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See what Android games your friends are playing with Discord update

Discord's latest update means it now joins the likes of Xbox Live and Steam in supporting this feature.

Published onNovember 22, 2018

Discord on Android.
  • The Discord app for Android now lets you see what your friends are playing.
  • Your currently played Android game will also be displayed as a status message.
  • The feature is available for version 7.9.9 of the Android app.

Whether it’s Steam, Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network, most gaming services allow you to see what your friends are playing. Discord also allows you to do this on PC, but the functionality was missing from the Android app.

Now, XDA-Developers has noticed a “Game Detection Service” in the Discord Android app. The feature simply lets the app detect what Android game you’re playing, then gives you the option of displaying the game as a status message.

To activate the Game Detection Service, you’ll need to visit User Settings > Games. You then need to simply enable the two toggles found in this menu, and that’s pretty much it. The function also requires the usage access permission to work properly.

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Once you’re up and running, your status should automatically update with the name of the Android game you’re currently playing. It’s a pretty neat feature for Android as, with the exception of Google Play Games, we don’t really anything similar on the platform.

The feature is only available in version 7.9.9 right now, but the stable Play Store release is version 7.9.5. XDA reckons you can enrol in the beta program to gain access to 7.9.9, although I’m still seeing the older version. The other alternative is to sideload the update from the likes of APKMirror.

Do you have any tips and tricks for Discord on Android? Let us know in the comments below! Otherwise, you can use the button below to visit the Discord Play Store listing.