Beginner’s Guide to Discord – Discord

Discord gives you the power to create an invite-only home for your friends or community – a place where you can talk, hang out, and have fun. We call these special places – servers, and they look like this:

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  • You can join or create servers for all kinds of communities — be it a book club 📚, a dance class 💃 , a study group 🖊️, or just some friends you want to spend time with.  

HOW TO USE TEXT AND VOICE CHANNELS

Your server is made up of text channels and voice channels

  • Text Channels

Text channels are separate spaces for talking over text. They keep conversations organized and give everyone plenty of room to talk. Create separate channels for all the topics your group likes to talk about–from fishing trips to cooking tips. 

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  • Voice Channels

Voice channels are where you can hang out over voice and video. There’s no calling or ringing required – just click on a voice channel to enter it. Friends in your server can see you’re in there, and pop in to talk, wave hello over video, or share their screen. 

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WANT TO GO FURTHER WITH YOUR SERVER SETUP? CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES FOR MORE INFO:

HOW TO TALK AND HANG OUT IN YOUR SERVER

With voice channels, you can easily start chatting with your friends and community right away! Follow these guides below to learn how to voice chat, video chat, or share your screen or watch other people stream right within your server!

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HOW TO VOICE CHAT 

Step 1: Join a Voice Channel!

  • Click a voice_channel.png voice channel in your server

Step 2: Start talking!

You should see a green outline around your avatar when you speak. 

  • If you need to adjust your voice settings, click the Vector_1.png cog icon to open your User Settings. On desktop, you’ll find it in the lower left corner of your server. From User Settings, head to Voice and Video settings to adjust your audio input, input sensitivity, and more.

Bonus Tip: You can adjust the volume of other people in the voice channel by right clicking their avatar on desktop, or pressing their name on mobile. 

Bonus bonus tip: You can use Discord’s Krisp noise suppression to filter out unwanted background noise like lawnmowers or your neighbors dog 🐕 barking up a storm. You can enable Krisp from the supression.png icon in the lower left voice panel.

HOW TO VIDEO CHAT

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Step 1: Join a Voice Channel!

  • Click a voice_channel.png voice channel in your server

Step 2: Share your Video!

  • Press the Video button in the bottom left corner and your video will be added to the voice channel. If you navigate away from the channel, just click it again to bring up 

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Desktop

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Mobile

  • To change your input device, click the Vector_1.png cog icon to open your User Settings. On desktop, you’ll find it in the lower left corner of your server. From User Settings, head to Voice and Video settings to update your video input device.
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HOW TO SHARE YOUR SCREEN

Step 1: Join a Voice Channel!

  • Click a voice_channel.png voice channel in your server

Step 2: Activate screen share

  • Press the Group_1.png Screen icon in the voice status panel near the bottom left corner and a new window will pop out.

Step 3: Pick an application or screen to share

  • Select an individual application window to share, or select an entire screen to share.

Step 4: Go Live!

  • Press the “Go Live” button at the bottom of the window when you are ready to share your stream 

Special Note: At this time, audio sharing is only available when sharing an application window on Windows 10. Audio sharing is unavailable on Mac and Linux at this time, too.

HOW TO JOIN AND WATCH A STREAM OR SCREEN SHARE:

Step 1: Find a stream

  • Look for any people with the 591028023650942988.png Live icon within a voice_channel.png voice channel

Step 2: Join the Stream

  • Click on the username of the broadcaster with the 591028023650942988.png Live icon to automatically join the stream

Once you've joined, you can change the size and location of your viewing window. You can also control the stream’s audio from the volume icon while hovering over the stream.

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MORE TIPS AND TRICKS

If you want to add some more fun into the mix with listening to music together, making your own custom emojis or avatars, or adding extra emphasis in your text, check out these guides below! 

HOW TO LISTEN TO MUSIC TOGETHER (SPOTIFY CONNECT)

Listening to Spotify on your computer? You can also invite your friends to listen in with you!

Step 1: Connect your Spotify account

  • Head to User Settings by clicking the Vector_1.png cog icon in the lower-left of Discord. Head to the Connections tab, and then click on the Spotify logo and connect your accounts.

Step 2: Invite friends to listen along

  • While Spotify is playing, click the + in your chat bar to invite your friends to listen with you.

Important Note: To invite friends to listen, they'll need to have Spotify Premium or they'll receive an error!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN EMOJIS

Every Discord server has a library of emojis, and you can turn any image into a custom emoji for your server’s library. You know that cute little tongue blep your dog makes? Yeah, that could be an emoji, too!

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Step 1: Make sure you have the Manage Emoji permission

  • If you’re the server creator, you have this automatically. If not, you can ask your server’s owner to grant it to you.

Step 2: Head to your Server Settings

  • On Desktop, click on your server name to open the dropdown menu, and select Server Settings.
  • On Mobile, swipe left to your channel view, and tap your server name and select Server Settings.

Step 3: Go to the Emoji tab and Upload!

  • From Server Settings, select the Emoji tab and from there you can upload custom emoji that anyone on the server can use!

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR PROFILE IMAGE

  1. To change your avatar on desktop, click the User Settings Vector_1.png cog in the lower left corner of the app, then select the Edit button under My Account, and upload an image!  
  2. If you’re on mobile, swipe left to your channel view, and check out the tab bar at the bottom of your screen. The rightmost tab will take you to User Settings (it should look like your profile picture if you’ve added one, and a Discord logo if you haven’t!). From there, tap on your profile avatar to upload a new image!

Pro Tip: If you’re a Discord Nitro subscriber, you can upload a gif for an animated avatar.

HOW TO BOLD, ITALIC, SPOILER TAG, AND MORE!

Check out our help center article for a detailed guide on all things Markdowns and learn all the shortcuts for how to easily edit your text formatting! 

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TROUBLESHOOTING & SUPPORT

And last but not least, we want to also provide resources to support you on your journey to learning how to use Discord, and the initial steps to try when you're attempting to troubleshoot an issue! 

VOICE & VIDEO TROUBLESHOOTING

We want to make sure your experience is as smooth as possible. If you’re experiencing voice and video issues, check out this Voice and Video Troubleshooting guide here for steps on how to resolve these issues! 

DISCORD SUPPORT

Need help with anything else? We’ve got your back. 

Contact our support team here with a full description of what questions or issues you're running into! We’re always around to answer questions.