Discord is a cross-platform voice and text chat app originally designed for gamers, but since it’s become popular in the mainstream, all kinds of communities have switched to it. Even TechSpot employees have moved away from Slack to use Discord full-time instead.
Is Discord better than Zoom?
Zoom and Discord serve two different purposes. Discord is great for small and large team communication and collaboration via text or voice. Zoom is better for real-time online meetings and presentations.
Is Discord only for gamers?
Discord is great for gaming and voice chat. That’s how Discord started, but today all kinds of communities have migrated there. Just like Microsoft Teams or Slack, Discord offers public and private servers that anyone can create and join for free, and is now widely used for team communication and collaboration.
Is Discord encrypted?
Discord uses basic encryption methods like TLS to protect text and images in transit, but does not offer end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp or Telegram. Other community-oriented platforms offer similar security features for written messages, but some like Microsoft Teams offer end-to-end encryption for VoIP calls.
Is Discord free?
Discord is free for voice, text and video chat options with no restrictions. There is an optional paid “Nitro” membership that offers additional benefits, but even setting up a private server for your company can be done at no additional cost.
Is Discord secure?
While Discord is a great messaging app, the platform does not offer end-to-end encryption for text or audio/video communications. While your data is encrypted in transit to Discord servers, it is stored on those servers. Even if you use the app’s privacy settings to disable their ability to “use data to improve Discord,” they will still collect that data and store it in their database.
Discord was created to bring people together around games. They’ve taught us that it can be used for so much more. People use Discord for all kinds of gatherings: from live karaoke nights to screenshare group painting to virtual wedding parties. People create Discord servers for games, yoga classes, comedy fan clubs, and even run entire podcast companies. Discord is for anyone who could use a place to talk to their friends and communities.
Download Discord and experience modern chat:
- Voice chat: Join voice channels and chat with your group.
- Real-time messaging: Share videos, images, and text in rich chat
- Push notifications: Never miss a thing with @mentions and direct messages
- Instant Invite: Easily add friends to your voice server by sharing the Instant Invite link
- Direct Messages: Send personal messages
- Multiple server support: Manage all your game chat groups in one client
- Organizable channels: Keep discussions on topic with structured communication
- Android version updated to 137.11
- Windows version updated to 1.0.9005
- Voice Overlay is now available on all Android devices. It was available before and still is. Checkmate Grammar.
- Videos can now be played inline in chat and have full screen mode. Jokes about full screen are difficult. I’m a half full screen guy myself.
- Bug fix
- Fixed even more keyboard bugs!
- Reconnecting to a voice call should keep the muted state.
- Some rotation crash fixes. You can now safely do a barrel roll.
- Added multi-stream desktop support. Watch multiple streams on servers, switch between input and output without leaving the call, and close inactive video screens from non-streamers.
- In a 2-for-1 video enhancement special, you can now also split the screen while video chatting in DMs.
- Added tiled emoji. This means you can use dozens of emojis to create seamless emoji monstrosities like a scary, scary puzzle.
- Please send your best tiled emoji creations to our Twitter. @twilight
- Improved image embeds by removing the link in appropriate places, such as when sending GIFs via the GIF selector, as nothing ruins a beautiful GIF like seeing a link for haha-funny-gif/84329480%34920348204 above it.
- Added a 1-hour option for custom status if you feel a certain way, but know you’ll be over it in the next 59 minutes.
- M4A files can now be played inline. Keep sharing your beats with your friends; maybe you’ll make it into our next Very Cool Discord Community Playlist.
- You must now enter your password before enabling 2FA, so your little cousins Timmy and Tommy don’t accidentally lock you out of your account after you let them play on your PC.
- New Hypesquad Quiz. We’re evolving HypeSquad Houses with a new quiz; it’s elegant, modern, contemporary, original, updated, insert thesaurus word here. The quiz now asks questions that truly reflect what we think it means to be bold, brilliant and balanced. Take it again or take it for the first time and join the HypeSquad in your user settings.
- You can now delete users with roles.
- Removed the call action when right clicking on a bot. My nights just got a little lonelier….
- The integration settings have been revamped. Manage bots, webhooks, channel tracking, Twitch and YouTube integrations with our new settings page.
- You can now add your GitHub account to your profile.
- You can now use text-to-speech for individual messages. Hover over the message you want to read aloud, click the three-dot drop-down menu, and let our eager robot help you.
- What?! The Mentions tab is evolving. Congratulations, your Mentions tab has evolved into an inbox. Catch all your unreads, mentions and pings in one box and release the ones you don’t need into the wild.
Corrections and updates
- Fixed the nag bar with disconnected voice. The X button did not work, nor did the reconnect button we broke last week. You could not escape our Big Red Banner of Shame.
- For Twitch integrations, your level 2 and 3 Twitch emotes can now only be used by users subscribed to those higher levels.
- The Windows System Tray > Discord icon > Mute and Deafen options didn’t do anything. But now they do.
- We will now tell you when you reach the 100 server limit. No, we are not going to increase the limit … yet.