How to Install Discord on Xbox One
Discord is the messaging application built for gamers. However, it wasn’t initially built for console gaming as it was initially limited to PC and mobile platforms.
The service is slowly expanding into the console territory, and some console gamers might argue that it’s taking too much time. Even though there’s no official app for it, you can use Discord with your Xbox One.
Read on and find out how to install Discord on your Xbox One. (If you’re more of a PlayStation fan, learn how to install Discord one a PS4).
Can You Use Discord on Xbox One?
- Can You Use Discord on Xbox One?
- How to Link Xbox One with Discord
- How to Unlink Discord and Xbox One
- Is Linking the Accounts Worth It?
- Final Thoughts
The answer is yes — Microsoft and Discord announced that they would collaborate with one another back in 2018. People wanted Discord on Xbox One for a long time, and the two tech titans obliged. It’s not perfect just yet, but it does open the door to new opportunities for PC fans and console fans.
Now, PC and console gamers can unite. You can easily see what your friends are playing on Xbox via Discord and hop on if you want to join them for a multiplayer session.
All you need for this to work is a free Discord account and an Xbox Live account, and you’ll need to link these accounts to get started. You can sign up and download Discord for Mac, Android, iOS, or Linux using this link.
The sign up is very simple; you need to provide a username, a password, and a valid email address for verification.
How to Link Xbox One with Discord
There are two ways you can link your Discord and Xbox One accounts. You can either do it through your Xbox or using the Discord app on your smartphone or desktop. The detailed steps for both methods are listed below.
Using the Xbox One
Since May of 2018, you can link your Discord and Xbox One. Here is how to link your accounts on Xbox One:
Open Account Settings by clicking the Xbox button and locating it on the menu
Choose the Linked Social Accounts option.
Select Link Discord account from the menu.
You will get a six-character pin code, which you should input in the Discord app. You can do so at the Connections menu on the Discord desktop or smartphone app.
Using the Discord Phone or Desktop App
Alternatively, you can initiate the linking process from within the Discord app. Here are the steps:
Start Discord on the device of your choice. Go to User Settings and select the Connections tab.
Next, you’ll see a list of icons that are eligible for pairing with Discord. Locate the Xbox icon to the far right.
Select Xbox Live and sign in with your credentials.
Give Discord the permission to access your Xbox One account and the two should now be linked.
Once linked, users will have the option to display what games they’re playing on Xbox with other Discord users and gaming friends.
After you’ve linked your Xbox account, Discord will give you a couple of options for what you’d like to display to other users, including your game status.
If you’re determined to use Discord on your Xbox console, you can log into the Microsoft browser on your device. Once there, visit the Discord website, login, and you will have access to Discord while gaming without needing a smartphone or computer nearby.
In case you get tired of Discord or you switch consoles, don’t worry, unlinking your account from Discord is easy. You can do it using the official Microsoft site, the Discord app, or your Xbox One.
Use this link to go to your official Microsoft account settings. Sign in with your credentials and find the Discord link. Remove it and save changes.
Using your Xbox One, you should go to the Accounts menu and select the Linked Social Accounts tab. Finally, click the button to remove the link in the same place where you clicked on the ‘Link Discord’ account.
You can also unlink the accounts using the Discord app.
- Sign in to your Discord account
- Go to Account Settings
- Click on the Connections tab
- Click on Xbox Live Connection and click on the remove link button
- Follow the prompts and confirm
Is Linking the Accounts Worth It?
The fact that Discord does not have an application on the Xbox console is certainly a downside because it’s not the same Discord that PC users have access to. Overall, linking the two accounts does a few things that make it worthwhile:
- If you have friends on multiple platforms, they’ll see you’re in a battle on Xbox and hop off their PC to join
- Whether your system is running slow or online voice chat is hogging your bandwidth, using Discord is a seamless and impressive alternative to your Xbox chat.
- You get a keyboard to make chatting easier.
Can I talk on Discord through the Xbox?
No. Some users have had success using Microsoft Edge to log into the Discord web platform. The drawback is when you start a game, Discord may not continue in the background.
Is there an official Discord app available on Xbox’s Microsoft app store?
No, but there are some third-party and very unofficial applications available. As with any external software, it’s a “buyer beware” situation. Read the reviews and know what you’re downloading before you do.
Finally, Xbox One users can use Discord as PC users did for years. As you see, there is no complicated installation or anything like that. You just need to link the Xbox Live and Discord accounts and you are good to go.