How to fix Discord overly when not working

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Discord overlay

Discord overlay is an in-game feature that allows the players to communicate with each other while playing. Discord provides instant messaging software with which gamers can easily communicate with their teammates, guild, clan members, etc. Discord is limited to messaging for gamers; it has evolved its features to music, books, and other entertainment sources.

Discord’s popularity has rocketed among developers as it allows them to create multiple apps for the platform. Many games support discord overlay like Among Us, Final Fantasy XIV, Call of Duty WWII, Street Fighter V, Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG), Warfare, Killing Floor 2, and Elite dungeons, etc. So, gamers can have voice and text chat with each other during the game.

Streaming on the overlay is also one of the prominent features that are of great convenience for users. If you want to stream on one of the channels, click on the computer icon next to the name bar. That will start streaming on the desired channels.

How to use discord overlay

Discord is available to download on any pc or device. You can download and create an account on it that will allow you to access all Discord features. Discord-overlay has also included in these features. Discord overlay makes in-game coordination very easy and fun.

For enabling Discord in your game, go to user settings before the opening game. You will click ON and then click the box which says, 'enable game overlay.' Now, you will enable the toggle button for in game overlay to get it up to show in-game.

After doing this, the next step you need to do is click on the option 'Game' in the sidebar. It provides the game that is downloaded on pc and selects the one you want to enable overlay. On setting one game, it will be turned off on the other by default.  To allow each one of the games to overlay, you have to turn on the feature separately.

Once you complete this setup, complete close Discord and relaunch it from the system tray. Now, the in-game overlay is turned on within the game. Press a hotkey in the game, and it will toggle discord overlay on the gaming window. Now after the setup is done, you can change settings from the game's overlay however you want.  

You can access the chats after opening the overlay. You can reach out to any other players through channels. You can change the avatar and voice chat with the members.

How to fix Discord overly when not working

Many gamers use Discord as it provides various features for streaming and communication. But there can be different issues problems ranging from a misconfigured overlay setting to interference from antivirus software.

If the Discord is not working, and you don't know how to fix it. Then follow these steps.

Step 1:
Open Discord from the desktop and click on the user settings.

Step 2:
Open overlay from the app settings bar, and a whole window in which you can enable overlay will appear.

Step 3:
Enable overlay and navigate towards the Game activity option. The dialogue box will display a message saying, 'display currently running game as a status message.' Please turn it on from the button next to it.

Step 4:
Now click on the add games if there isn't any game showing at the time. If it's not showing any of the games on pc, then go to the settings' appearance option and enable Developer Mode.

Step 5:
Close Discord. Right-click on the discord icon after closing it and open its properties. Open the 'previous version compatibility' from the upper menu and select the option which says, 'run this program as an administrator.' After doing this, select 'Apply' and 'OK.'

Step 6:
Now restart your computer, and the problem will be solved.

If there is an issue in which the problems exist, but Discord isn't showing any errors. Then the following troubleshooting techniques can be used to tackle the situation. Before applying these steps, restart your device as it will refresh the operating system and remove temporary data that effectively fix most software-related issues.

Step 1:
Turn on the overlay setting of Discord. Make sure to enable overlay from discord user settings.

Step 2:
If the issue still occurs, turn off the hardware acceleration of Discord. Hardware acceleration is one of the factors that can cause this problem if it is enabled. Open Discord> Appearance > Toggle the hardware acceleration off from the advanced section to turn off this feature. A confirmation box will appear; click OK. That will reboot the discord app. Check if the discord software is still showing issues.

Step 3:
Make sure the display scale is set to 100%. Some users have experienced this problem when their monitor is not set to the recommended scale of 100. If your monitor is set to 125 or 150%, then try changing it to 100%. To do this, press and bold the windows key and press I to open windows settings. Then at the windows settings section, click. Then scroll down to locate the scale and layout section. Select 100% display scale recommended from the drop-down menu under the scale and layout section. Exit system settings and check if the problem still occurs.

Step 4:
If the problem is still not solved, then try moving overlay. Since the overlay can be moved, try repositioning its location. To perform this, close the game and open Discord. Press ctrl+shift+i keys on your keyboard while you are in Discord. That will open the JavaScript console on the right side. Then click on the two greater than signs arrow icon in the top right corner. Then select an application from the new list. Double click the local storage from the list. You will see a newly created entry under the local repository. This entry is named http:/discordapp.com. Click on it, the right clicks on overlay store v2.

Select delete. Then exit the discord JavaScript console section. Next, restart Discord and check if it is working fine.

Step 5:
If the mentioned steps fail to solve the problem, then reinstall the discord app.

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