Step-By-Step Guide on How to Download Discord

Discord is a popular communication platform, similar to slack, with various gaming and cultural communities known as servers. Discord can be used for a number of reasons and having the Discord application downloaded can be very handy.

In this article, we will be going through how to download Discord both on PC and mobile devices. We will exactly why you’d want to download the application over using the mobile version in the first place.

How to Download Discord on PC

The steps to download Discord are:

  1. Navigate to Discord.com
  2. Click the “Download for Windows” button
  3. Run the DiscordSetup.exe File
  4. Approve Any Permissions Required
  5. Log in to Your Discord Account or Create a New Account

Let’s dive into each step, providing a photo guide and answering FAQs to ensure that the downloading process is smooth and easy.

1. Navigate to Discord.com

Firstly, you must navigate to Discord.com. There are a few ways of accomplishing this. You could click here to be directly redirected to the site.

Additionally, you could type in “https://discord.com/” in the navigation bar located at the top of your browser’s window.

Not to mention that you could Google “Discord” and select the first popup result.

To confirm you have arrived at the appropriate site, please cross-reference with the image below.

2. Click the “Download for Windows” or “Download for Mac” Button

Upon arriving at the Discord site as we showed above, select the specific “Download for Windows” button displayed below if you are using a Windows computer. As shown in the image below, this button will be located on the left-hand side of the screen.

If you are using a Mac, the button will say “Download for Mac”. This button will be located at the left-hand side of the screen in the same location as the image above. Reference the image below for the location.

3. Run the DiscordSetup.exe File

Upon clicking that button, you will receive a file in your selected browser’s downloaded files bin. This file will be called “DiscordSetup.exe” and is known as an executable file with its file type “.exe”.

To run the file, you must click on the .exe file and it will proceed to run.

Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see anything popup, Discord’s installation process doesn’t display an installation wizard window. Instead, it displays the image you see below.

If it hasn’t done anything after waiting for 5 minutes, proceed to attempt again to run the file.

4. Approve Any Permissions Required

Discord may ask for administration permission or some other permission to download. Don’t be alarmed by this and press accept.

However, this is uncommon to occur. Be sure to confirm you selected DiscordSetup.exe and the application requesting administration permission is indeed the DiscordSetup.exe file.

5. Log in to Your Discord Account or Create a New Account

After the prior step’s installation process has been completed by the DiscordSetup.exe file, a new window called “Discord” will automatically appear on your screen.

The window will request you to either log in to your Discord account or create a new account.

If you already have a Discord account, you can create an additional one if you desire. You can also log out of your account once you’ve selected a login to be able to log in to a new account.

Discord, however, does not allow users to save multiple logins such as Facebook or Twitter does.

How to Download Discord on Mobile

The steps to download Discord on mobile are:

  1. Navigate to the App Store or Play Store
  2. Search for “Discord”
  3. Click on the First Result
  4. Select “Download”
  5. Press “Open”
  6. Log in to Your Discord Account or Create a New Account

Similar to the step-by-step guide for PC, we will now go through each step with corresponding images to best ensure you avoid any issues when downloading the Discord application on your mobile device.

I’ve included images from both Android and Apple devices, therefore you can follow along regardless of which device you use. This guide will show you how to download Discord on both Android and Apple devices.

1. Navigate to the App Store or Play Store

On your Android device, open your Play Store application which is pre-installed on your device by default. The application’s outer layer is white, cross-reference with the image below.

On your Apple device, open your App Store application which is also pre-installed to your device by default and cannot be deleted. The application’s outer layer is blue. Cross-reference with the images below.

2. Search for “Discord”

On both Andriod and Apple devices, search for “Discord” on your respective store’s built-in search function.

Directly below is an image example for an Android phone:

Directly below is an image example for an Apple phone:

3. Click on the First Result

On both Android and Apple devices, the first result to populate your screen will be called “Discord”, with a gray icon. Click on that result. If the first result is an advertisement, scroll down to the first non-ad result.

Directly below is an image example for an Android phone:

Directly below is an image example for an Apple phone:

4. Select “Download”

On both Android and Apple devices, select the download button situated directly right of the application’s image.

Directly below is an image example for an Android phone:

Directly below is an image example for an Apple phone:

5. Press “Open”

On both Android and Apple devices, select the open button once the application has fully downloaded.

This button will populate exactly at the same location of which the download button was located prior to the downloading button. Therefore I will not include an image example.

If you require an image example, please reference step 4 (posted once again below).

Android:

Apple:

6. Log in to Your Discord Account or Create a New Account

Both on Android and Apple devices, you will see the same Discord login request screen. If you already have a Discord account, proceed by filling in your credentials and selecting “Login”.

For reference on both Android and Apple devices, refer to the image below:

Why Would You Download Discord Instead of Using the Web App?

Once people complete the download, they wonder why you’d even want to use the Discord application instead of using the web application and what’s the difference.

The functionality has some similarities, but there are also many differences between the two application structures.

Let’s dive right into what they are so you can enjoy the benefits once you completed the downloading of Discord.

Reduce Your Bandwidth Usage

The main reason you’d want to use the Discord application instead of the web application is due to the amount of bandwidth usage.

Upon loading your Discord from the web app, it has to pull the images from their server and your cache. Your cache is a very limited source of data, therefore a lot of that information comes from their server.

This consumes more of your internet and data which can start adding up on your total internet usage, especially if you have a limited plan.

Not to mention that extra bandwidth now has to be directed to loading that site instead of something else if your computer is using the internet for multiple sources.

Look at a Cleaner User-Interface

The Discord application is definitely the intended usage over the web application. You know this when you look at the difference between both user-interfaces (UIs). Also, don’t mind that the image below is on my alternative account and the web version is my main account.

Although the changes are slight, you can notice between the images above and below this text how the Discord app just feels cleaner and more put together than the Discord web version.

Obviously, the web version is limited by the portal it’s being displayed in (aka the browser), but that’s certainly something Discord takes in mind when prioritizing the UI of the Discord application

Have it Startup With Your Computer

When you download the Discord application, you can set it up to startup with your computer.

This allows you to instantly see any incoming messages and server notifications without having to open up the Discord web app.

You can disable or enable this feature in your task manager, shown in the image above.

Have Computer-Based Notifications

When you have the Discord application, you can allow your computer to use its native notification section to pop up exactly what the content of a message is when it’s sent to you via Discord.

This cannot happen when you use the web application. This can also be enabled or disabled based on your preferences while using Discord.

Your Only Option of Using Discord on Mobile

Lastly, but certainly not least, if you are a mobile user, you have literally no choice but to use the Discord application. This is because Discord does not support web usage on a mobile device.

If you attempt to use Discord on a web browser on a mobile device, it’ll inform you that you must download the application from your respective store.

This is the case regardless of what browser you use on your phone. Be it Google, Safari or any other.