Note: Beginning on August 1st, 2022, Discord users can expect to see improvements to the Discord Android application, including:
- Feature consistency across platforms through a centralized and streamlined app development process across Android, iOS and desktop
- Faster app update release cycles when a new feature is introduced or a pesky bug is fixed thanks to a more consolidated process
Over the next few weeks, the Android app will begin to transition to the React Native framework to enhance the user experience. To use the new version of the Discord app:
- Go to the Google Play Store to manually update your Discord app.
- Otherwise, if auto-update is enabled on your Android device, the app should automatically update.
You can read more about this change in our blog post.
The old Discord Android application will officially sunset on September 1st, 2022, so make sure you've updated your Android app from the Google Play Store before then!
Discord Mobile Voice Overlay is now on Android! Once enabled, whenever you're in an active voice call or channel on Discord, an overlay bubble will show up on your phone.
Tapping that bubble will expand to show what you see below!
Well, almost exactly what you see here if you have the same name and you have the same friends with the same avatars and you're playing the same game.
You will be able to see who's talking, who's in the call, and access shortcuts (speaker, mute, hang up) while using other apps—no need to switch back to Discord as this overlay will persist on your phone.
Don't want to see the bubble? You can drag it out at any time! Just touch the bubble and you should see an "X" at the bottom of your screen, then simply move the bubble to the "X" and it'll go away.
Note: Moving the bubble onto the "X" DOES NOT hang up the call. You will need to hang up explicitly by tapping on the hangup button within the expanded overlay or within Discord.
How to enable mobile voice overlay
Make sure you are on Discord Android Version 9.4.5. You can enable the Mobile Voice Overlay by going into Settings -> Voice & Video -> and you should see a "Enable Mobile Voice Overlay" toggle.
When you enable the toggle, you'll be taken to the Android System permissions to allow Discord to "draw on top". This permission is required to allow you to see the overlay while using other apps!