Effective Ways To Enable Discord In-Game Overlay!!

Discord is a free and yet widely used communication tool that was developed for the gamers so that they can use it as a chatting tool while gaming. Gamers can easily create channels, add more people to the channel, and communicate while gaming. The app also has a cool, fun and fresh in-game overlay feature that lets you send messages or voice chat with an overlay within the game.

Discord overlay will show you all the members in the chat, and you can also send text messages through the same. Gamers can also move the overlay around anywhere and place it in a corner where it does not cause any distraction while they play games. If you have not used this feature yet, then we are going to tell you ways to enable discord overlay, how to customize it, and how to fix it when it is not working. Let us get started.

How to enable discord in-game overlay?

To enable the discord in-game overlay you need to ensure that:

  • The discord app is signed in and is currently running.
  • The game you want to play it in is installed or downloaded on your system.
  • You have launched the game at least once while Discord was open or running.

Now that you’ve gone through the above three requirements, follow the below-mentioned steps to enable the Discord overlay in games.

  • Firstly, Open the Discord app.
  • Click on the cogwheel button at the bottom available left to access Discord’s settings.
  • Go to the Overlay tab on the Discord settings screen.
  • Turn on the ‘Enable in-game overlay’ option.
  • Now, move to the Game Activity tab.

At the top of the window, you can view the game you just played highlighted in green. Click on the monitor icon and the discord overlay will be enabled for the game. If your game is not highlighted, move through the Added Games and then click on the monitor icon available next to a game to enable discord overlay for that game.

discord overlay

What happens when game not listed in Discord Game Activity?

You might wonder what might happen when the game you played isn’t listed? In this case, you can manually add it in the list.

  • Firstly, Run the game you want to add in the list.
  • Now you need to open Discord on your system.
  • Then, Click on the settings button at the bottom of the column on the left.
  • Move to the Game Activity tab.
  • Now select the ‘Add it’ option.
  • Choose the game from the listed apps and click on Add Game.

How To Customize Discord game overlay?

You can also make use of the settings options to choose when the other users and names are displayed, as well as to change the size of avatars that are displayed in the game overlay:

  • Scroll down until you find the Notification Position in the Overlay menu.
  • To set where you would have wanted the overlay to appear, click on any one of the four grey squares appeared on the screen.
  • Then, click on the icon in the centre which is circle-backslash to disable overlay notifications.
  • Optionally. Then you can toggle on the Show Text Chat Notifications button available at the bottom of the screen, to display the voice and text notifications.

Note: By simply pressing Shift + ` buttons on the keyboard and then clicking on the gear icon (settings)You also have the option of adjusting these settings in-game.

How to Pin Windows to Discord Overlay?

When your discord overlay is up and running then you can pin a text chat window over your game. Open any game of your choice and then press  Shift + ` on the keyboard simultaneously or whatever key combo you set earlier to bring up the discord in-game overlay menu. Then simply tap on the pin icon to make a window appear even when you lower the in-game overlay menu. If you want, you can also adjust the opacity of this window by tapping the Opacity icon and adjusting the slider of your choice.

This can be explained in steps

  • When you set your overlay is up, then you can also choose to pin a text chat window over the game you are playing:
  • You need to open up any game, and then tap on Shift + ` to bring up the overlay menu on the screen.
  • Now you are supposed to tap on the pin icon to make a window show up even when you minimize the overlay menu.
  • You can also adjust the opacity of the chat text window by clicking on the Opacity icon and moving the slider. 

It is evident that Discord truly also offers any settings and options that a gamer could need. All you have to do now is to ensure that your overlay is as clean and also as simple as possible. To maximize your gaming efficiency, it still shows the necessary information.

How to fix discord overlay not working?

  1. If you are stuck with the discord overly not working issue, then follow the method. 
  1. If the overlay is not working or appearing, you need to ensure that you’re running a compatible game. According to Discord, there is a list of games that will not be able to show the overlay or the overlay may appear occasionally.
  1. Now you need to make sure your game does not require Vulkan as Discord does not have support for these games at present. Just like this, it will not support exceptionally older games.
  1. Your antivirus might flag the overlay or Discord itself as a harmful material and prevent the overlay from appearing. In this case, you should Look for items/files that your antivirus has blocked and allow the Discord to run if you find it listed there.
  1. Also, ensure that other overlays are not interfering with the Discord in-game overlay. Discord is not the single app that has an in-game overlay. Other like Windows 10 has a game bar, the Nvidia Gaming Experience adds its game overlay, and various other gaming apps you have installed on your computer might do the same. Simply disable other overlays and check whether the Discord overlay appears.
  1. Also, ensure that you restart both Discord and the game after enabling the overlay.

Most of the Discord Overlay works great with almost all the games that are available out there. However, some games might face a problem, and we suggest that you should turn off the In-Game Overlay for those. Discord is used by a lot of gamers mainly for voice chat or text messages, and in-game overlays have surely made it easier to keep in contact with your friends without having to minimize the game. We hope you have learned how to enable, customize and fix Discord’s In-Game overlay with this guide.

Read More

Hey, we like you a lot and 

want to offer you some of the best content

Share your email for some exclusive insights