How to Go Live in Discord
Discord is a popular social client that allows users to join countless servers where they can voice chat, text, and send a wide-range of multimedia files.
Since it’s mostly a gaming platform, it was only a matter of time before Discord released its own live streaming feature. This popular app recently released a beta version of the ‘Go Live’ feature, allowing users to stream their gaming sessions to friends on the same channel.
This article will guide you through the ‘Go Live’ feature and explain all that you need to know.
Going Live on Discord
If you want to stream your gaming session on Discord, you need to be a member of a Discord’s voice channel. Furthermore, the game that you intend to stream needs to be on Discord’s database. Since Discord has an integrated game detection mechanism, it should automatically recognize the game when you launch it.
Launch the game you want to go live with
The rest is easy:
Launch a game that you want to stream. A small dialog box will pop-up notifying you that Discord recognized the game.
Note: If your game is not available on Discord’s Game Detection feature you won’t be able to go Live with it. However, if it doesn’t immediately appear, try going to Settings>Game Activity to add your game.
Click ‘Go Live’
Click the ‘Go Live’ button that appears at the bottom left of the screen (above your status bar). A new window should appear.
Select a voice channel where you want to stream the game.
When you go live, you’ll see a small PiP (picture-in-picture) window of the game that you’re streaming. This allows you to see how it looks from the spectator’s perspective.
You may hover your mouse over the small window and adjust certain streaming settings such as resolution and frame rate. Regular users can stream only up to 720p/30fps. However, those subscribed to Nitro Classic membership can stream 1080p/60fps. Moreover, if you’re a Nitro subscriber, you can set up a resolution up to 4k/60fps.
In the end, you may also invite others to join your voice channel and watch your streaming session. You’ll see a small ‘Invite’ icon at the bottom-left of the PiP window where you can send direct invites. There’s also an option to post the invite link to a certain channel, too.
What If Discord Doesn’t Recognize the Game?
If the game doesn’t automatically appear, you may try to add it manually.
Click the ‘User Settings’ button next to your username at the bottom-left.
Select the ‘Add It’ button below the ‘No game detected’ notification.
Once you add the game, Discord should recognize it every time that you launch it. However, if it still fails to recognize the game, you won’t be able to stream it.
Who Can Go Live?
All the friends that you invite to the Discord channel can follow the same steps from above and live stream their gaming sessions. If you’re a server owner and you want to manage who can/can’t go live, you can do it by adjusting the permissions.
Click on the Server tab to the left of the screen.
Go to ‘Server Settings’.
Find the ‘Roles’ section at the top-left of the menu.
In this section, you can manage the permissions of all your users.
Alternatively, you can right-click your voice channel and select ‘Edit.’ Channel’. Under the ‘Permissions’ section you can disable the ‘Go Live’ option for the entire channel.
How to Spectate Friends’ Stream?
If you want to join another user’s stream, you need to be a part of the same voice channel. Once the user starts streaming, you’ll see the ‘live’ notification next to the user’s icon in the channel list.
There are two ways to join the stream – you can click once on the user’s profile and then select ‘Watch Stream’ from the screen that appears to the right. The other way is to double-click the user’s name and the streaming window will automatically appear.
When you join the streaming voice channel, you can double-click the streaming window to go to the full screen. In addition, you can manage the volume of the stream and you can drag the small streaming window around and resize it according to your preferences.
Adding Overlay to Your Live Stream
The Discord Overlay widget allows you to use most of the features of the app while you’re playing the game in full screen. Thanks to the integration of Overlay and Go Live features, you can easily start your stream without exiting the game’s full-screen mode.
- Launch a game that you want to play.
- Hit your Overlay hotkey.
- Select the game displayed over your user bar. The streaming window will pop-up.
- Click ‘Go Live’.
When the stream starts, all the streaming settings will appear on the Overlay tool. You can use it to check who’s spectating, manage settings, invite other users, and end the streaming session.
To check if someone’s watching, look for the little eyeball icon next to the user’s status bar.
Can You Stream or Spectate from Mobile Phone?
Unfortunately, the Go Live feature is still unavailable for mobile phones. You can only go live from the Windows Desktop app. If you want to watch a stream, you can do it from both the browser and the desktop client.
According to the official Discord website, mobile app spectating will soon be available, but there’s no indication if the streaming will become possible from the smart devices, too.
Go Live: Constantly Improving
Since the Go-Live feature is still relatively recent, you can expect some major changes in the following months.
Currently, you can only invite 10 other people to watch your stream, so it’s still somewhat of a private experience. There’s still a long way to go until it achieves the Twitch-esque proportions. On the other hand, it’s a great way to hang out with your friends while playing your favorite gaming titles.
I am having issues with Go Live, who can I contact for help?
If you are having audio or streaming issues that aren’t resolved with basic troubleshooting (i.e. restarting Discord, checking your Settings & Permissions, or checking your connection) you can visit Discord’s Support website for additional help.
Visit the website and fill out the form to get more help. If you’re getting an error code; be sure to take a screenshot of it for faster service.
The Go Live option isn’t available for me. What’s happening?
Go Live is still in Beta testing so it’s pretty common there would be some glitches. If you are a Mobile or macOS user you won’t have the option to Go Live on the Desktop client because it only available (at the time of writing) for Windows.
If this is an issue for you, try spectating using the Chrome web browser. Visit the Discord login page to gain access and access the content you’d like to watch.
Which games would you stream to your friends on Discord? Why? Share your favorite streamable games in the comments section below.