Are you looking to form an online community with your gamer friends outside the typical Facebook and other social media apps? We got you covered. Discord may just be the safe haven you’re looking for!
The messaging platform is perfect for those who are aiming to talk with like-minded people, such as those who watch the same anime or also play the games you play.
There’s also no heavy moderation of your conversations (unlike Reddit), making it fair and ethical among its members.
Not Just an App for Gamers
Although it has been dubbed as the perfect app for gamers, Discord can be so much more than that. It’s a chat system that allows you to communicate over text and chat. You can imagine the many possibilities you can do with such freedom.
Businesses and other non-gaming entities also use Discord to their own benefit. This just goes to show how the app has grown over the years. If you’re unfamiliar with the app, here’s a quick run-through of what Discord is all about.
Nowadays, Discord lets anyone create a server to host exclusive discussions about anything they please. Anything under the sun — from gaming strategy to your favorite streamers. There’s a broad range of topics you can find in various thriving Discord servers.
10 Cool Things You Can Do on the Discord Online Chat
Here are some of the cool things you can do on Discord:
Play Music While on Call
Queue and listen to your favorite music as you talk to your friends in the voice call. Discord gives you the ability to adjust the volume of the mic of the people you are talking to and even the music playing in the background. This way, the music doesn’t overpower the call and prevents it from being chaotic. If anything, it only balances the sound.
You can also opt to listen to your favorite Spotify playlist during a call. However, if you are using your mic in voice chat for more than 30 seconds while Spotify is playing in the background, the app will tend to stop playing. You’ll also get an error bar at the top of your app.
To avoid this, use the Push-To-Talk option or adjust your voice activity sensitivity so that your
mic is not activated while you listen.
Screen Sharing with Friends
Through series of updates, Discord made screen-sharing possible. People in the same channel can now watch clips, videos, and movies together. You and up to 9 of your closest friends can enjoy an awesome video and screen sharing experience at the same time.
With both screen sharing and video calling, the Discord team saw an opportunity to use them side-by-side in an efficient manner. This way, you won’t have to jump all over the place to switch from one app to another. They’re both available simultaneously anytime as long as you have video call enabled.
Note: This amazing feature is currently only available on the Windows desktop client. Unfortunately, it is still not available on macOS, the browser, or mobile client.
Discover Exclusive Channels and Meet Like-minded Individuals
Discord is considered as the best app for gamers in a sense that it gives you a sense of community. Most likely, there’s a thriving Discord community for the things you like. From anime TV series to indie games, you just have to search for these servers well.
With the sense of community acceptance, you can freely unleash the weeaboo in you. (If you’re a weeaboo, wear the title loud and proud as Sakura SENPAI would want you to!) In these channels, you can have in-depth discussion with other weebs and even talk about related stuff like cosplaying and local anime conventions.
Organize Server Occasions
If your subreddit is focused on anime, movies, or TV series – you can start a unique version of a book discussion club where a designated member picks a series for the month. This can be adjusted accordingly to fit your members’ needs so how about a poll?
A month may seem too short for members who are working full-time jobs with hectic schedules, or others may seem too preoccupied with real life happenings. You can discuss and do it per quarter instead.
Afterwards, you can do a discussion channel to talk with members who participated in the said challenge. This is a good way to foster friendship and a sense of community. You’re not limited to TV series and the like. You can also do monthly/bimonthly challenges with your members on books, recipes, among many others.
Jump into your Friend’s Games
Through the “Rich Presence” feature, users can now jump into their friends’ games with a single button. Players can now opt to participate in each other’s games using the app itself, dispensing with the need to add each other on different external gaming clients.
It also allows you to add beautiful art and detailed information to show off your game even more. This lets other players know what their friends are doing. They can now decide to ask to join in and play together. After confirming, both players will be partied up and ready to play.
Integrate Discord With Other Apps
Discord has some built-in integration with other leading social media applications. The thing is, you need to enable the connections beforehand to reap the benefits.
Connect your accounts on Twitch, YouTube, Blizzard Entertainment, Skype, League of Legends, Steam, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Xbox Live to unlock special Discord integrations.
The exclusive features of each integration vary from one app to another. Regardless, they all help sync data from the linked app into your Discord server directly.
Install Discord Bots
Bots play an important role in many communication apps. From Messenger to Telegram, you’ll find them helping users manage the way they communicate with others more efficiently.
On Discord, there are hundreds of community-developed bots you can choose from. Each of these bots are designed to fulfill a specific role on the server. For instance: GameStats allows you to compare gaming stats and profiles against your pals and GAwesome Bot can be used to easily conduct polls and giveaways.
Majority of the bots are free to install and use. You can only add new bots to a server if you’re an admin, but you’re free to add as many as you want on your personal rooms.
Use Discord Keyboard Shortcuts
Discord offers different keyboard shortcuts aimed to make your experience more comfortable and efficient. If you’re involved in a lot of chats that’s going on simultaneously, here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts you may find helpful in bouncing between them quick:
Switch channels: Alt + Up/Down
Switch servers: Ctrl + Alt + Up/Down
Answer a call: Ctrl + Enter
Mark channel as read: Escape
Mark server as read: Shift + Escape
Browse through unread messages: Alt + Shift + Up/Down
Jump to oldest unread message: Shift + Page Up
Toggle deafen: Ctrl + Shift + D
Toggle emoji window: Ctrl + E
Use Custom Emojis
You can also opt to make custom emojis and upload other personalized emotes to your Discord server. If you are the server owner, you can add up to 50 custom emojis to your stash.
- Emoji names must be at least 2 characters long and can only contain alphanumeric characters and underscores
- Emojis must be under 256kb in size
Your personalized emojis are only usable on the specific server you’ve uploaded them to. But if you have Discord Nitro, you’ll be able to use all your custom emojis on every group, server, and DM you’re a part of! Nitro also gives you an extra 50 slots available for animated emojis in addition to the 50 static custom ones.
Buy Discord Nitro
If the basic free-for-all version of Discord seems not enough for you, you can choose to upgrade to its paid pro version: the Discord Nitro.
The paid Nitro has some additional features like a custom Discord tag (as long as you’re subscribed), sharing your screen in either 720p (60 FPS) or 1080p (30 FPS), an increase in the maximum file upload size (from 8MB to 50MB), and support for global personalized and custom emojis.
Discord Nitro has some benefits in store for gamers. It gives you access to free games worth more than $1,000 USD, and you’ll receive game perks such as loot boxes, exclusive skins, extra characters, and a lot more.
Discord Nitro costs $99.99 USD/year or at $9.99/ USD month. There’s also a cheaper version — the Nitro Classic. It’s priced at $49.99 USD/year or $4.99 USD/month, but it doesn’t come with free games or extra content.
There’s more to this leading online chat platform than meets the eye.
Discord was primarily aimed to benefit gamers but its features has helped the app grow into far more than that. Today, it shouldn’t be a surprise when you see businesses and crypto investors use the app for their own benefit.
Make the most out of Discord by using these features! You don’t have to buy Discord Nitro to unlock cool features (but as we’ve mentioned prior, there ARE cool features only limited to Nitro users). There are still free for all the tips and tricks that can help you efficiently use the app to your own liking.