Discord is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) communication apps for gamers. It offers a huge amount of useful perks and options for gamers and is built to work in the background, as seamlessly as possible, with any game.
Typically, Discord will recognize newly installed games and display them in the Library section in the Home tab. However, some games simply won’t be there and, on the wrong day, it can be beyond annoying, even if it isn’t a huge issue in the grand scheme of things.
First and foremost, Discord is a communication app. It is primarily aimed at gamers, but other communities have been known to use it. For instance, a lot of crypto (blockchain) startups turn to this chat app because it doesn’t have a limit on the number of users present per channel and because it is very easy to moderate, complete with bans and reports that work seamlessly.
That being said, Discord is mainly used by the gaming community. It’s a place to coordinate using private servers that come with voice-chat and text options, designed to work in the background while you’re playing your favorite game. Over the last few years, the popularity of Discord has skyrocketed, mainly owing to popular games such as PUBG and Minecraft. There is no easier way to communicate to an entire server than by using the Discord app.
What Discord essentially does is bringing the features of a message board, a chat lobby, and a VoIP chat into a single environment. It comes in both mobile and desktop versions.
Discord Game Activity
Discord doesn’t really have a library persay. What it does have is Activity Status. This feature lets others know which game you’re playing and even keeps a list of games you’ve played in the past.
When a game is running on the same device as Discord, Discord should automatically show the game in the ‘Activity Status’ section. The application can detect any processes that are running on your device and show the game you’re currently playing.
To see your Activity Status on Discord, do this:
- Start your game and open Discord.
- Click on the Settings cog in the lower left-hand corner.
- Click on ‘Activity Status.’
- The game you’re playing right now should automatically appear.
- Scroll down to see a list of the games you’ve played previously.
If you want to see what game someone else is playing, click on ‘Friends’ in the upper right-hand corner of Discord. Then, view your friends and the game they’re currently playing.
Of course, users can always turn this status off and we’ll show you how to do that below. But, if your game doesn’t show for some reason, you can add your favorite games to Discord.
How to Change Activity Status
Although Discord doesn’t give us a Library option, it does give us an Activity Status option. Fortunately, we can make that status say anything we want!
If your game Library isn’t showing the games you’re playing, you can easily add it. Here’s how:
- Open Discord on your device and open the game you’re playing.
- Click on the User Settings icon in the lower right-hand corner.
- Scroll down and click on ‘Activity Status.’
- Click the ‘Add it’ hyperlink under Activity Status.
- Select your game from the dropdown list.
- Click on ‘Add Game’ in the lower right-hand corner of the pop-up window.
This is a really simple process that only takes a few minutes. You can use this to mess with your friends or hide the game you’re really playing too!
How to Turn Off Game Activity
There are many reasons you may want to hide your current activities from another person. Whether you need a break from playing with a certain gamer, or you’re playing a game that you don’t want anyone to know about, you can hide your Activity Status on Discord.
All you need to do is open Discord and follow these steps:
- Click on the Setting cog in the lower left-hand corner.
- Click on ‘Activity Status.’
- Toggle off the option next to ‘Display current activity as a status message.’
Turning this option off means that others will not see what game you’re playing. Of course, you can also turn off your online status altogether by clicking on your Discord avatar in the bottom right-hand corner.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t see ‘Game Activity’ in Discord. What’s happening?
The ‘Game Activity’ option is only available in the Discord application. If you’re using a web browser, you will not see ‘Game Activity.’
If you’re looking for this option, you will need to use the desktop application.
Can I add a game to Discord on the mobile app?
No. The mobile app version of Discord only lets you turn on or off your game activity. But, it doesn’t let you add which game you’re playing.
Although the Discord Library isn’t going to detect all games in existence, it usually works for the majority. Even if the game isn’t detectable, adding it to your “now playing” status is just a few clicks away.
What do you like the most about Discord and Discord Nitro? Do you use the Library frequently? Have you a need to add games to your “now playing” status? Discuss this and everything else Discord- and gaming-related in the comments section below.
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