Discord is used by many gamers to communicate with other players. This is effective especially when you are playing online games. With the help of Discord, the players can communicate with their teammates and strategize their plans accordingly when they are playing cooperative and competitive video games. You can get Discord on numerous mobile and desktop platforms. Discord consists of a VoIP, a message board, and a chat lobby system. This ensures the players a good chatting experience while playing a multiplayer online game.

Apart from the great chatting experience, its main highlight is its interface of VoIP. Owing to this, Discord users can make calls that are latency-free. This feature is not even present in other well-known software like Google and Skype.

Moreover, you will also be able to know about the games being played by your friends. This can be done manually or via Steam. Hence, with this feature, you can let your friends know which game you are playing. However, changing the discord playing status is a bit tricky. But, you don’t have to worry. I will be discussing the methods of making a Discord custom status and how to change what you’re playing on discord.

Changing Discord Custom Status Online Manually

The online status for Discord has four options. These options are invisible, do not disturb, idle and online. This is like various other chat applications that display statuses when you are online. But, this not the case with your display of the game. To change the Discord game display, you have to right-click on the Discord avatar. After that, you have to select the status. You have to change the status manually. Otherwise, the status setting will become automatic when Discord is restarted. 

How to Change Discord Custom Game Status Manually?

When you are playing any game, Discord has the ability to detect the game automatically. However, this feature works only for the games that are “verified”. This means that the games that are recorded in the database of Discord. Hence, the games which are not in the database, will not be displayed. But, you can actually show the unverified game names by using a loophole in Discord. Follow these steps to successfully complete this method for discord custom playing status:-

  1. Open the game and let it run. Then, open Discord. After that, select the “User Settings”. 
  2. Now, from the menu on the left side, you have to click on “Games”. Then add the option of “Games” on the right side menu.
  3. After that, add the games you want manually from the list available.
  4. Then, in the message box, you can write your status as you wish it to be.

As long as the game is running, the status will remain visible. But, when you will close the game, the status will change. However, if you want no one to know what game you are playing, you can make the status disabled. To disable the Discord custom game status, you have to toggle off the switch for the option of “Display currently running game as a status message”. 

How to change the Discord custom game status for verified games?

You have no controls over the verified games that are listed. However, you can choose the way they will work. When Discord will observe the running, you can control what the world will see. You can make that happen by going to the Task Manager and adding another program. By doing this, Discord will detect this program and show it to the world instead of what you are actually playing.

One of the programs suitable for this purpose is Notepad++. This software is unverified in Discord and uses fewer system resources. First, run it in the background and let Discord detect it. After that, apply a custom message. When this is done, you can start the other game. 

How to make a Discord custom game status on mobile?

By making a custom status on mobile, you will be able to show your friends what you are playing on it. You can opt for any of the two ways for this process. These processes are by going to the User Settings and then to the Game Activity or by using the “Custom Status”.

Going to User Settings and then to Game Activity

  1. Click on the three horizontal line icon. You will find this icon located on the upper left side of the screen. 
  2. Then, select the gear icon for opening the “Settings”.
  3. After that, go down on the screen and click on the tab of “Game Activity”.
  4. Within this tab, select the option to let other people see what you are playing.

Now you have successfully enabled the Discord custom game status and your friends can now see what you are playing. 

Custom Status

  1. Select the three horizontal line icon on the upper left corner of the screen. 
  2. Then, go to the bottom of the screen and click on your name.
  3. Now, the option of online status will appear on the screen.
  4. Select the “Set Custom Status” option. 
  5. Now, write the status you want your friends to see. 


I hope that from the above discussion, it’s clear how you can change Discord’s playing status. This is a very good app to communicate with other players. Moreover, by customizing the status, you can tell your friends what you are playing or you can hide the game that you are playing. What you want to do with this feature is up to you. Use this Discord custom status feature to your advantage.