How to Download and Use Discord on PC

Discord is a popular platform that allows users to set up servers and engage in text, audio, or video communication. Whether it’s to talk while playing your favorite online game, communicate with an entire server, or chat with friends, learn how to set up and use Discord on your Windows PC.

Download and install Discord

  1. To download Discord, go to the official Discord download page.
  2. Click on the Download for Windows button and wait for the download to complete successfully.

    Download Discord for Windows
    Download Discord for Windows
  3. Once DiscordSetup.exe is downloaded, double-click on it to begin the installation process. 
  4. The program will then begin to install and download the required updates. 
  5. After the installation is complete, log in to your Discord account to start using it on your PC. 
  6. If you are new to Discord and are yet to create an account, click on Register as shown below.

    Create a new Discord account
    Create a new Discord account
  7. Next, add your email, username, password, and date of birth in the Create an account window.

    Enter your personal details
    Enter your personal details
  8. Discord will ask you to verify your account. Click on the Start Verification button.

    Verify your account
    Verify your account
  9. Enter your phone number on the next screen. You will receive a verification message on your phone.
  10. Enter the verification code in the prompt displayed in the Discord window.

    verify your number on discord
    Enter the 6-digit code to verify your number
  11. Type your password again in the next prompt. Your account should be created successfully.
  12. In some cases, Discord might require you to verify your email address as well. In this case, you will receive a verification email. 
  13. Click on the Verify Email button and follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.

    Verify confirmation email
    Verify confirmation email
  14. Hit on Continue to Discord. Voila! You should be able to use your registered Discord account!

Add a Friend on Discord

Now that you have created an account, it’s time to add your friends!

  1. Click on the green Add friend button in the Discord window, as shown below.

    Add friends on Discord
    Add friends on Discord
  2. Add their username and hit Send Friend Request. Once your friend request is accepted, you will chat with them.

    Send a friend request
    Send a friend request

Join a Server

The easiest way to join a Discord server is via an invite link. If you have an invitation, here is what you need to do:

  1. Click on the server link provided to you. Once you click on the link, a confirmation prompt will appear to confirm if you want to join the server. Click on the blue Join button as shown below.

    Discord server confirmation prompt
    Discord server confirmation prompt
  2. Once you do that, Discord will automatically open the server. A list of your servers is displayed on the left side of the application.

    List of Discord servers
    List of Discord servers
  3. Alternatively, you can join the server through the join menu of Discord. You can do this by clicking the + icon in the left panel.

    Plus button for servers
    Click on the plus icon to join a server
  4. After that, select Join a Server. Enter the server address into this menu, and then click Join.

    Join a server
    Join a server
  5. You can also search Discord servers using the “Server Discovery” feature. This is recommended if you want to find servers that align with your interests. Click the explore icon in the lower left to access Server Discovery.
Explorer Discord servers
Explorer Discord servers

Chat in a Text Channel

Once you have joined a server, you might see a list of its channels appear in a small column. Names of text channels typically begin with the hash symbol (#) and describe the nature of the conversation. 

  1. Click a text channel to join it. Note: Channels that don’t have speaker icons are just for regular text chatting. 
  2. Use the typing area at the bottom of the screen to say something in the channel. This will be visible to anyone in the channel once you press Enter or Return to send it.

    Send messages in a text channel
    Send messages in a text channel
  3. You can also add emojis and react to the messages others send (in the channel or to you individually).

    React to messages
    React to messages

Chat with Voice and Video

Voice channels do not have hashes to the left of their names but a small speaker icon. You can interact with other members using your computer’s microphone and camera with voice channels. 

Before you begin using the voice and video features, here is what you need to do:

  1. First, click the gear icon at the bottom left of the window.

    Discord Settings
    Click on the gear icon to launch Discord settings
  2. Select Voice & Video in the left panel.
  3. In the ‘Input Device’ menu, select your microphone, and in the ‘Output Device’ menu, choose your speakers.

    Voice and Video Settings
    Choose input and output devices
  4. Select Let’s Check and say a sentence. If the voice indicator does not move, try raising the input volume.

    Test mic on Discord
    Test mic on Discord
  5. Now, head over to the Input Mode section.
  6. Choose Voice Activity to make the microphone pick up your voice immediately after speaking. Alternatively, if you do not want the microphone to be on all the time, select Push to Talk.

    Input mode of voice channels
    Input mode of voice channels
  7. Now, click Test Video to ensure your webcam works before using video chat. Choose a different input if necessary.

    Test video settings on Discord
    Test video settings on Discord

Once you have adjusted the settings, it’s time to join a channel with a speaker icon. Follow these steps:

  1. Join a channel with a speaker icon.

  2. If your speakers are on and the channel participants are speaking, you will hear the conversation, and your mic will activate as well. If you talk, you will see a green outline around your avatar.

    Green light around avatar while speaking
    Green light around avatar while speaking
  3. If you want to change someone’s volume, right-click their avatar to launch the volume controls.
  4. To share your video, click on Video. By selecting this option, you will activate your camera so that others can see what you’re doing.

    Launch video on Discord
    Launch video on Discord
  5. If you wish to stop the video, click Video again.
  6. To leave a voice channel, click the phone icon which has an X next to it.

    Disconnect your voice
    Disconnect your voice

Send a Direct Message

  1. To send a direct message to your Discord friends, select Friends from the left panel.
  2. Head over to the All tab. Your screen should now display a list of all the people you have added to Discord as friends.
  3. Select the text icon next to the person you want to text. This should take you to the “Direct Message” window.

    Send friends a direct message
    Send friends a direct message
  4. Type the text message and hit Enter to send it.

Create a Group Chat

With Discord, you can create a group chat with up to 9 members. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Click on the plus icon next to ‘Direct Messages’. 
  2. Select the friends you want to add to the group and hit Create Group DM.

    Create a group DM
    Create a group DM

Create a Server

  1. Click on the plus button below your servers to create one of your own.

    plus icon for server
    Click on the plus icon to create a server
  2. If you want to create a server without any template, click on Create My Own. To choose a template instead, select one under ‘Start from a template’.

    Create a new server
    Create a new server
  3. Next, choose whether you want to make this server for a few friends or a larger community. You also have the option to skip this option for now.

    Choose member type for the server
    Choose member type for the server
  4. Then, customize the server by uploading a photo and server name. Once done, hit Create.

    Add a server name and an image
    Add a server name and an image
  5. Once the server is created, launch it and expand the drop-down menu located in the top-left corner of your screen.

    Expand your server's drop-down menu
    Expand your server’s drop-down menu
  6. To invite your friends, select Invite People.

    Select Invite People from the context menu
    Select Invite People from the context menu
  7. To invite your friends, copy the invitation link or click on the Invite button next to their usernames.

    Invite people to join your server
    Invite people to join your server

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