Learning the Basics
1Access Discord. Discord can either be used in a web browser on a computer, or by using the Discord application on a phone or computer. The browser-based version is a good choice if you just want to try out Discord, but the app notifies you when there’s a new message in a channel or chat that you’re in.
2Create an account on Discord. When you start using Discord, you’ll often start out by just creating a username. However, if you create an account, you’ll be able to use the Discord app (and not just the browser version). If you connect an email address to your Discord username, you’ll be able to use Discord regularly with the mobile app or computer program.3Familiarize yourself with Discord’s layout. If you’ve never used Discord before, or aren’t very familiar with instant-messenger apps in general, you may be a bit confused on how to use it. However, a lot of it is really just learning how to use the layout. The basics are easy enough to learn, too!
- The browser version of Discord can’t be accessed on a mobile device. You’ll have to download the app to use Discord on your phone.
4Access the settings. To customize your account settings, click on the cog near your username. You can use the settings to:
- The far left side of the screen is where Direct Messages will show up and where any servers you’ve joined will show up.
- The left side of the screen will be either your Friends List or a list of channels in a server, depending on whether you’re on the Direct Message screen or a Discord server, respectively.
- Underneath these lists will be your username and profile image, your “online” status, whether your microphone is muted, whether your headphones are “deafened”, and your settings.
- The center of the screen is the chat messages. If you’re on the Direct Message screen without a chat open, it will either be the Activity page or your Friends list.
- The right side of the screen, if you’re on a server or group DM, will be the list of members on the server and their roles. If you’re on Direct Messages, this won’t appear.
- If you search something in the search bar up at the top right, the search results will appear on the right-hand side and hide the member list.
5Send a message. When you use Discord, the message bar is at the bottom of the screen and will be labeled with “Message [person or channel]”. You can just type your message and press ↵ Enter to send it.6Learn how to mute users, channels, and servers. At some point, you’ll probably want to not get so many notifications on Discord, but still leave the app open. While there’s no way to mute the Direct Message system yet, there are ways of muting single users as well as channels and servers.
- Change your username, email, avatar, and password, disable or delete your account, or enable two-factor authentication. (Access the setting.)
- Change who can DM you, whose DMs get scanned by Discord for safety, who can add you as a friend, and what data you send to Discord. (Access the setting.)
- Edit apps and bots that you’ve authorized to your account. (Access the setting.)
- Connect accounts (such as Twitch, Skype, Steam, and Spotify) to your Discord account, as well as authorize apps to use your Discord account. (Access the setting.)
- Change your billing information, or redeem game codes. (Access the setting.)
- Join Discord Nitro or HypeSquad. (Access or , respectively.)
- Edit your Voice Chat settings and whether you press a button for your microphone to activate in voice chats, or change the camera that Discord accesses for video calls. (Access the setting.)
- Edit notification settings. (Access the setting.)
- Add or delete keybinds. (Access the setting.)
- Show when you’re playing a game on your device and add games to your Discord account. (Access the setting.)
- Change how images, GIFs, links, and emoticons show up in the chat. You can also enable or disable the
/tts(text-to-speech) command. (Access the setting.)
- Alter the appearance of the Discord window or turn on Developer Mode. (Access the setting.)
- Enable “Streamer Mode”, which is useful if you play video games for a site such as YouTube or Twitch. (Access the setting.)
- Choose the language. (Access the setting.)
7Learn how to edit and delete your messages. At some point, you’ll make a typo or send a message you didn’t mean to send, but thankfully on Discord, there are ways to fix that.
- Setting your account to Do Not Disturb will mute all incoming notifications unless you’re tagged in a message or messaged directly. Click on your avatar and click on .
- To mute a single user on a server, right-click on the person’s username and check the Mute button. If you want to unmute them later, just uncheck the button using the same steps.
- To mute a channel in a server, right-click on the channel that you want to mute and check the Mute button. You can also click the alarm bell at the top of the screen. Follow the same steps to unmute the channel.
- To mute a server, right-click on the server icon and check the Server Mute button.
- To edit a message you’ve sent, right-click the message and click . (If you hit the up arrow on your keyboard, you will automatically open the edit window of your latest message.)
- To delete a message you’ve sent, right-click the message and click . If you hold down ⇧ Shift while doing so, it will delete the message without prompting whether you want to delete it.