Bot
Dyno Bot also allows your server members to set themselves up with roles/ranks. Ranks are the same as roles, but the ability to grant them is determined by the ?rank command. They are created the same way as roles are– the server owner will create them and set the permissions for each on the Discord server.
Anyone considered a bot administrator can determine which ranks are open to the public by adding them from the Dyno Bot dashboard. Though not regarded as automatic, it’s still a faster way to provide specific permissions, including exclusive access to your members without you having to give it to them personally.
If interested in setting up ranks for Dyno Bot:
- Get back to the Dyno Bot dashboard of the server for which you want to add ranks.
- Head into the Autoroles tab from the Module Settings section just as you would for roles.
- This time click over to the Joinable Ranks tab located at the top of the main window.
- Click the Select Role drop-down and choose which role or roles you want to make joinable.
- In the Rank Settings section, you can choose to limit members to a single role. This will help limit the power members can have.
- Click the Add button for each role selected.
Your members can set their rank/role by typing in ?rank <role> where the role has to be typed out in full.
Using Mee6 to Auto-Assign Roles in Discord
Those newer to the Discord bot scene may find the use of Dyno Bot confusing. It can be too much for a less-than-savvy user. The Mee6 bot is a cool tool for a server wanting to branch out into the community. It offers almost as much as the Dyno Bot (in some ways more) while remaining easier to use and navigate. The LEVEL UP feature is cool as it incentivizes your server members to engage more.
Every time you send a text message in one of the server channels, you can “level up.” It doesn’t necessarily provide additional perks (without purchasing Premium), but just like in video games, it can still feel pretty good.
Setting Up Mee6
Mee6 is not unlike Dyno Bot in its setup process. You’ll need to take a trip over to the official Mee6 site to begin.
Let’s setup Mee6:
- Head over to https://mee6.xyz/ and click on the Add to Discord button. This process goes a bit quicker if you’re already logged into Discord, but all that is really required is your Discord login credentials.
- Once logged into Discord, you’ll receive the Mee6 authorization pop-up window asking for access. Click the Authorize button at the bottom right of the window.
- Click on the logo for the server you’d like to manage.
- You’ll receive another authorization window, this time with the server already selected in the drop-down. Just click on the Continue button once again to proceed.
- Authorize the bot for a second time. Click the box next to I’m not a robot to continue.
Welcome to your Mee6 dashboard! It’s here that you can make changes to the settings and commands associated with your Mee6 bot. Mee6 offers various auto-commands such as banning users, deleting messages, and warning a user that is violating your channel’s standards.
Mee6 allows you to add a role automatically to first-time visitors of your server. Most of the auto-assign capabilities for Discord bots revolve around those new to your server. Without going for the premium options on bots that enable more, you’re pretty much stuck with this limited feature.
To add a role for newcomers automatically:
- From the Mee6 website, click on Welcome on the left-hand side. Then, toggle the switch for Give a role to new users.
- Click the + under Roles to give.
- Finalize your decision by clicking the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen.
Like Dyno Bot, ensure that Mee6 has a higher authority role than the roles you grant.
For more information, see how to manage server roles within the Discord app.
The only other way to add an auto-role feature is to create a bot yourself that does the deed. You can add your own special spin on things that will allow certain milestones to be met to achieve a new role or any other way you can think of to add one. The limit is your creativity, coding ability, and understanding of the Discord API.
These two proposed bots are very popular, meaning they’re likely to continue receiving support and evolving as time goes on. If you have any special requests for additional features, you can contact the support teams for Dyno Bot or Mee6 on their Discord Support servers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Discord is packed with so many features already; add to that bots and auto-assigning roles, and it’s natural to have more questions. We’ve included more answers to those questions below.
Can I assign roles to new members?
Absolutely. Assigning roles for new members is often essential to keeping peace in your channels. As new users join, you can assign roles that keep them from commenting too much, alleviating any possible annoyance. Simply go to the Roles tab, add the New Members role, and click on the channel you’d like to moderate.
Can I assign a temporary role?
When someone needs temporary access to permissions, you can toggle the permissions on, but you will have to manually turn them off once done. However, just because Discord doesn’t offer the option, there are bots available. You can add this bot to any of your Discord servers and assign temporary roles to users.
Can I assign roles to level up automatically?
Aside from the role timers available, the Mee6 Bot will allow you to set auto-level up options. All you need to do is verify that Mee6 has access to your server and open the Bot dashboard. From here, you can set level-up options.