Discord is very popular in the gaming community because of its high-quality, lag-free voice chat. However, the Discord for PC has often been criticized for being heavy and using up a lot of the CPU. High CPU usage introduces lag and long load times to gamers' devices; this is an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, you can use Discord on your PC without having to install it, and this is what we’ll be covering in this article.
Part 1: System Requirements to Download Discord on Your PC/Mac
Discord has a version for each major operating system for mobile devices and PC. These include one for: Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS. For PCs, your system needs to meet the following requirements: Windows - 7 or higher, Mac - MacOS 10.11 and up.If your PC meets these system requirements, you can set up the PC version of Discord in 2 simple steps.
Step 1: Download Discord for PC
Start by going to Discord’s download page and clicking on the version that corresponds to your PC’s operating system.
When the download is complete, run the setup file to install it on your computer.
Part 2: Use Discord on PC/Mac Without Installation
There are several reasons why you wouldn’t want to install the PC version of Discord. The most recurrent reason among regular uses is that this software is heavy and uses up too much of the CPU. This makes multi-tasking a nightmare.
The good news is that you can use it on your PC without installing it. Discord has a mobile app version that is considerably more lightweight than the PC version. Therefore, to use Discord on your PC/Mac without installing it, you can simply cast your phone’s screen on your PC and use it on your PC. In this section, we’ll show you how to do this using some of the best screencasting tools on the market.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through AirDroid Cast
AirDroid Cast is a powerful screen sharing and controlling tool. It is one of the most versatile screencasting tools in the market, it doesn’t matter if you’re using Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS, everyone is included.
AirDroid Cast works well for using Discord on PC because it is more than just a screen casting solution. You can set up AirDroid Cast in three simple steps.
Step 1.Free download AirDroid Cast on your phone and PC
Download AirDroid Cast from the official website on your phone and PC for free. Click on the link that corresponds to your PC’s operating system.
AirDroid Cast allows you to connect your phone and PC in three ways. Whether you’re using an iOS or Android device, you have at least 2 connection options, including: WLAN, AirPlay, USB Cable
Open AirDroid Cast on both your phone and computer and initiate cast request in the following ways: enter cast code or scan the QR code
Next, you will receive a casting request message on your PC, click on Allow.
A casting permission page and window will appear on your phone. Enable it.
When you’re done with these steps, you will see your phone’s screen on your PC.
To select a connection option, launch the PC application of AirDroid Cast and click on the tab representing your preferred option.
2. Using AirPlay
Click on the AirPlay tab and ensure the airplay service is running.
Connect your iPhone and PC to the same Wi-Fi network.
Go to Control Center>Screen Mirroring on your iPhone and then select the device labeled AirDroid Cast - xxx.
When it’s connected you can cast your iPhone screen on your PC via AirPlay.
3. Using a USB cable
Open AirDroid Cast and plug a USB cable connected to your phone into your PC.
Click on the Cable tab on your PC screen and select your device under Available Devices. That’s it, your screen will cast on your PC automatically.
Note : Before you use this method, ensure USB debugging is enabled.
Step3.Project your phone’s screen
Now, you can seamlessly cast your phone’s screen and use Discord freely on your PC without burdening it with another download. You will be able to control your phone from your PC.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through ApowerMirror
ApowerMirror is a screen mirroring solution that allows you to cast an Android or iOS device’s screen to a PC. You can also use this tool to use Discord on PC in a similar way to AirDroid Cast. It gives you keyboard and mouse control over the cast screen. As a result, you will freely be able to use discord on your PC whether it runs on Windows or Mac.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through LetsView
LetsView can also be a fantastic solution for using Discord on your PC. As a result of its mobile-friendly design, it quickly loads on your mobile device and PC.Contrary to AirDroid Cast, it only offers connection via WLAN, but it’s still capable of delivering a high-quality cast.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through AnyDesk
AnyDesk is another versatile screen mirroring tool that is can be useful when you want to use Discord on your PC. This solution is focused on speed, to give you the fastest experience when casting your phone’s screen to your PC. You can connect your devices using a casting code or QR code, similar to the way you would with AirDroid Cast.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through Castto
For Android users who are not concerned with too much functionality, Castto is a good easy-to-use screencasting tool.It has a simple interface that doesn’t require users to be tech-savvy. Just like the other solutions, you can cast your Android phone’s screen and use Discord on your PC.
Use Discord on PC/Mac through Emulators
An emulator is software that helps your PC to mimic Android OS features. This allows you to install Android apps on your computer and use them natively. Two of these emulators are:
If you’re using an Android phone, this is a great way to use Discord. You simply download it from Google Play Store and use it in the emulator. Setting up these emulators (BlueStacks and GameLoop) follows the same basic procedure with a little differentiation at the later stages.
Step 1.Download and Install the emulator
Go to the official page and download the emulator of your choice. The installers are relatively small and once you install them, you will continue to do the download. They could take time and multiple steps to extract and install the relevant files.
Step 2.Sign in to your Google Account
BlueStacks comes with the Google Play Store pre-installed so you can directly sign in to your Google account.
But if you want to use GameLoop, you will have to install it yourself. To do this, Launch GameLoop and navigate to My Games>Others.
Step 3.Install Discord from PlayStore
Once you’re signed in, search for Discord on Play store, install it and use it just as you would on your Android phone.
Note :Because Apple is yet to publish its source code, iOS emulators don't exist. So this option is limited to Android users.
Part 3: Bonus Tips - How to Fix Discord Not Working on PC/Mac?
Your system could meet all the requirements to install and run Discord, but it fails to run or stops working unexpectedly. This is a common problem for competitive gamers. In this section we have assembled a couple of fixes to solve the following questions for you:
Why does Discord keep crashing on my PC?
Why does my Discord keep freezing?
Fix 1: Update drivers
Discord can crash on your PC if you’re using outdated drivers, but you can easily rectify this by updating your drivers. There are two ways to do this.
Manually: You can update your drivers from the device manager section on your PC. Here, you will select the driver you wish to update search for it then update it.
Automatically: You can utilize driver updater tools like Driver Easy to automatically do this for you.
Fix 2: Delete Discord app data
If the crashing has been caused by corrupted files, deleting the app data should fix this. Use Windows + R and %appdata%\discord to open the data file. Click on the cache file, select everything on this file, and delete.
Fix 3: Enable legacy mode in Discord
The app could be crashing because your PC’s media equipment is not compatible with the app’s standard audio subsystem mode. To fix this, navigate to Discord>User settings>Voice & Video>Audio subsystem on Discord. Under the Audio subsystem dropdown select Legacy.
Hopefully, these fixes work to solve your problem. If they fall short, you’ll have to do further troubleshooting to identify the cause of the problem.
Part 4 : Final Verdict
Using Discord on your PC is a great way to communicate while playing multi-player games. AirDroid Cast presents you with an opportunity to do this without having to install the PC version of Discord. You can simply open Discord on your phone and cast the screen to your PC. That’s not all, you will have full control of the app from the PC, this way, you won’t miss out on anything.
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