How Does the Discord Video Downloader Work?

By Jack SteinLast Updated January 30, 2021
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Downloading video files from the Discord app is intuitive, eliminating the need for third-party apps. And, with Discord's upload file limit size of 8 megabytes for videos, pictures and other files, your download shouldn't take more than a few seconds. Best of all, uploading videos and other files on Discord is as simple as downloading them, making the platform great for collaborating and sharing content with friends. Need some tips and tricks? We’ll give you a rundown on how to download videos from Discord and teach you everything you need to know about uploading files larger than 8MB.

What Is the Discord App?

At its core, Discord is a messaging app, one that allows users to communicate with others via video, text and voice calls. The app is especially popular with gamers, namely because it allows for both text and voice messaging while they’re playing on Steam or other popular computer gaming platforms. Without a doubt, its stability and reliability as a voice chatting platform, set it apart, regardless if you’re a gamer or not. In 2017, Discord implemented a video chat option and made screen sharing available to its users.

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Even when gamers aren’t playing, Discord is the perfect platform for chatting, forming fandoms and sharing content. Apart from gamers, other groups who share common interests, from folks who are interested in stock trading to fantasy football fanatics, spend time on Discord. Its most notable surge in popularity, however, can be attributed to gaming communities who utilized Discord to communicate while playing big-name, team-based games like Fortnite Battle Royale and Overwatch.

Downloading and Using Discord

Downloading and using Discord is easy. The app is free and available to computer and smartphone users who are at least 13 years of age. Additionally, Discord is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux, and can be accessed via an app or web browser.

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To start using discord, visit the app's official website and download it. As with most other apps, you'll need to provide some personal details, including a valid email address and phone number. You'll also need to assign yourself a unique username. During the registration and installation process, the app should be able to detect your microphone and camera automatically. If the app doesn’t pick up your camera and/or microphone, you can make adjustments after you’ve signed in.

Once you're done registering and signing in, you’ll find that the homepage is easy to navigate — and it comes complete with self-guided tutorials. Looking for quick tips about the app’s many features? Click the orange exclamation points. Once you’re comfortable with the layout, you can start joining chat rooms ― or, in Discord speak, "servers" ― or create your own.

Downloading and Uploading Videos on Discord

Discord only allows users to upload up to 8MB size videos to share on their servers. While this size is only enough for a short high-definition (HD) video clip (or a slightly longer standard quality video), it is large enough for most photos. To download a video (or any file) that’s uploaded on a server, right-click on the file and select download. The file will be downloaded automatically to your device's default download location. If you're using the mobile app, click on the arrow on the upper right-hand corner to initiate the download.

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Uploading a video is even easier. If you’re certain that your video clip is below the 8MB limit, you can click on it and drag it into the app. Discord will pick it up automatically and prompt you to upload it. Alternatively, you can click on the upload box at the bottom of the window, next to the chat bar. This will open up your file manager. Select the video file that you want to share and click on "Upload."

Additionally, there are two ways to upload video files larger than 8MB. Option A: Sign up for Discord Nitro. For $9.99 per month (or $99.99 a year), you can upload files that are as large as 50MB of data at any time. Apart from the upgraded upload limit, Nitro also allows you to boost your server, use animated GIFs, broadcast better livestreams and create a customized Discord tag.

Looking for another way to circumvent the upload limit? Option B: Upload your video onto your cloud storage or any video file-hosting site. Copy the link to your video and share that link to your server. Users who want to download your video can then follow the downloading process of the file-hosting service.

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