Discord APK 206.16 Stable MOD (Premium/All Devices)
|Discord: Talk, Chat & Hang Out
|206.16 - Stable
|Nov 27, 2023
|Get it on
I’ve been using the Discord android app for over a year now. In this review, I’ll go over the app’s key features and interface, performance, user experience, and security.
The Discord android app has the following notable features:
- Text Channels – Have conversations through text and share images, links, and files. Channels can be organized into categories.
- Voice Channels – Hop into a voice channel to chat in real-time over voice. Supports up to 50 people in a channel.
- Direct Messages – DM friends and groups for private conversations.
- Server Discovery – Browse and join new communities through public Discord servers.
- User Profiles – Customize your profile with an avatar, username, and status.
- Notifications – Get notified of new messages and mentions. Customize notification settings.
- Dark Theme – Switch to a dark theme to avoid glare and eye strain.
- GIF Support – Send animated GIFs in conversations.
- Emojis – Use custom emojis and reactions to liven up chats.
The Discord UI is clean, intuitive, and easy to navigate:
- Sidebar – View all your servers and direct messages in a sidebar on the left. Easily switch between them.
- Channels – Servers have multiple text and voice channels listed in a channel pane.
- Chat – Chat messages are displayed in the middle with the send box at the bottom.
- User List – See all users in a server/channel in a user pane on the right.
I especially like how the UI adapts based on portrait or landscape orientation. For example, in landscape the user list gets hidden and chat takes up more space.
Here are some of the key screens in the Discord android app:
|View all joined servers and browse public ones.
|View messages and participate in a text or voice channel.
|View and send direct messages.
|See your friends list and friend requests.
|View and edit your user profile.
|Manage notifications, appearance, etc.
Overall, I find the UI very polished and responsive. Switching between servers, channels, and DMs is snappy.
In terms of performance, the Discord android app works well for the most part. Here are some observations:
- App launch time is pretty quick, usually 2-3 seconds on my device.
- Switching between servers and channels has minimal lag.
- Sending/receiving messages has little delay.
- Voice quality is clear during calls. Minimal choppiness.
- RAM usage is around 250-300MB with moderate usage.
However, there are some areas for improvement:
- Scrolling through large channels with 100s of messages has some stutter.
- Voice channel connections can take 5-10 seconds to establish sometimes.
- App crashes occasionally when opening large images.
- Battery drain is higher than average during voice calls.
Overall, the performance is good for daily messaging and calls. But Discord could optimize further for large servers and media.
Here I’ll evaluate some key aspects of the user experience in the Discord android app:
- The signup process is quick. Just enter an email, username, and password.
- You’re prompted to either join a server via invite link or browse for one.
- An overlay provides tips the first time you use key features like voice chat.
- Basic text chatting has a gentle learning curve. Sending messages, reactions, and attachments is intuitive.
- More advanced features like managing roles, notifications, and moderation take time to learn.
- The settings menu is dense with tons of customization options that aren’t well organized. There’s a learning cliff here.
- I had to refer to FAQs and guides to understand how to use voice channels and servers optimally.
- You can fully customize your profile with avatar, username, status, and more.
- Servers and channels can be organized and moderated as needed.
- Notifications can be fine-tuned for mentions, keywords, roles, and more.
- Appearance can be customized via themes and text size.
- Chatting and hanging out with friends is super fun. Emotes and gifs make it lively.
- The freedom of making your own servers and channels is enjoyable.
- Voice chat quality is great for casual gaming and conversations.
Discord nails the core chat and community experience. Areas for improvement are onboarding, settings organization, and guides/docs.
As a chat app, security is critical for Discord. Here is an evaluation of the android app’s security:
- Encryption – Discord uses end-to-end encryption for texts, voice calls, and files. This prevents snooping of data in transit.
- Permissions – The app only requests necessary permissions like microphone, storage, etc. I did not notice any unnecessary permissions being asked.
- Moderation – Server admins can implement robust moderation by banning users, filtering words, and more.
- Blocking – You can block users to avoid contact from potential harassers.
- Reporting – Users and content can be reported if they violate Discord’s terms of service.
- Verification – 2-factor authentication via email and SMS can be enabled for account security.
- Privacy – You can make your online status invisible and hide private servers from your profile.
- Child Safety – Parental controls allow guardians to restrict access for minors.
Overall, Discord has implemented extensive measures to maximize user security and safety without compromising functionality.
Pros and Cons
- Free with unlimited messaging and calls
- Low latency voice/video
- Lively chat with emojis and gifs
- Ability to create custom servers and channels
- Strong end-to-end encryption
- Excellent moderation and safety tools
- Steep learning curve beyond basics
- Settings menu is dense and confusing
- Battery drain during calls is high
- Can be distracting and addictive
The Discord android app earns its reputation as one of the top chat apps for gamers. It nails the core chat experience with solid performance and security.
Areas for improvement are simplifying onboarding, reducing battery drain, and reorganizing settings.
But for chatting with friends and communities, Discord provides an enjoyable and safe experience. I would recommend the app to anyone looking for a full-featured chat app, especially for gaming.
Overall rating: 4/5
- All devices