How to live stream games, videos and more on Discord

  • You can stream on Discord by joining a voice channel and clicking the “Video” or “Screen” options at the bottom of the screen.
  • When you stream on Discord, you can stream video from your webcam or share what’s on your screen.

Not all streamers are looking to star a massive Twitch audience. In fact, for many gamers, the only audience that matters is their friends.

This is where Discord comes in. Although Discord is primarily known for text and voice chat, you can also use Discord’s voice channels to host live streams.

These live broadcasts allow you to broadcast your voice, webcam, or computer screen to anyone else in the voice channel. It’s a great way to host a little stream for your friends, without worrying about strangers getting in the way.

The only caveats are that streaming your screen can only be done from Windows and Mac desktop apps, not mobile or browser versions. And if you want to stream audio that’s playing on your computer, like the sound of a game or a YouTube video, for example, you should use the Windows desktop version.

Finally, you should also note that multiple people can simultaneously broadcast on the same voice channel. So if you’re on a popular server, don’t be surprised if others start a stream while you’re still connected.

Here’s how to start your next stream with Discord.

How to Stream on Discord

First of all, note that if you are using a Mac, you may need to enter the “Security & Privacy” menu in order to allow Discord to record your screen.

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Some computers may ask you to authorize Discord.

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1. Open the Discord app on your Mac, PC, or smartphone. Remember that you will need to use the downloaded and installed app, not the Discord website.

2. Find and join a voice channel in which you are authorized to broadcast. The way to find out if you can broadcast is to join the voice channel, then see if “Video” or “Screen” is clickable at the bottom of the window. If you’re using the Discord mobile app, you’ll only see an icon that looks like a video camera.

3. At the bottom of the desktop app, you’ll see options for “Video” and “Screen.” Choose whether you want to broadcast the video from your webcam or share your computer screen, then click on the one you want.

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There are two ways to stream a video.

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If you’re using the mobile app, you can only tap the camera icon, which will start streaming from your phone’s camera.

4. If you click “Video”, your webcam will turn on (Discord may ask for permission to use it) and you’ll immediately start streaming. You can choose the right camera in Discord’s “Voice & Video” settings menu.

5. If you select “Screen”, choose the window you want to share. You can cast everything on your screen at once, or just specific windows.

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If you don’t want viewers to see your desktop or files, it may be better to choose a specific window.

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6. Choose a resolution and frame rate – the better your resolution and frame rate, the more internet bandwidth your stream will use.

seven. If you’re streaming from a PC, you’ll also see an option for “Sound.” Toggle this button to the right and you can also stream audio from your computer. People will still be able to hear your microphone as well.

8. When you’re ready to start broadcasting your screen, click “Go Live”.

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Clicking “Go Live” will start the broadcast.

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You are ready ! Now all you have to do is invite friends to the voice channel, who can then watch your stream by clicking on your name in the list of people to call.


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