How To Stream On Discord (Go Live)

Learn how to go live on Discord and stream to your friends. We show you different methods on how to stream on Discord with ease.

One of Discord’s most popular features is granting its users the ability to stream or, as its developers call it, “Go Live”. If you haven’t previously streamed on Discord, you might need some guidance to set it up properly.

Thankfully, in our experience, Go Live is pretty easy to use. By taking a quick look at its various settings, we were able to initiate and run high-quality streams.

To ensure that your future streams are of equally high quality, we have written this article to guide you through the settings.

Let’s dive right in.

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Setting Up Go Live

Starting a stream is quite straightforward. All you need to do is join a voice channel, click on Screen, and select the window/game you want to stream.

However, some games will not be automatically detected by Discord. You will need to add these games manually before you start streaming.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start Discord and open User Settings.
    Discord User Settings
  2. At the bottom of the left panel, under Activity Settings, click on Activity Status.
    Activity Status under Discord Activity Settings
  3. For this step, you must have your game running or Discord will not detect it. Once the game is started, click the blue Add it! button.
  4. Once you have added the game, the grey bar above the Add it! button will turn green to indicate that it is detecting your game.
    Discord Activity Status detecting game

Starting The Stream

With the setup completed, return to the server and follow the steps below to start streaming.

  1. While in a server, join a voice channel.
  2. With the game added to your Discord library, you should see a new tab above the channel ping/connection. Click the small monitor icon on it.
    monitor icon above Discord channel ping/connection
  3. This will open a new window where you can further optimize your stream. However, if the server is not boosted or you don’t have Discord Nitro, you won’t be able to do much.
  4. If possible, select 1080p or Source resolution and 60FPS under Frame Rate. If that isn’t possible, leave it at 720P and 30FPS.
    Discord Stream Quality Frame Rate
  5. Click Go Live to start streaming.

Your friends and any other server members should now be able to join your Discord stream.

Before we end this article, there is an alternative method to start your stream.

Alternative Method To Start Stream

If you don’t want to stream a game but instead a specific window such as Google Chrome or even Discord itself, this is also possible. Here’s how:

  1. As described previously, join any voice channel, but don’t look for the tab we previously mentioned.
  2. This time, look for the Screen button, which also features a monitor icon. Click it.
    Discord voice channel Screen button
  3. From this menu, you can specify which window you want to stream. You can also go to the Screens tab and choose a screen. There will be multiple options if you have multiple monitors.
    specifying streaming window or screen on Discord
  4. Once you have made your selection, you will be taken to that same window to choose your resolution and FPS.
  5. Click Go Live.

That’s all there is to it!

If there is a window that doesn’t appear as an option, we suggest returning to the first subheading and adding the application as you would add a game. By doing this, you can ensure that the application will appear when trying to stream.

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Branko Gapo
Branko Gapo

Keeping up with the incredibly fast evolution of computer technology is impossible. Branko aims to use his knowledge on this matter to share news and information on all the latest essential technological innovations and advancements.