How To Enable Streamer Mode In Discord
Last Updated: January 29, 2020
Streamer Mode in Discord is a neat feature that seeks to keep your private life private while allowing you to show off your gaming skills or share your session with the world. If you use the desktop app you can use this mode to stop popup messages, server invites or other messages that could potentially expose your location, real name or any other pertinent information to the internet. This tutorial will show you how to enable Streamer Mode in Discord.
Discord is rapidly becoming indispensable to gamers. The more features it adds, the more useful it becomes. The more reliable and stable it is, the more we are likely to use it. With streaming still gathering pace despite already being used by millions, adding these features just adds to the appeal.
Streamer Mode in Discord
So what is Streamer Mode in Discord and what can it do for you? Streamer Mode essentially hides any personal information from the stream that could expose your real identity. For example, say you’re streaming and using Discord and you see a server admin notification or server invite. This would be visible to the world and could be used to follow you around Discord.
Rather than do that, Streamer Mode will suppress those messages and not show them while you’re streaming. You will still get those messages, they just won’t be visible to anyone while you’re live.
Streamer Mode can hide:
Personal information held by Discord – It will hide your email address, any connected accounts, Discord Tags and anything else stored within the app.
Invite Links – If you receive invitations during a stream, Streamer Mode will hide the link and any personal information within them. Viewers should just see ‘Streamer Mode’ instead.
Sounds – Streamer Mode will also suppress notification sounds and desktop notification sounds so they don’t interrupt the stream.
Notifications – Depending on the device you use, Discord can also suppress desktop notifications. This works well in Windows but not for all application notifications.
Enable Streamer Mode in Discord
The actual enabling of Streamer Mode is a simple toggle but first you need to integrate your streaming service and applications into Discord so they can all talk to each other. So if you use Twitch, linking it and OBS with Discord is necessary for it all to work. If you use Mixer, integration isn’t so tight as yet but this works fine with Twitch and other streaming services.
I’ll use Twitch in the example as I it myself.
- Select the gear icon next to your username in Discord.
- Select Connections from the left menu.
- Select Twitch from the center pane.
- Log into Twitch when the browser window opens and confirm the link to Discord.
- Twitch should appear in the right pane of Discord as a connected account.
Your Twitch and Discord accounts are now linked and can share limited data between them. While you’re in the Connections menu you can optionally enable the ability to automatically detect other accounts within Discord. If you trust Discord, it can automatically find accounts it can work with as you use your computer and add them to the list.
If you want to add OBS, you can use the OBS Streamkit Overlay provided by Discord. It brings Twitch, OBS and Discord tightly together for a more streamlined experience if that’s your thing.
Using Streamer Mode
Now everything is linked up, you can stream in confidence with Discord knowing that no identifiable information will be shared with your channel. While a small thing, the more popular you become as a streamer the more likely it is that you will receive requests to join servers and have your identity shared inadvertently with the world.
When you’re ready to stream, enable Streamer Mode like this:
- Select the gear icon next to your username in the Discord app.
- Select Streamer Mode from the left menu.
- Toggle Enable Streamer Mode to on.
Now you’re ready to go live without having to worry about your personal information getting out into the world. If you’re going to be streaming regularly and use OBS or XSplit, you might want to toggle ‘Automatically Enable/Disable’ to on. That should take a step in the process out and automate is to you can go live faster and not have to worry about Streamer Mode at all.
Streamer Mode in Discord is a little thing that can make a big difference to your streaming experience. Anything that gives people confidence to stream safe in the knowledge their identity is safe, the more likely it is that people will stream. One small step for Discord, one giant leap for streaming kind!