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How to Use Discord Like a Pro (updated: June, 2020)

How to Use Discord Like a Pro

Discord is the #1 messaging platform for gamers who use text, voice chat, and video calling to play games, plan gaming sessions, and communicate with like-minded individuals. But the app isn’t just for gamers–in recent years, it has become a popular platform for developers, influencers, and business teams looking for a free way to make connections with fans, co-workers, and interest groups. As more teams migrate to Discord, more people are looking for tips and tricks on how to use the platform. If you are one of these people, read on to learn how to use Discord like a pro!

This article will cover five ways that you can start making the most out of your Discord account: organizing channels, using discord bots, learning how to screen share, connecting videogames to the platform, and marketing your server. These tips can be used by anyone who is forming or running a discord server, from game developers to social media influencers, as well as anyone who has joined a Discord server and wants to learn more about what they can do on the application. If you are looking for a more in-depth introduction to Discord, please check out our app review.

So, without further ado, here are 5 ways that you can start using Discord like a pro!

1. Organize Channels

Discord servers are divided into “channels”. Each channel can be set as either a text or voice channel. You choose the name for each channel. You can also group together channels under the same category to further organize your server.

Creating and organizing channels sets different areas for different types of discussion. For example, if you are a game developer using the platform to communicate with your dev team, you can set different categories for “Art”, “Coding”, and “Writing”. You can then set multiple channels in each category to further divide “Art” into “character-art” and “scenery”, etc.

Discord organize channels

Influencers and fan groups should also use channels to keep certain topics in certain areas. Categories and channels are a great way to organize information and content and keep multiple discussions flowing. They also let you diversify your server and attract different interest groups or specialists who may focus their communication to just a few channels of interest.

2. Use Discord Bots

Using Discord bots is a great way to automate certain tasks in your servers. Bots can welcome new users, filter out spam, ban users who break server rules, play games, and perform thousands of other actions that help your server run smoothly. Bots save you time and energy by running and moderating your server for you.

discord bots

To add a bot on Discord, first you need to find the bot online. Various websites for Discord bots exist–the most popular are top.gg, Bots on Discord, and Discord Bots. These sites list Discord bots by topic, popularity, date created, etc. Once you choose the bot you want, you can click “invite” to add the bot to your server. As long as you’re also signed onto your server, you can then authorize the bot to perform various functions on your server. Once added, your bots can be found under “server members” in your settings.

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You can also create your own custom Discord bots and add them on Discord’s Development Portal. First, you’ll need to program the bot using an application such as Node. To add your bot to the app, go to the development portal, click on the applications tab, and select “create application”. After you’ve named your new application, click on the “Bot” tab. Here, you can generate and copy a token, then paste the token into the end of your code to verify it for Discord. For more detailed instructions, including advice for specific programming languages, you can check out this article on WriteBots.

3. Use Video Chat to Screen Share

Screen sharing on Discord is easy! While in a voice or video chat, you can click on the “share your screen” icon to begin screen sharing. From there, you choose which window or application you would like to share. While screen sharing, you can continue to chat on text and voice channels. Typically, up to 10 people can view a livestream screen share, but the limit has temporarily been raised to 50. To join a livestream, simply click on the username of the person broadcasting in the voice chat. To tell if someone is screen sharing, check for the Go Live icon next to their name.

There are many reasons why you may want to use Discord screen share in your server. You may want to share gameplay for a video game you are playing or developing with co-workers, fans, or friends. You may be conducting a business meeting with your team and need to share information or content on your screen. Do note, however, that screen sharing is only available on the Discord desktop app. However, you can still view live streams on Discord’s mobile app.

You can also share screenshots and recordings on Discord using Droplr. After you take a screenshot, GIF, or screen recording with Droplr, simply copy and paste the generated tiny URL into the Discord chat. Images and GIFs even preview on the app so others can view them without leaving the platform. With Droplr you can share any content with anyone without them having a Droplr account. It’s all automatically saved to the cloud so it doesn’t clutter your desktop.

4. Connect Games

Discord includes many perks for game developers that let you connect and sell your game on your server. With a small fee, you can open up your own store and sell your games from your server. You get to customize your storefront and set prices. The platform only takes 10% of all profits earned from selling games–much less than other online game stores like Steam and Epic. You can also run private alphas and betas for fans on your server and access daily metrics that analyze your sales.

connect games to discord

Game developers can increase their presence online through Discord verification and Rich Presence. Verification lets fans know that you’re who you claim to be. It also unlocks special perks like custom branding and better audio on voice channels. Rich Presence lets players launch and invite others to join your game from within the app. Both verification and Rich Presence can be added for free, though the former requires an application to Discord.

5. Market Your Server

Want to grow your server and attract more users? Then apply for Discord Partners. Discord Partners get special features like custom servers, VIP voice servers, exclusive partner badges, and free access to Discord Nitro, an enhanced Discord experience with better video and screen share quality, higher upload limits, and custom emojis. Top Discord Partners can become premium partners and get paid for their Discord use!

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Discord Partners is geared towards influencers, developers, or fandoms that already have a significant following on the application or another social media platform. For those who want to become a partner but don’t yet have the numbers, increase your Discord presence and quality of your servers through Discord Nitro for only $9.99/month or $99.99/year.

The Best Ways to Use Discord

Way to use discord

How you choose to use Discord will depend on why you are using it. Game developers should apply for verification and install Rich Presence to promote their games and attract more players. They should also set up their own store in-server to connect with customers and maximize profits from sales. Game developers can also use Discord’s screen sharing capabilities to share gameplay and advertise games in development.

Influencers should work towards becoming a Discord Partner by building an organized, high-quality server using Discord Nitro. They can also offer special perks for super fans through private video chats and livestream sessions. Meanwhile, other businesses and freelancers can use the platform to connect with co-workers and clients through text, voice, and video chat.

Regardless of your reason for using Discord, building and running a good server requires efficient use of the channel feature so that discussions remain organized and on-topic. Discord bots can help with this by automating simple tasks and cleaning up any messes. Although the application can seem complex when you first begin, by using the above tips, you can learn how to use Discord like a pro!

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