With so many VoIP applications available, gamers always seem to come back to Discord.
Even though the developers have stopped it advertising it as a gaming platform, it still is, definitely. It is a place where you can gather with your gaming buddies, play together and painlessly stream games.
It is great for gamers because often Discord automatically detects games and automatically adjusts your status message to show the game you are playing at the moment. This automatic detection also provides you with a quick shortcut to start streaming too.
However, Discord doesn’t automatically detect every single video game, so here is what you can do to manually add your games to the app.
How To Add Games
If you have restarted your game multiple times and Discord still can’t seem to detect it, follow these steps below.
- Head on over to User Settings
- On the left side of your Discord window, look for Game Activity under Gaming Settings
- By clicking on Add it!, a dropdown menu will open where you will need to select a specific process
- In the dropdown menu, you should be looking for a process with the name of the game you are playing. Keep in mind, you have to launch the game for Discord to detect it
If you did step 4, your game should now be showing up as a status message on your profile. If it doesn’t, make sure the Display currently running game as a status message is enabled (found Game Activity settings).
Remember, you will have to do this for every video game that Discord does not automatically detect.
You Can Add Any Application
Even though this option is meant for games, you can use it for other applications if you want. Next time you are working on a project in Adobe Photoshop, all of your friends will know that you are busy and working.
The process of adding an application is identical to the process of adding a game.
Adds A Streaming Shortcut
Once you add a game or any other application, you will get a streaming shortcut right above the mute and deafen buttons. Pretty useful.
The Feature Works Only On The Desktop Version Of Discord
Many people prefer using the web version of Discord because it is easier on the computer and it doesn’t take any space on the computer’s drivers.
However, by using the web app, people are missing out on a lot of different features, including the one to display the games you are playing as a status message. So, if you are looking for the Game Activity settings on your browser, don’t. Those options are not available on a browser.
If you can’t seem to force Discord to detect your game or if you want to stick with the web app, there is an alternative solution.
You can add a custom status to tell your friends what you are playing.
To do that you will need to click on your profile picture at the bottom left of the screen, right next to your username, and select Set a custom status.
Write down anything you want and it will show up as your status. There is also an option to automatically clear your message after one day, 4 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, or never. Select which one suits you best.
If you still can’t seem to add a game to Discord even after following the guide step-by-step, consider contacting official support. I’m sure they will be able to resolve your issue.