In recent years Discord streaming has become a thing, and you can easily preview what others are streaming.
However, while this is a great future to check out if what is being streamed is something that you like, if you are a regular streamer, you might want to disable this so that people don’t pry or poke around without you actually knowing.
Despite what you might think, most of the community feels as though this is a missing feature in Discord, and people should be able to hide their previews if they wanted to.
How to Hide Stream Preview – Discord 2021
While officially, there isn’t a feature that you can use to do so, with a bit of tinkering, you can hide your stream preview, and everyone that is curious about your stream will have to join the channel in order to be able to see what is being displayed.
While making the channel private will give you a bit of privacy, as only those that are in the channel can see the stream preview, it is still not enough. What you have to do before we get into how you can hide your preview, is to download and install OBS if you haven’t got it.
After you have installed OBS, follow these steps to hide your stream preview on Discord in 2021:
- Open up OBS. At sources, click the plus to add a source.
- Select display capture or window capture.
- Also, select the right display and resolution. Click OK.
- Then, all you need to do is click on Start Virtual Camera in the Controls section.
That concludes what you need to do in the OBS application, after that you will need to change a few settings inside of Discord:
- Navigate to your Settings.
- Open up Voice & Video.
- For Camera, select OBS Virtual Camera.
- Close your settings.
With this method, when you share your video instead of your screen on Discord, your stream will be streamed instead of your face from the camera, as this is a feature to stream video from your webcam.
While this will not say LIVE next to your account, it will show a video icon like it would if you are streaming from your webcam. For video from webcam, there is no preview function.
Also, even though your screen might appear inverted on your screen, for the others in the channel, that won’t be the case!