How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app

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How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app
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  • You can change your Discord background through the app's user settings.
  • There, you can choose between dark and light themes.
  • Additional background themes that are flashier and more expressive can be installed using BetterDiscord.
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Like any good communication app, Discord has the option for its users to switch between light or dark background settings, letting people customize how much light they're viewing while chatting on the app. But since Discord is a more popular app among gaming communities, its customizable appearances go beyond a simple light or dark setting. If you want a flashier background while using the app, you'll need to install third-party software on your computer and then alter Discord's settings.

How to change your Discord background

To change your Discord background to either a light or dark setting:

1. Go to the Discord app's user settings (it's the gear-shaped icon in the bottom-left corner on your desktop. On your phone, click on your profile icon in the bottom-right corner).

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2. Scroll down to App Settings and select Appearance.

3. Choose between Light or Dark.

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If you want a background that's more expressive than a simple dark or light version, you'll have to install third-party software, BetterDiscord. These changes will only be applicable to your desktop app and not on your phone.

1. Download BetterDiscord.

How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app
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2. Agree to the licensing terms, click Next, and then select Install BetterDiscord.

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3. Click Discord.

4. Click Install.

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5. Select a theme from the BetterDiscord website that you want to use and click Download.

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6. Click on the gear icon in the bottom-left corner to go to your user settings page.

How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app
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7. Scroll down until you see the BetterDiscord section.

8. Click Themes.

How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app
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9. Click Open theme Folder. This will open the folder where you need to put the theme you downloaded in order for BetterDiscord to see it. Once it is placed inside this folder, it will automatically be visible inside the BetterDiscord themes page.

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10. To activate the theme, toggle the switch to the right of the theme name. You can turn the theme off by toggling the switch again.

How to change your Discord background to customize the appearance of the group-chatting app
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