Hello there! If you’ve found your way to this Help Center article, you’ve likely gained access to our latest mobile updates, including a new mobile layout. If you’ve been using Discord for a while now, you probably noticed the mobile app was designed to reflect the desktop app. With this new iteration of Discord on mobile, we hope to make the mobile experience feel like it was optimized for your mobile device rather than a scaled-down desktop app. The new mobile design aims to simplify and improve the Discord experience for everyone by creating a more organized, streamlined, and better-looking mobile app that helps you get to your chats quickly and easily.
We’re actively gathering feedback as we release this change to ensure that we continue to provide the best experience on Discord. For those of you who have already experienced previous iterations of our mobile app, thank you for all the thoughtful feedback you've shared with us so far! We've been paying great attention to it and it's helping us continue to make improvements. If you’re new to this version of the app, be sure to explore the new mobile experience and all that it has to offer. If something doesn’t work for you, please let us know so we can continue to improve!
This Help Center article will explain the core updates to the mobile app and how you can provide feedback and thoughts on what does or doesn’t work for you.
What this article covers:
- Servers Tab
- Messages Tab
- Notifications Tab
- You Tab
- Voice & Video Calls
- Swipe to Reply
- Accessing Channel or G/DM Details
- New Customization Options
- How to Provide Feedback
- Frequently Asked Questions
In the new mobile layout, your servers are in their own dedicated Servers tab, located at the bottom-left corner of the app. Once you open the Servers tab, you’ll see all of your servers on the left of the screen. Tapping on a server will open it within the Servers tab and allow you to scroll through and open that server’s channels.
You can favorite channels within a server so that they stay pinned to the top of the server on your app.
1. To favorite a channel within a server, navigate to the server where you want to favorite a channel
2. Tap and hold the channel name
3. Select Favorite. You will then see the channel move from its current location to the top of the server in the Favorites category. This does not affect the location of the channel within the server for other members.
If you want to see one of your favorited channels return to its set location within the server, you can repeat the same process and select Unfavorite to remove the channel from your favorites for that server.
You can search through all of the messages and content shared within a server by using the search bar.
From here, you can search messages across the entire server and limit the results to just channels, shared media, Pins, Links, and Files using the filters under the search bar. You can also see more detailed filters by tapping the button to the right of the search bar.
Channel Details Page
When viewing a channel, tap the name of the channel at the top of the screen to open the channel details page. From this page, you can search for messages sent in that channel, see its members and their statuses, and filter for the media, GIFs, files, and links shared in that channel. You could use this page to find a specific photo that you sent in the channel but don’t remember when you sent it.
By selecting the Media filter, you can browse all of the images and videos sent in that channel quickly without having to scroll through the whole chat history. Note that you will only be able to see images or videos shared in spaces that you can access within a server. Swipe down to dismiss the page when you’re done.
Your Direct Messages (DMs) and Group DMs (GDMs) are now located in a dedicated Messages tab in the app. You can now search across all of your DMs and GDMs to find the chat you’re looking for using the search bar at the top of the screen.
You can easily see what your friends are up to at the top of the Messages tab in the Active Now section. Active Now can show things such as:
- When your friends are currently in a Voice Channel in a mutual server
- A game your friend is playing
- If your friend is participating in any activity that supports Rich Presence, like listening to Spotify or watching something on Crunchyroll
- Your friend’s Status, including their Custom Status
Learn more about your own Activity Status settings here.
Favorite DMs and GDMs
You can favorite direct messages (DMs) and Group Direct Messages (GDMs) so that they stay pinned to the top of your Messages tab for quicker access.
1. To favorite a G/DM, navigate to the Messages tab
2. Tap and hold on the G/DM you want to favorite
3. Select Favorite. You will then see the G/DM at the top of your Messages with a star icon next to it.
You can repeat the same process and select Unfavorite to remove a G/DM from your favorites.
DM and GDM Details Page
We also created an organized gallery for everything shared within a G/DM. Simply open the G/DM and click the G/DM name at the top of the screen to access the G/DM details page.
From this page, you can search for messages sent in that G/DM, see its members and their statuses, and filter for the media, GIFs, files, and links shared in that G/DM. You could use this page to find a specific photo that you sent in the GDM but don’t remember when you sent it.
By selecting the Media filter, you can browse all of the images and videos sent in that G/DM quickly without having to scroll through the whole chat history.
DM and GDM Creation
From the Messages tab, you can press the blurple Message button in the bottom right of the screen to start a new DM or GDM. From here, you can type the names of your friends that you want to add to the GDM and tap on their profile to add them to the chat.
Once everyone is there, you can then tap on the text box at the bottom of the screen to begin sending a message. If you have an existing GDM with the users selected for the chat, you will automatically see that GDM instead of starting a new one. If you do want to create a new group, just select New Group at the top of the screen before selecting any friends.
You can add new friends via the Add Friends button in the top-right corner of the app. Navigate to this tab when you want to view your friends list or add new friends.
We simplified your notifications experience to emphasize the things you can uniquely find in the Notifications tab, like friend requests. We combined the “For You” and “Mentions” tabs to create a centralized space for catching up on everything you missed while you were away.
All notifications in the Notifications tab are actionable: Join an event, message someone who just accepted your friend request, etc.
You no longer need to click a notification for it to be considered read in the Notifications tab, just seeing it is enough. The next time you return to the Notifications tab, all read notifications will be de-emphasized and new notifications will be emphasized so you always know what’s new and don’t have to actively clear your notifications.
Red badges will persist on the Notifications tab when you have pending friend requests, and you must resolve your pending friend requests to clear them.
The You tab is your dedicated space to view and customize how you appear to others on Discord. You can find the You tab in the bottom right corner of the app. From this tab, you can easily edit your profile, set your status, view your friends, or manage your settings.
We moved the Friends list to be in the You tab. To see your existing friends, view pending friend requests, and add new friends, tap Your Friends in the You tab. Only you can see your Friends list.
Settings & Settings Search
App Settings are still in this tab and you can now access them by tapping the gear icon at the top right of the You tab. If you want to get to settings quickly, you can also double-tap the You tab icon at the bottom of the screen.
You can now search within Settings. It’s a small but mighty improvement. Now, you don't have to waste time scrolling through every single setting to find what you're looking for. Simply type in the search bar and watch the magic happen.
Voice & Video Calls
We’ve updated the interface for voice and video calls. Before joining a voice call, you can easily preview the Text in Voice for that call without joining the call by tapping the quote icon to the right of the Join Voice button. Tap the microphone icon to the left of the Join Voice button to control whether you will enter the call muted or unmuted. You must tap the Join Voice button to enter a voice call.
Instead of opening the details and settings for a voice call, swiping up from the bottom of the screen now opens the Text in Voice chat for that voice call.
To find the details and settings for a voice call, tap the name of the voice call at the top of the screen. See below for the function of each button at the top of a voice call:
1. Minimize voice call within Discord
2. Open call details and settings
3. Change audio to speakerphone
4. Invite friends to call
To screenshare or start an activity, tap on the screen to reveal the bottom menu. Then you can tap on the rocket icon to pull up all available activities.
When in a voice call, you can double-tap on another user’s tile to make their video fullscreen.
When you're in a fullscreen activity or stream, double-tap to minimize it and get back to the rest of the call participants.
Swipe to Reply
We added swipe-to-reply on messages for faster witty retorts. Simply swipe from right to left across a message in a DM or channel to reply to that message.
Accessing Channel or G/DM Details
Previously, swiping from right to left across a channel or G/DM would take you to see the details of that chat such as pinned messages or a list of who is in the channel or G/DM. To access channel or G/DM details, tap on the name of the G/DM or Channel at the top of the screen.
New Customization Options
We’ve added more ways to make the Discord mobile app feel like your space through customization options. We added a new Midnight theme and the ability to toggle message previews in your Messages tab.
We added the new Midnight theme, which is pure black to go easy on your eyes and save battery on OLED compatible devices.
1. You can choose your theme by navigating to your Settings.
2. Select Appearance.
3. Then go to THEME and select your desired theme.
You can also toggle on Sync across clients to have your themes stay consistent across your desktop and mobile apps.
Midnight theme is currently not available on Desktop.
Make every unread DM a total surprise when you turn off message previews for added privacy and a more simplified chat look. To update your message preview preferences:
1. Navigating to your Settings.
2. Select Appearance.
3. Go to Message Previews and update your preferences.
How to Provide Feedback
If you’d like to provide feedback on the new mobile updates and layout, you can let us know what you think:
1. Navigate to the You tab
2. Go to App Settings
3. Select Appearance
4. Scroll to the New Layout section
5. Select Give us Feedback. We’d love to hear everything you think about it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get the new mobile app updates and layout?
A: We are currently rolling out the latest updates to our mobile app, including the new layout, to all of our users, but it may take some time for you to be enrolled. Please continue to make sure that your app is up to date with the latest version from the app store. When you become eligible for the new mobile app experience, you will be notified within the app.
Q: Why are you changing the mobile app layout?
A: We’re always looking for ways to improve our users’ experience on Discord and a big part of this is making investments in improving and evolving the features available on mobile.
Q: Are there iOS/OS or Discord app version requirements (ie. iOS 11.0+, Android 5.0+, Discord version 206+)?
A: You must have the latest version of the Discord app to experience these updates. We also recommend that you have the latest version of your mobile device’s OS.
Q: Where can I provide feedback?
A: You can provide feedback by navigating to the You tab in the bottom right corner of the app → tapping the App Settings gear icon in the top right → selecting Appearance → scrolling to the New Layout section → and selecting Give us Feedback.
Q: Were there any changes to the layout of the Settings page?
A: Yes, the location has changed and we have added a search bar to Settings. You can find your Settings page in the You tab on the bottom right of the app via the gear icon in the top right of the You tab. If you want to get to settings quickly, you can also double-tap the You tab icon at the bottom of the screen to jump to Settings.
Q: Can I go back to the original mobile app layout?
A: We understand the change might take some getting used to, and we're here to help make that transition as smooth as possible for you. But with this update, the original mobile layout is no longer available.
Q: Will this be available for both Android and iOS users?
Q: How do I find the details and members of a Channel or GDM now that I cannot swipe to see it?
A: You can access Channel & G/DM details by tapping the name of a channel or G/DM at the top of the chat.