How to Change Your Game Status on Discord

Updated on 15 May 2020 by

If you spend most of your time playing online games, then you should familiarize yourself with Discord. It has been designed and introduced in such a way so that players can communicate with each other while playing games.

Discord app is available for both desktops as well as mobile platforms. The communication established between players through a powerful server that provides smooth execution.

From the experts’ view, Discord is a Voice over IP (VoIP) application that enhances your gaming experience. Whether you are playing PUBG, Minecraft, Fortnite, or any other games, this app helps you to communicate with your friends seamlessly.

Apart from chatting apps, Discord also allows you to watch what games your friends are playing on their desktop. You can view it manually or through clients like Steam. Although, the popularity of Discord among online gamers is due to its latency-free calls.

Discord app comes with another feature, i.e, Custom Online Status, that allows other players to see what games you are playing and whether you are available or not on the app. It has a list of verified games that it supports, that means whenever you run a specific game, it shows up that activity in the task manager.

For instance, you come online and start playing PUBG, at that moment, Discord will automatically detect it and change your game status accordingly.

Not all games are verified on the Discord, which means it will not detect that activity, and your game status will remain unchanged. That’s why there is a need to change your game status manually for unverified games.

However, changing the game status in the Discord app is a bit tricky. In this article, we will see how you can change your playing status on the Discord app.

Online Status Options on Discord

Discord has four online status message options available for every other chat platform, that are:

  • Online: When you are playing games and communicating with your friends. You will see a green light beside your Avatar.
  • Idle: When you are not near the desktop. It shows AFK (Away From Keyboard) for a certain period of time.
  • Do Not Disturb: When you don’t want to get any notifications. A red circle beside your Avatar will appear.
  • Invisible: You can access the Discord app keeping your status as offline.

Change Your Online Status in Discord Manually

Now, you must know that Discord automatically detects your playing status, but it only shows your status if the game is “Discord verified”. Although you can change your status for verified games manually.

For example, if you are playing PUBG, it will automatically recognize the game file as PUBG.exe and generate a custom status message as “Playing PUBG”.

To change your playing status on Discord, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open the Discord app, and right-click on the Discord client Avatar.

Step 2: From the available options, select the appropriate playing status.

Note: Every time you start the app, you have to always change your playing status manually because it goes back to automatic when you restart the app.

Change Your Game Status in Discord Manually

The drawback here is if you are playing a game that is not present in the Discord database or unverified games then the Discord app will not recognize your game status. But, there is a way through which you can change your game status for unverified games.

Step 1: Open and run your game in the background.

Step 2: Now, open the Discord app and go to User Settings.

Step 3: Select games from the left menu and add them to the right.

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Step 4: Manually add a game from the list. And, type the status you want in the message box.

Furthermore, the status message remains viewable as long as the game or program keeps running in the background. If you shut down your game, then the message will change to something else.

In case, you don’t want to showcase what game you are playing, then you can turn off your game status. To do so, toggle off the “Display currently running game as a status message”.

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Change Verified Game Status in Discord

Discord doesn’t allow you to control the verified games in their database, but it allows you to influence how it works. The discord app looks in the task manager to check which process is currently running, however, you can add another process manually and display the world what you want to instead of what game you are playing.

For example, if you are playing PUBG and you don’t want your friends to know, then open your game in the background as an unverified program and add it to the list. After the Discord detects that and shows it in the task manager, change the name of the process, so that it displays what you want, instead of the program you are running.

If you want to get things done effortlessly, then use Notepad++ as it is a useful program that uses very few system resources and is unverified in the Discord.

You have to just run Notepad++ in the background and wait till the Discord recognizes it. After that, type the custom message you want to display. Once you write the message, you can start playing the game you want to play.

How to Change Status on Discord Mobile

Now, let’s see how to change your Discord playing status on its mobile app.

There are two ways to change your playing status on the mobile app as follows:

  1. Putting your own “Discord Custom Status”.
  2. Navigate to User Settings > Game Activity.

Custom Status

Step 1: Navigate to the navigation bar (on the top-left side corner) and then at the bottom of your screen, click on your username.

Step 2: On the screen, you will be able to see your online status options.

Step 3: Click on “Set a custom status” and now enter the status you want to put. You can also choose an option for how much time you want to put the status.

The available options for clearing your status are Don’t clear, Clear in 30 minutes, Clear in 4 hours, and Clear tomorrow.

User Settings > Game Activity

Step 1: Navigate to the navigation bar (on the top-left side corner) and then at the bottom of your screen, click on your username.

Step 2: Click on the settings represented by the gear.

Step 3: Scroll down to the “Game Activity” and click on it. From the Game Activity tab, you can choose to display what you are playing.

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Wrapping Up

Whether you are a gamer or a non-gamer, Discord is undoubtedly one of the best VoIP applications that helps you to communicate with your friends over voice chat and video call.

If you are still getting problems in changing your game status on Discord, feel free to contact us in the below comment section.

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