Discord

Last modified
Friday, February 14, 2020

Description of App

Discord is the only cross-platform voice and text chat app designed specifically for gamers. With the iOS app you can stay connected to all your Discord voice and text channels even while AFK. It is perfect for chatting with team members, seeing who is playing online, and catching up on text conversations you may have missed. Download Discord and experience modern game communication: - Voice chat: Join voice channels and chat with your group - Real-time text messaging: Share video, gifs, emojis in text rich chat - Push notifications: Never miss a thing with @mentions and direct messages - Instant invite: Easily add friends to your server by sharing the Instant Invite link - Direct messages: Send one-to-one private messages - Multiple server support: Manage all your game groups in one client - Channel categories: Organize and customize your channel listings - Roles & Permissions: Robust permission system that lets you assign customized roles to any user - Video Chat: See your friends in the wild (or their couch) - Stay connected: Access Discord voice and text chat while AFK Have questions, problems, or feedback? Reach out to us at support@discordapp.com.

Version

3.1.9

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

13.3

Accessibility Comments

The app has significantly improved since V2. Server names are now properly labelled, there is a button to pull out the side menu, and there are much fewer instances of scrolling making the app behave improperly. You can also now reliably mute, deafen, and disconnect yourself when in voice chats, as well as swapping from earpiece to speaker mode when in a voice channel. Push to talk has been made accessible, although it will cut you off after a while but I think that's an iPhone thing and not an app thing.

There are still some issues, however. Private messages display as just a number above your top channel, or an unlabelled button if you have no new private messages. It now shows group chats that aren't servers by name there if they receive new messages, which is great. Scrolling past images is hit or miss, especially when they were posted with no text on the same message. Profile viewing is still a frustrating experience as they can clip sometimes while you're flicking left to right and show the chat log for the channel you're in instead of the profile information.

Reactions have been made accessible although they deal with the clipping issue badly, ie if you swipe left of the first result. Although you can select them as reactions accessibly, custom emotes still show up as blank, which is frustrating if you're in a server where they are a large part of how people chat. On Mac, and now under the reactions, they're read as the text used to create the emote, like :innocent:, image, and that's enough to know what they mean in most cases.

All that said, though, the daily use of this app has been great for me for several versions. I very rarely interact with images, and several of the iffy accessibility issues can be worked around by navigating by touch and swiping once you're in the right location.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments

After each update, they seem to be making strides on improving accessibility. I have yet to find a version completely unuseable since at least 2018 and that was only because I couldn't reliably swap servers. It is now very easy to navigate, in my opinion.

Developer's Twitter Username

@discordapp

Recommendations

2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Harlow 3 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, September 20, 2019

Love the new accessibility changes.

See this link not for a demo but just for a short 16 minute look. I tried to make it under 20 lol!

Submitted by Mitchell on Saturday, November 30, 2019

For whatever reason, when I'm on the default channell of a server that I am on, which is read-only, I cannot change channels to a different one. I am using the iphone 7 with the latest update to iOs.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, November 30, 2019

Try clicking chat in the lower left, then at the top you should see a drawer. Click that and you will go back to the channel choice.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, December 23, 2019

With the latest version there is a nasty bug in the app where you have a "close action sheet" element that is not supposed to be there unless you do something to invoke it. I have not yet reported it to the discord testers server as I want others to experience it. And know that it is a bug, plus others are having some issues with bug reporting as well. Anyway, anyone else  this? Also there is a bug with listening to live discord streams in the discord voice channel. Basically you cannot leave the stream.Also finding the speaker button when joining a voice chat is annoying as Hades.

Take care all.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Well, I did join their beta of iOs and the havge tried to report bugs, but the reporter is closed until the first Monday of January or later, so we'll see what happens.

Take care all.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Update on the bug reporting. They are closed until January of next year and they are changing the way bugs are reported, what ever that means, hopefully easier than it is now. As of now you have to go through and type into a form and have a certain format. It is confusing but hopefully things will get better. I'm getting a lot of help from the canary devs over at the discord testing thing so we'll see if the bugs I've reported even get solved. I hear complaints from sighted people that x y or z has not ben fixed in months so looks like we're not the only ones dissatisfied right now.

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Friday, December 27, 2019

The only bug for now I found in the latest beta, it randomly crashes.
Talking the iOS one here on an ipad.

Submitted by Hadi on Friday, December 27, 2019

You guys also deal with the swipe bug issues, correct?
It's the one where swiping is not reliable and goes through invisible elements.
I find the the best way to deal with it is to explore by touch
I have reported this by the way so hopefully it'll be fixed soon

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, December 27, 2019

Yep, but you cannot report bugs now, it's closed until January 6th or so. I've reported that several times now.

Submitted by Hasan Tayem on Monday, January 13, 2020

Thanks for sharing this app in here, this is very useful for the gamers

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Not only gamers. I am thinking of using this for businesses and stuff I'm a part of. Just have the server extremely restricted.

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