How To Change The Game You’re Playing In Discord

Discord is a voice and chat app but also part social network. We hang out there, meet new people there, exchange ideas and opinions there and widen our social circle there. All within that dark gray box. You can also share what you’re doing while using Discord by displaying the game you’re playing. This tutorial will show you how to display and to change the game you’re playing in Discord so friends can see what you’re up to.


Discord is many things to many people but it is primarily a place to chat. The majority of users are gamers but there are servers covering every aspect of modern life and its appeal keeps on growing. The lag-free VoIP or text chat, ability to link images, video, play music, use bots and generally express yourself for free is a tough offer to beat. Just some reasons why Discord is so popular.

Show the game you’re playing in Discord

Part of the terms of service you signed up to when installing Discord was to allow it to identify the applications you have running. That isn’t some nefarious plan to suck data from your device but so the app can display the game you’re playing at the time. It uses a process monitor that links to your computer in order to detect when you run a game. It can then display the game you’re playing for your friends to see.

You don’t have to do anything to have Discord display the game you’re playing, it should happen automatically. You can check if the app picks up the game like this:

  1. Have Discord running in the background.
  2. Select the gear icon next to your username to access user settings.
  3. Select Game Activity from the left menu.
  4. Start a game.

When you start a game, once the process is recognized, it should appear in the gray box where you will see ‘No game detected’. This should change to green and you should see the name of your game appear inside. You should also see the Discord overlay appear in your game with the keybinds to chat while in game.

Change the game you’re playing in Discord

The automatic system works quite well but isn’t perfect. It won’t recognize some games for one reason or another. Even if your system’s task manager picks up the executable, there are a few games that Discord doesn’t recognize. There are also games you might play that you don’t want other people to know you play.

For example, if you’re having a Sims 4 binge and don’t want your friends to know, you can change the game Discord says you’re playing. Or if you’re playing a game that Discord doesn’t recognize and want friends to join you, it can be changed manually in the same way.

Here’s how:

  1. Select the gear icon next to your username in Discord.
  2. Select Game Activity from the left menu.
  3. Open a text editor on your computer.
  4. Select ‘Add It’ in Discord where you see ‘Not seeing your game?’
  5. Select your text editor from the dropdown list.
  6. Select the name of your text editor in the green box.
  7. Type in the name of your game.

This will change the Currently Playing display in Discord and either fool friends into thinking you’re playing something else or let them know you’re in game and want company. You don’t have to use a text editor for this I just used it as an example. I tend to use Notepad++ because it uses very few system resources and just stays out of the way when I’m not using it. You can use any program you like.

Turn off the game status message in Discord

If you don’t want people to know what you’re playing in Discord, you can turn the message off. You will see in the window where you add or modify the game, the option to stop displaying the message. You can use that to stop displaying your current game.

  1. Select the gear icon next to your username in Discord.
  2. Select Game Activity from the left menu.
  3. Toggle ‘Display currently running game as a status message’ to off.

Discord will then stop displaying the game you’re playing permanently. You can toggle this on and off whenever you like depending on what you wasn’t to share and when.