Discord should be familiar to gamers or anyone who uses Zwift or other web apps where having a chat server run alongside your game adds to the experience. It’s a free chat app that allows you to discuss gameplay alongside the game, discuss anything you like and pretty much add an extra layer of sociability to your online life. You can also upload and download videos in Discord.
More correctly, you can upload and download images and videos in Discord. It isn’t what the app is about but it is possible. The only limitation is an 8MB file limit. That’s not a lot for video and allows just a few seconds of HD or a slightly longer SD video. There are ways around that limitation though which I will also show you.
Discord is very straightforward to set up and use. All you need is the app, a login, a camera, and mic and you’re ready to go. There is a Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux version of the app should you need it. You can also run it purely in your browser if you don’t want the install.
- Download the discord app from here and install it onto your computer.
- Set up an account if you don’t already have one.
- Set up your camera and mic.
- Join a chat server.
That’s all there is to setting up and using Discord. If your camera and microphone are already registered on your computer OS, Discord should pick them up automatically. If it doesn’t, go to Settings and add them manually. You can also select video quality and configure the look and feel of the app while you’re there.
If you’re looking at Discord, chances are that you already know what chat server you want to join. If you don’t, there’s a search engine within the app that you can search for games, chat rooms or subjects of any kind. To chat better, you may also want a headset! While designed for gamers, there is a lot more going on than just game streams!
Upload images and videos in Discord
If you have recorded an epic kill or want to share a short video, Discord is not the first place you think of. You can upload files but there is an 8MB limit. That’s fine for images but not much good for video. If your clip is under this limit, you’re fine, if it is larger there are an extra couple of steps you need to take.
The easiest way to upload a file to Discord is to drag and drop it into the app. It will dynamically pick up the file and allow the upload.
You can also select the small upload box next to the chat bar at the bottom. This will open up your file explorer and allow you to link the file that way. Just select Upload when you’re ready to go.
If your video is larger than 8MB, you will need to use cloud storage and add the link to Discord. A popular service is Streamable. It’s a free service that lets you upload a file up to 1GB in size and then link it through Discord. Your friends will then be able to follow the link and play it.
You could also use Google Drive, OneDrive, YouTube, Dropbox or other cloud storage to store the video and link.
Does Discord Nitro Extend my Download Limit?
Yes, if you pay for Discord Nitro your limit extends up to 50MB. This is great if you want to upload gameplay footage or a PDF document. Discord Nitro costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year, and comes with a bunch of perks.
- Custome Discord Tag
- Animated Gifs
- Better Live Streams
- High-Quality Videos
- Upgraded Upload Limit
- Server Boosting
- Rep Your Support!
How do I download from Discord?
Downloading from Discord is as intuitive as uploading. More so really. To download any file from Discord, all you need to do is right-click the file and select Download. The file will be downloaded to your default download location where you can access it and view or play as you see fit.
On the app, select the photo and download it by clicking the arrow at the top right on the screen.
It’s a very simple system that makes file sharing a breeze. While not designed specifically for video, it works well enough for those super-short videos of under 8MB.
If the video was uploaded to a third-party service, there is an extra step or two involved. You will need to follow the text link provided in Discord chat to the service hosting the video. There should be an option somewhere to download. Either a button or right-click dialog that will let you save the video for later. As long as the uploader permits downloading, this should be enough to get you that video.
Is Discord Safe to Download?
Downloading a video or image from Discord is just as safe as downloading from any other social media website. Normally, it’s pretty safe, but sometimes people will add malicious spyware or a virus to their files. Either the person has to know how to do that (which is unlikely), or they downloaded a file somewhere else that already had a virus. It’s difficult to put a virus on the app itself, because it will either affect the whole app, or just the server you’re on. Discord does a lot to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Discord isn’t designed for image or video sharing but allows it to a degree. That 8MB is a limiting factor for videos but there are lots of ways around that as you can see.
The best thing about Discord is creating your own server to chat with your friends or fans. It’s an easy process, too! Take a look at our blog post to find out how!
Know any other ways to share images or videos using Discord? Have a favorite third-party service for media sharing through the app? Tell us about it below if you do!