How to Use Discord on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One?

After years of rumors and requests from Xbox players, native Discord support has been officially added for the current-gen and last-gen versions of Xbox. Starting now, you can officially play with your Discord friends and transfer your existing voice channels to your Xbox console.

Use Discord on Xbox One & Xbox Series S/X
Use Discord on Xbox One & Xbox Series S/X

Things to know before proceeding:

Before you get too excited, there are a few drawbacks to using Discord on your Xbox Console:

  • Discord is not available in all countries and regions. This list changes almost weekly as new countries are added to the supported list.
  • You can’t broadcast the discord voice channel audio through Xbox Live Streaming. This is a major drawback if you live-stream your gameplay online. 
  • You can’t switch between Discord voice channels. As of now, you are forced to transfer audio from Discord again to switch to a new voice channel. This applies to both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. 
  • You can’t create mixed parties containing both Discord friends & Xbox friends. Voice channels need to either contain all discord friends or all Xbox friends.
  • Discord voice channels are missing the majority of Xbox party features. Popular examples include View profile card, Party overlay, Switch to game chat, Join game, Invite Everyone to the game, and more. 
Using Discord Natively on Xbox Consoles
Using Discord Natively on Xbox Consoles

Note: Keep in mind that this list is subject to change as Microsoft iterates on the integration with discord. 

Now that we covered all the current limitations, let’s go over the things you need to do in order to enable Discord on your Xbox console:

Configuring Discord on Xbox Consoles

Before you follow the instructions below, ensure you have a Discord account verified via email. 

Note: The instructions below will work on both Xbox One & Xbox Series S/X. 

STEP 1: Enable Remote Features

Making sure that remote features are enabled on your Xbox console is one of the biggest requirements if you want to ensure that the Discord installation is stable.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure your console is powered on, and press the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. From the guide menu, go to Profile & System > Settings
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
  3. In Settings, go to Device & Connections > Remote Features
  4. Make sure the Enable remote features checkbox is enabled.
    Enable Remote Features
    Enable Remote Features
  5. Set the assigned Power Mode to Sleep. 

Note: Your console’s default power mode needs to be set to Sleep in order for remote play to work properly. If you find it behaves differently, follow the instructions below before moving to STEP 2:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your console to bring up the guide menu.
  2. Go to Select Profile & system > Settings
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
  3. From the Settings menu, go to General > Power Options.
  4. Change the current Power Mode to Sleep and save your changes. 

STEP 2: Link your Xbox console with your Discord account

Before you can add the Discord integration to your Xbox console, you need to link your account first. You’ll only need to do this procedure once.

Note: If you linked your Xbox & Discord accounts before August 2022, you must re-do the linking process. The two accounts were likely de-linked when Microsoft pushed the Discord integration update. 

Here’s a quick guide on linking your Xbox account with Discord:

  1. Ensure the Xbox account you want to use with Discord is currently signed in on your Xbox console.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the guide menu. 
  3. Use the guide menu to navigate to Profile & System, then access the Settings menu. 
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
    Access the Settings menu on Xbox one / Xbox Series X/S
  4. From Settings, select the Account side menu, then access Linked social accounts. 
    Accessing the Linked social accounts tab
    Accessing the Linked social accounts tab
  5. Access the Non-Linked section, choose Discord and select Link from the subsequent tile. 
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to link your Discord & Xbox accounts together. 

Using Discord on Xbox

Now that your Discord account should be correctly integrated with your Xbox console let’s get through the basics of joining, transferring, and leaving Discord channels on Xbox One & Xbox Series S/X channels.

How to Join a Discord Voice Channel on Xbox Consoles

Here’s how to join an existing Discord voice channel from your Xbox One or Xbox Series S / X console:

  1. With your console on the home screen, press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the guide menu. 
  2. Go to Parties & chat from the guide menu, then select Discord. 
  3. Next, select the Discord server you want to join and press the A button.
    Choose the Discord server
    Choose the Discord server
  4. Select the voice channel you want to join from the list that just appeared, and press the A button again on your console. Important: If you can’t see any servers in the Discord Voice section, it’s most likely because you didn’t join the Discord server first. You can fix this by signing into discord from any native platform (PC, Mac, or mobile) and joining the server manually. 

How to Transfer Discord Voice Channels to Xbox Consoles

The new Discord integration with Xbox consoles means you can seamlessly transfer any voice channel to your Xbox with a button.

The instructions for doing this will be different depending if you want to do it from the Discord mobile app or the Discord desktop or browser app.

1. Transfer voice channels via Discord Mobile app

  1. On your Discord mobile app, open the server you wish to transfer to your console.
    Note: Make sure you have already joined the channel. 
  2. From the main channel menu, tap on Join on Xbox.

    Joining the Discord voice channel on Xbox
    Joining the Discord voice channel on Xbox
  3. Select your console from the list, then tap on Transfer audio.

    Transferring the audio to console
    Transferring the audio to console

Note: Once the transfer is successful and audio is coming through to your Xbox console, you can safely close the Discord app, and the VoIP connection will be sustained. 

How to Leave Discord Voice Channels on Xbox Consoles

To leave a voice channel that you previously joined, do the following:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. Go to Parties & Chat from the guide menu, then select Discord. 
  3. From the context menu, select Disconnect. 
    Disconnecting from an active Discord channel on Xbox
    Disconnecting from an active Discord channel on Xbox
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