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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 communicate with voice and text, create parties and groups, and see what all their friends are playing. Previously that last part was limited to PC gamers, but with Xbox One integration all Discord users can see what their Xbox-toting friends are enjoying.

1) Create a Discord Account.

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(Image credit: Discord / Tom's Guide)

The first step is to create your own Discord account, which is easy to do and completely free. Select a username, set a password, and include your email address, and you're good to go. Just make sure that it's a real email address, because Discord will want to verify it. Discord accounts can be created on the mobile app, desktop app, or Discord's website.

2) Link your accounts.

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Head to your Xbox One and select your gamertag, which can be found on the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Pick Settings, which is under Home and System menus. From there click Account and select Linked social accounts. You'll be prompted to enter your accounts passkey, after which you need to select the Discord tile to get the account-linking process started.

3)  Use the Discord app.

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(Image credit: Microsoft)

Head to the Discord app, either on phone or desktop, and select Settings. That's the one that looks like a gear. After tapping that pick Connections and Add. Once that's done you'll need to pick the Xbox logo.

4) Enter your PIN.

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(Image credit: Discord / Tom's Guide)

After selecting the Xbox logo, a PIN will appear on your Xbox One's TV screen. Enter it in the Discord app and your accounts will link instantly.

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.