Everything you need to know about Discord, the new "Skype for gamers"
Among gamers, the hip way to chat with friends is not via Skype, Slack or TeamSpeak, but Discord, a relatively new messaging app that's starting to surge in popularity.Discord was specifically designed to serve the gaming community. The app, which offers text messaging and voice and video calling, allows gamers to communicate and strategize with friends mid-game. But it's lightweight and streamlined, so it won't fill up their computers' hard drives or bog down their processors.Advertisement
The app has benefitted from the boom in online, team-based video games such as Fortnite Battle Royale, Overwatch, and League of Legends. But it now now hosts hundreds of thousands of online communities. While many are focused on gaming, you'll find ones dedicated to other interests as well.
Here's everything you need to know about Discord:
Discord has started to take off with gamers.
Just about anyone can sign up and use it — and it's free.Advertisement
Developers have focused on making the app safe — and weeding out hate groups.
Its easy to start using Discord.Advertisement
After successfully signing up, you should see a screen like this.
The app's homepage offers controls for starting chats.Advertisement
This large plus button is where the magic happens.
Servers are basically chat rooms.Advertisement
You can create your own servers.
Hit "Create," and boom! You've just made a Discord server.Advertisement
The app shows you a list of all the members of your server.
You can invite your friends to join.Advertisement
Discord helps you limit who joins your server.
You can create multiple channels within your server.Advertisement
I created a text channel on my server.
In addition to creating your own servers, you can join others that already exist.Advertisement
You can find them by searching for them.
Some servers are open to just about anyone who's interested.Advertisement
Unlike my lonely server, the official Fortnite server is filled to the brim with channels, users, and posts.
I joined several different servers.Advertisement
You can customize your Discord experience by going into the settings area.
Here you can configure your security and privacy settings.Advertisement
Discord even helps protect those who stream their gameplay.
You can also optimize your audio and video settings for when you're gaming.Advertisement
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