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How to use Discord on Xbox One

The Discord on Xbox One app is the perfect way to keep in touch with your friends while gaming, and make sure they're up to date on all your latest Xbox exploits. It doesn't matter who you are or what you're playing, Discord is there for you.

And it's not just with fellow Xbox gamers. Discord lets you stay in touch with tens of millions of PC gamers — and maybe one day PlayStation players will join the fold now Discord is coming to PS5. Discord's popularity dwarfs other gamer-friendly apps like TeamSpeak or Skype, and makes communicating and coordinating an absolute breeze. Plus, setting up Discord on Xbox One is very simple, here's how to do it.

Discord lets gamers chat via voice and text, create parties and groups, plus see what all their friends are playing. Most of that isn't actually available on Xbox One, but connecting to your Discord account means all Discord users can see what their Xbox-toting friends are enjoying at any given time.


1) Create a Discord Account.

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(Image credit: Discord / Tom's Guide)

The most important step is to create your own Discord account, which is easy and free to do. Just pick a username and password, and make sure to include your actual email address so Discord can verify it. This can all be done on the mobile and desktop apps, or on Discord's website.

2) Link your accounts.

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(Image credit: Microsoft)

To link your account together you need to head to your Xbox One, select your gamertag from the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Select Settings, from under the Home and System menus, then Account. From there you want to select Linked social accounts,  which will ask you to enter your Xbox account's passkey.

From there pick the Discord tile and the linking process will get started.

3)  Use the Discord app.

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(Image credit: Microsoft)

Head into the Discord app and select Settings, which looks a little like a gear. From there select Connections and then Add. From there pick the Xbox logo.

4) Enter your PIN.

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(Image credit: Discord / Tom's Guide)

Once you select that, a PIN will show up on your TV screen. Type it into the Discord app, and your accounts will instantly link together.

Discord on Xbox One: Overall impressions

As neat as it is to have linked Xbox and Discord profiles, Xbox's Discord integration is severely limited. Given the app has been available on Xbox One for over three years now, there's no telling when the situation might improve.

Right now the only this this cross-platform Discord integration can do is show what you and your friends are playing on Xbox One. And only Xbox One, because Discord isn't available on Xbox Series X or Series S.

This may be useful for coordinating your gaming sessions with friends, but it's only a small sample of what Discord has to offer on PC. In fact the lack of cross-platform voice chat is a huge omission when Microsoft brought the service into the Xbox ecosystem. 

Communication is a huge part of why Discord is so popular after all. Without that feature, and without parties and groups, the Xbox One's barebones Discord integration is hardly what you'd call a must-have.

Currently, from either the PC or mobile Discord app, the only functionality of this new cross-platform integration is that you can see what your friends are playing on Xbox One.

Then again, if you're an Xbox gamer and have a lot of friends who tend to play on PC, it might be worth the 5-minute setup time to link accounts and give your pals an easy way to see when you're gaming.

Tom Pritchard

Tom is the Tom's Guide's Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.