Currently, numerous VoIP applications are available, but gamers always seem to return to Discord.
Discord’s developers have stopped advertising it purely as a gaming platform, but it undoubtedly remains one of the main reasons for its popularity. It is a platform that allows you to meet with your gaming buddies, play together, and easily stream games.
Discord is ideal for gamers because the app can automatically detect games and adjusts your status to display the game you are playing at any given moment. This automatic detection also provides you with a quick shortcut to start streaming.
However, Discord doesn’t automatically detect every video game. Here is what you can do to add your games to the app manually.
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How To Add Games
If you have restarted your game multiple times and Discord still won’t detect it, follow the steps below.
- Open your User Settings
- On the left side of your Discord window, find the Game Activity menu under Gaming Settings.
- Click “Add it!” and a menu will appear, guiding you through the process.
- In the menu, look for a process with the name of the game you are currently playing. Remember that you need to have launched the game for Discord to detect it.
After completing step 4, your game should now appear 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 in the same Game Activity menu).
Remember, you need to repeat this process for every video game that Discord does not automatically detect.
You Can Add Any Application
Even though this option is mostly used for games, you can use it to add other applications if you choose. For example, next time you are working on a project in Adobe Photoshop, all of your friends will know you are busy and working.
The process of adding another application is identical to adding a game.
Add A Streaming Shortcut
Once you add a game or another application, you will see a streaming shortcut above the mute and deafen buttons. This makes it even easier to stream on Discord.
This Feature Only Works On The Desktop Version Of Discord
Many people choose to use the web version of Discord because it requires less processing power and doesn’t occupy any space on a computer’s storage.
However, using the web app means missing out on many Discord features, including the ability to display the game you are playing as a status message. Don’t try to find the Game Activity settings on your internet browser, as they won’t be available.
Don’t worry if you can’t get Discord to detect your game or prefer to use the web app, don’t worry. There is an alternative solution.
You can add a custom status to tell your friends what you are playing.
This is really simple. All you need to do is click on your profile picture at the bottom left of the screen, next to your username, and select Set a custom status.
Write down anything you want, and it will appear as your status. There is also an option to automatically clear your status after a day, 4 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, or never. Select whichever one suits you best.
If you still can’t seem to add a game to Discord after following the guide step-by-step, consider contacting official support. They should be able to resolve your issue.