Discord is a free voice and text chat-based application that combines voice chat aspects like Skype and TeamSpeak with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and text chat aspects of various instant messaging facilities. It’s available as a standalone application for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS & you can access the same features through web-based applications powered by browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox.
Discord is created as a chat for gamers. Because it was introduced as a free alternative to voice chat facilities like TeamSpeak, Mumble and Ventrilo. All of these services exist to facilitate voice over IP (VOIP) communication between the gaming community and other community members. Instead of using built-in voice communication in games that are low quality, lacking in features, or completely absent, gamers use these features to communicate in and out of the game.
The downside of most VoIP services is that they require a server, which is usually not free. Exceptions such as hosting companies offering a free VOIP server when renting a regular game server, but running TeamSpeak, Mamble or Ventrilo servers usually add some cost.
Discord offers a similar service, with similar features, at no cost. The Discord app can be downloaded for free, sign up for a Discord account is free, and anyone can create a Discord server for themselves for free.
Discord provides a premium service called Discord Nitro. Payment for this premium service comes with larger image uploads and the ability to select the numbers added to your Discord username.
Getting started with Discord is extremely easy, and you don’t need to sign up to use it. If you play a game and a group invites you to their discord to facilitate communication during a particularly difficult or competitive attack or match, you can participate directly without having an account.
To participate in Discord, you need to create a temporary account. You can register this account to make it permanent, or cancel it after you’re done.
Here’s how to create a Discord account:
At this point, you are ready to use Discord. If someone gives you an invitation link to a server, you can click that link to join their server.
Important: If you do not finalize your account creation, the account will be lost when you close your browser. Click, enter your email address, and then follow the email instructions to make your account permanently.
To join a Discord server, you need a server member or admin to provide a link. Some servers have permanent links and others invite-only one-day usage links that expire within days.
If you have a friend with a discorded server that you would like to join, ask for an invitation. If you are a member of a community that uses Discord, you can request an invitation, or any permanent link that you think maybe saved on a community website, forum, wiki, or anywhere else.
To create a server on Discord you first need an account. After creating your account, log in to Discord the platform you prefer and you’re ready to create a server:
To invite your friends, click Create an invitation link for your friends, and don’t forget to check the box where to set this link to expire if you want to create a permanent link for your community.
You can invite friends and acquaintances from other servers by right-clicking on their user icon and selecting friends.
If you no longer want your server, click here to delete it:
Deleting a server cannot be undone. Before deleting your Discord server, make sure you want to delete it.
Discord is more fun with friends, and there are different ways that you can add them. There’s no way to find friends by email addresses or usernames, so you need to have their full friendship tags or friends with any other platform before you can add them to Discord.
When you sign up for Discord, you enter your friend’s username. This is the only part of your Discord tag. In addition to the name you selected, Decord adds four numbers to this format.
In addition to Discord allows you to link your Discord account with other accounts, such as Button, Steam, and Reddit. You don’t have to link accounts, but doing so makes it easier to find your friends. Linking some accounts, such as Xbox accounts, enables your platforms to see what’s going on on other platforms.
To link to Discord Account, click Connect Account to add friends above. This gives you the option to select the account you want to connect to. You can choose which connected accounts you want to display in your Discord profile.
When linking your accounts, Discord will automatically pull your friend’s list from other friends and check to see if any of your friends are on Discord. If it finds someone, you will have the option to send a friend request.
In addition to servers, Discord supports direct messaging (DM) for personal communication with friends and sends direct messages to communicate with a small community of friends. Exists separately from this server, so you and your friends do not have to be members of this server to use the same features.
Here’s how to create a group DM with your friends for private voice chat, video chat and even screen sharing:
Discord Group DM can have up to 10 participants at a time, so it’s a great way for small servers to communicate without the need to create separate servers. If you want to call more than 10 people at once, you need to create a voice channel on a discorded server and use it instead.