For those who don’t know, Discord is a fascinating free chat service catered towards gamers and entrepreneurs. It focuses on providing a voice and text platform for like-minded people to work together to accomplish a bigger goal. Sometimes this may be a tech startup working to bring more people on board, while other times it could just be a bunch of friends starting a Minecraft server. Either way, Discord is a brilliant platform for users to take advantage of.
Not only does it offer text and voice chat, but the platform has recently expanded into a game store as well. That’s right; Discord has a wide array of hand-picked indie titles that showcase the best of this industry for everyone to check out. For added productivity, users can also screen share with others, tie in their music player so others can see what they’re listening to, and even connect their Xbox Live, PlayStation, and Steam accounts to share what they’re playing as well. All of the services provided by the traditional Discord platform are simply great.
That said, there is somewhat of a lack of customization within the Discord platform. For example, users cannot change many accessibility settings, with the font sizes fairly limiting. There is only a light and a dark theme for users to take advantage of. Users cannot customize the Discord background with a custom theme or font, for example.
For users looking for more of a comprehensive Discord experience, they can download BetterDiscord. BetterDiscord is exactly what it sounds like: a better way to experience Discord.
What is BetterDiscord?
BetterDiscord includes emojis and emotes directly from Twitch.tv. There is a custom CSS editor for coders to change the platform to their liking. You can add in plug-ins and extensions, customize your theme, switch to a more minimal mode to focus on voice chat, and more.
Updates are coming all the time, with the open source code making it so anybody can change what they’d like to at any point. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to install this upgraded version of Discord.
How To Install BetterDiscord
Before starting any part of the BetterDiscord installation process, make sure that you’ve installed the traditional Discord platform first. From there, make sure that the original service is closed before you start anything.
Next, head to the BetterDiscord official download page. Make sure you choose the version best suited to your operating system, such as MacOS or Windows 10. Once selected, an installer will download to your machine.
Make sure you open the installer and go through the installation process just like with any other program. Accept the terms and conditions, read through the license agreements (or don’t), choose an installation location, and wait for it to finish. Once done, restart the Discord platform and you will be ready to use BetterDiscord.
Once BetterDiscord is installed, there are a ton of different extensions to customize your experience with. One plug-in enables you to send larger messages, so they’re much easier to read for those with bad vision. Another lets you hide servers or organize them within folders, and even to display hidden channels that you may not have access to due to your permission set. Other plug-ins enable spellcheck, show the details of your images, and even link to your Steam profile.
You can also customize themes such as blue, maroon, or one that even looks like the classic Windows XP experience. There’s also a “Compact 2017” version of the Discord theme as well. All of these customizations and more are available to you via the BetterDiscord platform.
However, take note that not all users have the BetterDiscord add-on installed to their platform. In this case, if you’re running a custom server and what your users to have the best experience possible, you may want to ensure that all users get on top of that download and install the BetterDiscord experience for them.
Making The Traditional Discord Experience Better
If you’re struggling with the BetterDiscord experience, but still want to enhance your traditional Discord platform, know that you can install automated bots and other plug-ins to help moderate the server and provide extra opportunities like newsbots and level up features. All in good fun!
Now that you know how to install the BetterDiscord experience, get on out there and make a better platform for yourself. Of course, if you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check out our other software guides on TechJunkie as well to enhance your knowledge even more!