How to Stream on Discord: Share Your Gameplay with Friends
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(Pocket-lint) – If you don’t want to live stream on YoutubeFacebook or Twitch, but still want your friends to see what you’re up to, Discord is an option.
Discord is not just a voice chat and messaging platform. It also has multiple other uses, including streaming your gameplay so your friends can see what you’re up to.
It’s perfect if you’re playing a game that doesn’t have a spectator mode, or if you want to show off what you’re doing in a game, app, or Windows in general.
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How to Stream on a Discord Server
First of all, it is important to know that the best way to stream on Discord is through a server. You can voice call with friends on Discord and cast your screen that way, but doing it through a server will allow you to share your screen with more friends quickly and easily.
We’ve already covered how to start your own Discord server and how to join a Discord server created by someone else. We therefore recommend that you read it if you do not already know the basics.
Join a voice channel to start streaming
The next step is to join a voice channel. You must be in a voice channel before you can start streaming.
Find voice channels in the left menu, then click to join the correct channel. Once you’ve joined the channel, you’ll see the options change at the bottom left of the app, near your name.
Options now include a button for video (which lets you cast your camera) and a button for “screen” which lets you cast your apps, games, or desktop.
We’re assuming your goal is to stream a game rather than your webcam.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Click on “screen” at the bottom left of the application.
- Click on the game from the list of apps listed.
- Check the channel you are streaming on
- Click to adjust streaming quality settings, including resolution and refresh rate.
- Click “Go Live”.
Once you have done this you will be live on the voice channel. Viewers can then click to watch the stream, which usually takes them into the voice channel with you.
You can then see at the bottom of the screen that there is a message stating what you are streaming, just above your profile picture. You can choose to end streaming by clicking on the screen with the x in the middle next to it.
Casting a Screen on Discord
If you have a multi-monitor setup or are having trouble streaming your game to Discord, you can choose to stream your “screen” instead.
To do this, follow the same steps as for casting a game or application, but choose the screen option. However, it’s important to know that this option casts whatever is on your chosen screen, which may reveal things you don’t want to see. Which isn’t ideal if you’re on a public server with people you don’t know.
Written by Adrian Willings.