For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO - a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast - dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD's Ryzen 3600X.
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Discord has rapidly grown to global popularity, cleverly combining the best features of TeamSpeak, IRC, and Skype, into one easy-to-use, social platform.
Whilst Discord started as a place to communicate with teammates in games that required more intricate teamwork, it soon evolved into something much more advanced. It now offers a whole host of cool and exciting features, all tailored to make your experience that little bit greater – the latest being Discord’s Streamer Mode.
Anyone can become a content creator these days. It doesn’t exactly take a super expensive build to start streaming to thousands of people on YouTube or Twitch. It’s much more simple these days. That said, with an increase in popularity across both streaming and viewerships, it’s no surprise to see applications like Discord release features tailored to protecting your data during streams.
In the following article, we’ll be taking a closer look at Discord’s latest feature, Streamer Mode. We’ll be seeing what data it covers, how it can be used, and how to enable it during your streams.
So, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!
What Is Discord Streamer Mode?
Annoyingly, when you decide to stream your game, you aren’t just streaming your favorite FPS or MOBA title. You’re also streaming everything else that crops up on your display – including private messages and popups. Whilst this probably isn’t a huge problem for some individuals, bigger streamers that have a few million followers may feel obligated to protect their data.
Picture it, you’re streaming to 20,000 viewers, and all of a sudden, your buddy’s private message pops up with some intimate information that definitely shouldn’t be shared to that many strangers on the internet. Things could get messy real quick. For that reason, Discord decided to create Streamer mode.
Streamer mode is Discord’s safety facility that changes what your viewers can see when enabled. It blocks popups, private messages, and invitations that could be abused by some viewers. By hiding personal information, it allows streamers to still utilize Discord to the fullest during streams – even letting you go onto your Discord server without giving away any personal information.
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What Information Does Streamer Mode Hide?
But, what exactly do you mean when you say, “personal details”? Below we have outlined all the major information that Discord’s Streamer Mode suppresses during a live stream.
- Hides Personal Information: Personal information is a fairly broad term. That said, in this scenario, we reference things such as email addresses, accounts linked to your Discord server through the “connected accounts” section (E.g YouTube/XBOX), any notes that you may have left on friend’s accounts (visible when you click on a friend’s account), and it also hides the discriminators of Discord users.
- Invite Links: Enabling this setting will hide any invite links that you have generated, whether they be for yourself or not. This prevents random users who watch your stream to use the invitation code to join your private Discord server.
- Mutes all client sounds: This setting will suppress unwanted sounds from the discord client, including messages notifications, users entering your Discord channel, and any other notification sounds that might occur.
- Notification popups: Lastly, you can suppress all notifications from the Discord client itself. This stops accidentally showing private notifications that may air personal information you do not want sharing with random users on the internet.
How To Enable Streamer Mode
Now that we have a better understanding of what Discord’s Stream mode is, and how it can be used to increase the safety of your streaming, let’s quickly go over how to enable this feature.
Before enabling Discord’s Streamer mode, you will need to integrate the streaming software with Discord. Luckily, this process is fairly simple, so let’s start there:
Integrate Discord With Your Streaming Application
- Start off by entering Discord, and clicking the User Settings menu (gear icon) at the bottom of the window – usually found under the channels
- Once inside, hit the Connections tab from the options on the left-hand side
- Next, go the to section labeled Server Settings
- Click on the Integrations menu
- Choose the platform you’d like to sync your Discord account with
- Finish by ticking the Sync box next to the specific platform
Enable Your Streaming Application
Most people who stream will be using Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) or something similar. OBS is a freeware streaming kit that integrates seamlessly with Discord. Once connected, you’ll have the freedom to customize settings and allow the streaming of your Discord chat and voice communications.
To do this, you’ll simply have to download and install the application you plan to use. In this case, we’ll use OBS. Once finished downloaded, OBS will notify you that it wants to gain access to your Discord application. Once approved, you’ll be able to customize the overlay in a way that suits your specific needs.
You can also use other applications such as Xsplit if OBS is a little limited.
Enable Streamer Mode
Once Discord has been synchronized to your streaming application, the only thing left to do is enable Streamer mode.
- To do this, start by going to the User Settings mode
- Find the Streamer Mode tab
- Next, tick the Enable Streamer Mode option inside the Streamer Mode section
It’s as easy as that. If you’re using OBS or something similar, by selecting the ‘Automatically Enable/Disable’ option, you’ll never have to worry about physically enabling the mode again. It will automatically enable on the launch of a synchronized application.
You can also set keybinds by clicking the ‘Keybinds settings’ option. This allows you to set a toggle button on your keyboard for enabling/disabling Streamer Mode
So, there you have it, our quick guide on how to use Streamer Mode on Discord. Thankfully, the process is pretty easy. And by enabling it, you’ll no longer have to worry about unveiling private information to the hundreds, or thousands, of people that are watching your stream.
If you have any questions regarding Discord, check out our How To Use Discord page for a full list of all our individual guides on the subject, grouped by category.