Did you know that if you click the Discord Home button 15 times, it will play a unique sound? However, that’s not the only secret Discord is hiding from you. For example, did you know that it is possible to change the Discord notification sound?
But, before we delve deeper, we should note that changing sounds isn’t a built-in option in Discord. Instead, you will have to manually replace specific files on your computer, which can prove challenging or even risky.
We suggest using BetterDiscord to replace the sounds as it is much more painless. We’ll cover that too.
If you’re still up for the idea of doing it manually, continue reading so we can guide you through it!
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Can You Change Discord Sounds On Android/iOS?
Before we delve into this guide, first, let’s cover some vital information.
If you mainly use Discord on your phone, we have bad news for you. It doesn’t matter whether you are on an Android or iOS device; you will not be able to change Discord’s sound effects.
This also applies if you are using the browser application.
We can only continue forward if you’re using the desktop application for Windows.
How To Find Discord’s Sound Files
Previously, we mentioned that Discord does not offer any kind of option that allows you to choose between sounds when it comes to notifications. However, thanks to Discord’s level of customizability, we can go into its configuration files and edit those sounds.
Note: Editing Discord’s files may lead to crashes or issues or stop the application from working altogether. So make sure to closely follow the steps of the process and make a backup, just in case!
With that out of the way, here’s what you will need to do:
- Press the Windows button + R on your keyboard.
- Type %appdata% and click OK.
- Make sure you are at the correct folder path:
- Now head into the discord folder and then into Cache so your full path can look like this:
Now, this is where things get a little bit complicated. Inside this Cache folder are probably 500+ different files. The problem is that the sound files are named with random numbers, an F_ prefix, and no extension.
To find out which ones are one of Discord’s sound effects, you will need to add a .mp3 or .wav extension on each file and see which sound it will play.
You can do that by right-clicking the file, clicking rename, and adding .mp3/.wav after the name.
Keep in mind that this may take a long time to find the appropriate sound effects. In addition, some files won’t even play since they are not audio files.
If you can’t bother to test through hundreds of these files, we’ve found some that usually work for users. Emphasis on usually.
Here’s the sound list:
- f_000031 – notification for direct messages.
- f_000032 – unknown.
- f_000033 – unknown.
- f_000110 – default notification.
- f_000112 – disconnect.
- f_000113 – connect.
Again, please note that these files may have a different purpose on your computer.
Once you’ve found the appropriate files, it’s time to replace them with new sounds.
Replacing Discord’s Sound Files
Before you can replace the files, you need something to replace them with.
If you have no idea what you would want as Discord’s notification file, here are a couple of free audio file website recommendations:
- Freesound – Millions of sound files available, and all completely free. There’s also a rating system.
- Zapsplat – another website with free audio files, but it has a smaller library. Some files are locked behind a Gold membership.
- SoundBible – has a section dedicated to royalty-free music/audio.
- freeSFX – another popular option for free sound effects and music tracks.
Once you’ve downloaded the sounds, the next step is to rename them to match Discord’s. So, back up any of Discord’s files that will be replaced, copy their names, and paste them onto the new sounds.
Here’s an example:
Make sure to remove the .mp3 extension and then you can just copy and replace this new file into AppDataRoamingdiscordCache.
The next time you start Discord, you should have brand new sound effects for all of the notifications. If not, then you’ve probably replaced the wrong file.
But don’t worry. There’s an alternative solution if you just can’t seem to find the sounds in the Cache folder. That solution is BetterDiscord.
How To Change Sound Effects With BetterDiscord
Even though Discord is an application with a lot of customization, there are still many things it lacks. Changing the program’s sound effects is one of the things it lacks, as you’ve already seen.
Because of that, we’ll resort to Better Discord. BetterDiscord is an enhancement project to bring considerably more customization to the application and upgrade it with features.
Not just an improvement to Discord, but it also allows for individual plugins and additional features.
Before installing, consider that using BetterDiscord is against Discord’s terms of service. But, it should be safe since we haven’t seen any bans related to this.
With that out of the way, let’s install BetterDiscord so we can change the sounds on the app.
How To Install BetterDiscord
First, download the setup. Once downloaded, run the setup file and go through the installation steps. It will detect Discord automatically, and it should be pretty straightforward. After the installation, restart the app, and BetterDiscord will be available.
Now, we’ll need to install the appropriate plugin so we can edit Discord’s sound effects.
How To Install The BetterDiscord Plugin
To install the right plugin, follow these steps:
- Go to BetterDiscord’s official website and download the plugin called “NotificationSounds.”
- Open Discord, and head over to User Settings.
- On the left, you’ll see a bunch of new menus. Select Plugins.
- Click on Open Plugin Folder, copy the plugin you just downloaded and paste it into this folder.
- You’ll get a prompt from Discord to download the Library Plugin so NotificationSounds can work. Accept.
How To Use The Plugin
With the plugin installed, here’s how you can use it to edit Discord’s audio:
- While in User Settings – Plugins, ensure that the NotificationSounds plugin is enabled.
- Now head into the plugin’s settings by clicking on the cogwheel icon.
- To add a new sound to Discord, expand the Add New Sound option.
- Here, you will need to add a category name and a name for the sound and then pick the file by clicking on Browse File.
- Click Save.
- With the audio file added, let’s replace a notification sound. We can do that by expanding the Sound Configuration option.
- Choose any notification (we went with Call Ringing) by expanding the category menu and selecting the category you just created.
- Then, select the sound you just uploaded, adjust the volume, and click Done.
And that’s it! From now on, you’ll be listening to this new sound whenever you get a call.
There are also a couple of prebuilt categories like Yachty, Uncle, and Chaos, which already have a few dozen sound effects available.
Both methods of changing Discord’s sound we shared are not simple. One requires you to rummage through hundreds of files while the other installs an app against Discord’s TOS. So, it’s a risk either way.
However, installing Better Discord is a considerably greater option since it offers a lot of sound/notification customization while opening up other options like themes, plugins, emotes, and more.