How To See Who Is Talking In Game In Discord
Last Updated: January 1, 2020
If you’re streaming full screen, it can be difficult to keep track of who is chatting on the channel. Unless you have multiple monitors or use the Discord app on your phone alongside your game, managing both the game and Discord can be difficult. Or is it? The Discord Overlay may be the answer.
Discord is a feature-packed app that enables gamers and people with other interests to chat using voice or text. It’s a full communications ecosystem with file sharing, image and video sharing, music, private channels and everything you need to communicate with other people. Some businesses even use it because it is so good.
One of the more useful features added over the past couple years is the Discord Overlay. It is that which can let you know who is talking in game in Discord.
See who is talking in game in Discord
The overlay is a graphical layer you can add to any game you have linked to Discord. It’s a GUI layer that you can arrange around your screen that can show chat, reactions and all that good stuff. It acts like a WoW GUI addon or something similar but is contained within Discord itself.
If you don’t have multiple monitors or want to use your phone to monitor Discord, the overlay is where you go.
Setting up the Discord Overlay
As the overlay is a part of Discord, it works well within the platform. You do need to set it up before you use it though. You will need a decent graphics card to be able to run the overlay and your game at the same time but most newer AMD and Nvidia cards should cope.
To set up the Discord Overlay, do this:
- Log into Discord as normal.
- Select User Settings from the gear icon by your username at the bottom.
- Select Overlay on the left and toggle ‘Enable in-game overlay’ to on.
- Select Game Activity from the left menu.
- Select a game from the list of Added Games and make sure the screen icon on the right is not red. Click it to enable the overlay if it is.
Now you have set up the Discord Overlay, you can play a game with Discord running in the background and you should see an extra layer with Discord elements on it. You can move these around and pin them into place depending on where on the screen you want them to appear.
If you don’t see the overlay in game, there should be a keybind set automatically to bring it up. It was ‘]’ on my Discord. This was the default. Check User Settings and Keybinds to see yours. Once in game, hit the key if the overlay doesn’t appear to bring it up.
Select the small pin icon in the top right of an overlay window to hold it in the desired position over your game. You can do this for many elements of the overlay. You can remove those you don’t want and pin those you do.
You can change the opacity too if you want the windows to blend in more with your game. Hover over the gear icon at the top of each overlay box to mess around with the settings.
Troubleshooting the Discord Overlay
Once configured, the overlay should just work every time you have the program running alongside a game. If you have issues with yours, there are a couple things you can try to fix it.
Run Discord as an admin
If you’re on Windows, running Discord as an administrator can fix errors with the overlay. It shouldn’t need admin permissions but I have seen this work first hand. Right click the Discord shortcut on your desktop and select Run as Administrator.
Allow Discord in your antivirus
Your antivirus should have queried Discord when you first fired it up. I have heard that manually whitelisting Discord within your antivirus can make the overlay work properly again. If you’re having issues with yours, it might be worth trying.
Disable hardware acceleration
The final fix I know of is to disable hardware acceleration within Discord. Hardware acceleration offloads some of the rendering in Discord to your GPU which doesn’t always work. Turning this feature off can make the overlay work properly again.
- Open User Settings in Discord.
- Select Appearance in the left menu.
- Scroll down to Advanced and toggle Hardware Acceleration to off.
Discord Overlay is the ideal way to see who is talking in game and works well in most situations. Do you know of any bots or apps that can show you who is talking while playing a game? Tell us below if you do!