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How to change Discord background – our guide for PC and mobile

Change themes with or without Nitro
Last Updated on July 15, 2024
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If you are figuring out how to change the Discord background on your PC or mobile, then we have you covered right here.

Now, by default, when you download Discord, the app’s theme is set to Dark. You can choose to change this or even sync it to your system setting. And if you are a Nitro user, you will be able to select colored themes for your Discord.

With that being said, the process of changing themes is almost the same on Discord mobile and PC. In this guide, we will show you how to change the background color on both kinds of devices. 

Quick Answer

On PC: User Settings > Appearance > Select a theme

On mobile: Profile > Settings > Appearance > Select a theme

How to change Discord background (PC) 

The following steps work for the desktop app as well as the website.

Step

1

Go to Settings

Open Discord and then go to the Settings menu by clicking on the cogwheel icon on the bottom left corner (next to your profile).

user settings on discord pc

Step

2

Head over to the ‘Appearance’ menu

Then, scroll and find the ‘Appearance’ menu. Click open this menu to see all the visual settings.

Step

3

Select a theme

Now, in the Appearance menu, you will see a ‘Theme’ section. Here, you can select a light or a dark theme. Also, you can sync the theme to that of your desktop by selecting the ‘Sync with computer’ option.

choose a theme on discord pc

Step

4

Colored themes for Nitro users

If you are a Nitro user (by this, we mean the top-tier full Nito user), you can select colored themes. For better understanding, we have added a preview image here.

nitro themes on discord

Now, you can set custom Discord backgrounds for free by using third-party apps. However, sometimes, these workarounds are more hassle than what its worth.

How to change Discord background (Mobile) 

If you are using the Discord mobile app, follow these steps to change the theme.

Step

1

Go to profile

Open the Discord app and head over to the profile by clicking on the profile icon at the bottom right corner.

Step

2

Go to Settings

Then, click on the cogwheel symbol at the top right corner of the screen.

Screenshots showing steps on how to change theme in Discord

Step

3

Open the Appearance menu

Here, scroll down and look for the ‘Appearance’ option under App Settings. When you see it, click on it.

Step

4

Change the theme

Then, right at the top, you will see a ‘Theme’ option. Click on it, and it will lead you to available themes on Discord. On the mobile app, you have Dark, Light, and Midnight (exclusive to mobile) themes. You can also choose to sync the theme with your mobile system.

switch default themes on discord mobile

Again, if you are a Nitro user, you will be able to select a colored background.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I change my background on Discord without Nitro?

As mentioned in our guide, without Nitro, you will be able to select from two or three background themes. If you want colored or gradient themes for your Discord background, you will have to switch to Nitro.

Conclusion

To sum up, you can easily change the background on Discord on PC as well as mobile. Without Nitro, you will be able to select from the few default themes. For more colorful backgrounds, you can consider switching to Nitro. You can also get creative with your text – you can format it, make it bold or italicize it.

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