How to install Discord on your Steam Deck

Do you want to use Discord on your Steam Deck? This is no longer a big deal because this guide will let you know how to do it.

Install Discord

In this section, we will take you through the steps to install Discord on your device. The steps include booting into desktop mode, opening the Discover store, and installing the Discord app.

  • Boot into desktop mode on your device.
  • Open the Discover store, type “Discord” in the search bar of the Discover store, and hit enter.
  • Look for the Discord app in the search results, and click on it.
  • Click on the “Install” button to start downloading and installing Discord on your computer.
  • Wait for the installation process to complete. Once the installation is finished, you need to launch it.

Log in to Discord

This section describes how to log in to a Discord account.

  • After that, enter your Discord account username and password to log in to your account.
    If you want Discord to work smoothly with your Steam Deck internal screen, you must make a few changes in Discord settings.

Change Discord Settings

The section will take you through steps to change Discord settings for better performance. The steps include going to the Settings menu, choosing “Echo cancel source” for better audio quality, and unchecking the “Minimize to tray” option in the “Linux Settings” section.

  • Go to the Settings menu and select the “Appearance” tab.
  • Under the “Appearance” tab, you will find the “Message Display Settings” section. Select “Compact” below this section
  • Next, select the “Voice And Video” tab located on the left side of the User Settings menu.
  • Under the “Voice And Video” tab, select “Echo cancel source” to improve the audio quality during voice chat sessions.
  • Finally, scroll down to the “Linux Settings” section located at the bottom of the User Settings menu.
  • Uncheck the “Minimize to tray” option because the game mode has no tray.

Add Discord to Steam Library

This section describes how to add Discord to the Steam library. The steps include searching for Discord in the Steam Deck menu, and choosing “Add to Steam.”

  • Once you finish setting up Discord in your Steam account, search for Discord in the Steam Deck menu.
  • Right-click on the Discord app and choose “Add to Steam.”
  • After you have added Discord to your Steam library, you can sign out of the desktop mode.

Launch Discord in the game mode

In this section, we will take you through the steps to launch Discord in game mode. The steps include returning to the game mode in Steam, launching Discord, and opening the Steam overlay.

  • Return to the game mode in Steam and navigate to your library’s Non-Steam section.
    This will show you a list of all the non-Steam apps that you have added to your library.
  • Look for the Discord app in the list of Non-Steam apps, and click on it to launch it.
  • When you launch Discord from within Steam, the Steam overlay should automatically open.
  • Go to Controller settings and choose the Web browser preset.
  • Once you have selected the Web browser preset, you can close the Steam overlay and return to Discord.
  • You can now launch any game from your Steam library.

Switch between games

Now, you can switch between your game and Discord by tapping Steam, and you can select any icon on a side panel. Your voice chats work great through this setup. You should always end your voice calls before you put your Deck to sleep. Discord will freeze the next time you will try to run it. On the other hand, it is a great option for safety.

That is how you can install Discord on your Steam Deck easily.