How To Change your Game Status in Discord

Posted by Jamie on October 17, 2018

Did you know you can manually change what your game status in Discord says? Or that you can add custom messages on certain games? This tutorial will show you how to change your game status in Discord, modify your online status and a bit more besides.

Online status is the simple Online, Offline status as displayed in the program. Game status is the ‘Playing League of Legends’ status message you see on players. Considering it was an afterthought, the game status part of Discord gets a surprising amount of attention. That one line that says ‘Playing League of Legends’ or ‘Running with Wolves’ gets a lot of notice considering it isn’t the headline feature of Discord.

It began with a simple ‘Playing …’ but grew into something much more. Now it is used as a cool status message that some gamers know how to use better than others. Depending on what game you’re playing, you can manually edit this message to say anything you like, within reason.

Manually change your online status in Discord

There are the four online status, Online, Idle, Do Not Disturb and Invisible. These are different from game status and tell your friends whether you are available or not. This online status is automatic depending on what you’re doing but you can set them manually too.

To manually change your online status in Discord, right click your avatar in the Discord client and select your status. You will need to manually change it when you need to or it will go back to automatic when you restart Discord.

Manually change your game status in Discord

Discord has an auto detect system that looks at what is running on your system and can recognize a bunch of games. For example, if it sees LeagueofLegends.exe running in Windows, it recognizes this as a game file and will populate your status message to ‘Playing League of Legends’.

These are ‘verified’ games. That just means the Discord database knows what the game executable looks like and can recognize it in Task Manager. It will then populate your game status message with that status. You cannot manually edit verified games as far as I know. Although there is a hack to work around it. You can edit unverified games or other programs though.

  1. Have the game open and running in the background.
  2. Open Discord and navigate to User Settings.
  3. Select Games from the left menu and then Add it on the right.
  4. Manually add a game or program from the list that appears.
  5. Type something witty in the Game Activity message box.

You need to have the game or program running in the background in order for Discord to detect the running process. Just Alt-Tab out of the game, open Discord and follow the steps above to get this to work. This is meant for games but if you want to have a status message for a different program, you can.

Once complete, your status message will appear in Discord for as long as you have the corresponding program open. Once you close it Discord will do the same as it does with any other game, change the message to something else.

If you don’t want Discord to show the world you’re playing The Sims 4 for the eighth day running you can turn off game status. Within the Games menu from above you can toggle off the setting that says ‘Display currently running game as a status message’.

Change verified game status in Discord

Even though you cannot edit verified games in Discord, you can influence how it works. As the system looks in Task Manager at running processes you can manually add a process and get Discord to display that instead of the game you’re playing. For example, say you’re playing The Sims 4 but don’t want the world to know. Open an unverified game or program, get Discord to pick it up and name it something else.

Notepad++ is a useful program for this. It uses very few system resources and it is currently unverified in Discord. Have it running in the background, have Discord pick it up, give it a custom message and then start your other game. While it isn’t guaranteed to work, it does work. I tried it and three of four times Discord stayed with Notepad. This is also a good way of having a custom game status when you’re not playing anything.

Game status is a neat way to tell the world what you’re doing and what you might be playing. It’s also a way of being witty or clever and adds another element of fun to an already very cool system. While restricted a bit by the verified game system, there is a way to game that so it isn’t all bad.

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