How To Install Discord on Steam Deck in 4 Easy Steps

Steam Deck not only allows you to play games but multitask as you can also connect external controllers to it too. And with this at the same time if you want to play games or chat with friends online on Discord then you can do that on Steam Deck too by installing the app on Deck.

So, it’s not hard to install and set up Discord on Steam Deck and if you really want to be on call with your friends while playing games on Discord then continue reading the guide below.

Discord Updates are very common and in case Discord is not working/crashing/stuck on updates on Your steam deck, you can reinstall using the same steps. We have prepared a guide to Discord Stuck on Update on Mac and Windows as well.

Step 1: Installing Discord on Steam Deck

Before we move on to the main steps make sure you have the following:

  • A stable internet connection to download and use Discord
  • A Discord account and if you don’t have one you can make one from the Discord website by entering your details
  • A keyboard(optional) as setting up the process will become more quickly when you will connect a keyboard to Steam Deck
  • A headset(optional) will give you more good audio quality although Steam Deck speakers sound also pretty good.

So, let’s follow the steps to install Discord on Steam Deck:

  1. Hold the Steam Deck power button to bring up the power menu.How to Install the Epic Games Launcher on Steam Deck
  2. Then select Switch to Desktop to switch over to the Linux desktop.How to Install the Epic Games Launcher on Steam Deck
  3. Make sure the desktop version of Steam is running.
  4. Tap on the Discover app on the bottom left just like a shopping bag
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  5. Now search for Discord and install it on your Steam Deck(If the keyboard doesn’t pop up, click the Steam Button + X-button)

Also Read: No Audio on Steam Deck? Here Are 6 Easy Fixes

Step 2: Optimize Discord Settings for Steam Deck

You can now open Discord and after entering your login details here are some changes you should do for better performance of Discord.

  1. Go to Discord user settings
  2. Select Appearance and then select Compact
  3. Then go to Voice & Video and select Echo-Cancel Source for clear voice chatting
  4. Finally under Linux settings toggle OFF Minimize to Tray as there is no tray in game mode.

Also Read: 6 Methods for Extending the Life of Your Steam Deck’s Battery

Step 3: Add Discord To Steam Library

After optimizing Discord setting the next thing you need to do is:

  1. Open the Deck menu and search for Discord
  2. Right-click on it and select Add to Steam
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  3. Now logout from Desktop mode and return to Game mode
  4. Go to the library and go to the Non-Steam tab where you can find Discord and launch it

Also Read: How to Customize Controls on the Steam Deck

Step 4: Pick the Web Browser Option

The last thing you need to do before you can fully run Discord on Steam Deck is:

Note: Make sure you end your Discord call before you put your Deck to sleep and if you don’t your Discord will be stuck the next time.

  1. Once you launch Discord open the Steam overlay
  2. Select Controller settings > Gamepad with joystick trackpad
  3. Now scroll down and choose Web Browser
  4. Go back to your steam library and launch any other game and now you can switch between your Discord and game. The best part about this mode is that the voice chat works great.

We hope you found this guide helpful and do let us know how was your experience with Discord on Steam Deck in the comments section below


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