How to Show What You are Playing on Discord in 2021

The number of people who use Discord to play games has increased dramatically in the past few years. 

With over 150 million gamers, it is now one of the most popular gaming communities on the internet. 

You can use Discord to chat with your friends while playing and making new friends! 

However, if you want other people on Discord to see what game you are playing, there’s a simple way for them to do that.

In this blog post, we will go over how to show what you are playing on Discord! 

You might have seen people on Discord who show what they are playing in a text box next to their username. 

Look no further. You will be able to do just that after reading this blog post.

Plus, find out which games can be detected automatically through Discord and other frequently asked questions answered below.

Let’s get started.

What is Discord?

Discord is a messaging app and social platform designed for gamers. 

It provides text chat, voice chat, video chat, and a variety of other features such as screen sharing.

Discord is free to use with an additional charge if you want advanced customization options like animated avatars or custom emojis. 

The service became popular in the gaming community after its release in May 2015.

By February 2017, it had over 150 million registered users worldwide who spent two billion hours on the site each year.

How to Show What Game You are Playing on Discord?

Discord is a great way to stay connected with your friends and other gamers. 

The only problem is that it can be challenging to figure out how to make discord work for gaming. 

Fear not though, in this article, we’ll walk you through some steps that are sure to help you get the most out of Discord.

To show what game you are playing on Discord, follow these steps:

  1. Find the “User Settings” tab located in the bottom left next to your user’s profile and click it.
  2. When you’re done with this step, find the “Activity Settings” tab, which is also found from the left menu of the user settings tab.
  3. Click on the “Activity Status,” and you will see the “Display current Activity as a Status Message” option.
  4. You want to toggle this option ON or until it turns green, so people know what game you’re currently playing.

That’s it! That is how you show what game you are playing on Discord!

If you’ve been having trouble getting your game to show up on Discord, the good news is that it’s possible for you to manually add them.

Start by opening the “Activity Status” again. 

You can add it manually by clicking the “Add It” button on the activity window and selecting what type of app you are adding, like a PC or console game.

How to Show What Game You are Playing on Discord Mobile?

Now, what if you are using Discord Mobile on a smartphone?

It is possible to show what game you are playing even on Discord mobile.

The steps are somewhat similar to the steps mentioned above.

First, you need to locate your “Profile” tab on Discord Mobile.

Next, go to the “Activity Settings,” and you will see the “Display Current Activity as a Status Message.”

You just need to turn this option to ON, and you will be able to show what game you are playing on your Discord mobile.

How Do You Customize What You’re Playing on Discord?

This is one question that a lot of players have.

Sometimes you want to get creative, and you want to customize what game you are playing on your Discord.

Fortunately, Discord has an option that will allow you to customize what you are playing being displayed next to your user name.

To do this, you just need to go into “User Settings” and then go to the “Activity Status” window again.

This time, you want to click the “Add It” button and choose any random apps running on your PC or Laptop.

Now here’s the trick:

After you successfully add the apps to Discord, go hover to the name of that apps. 

You will see now your cursor change, and you can rename that app into whatever name you like.

And that is it!

That is how you customize what you are playing on Discord.

What Games Can Discord Detect?

Almost all games can be detected by Discord.

When you play a game on your computer, Discord will automatically detect the game if it is an official one within their database or partnered with them.

They do this through Rich Presence technology which detects what games are being played at any given time and updates its database accordingly to include newly released games that weren’t in there before.

Why is Discord Not Showing My Game?

First of all, make sure you already turned ON the “Display Current Activity as a Status Message” option.

If it is still not working, there are several reasons why Discord is not showing your game:

  • Your game doesn’t have the Rich Presence API.
  • You are using a pirated game.
  • Your game is not updated to the newest version.

To fix this issue, just use the trick we mentioned above on how to customize what you are playing on Discord.

This way, you can make sure Discord will show whatever game you are currently playing, even if it is not detected by their system.


In conclusion, there are many ways to show what games you’re currently playing on Discord, and 

You can use Discord’s auto-detect system to find your game or add the game manually to the app.

Or, if you want to get creative, you can also try our trick on customizing what you’re playing on Discord.

Showing off what games you play will help increase engagement and make your discord profile more personal.

We hope this article helped clear things up. 

If you have any other questions feel free to write them down below.

About the Author
Hi, I'm Steve. I'm a proud gamer. I have been active within the gaming sphere for 30+ years. As gaming is something I enjoy very much, I want other people to enjoy it also. That is exactly why I started this blog.

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