Discord has a large number of settings to adjust the display and certain behaviors of the app. To know absolutely.
Discord is not just for gamers. The platform is a gathering place for communities that find themselves kicked out of other platforms like Slack or even instagram. Discord’s free plan has enough to run a large community, with moderation, rules, and more. But one thing is still rather wonky at Discord: the user interface. The use cases have evolved, sure, but the interface is still stuck in the gamer world. If you don’t like black wallpaper, autoplay emoji, animations, and texts that are too small, there are settings to adjust all of that.
Discord has a dedicated accessibility section in its Settings, but some equally important features can be found in the app’s General Settings.
Start with Discord’s accessibility settings
Click on the toothed wheel on the Discord app to open Settings. From the menu, choose Accessibility. Here are the most interesting parameters:
- Saturation: To reduce color saturation for interface elements.
- Role Colors: You can omit role colors, if desired.
- Activate reduced motion: to manage animations. Activated, this feature allows you to disable the automatic playback of GIFs and other animated emoji.
- Stickers: choose the “Never animate” option for stickers.
Adjust wallpaper and text size
Then, still in accessibility, go to the Appearance section in the Settings.
- Theme: If you don’t like the dark wallpaper, change the theme to “Light”. “Sync with Computer” or “Automatic” are good options for anyone who wants their Discord app to match their OS theme.
- Dark Frame: Activate this function to keep a menu in dark mode with the rest in light theme. The result is more similar to what Slack offers.
- Message Display: Make sure “Comfortable” is selected for more spacious conversations.
- Chat font size: This is where you can fine-tune text size, message spacing, and zoom level. Make everything at least 20% bigger to read better, even if you don’t have a sight problem. 18px font size with 110% zoom is a good choice.
Choose how texts and images are displayed
Go to the “Text and images” section to refine the management of images, links and embedded media. If you don’t want to see images, videos and other GIFs, you can turn off “When sent as links in the room”, to disable previews.
If you have eyesight issues, we also recommend activating the “With image descriptions” option. This embeds a description of the shared image in the Discord server. In the Embedded links and media previews section, you can turn everything off if you want.
Control voice and video settings
Finally, go to the “Voice and Video” section. Discord has a feature called “Voice Activity” that will unmute as soon as you speak. You can adjust the sensitivity with the slider if you find that Discord picks up too easily, or vice versa. But if you can’t take full advantage of it, try the “Press to talk” option, which lets you speak by pressing a shortcut.
In the Advanced setting, you can enable features like “Noise Cancellation”, “Echo Cancellation” and “Noise Reduction”, to enhance your voice chats.