Discord was born out of necessity as a way to communicate with other gamers while playing online competitive or cooperative video games. The app’s history begins with the release of OpenFeint back in 2009, a mobile social platform for gamers on both Android and iOS (then known as iPhone OS).
Discord is popular among gamers because it has so many features and customization options. From Screen Share to adding audio bots for music, the possibilities are nearly endless. Another benefit is both coding novices and experts alike can use this service with ease.
Many gamers like to stay connected with one another, especially for battles and raids. If your Discord friends and acquaintances are trying to keep up with the game you’re playing right now, or you want to show off what you’re up to you can update your Game Status in Discord.
Manually change your game status in Discord
Discord has an auto-detect system that looks at what is running on your system and can recognize a bunch of games. For example, if it sees LeagueofLegends.exe running in Windows, it recognizes this as a game file and will populate your status message to “Playing League of Legends.”
These are ‘verified’ games. That just means the Discord database knows what the game executable looks like and can recognize it in Task Manager. It will then populate your game status message with that status. You cannot manually edit verified games as far as I know. Although there is a hack to work around it. You can edit unverified games or other programs though.
Have the game open and running in the background.
- Open Discord and navigate to User Settings.
- Select Game activity from the left menu.
- Manually add the game or program from the menu that appears.
- Toggle the game status on.
You need to have the game or program running in the background for Discord to detect the running process. Just Alt-Tab out of the game, open Discord, and follow the steps above to get this to work. This is meant for games but if you want to have a status message for a different program, you can.
Once complete, your status message will appear in Discord for as long as you have the corresponding program open. Once you close it Discord will do the same as it does with any other game, change the message to something else.
If you don’t want Discord to show the world you’re playing The Sims 4 for the eighth day running you can turn off game status. Within the Games menu, you can toggle off the setting that says ‘Display currently running game as a status message’.
Change Verified game Status in Discord
Even though you cannot edit verified games in Discord, you can influence how it works. As the system looks in Task Manager at running processes you can manually add a process and get Discord to display that instead of the game you’re playing.
For example, say you’re playing The Sims 4 but don’t want the world to know. Open an unverified game or program, get Discord to pick it up, and name the game something else.
Notepad++ is a useful program for this. It uses very few system resources and it is currently unverified in Discord. Have it running in the background, have Discord pick it up, give it a custom message, and then start your other game.
While it isn’t guaranteed to work, it does work. I tried it and three of four times Discord stayed with Notepad. This is also a good way of having a custom game status when you’re not playing anything.
Game status is a neat way to tell the world what you’re doing and what you might be playing. It’s also a way of being witty or clever and adds another element of fun to an already very cool system. While restricted a bit by the verified game system, there is a way to game that so it isn’t all bad.
How do you show what Game you’re Playing on Discord Mobile?
There are two ways to do this on mobile, either by putting your own “Custom Status”, or going into User Settings > Game Activity.
Custom Status gives you the option to say whatever you’d like in a short message. If you’d like to go this round follow the options listed below. You can put “I’m Playing _____” or anything you feel necessary.
From the Mobile App
- Click the upper left dropbox represented by the 3 horizontal lines.
- Find your user’s profile image at the bottom of the screen and click it.
- You will now see your online status.
- Click Set Custom Status.
- You can now put any status you want.
You will have more options to update your Game Activity from the Desktop application than the mobile app. If you’d like to turn on/off the Game Activity you can from the mobile version. You can update your Game Activity from your mobile device or your desktop application.
As we’ll discuss in a moment, you can only access your Game Activity from the app version of Discord. It will not appear in a web browser.
The Desktop version of Discord will let you show which game you’re playing as it’s detected in the background of your PC. If you’ve gone through the Settings and added Xbox under the Connections tab, your current game will link up here.
Manually change your online status in Discord
Discord has four options for your online status: online, idle, do not disturb, and invisible. These are similar to most other chat applications, allowing you to display whether you’re available to speak.
However, this is different than what your game display is. To manually change your online status in Discord, right-click your avatar in the Discord client and select your status. You will need to manually change it when you need to or it will go back to automatic when you restart Discord.
Why Can’t I see “Game Activity”
A lot of users are wondering why they can’t see “Game Activity” in the Discord Settings. Some have even gone so far as to say that the developers took the option away. We’ve got good news for you!
“Game Activity” is still an available option – It’s only on the Discord App though.
If you’re signed into Discord on Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, or Internet Explorer, you won’t see the option in Discord’s settings. All you have to do is download the application which is available on iOS, Android, macOS, or Windows.
Once the download has been initiated; follow your operating system’s guidance to install the application. It will ask you to sign in using your Discord Username and Password. Then you can follow all of the steps listed above to change your game status in Discord.
Overall, Discord is great for gamers and non-gamers alike. It’s an incredibly powerful VoIP and messaging app, and we think it’ll satisfy the needs of most users looking for a tool to communicate with, whether you’re gaming or otherwise. With its low price of entry, wide availability, and solid video chat implementation, Discord is one of the best messaging apps you can get today.