October 9

How to Add Friends on Discord

According to statistics from YouGov, 22% of millennials do not have a single friend. We are considered to be the loneliest generation. Even our parents have more active social lives than we do.

However, this does not mean we are completely isolated. Thanks to the internet and social media, it is way easier to meet people who share common interests. This effectively means that making friends should be easier. Although meeting up with them may be a different problem entirely.

Nevertheless, if Discord is your chosen platform for meeting and interacting with people, then you understand how jarring and confusing the user interface can be, especially for new users. In this guide, we’ll show you how to add friends into your Discord friend list and make the world a little less lonely for you.

What is Discord?

Discord is a multiplatform application with VOIP, text, video, and audio communication functionality. It’s a free-to-use social networking application, originally geared towards gamers.

discord logo

It’s a great way to link up with your gaming buddies and chat to them while engaging in some multiplayer gaming. But how do you add friends to Discord? First, we’ll need to discuss Discord’s Friends List.

The Discord Friends List

Discord’s Friends List feature was originally introduced in late March 2016 – roughly a year after Discord’s official release. Through Discord’s Friends List, you can add new friends. This means that you no longer have to share a server with them in order to send them a direct message.

The Friends List gives you an organized directory for your contacts, bringing you closer to your closest gaming compadres. Since Discord allows you to block users, you can also manage your block list from the Friends List. You have a limit of 1000 friends.

How to Add Friends to Your Discord Friends List

As we have mentioned before, Discord is a multi-platform application. This means using the Friend Lists may differ from platform to platform. Therefore, we felt that we needed to include separate steps for each major platform. To add a friend, you will need their full username as well as their discord tag.

*Note: The user name is case sensitive and the user tag has four digits. They should be separated by a ‘#’ symbol e.g. 48t#3752. This is what is known as DiscordTag.

How to add Friends to Discord on PC

  1. Open the discord application on your computer or run your favorite web browser and navigate to the online web-client.
  2. Once you have logged in make sure that you are on the home screen by clicking on the home button on the top left corner of the screen. The home button has the Discord logo as its icon.
    discord check invites
  3. On the left side of the screen, on the right side of the server list, you should see a menu panel with four options: ‘Activity’, ‘Library’, ‘Nitro’ and ‘Friends’. Click on ‘Friends’ from this menu panel.
  4. On the next screen, click on the ‘Add Friend’ from the top menu list. [image]
  5. You should now see the Add Friend screen, which has a very prominent text bar and button. In the text field, enter in your friend’s case sensitive username, followed by a hashtag and then their user tag (DiscordTag) eg. NineMan#6823. Ensure that the DiscordTag is entered correctly then click on the ‘Send Friend Request’ button.
    discord send friend request
  6. If your friend request was successfully sent, you should see a success message above the text field. If not, then Discord will display a failure message. If your friend request failed to send, make sure that you entered the DiscordTag correctly.
    discord friend request sent
  7. All you can do now is wait for your friend to accept your request and then they will be automatically added to your Discord friends list. It works just like any other social networking application.

How to Add Friends to Discord on Mobile Devices (Phones and Tablets)

Whether you are using the latest gaming tablet  or an Apple iPhone, the following steps should work for you:

  1. Open the Discord app on your device
    discord app
  2. If the menu panel appears, make sure that you are on the home menu by tapping on the home button on the top left side of the screen. Then tap on the Friends item on the menu panel. This will close the panel open up the main screen
  3. On the main screen, tap on the add friend button. It is situated on the top right-hand corner of the app’s screen. This will take you to the friend request screen
    discord app add friends
  4. On the next screen enter in your friends DiscordTag (case sensitive tag + # + user tag)
    discord app add friend discord tag
  5. Make certain that the DiscordTag is correct then tap on the SEND button
    discord app add friend send discord tag
  6. If the friend request was successfully sent, then the Discord app should display a tiny success dialog near the bottom of the screen that gradually fades within a second of its appearance
    discord app sent request

How to Add Nearby Friends with the Mobile App

A key advantage of using the mobile application, as opposed to the PC version, is it allows you to add friends based on your location. The following steps will show you how:

  1. Run the Discord application
  2. If the menu panel is open, tap on the home button from the left side corner of the screen and then select the friend menu item
  3. Next, tap on the add friend button from the top right corner of the screen
  4. Near the bottom of the friend request screen, you will see a button labeled ‘START NEARBY SCANNING’.  Tap on it
    discord app start nearby scanning
  5. If you’re using an Android phone/tablet, Discord may ask you to allow it have access to some permissions. Tap on ALLOW on each prompt that appears
    allow discord to use nearby
  6. Discord will use Ultrasonic Audio, WiFi and BlueTooth to find any friends in close proximity to you – roughly within thirty feet (9 meters). In order for this feature to work effectively, your friend(s) has to be using the nearby feature as well.
    discord nearby scanningIf it picks your friend(s) up, tap on the SEND button next to their display picture and tag
    discord app send friend request
  7. If your friend request was sent successfully, the SEND button will change its label to ‘SENT’ and Discord will display a success message near the bottom of the screen
    discord mobile app sent request

Final Words

With the use of the above information, you should be able to add friends to Discord and make the world less lonely for yourself. You do not even have to create a server for the options in this guide to work. If people are not your thing, you can always create a bot and add it as a friend. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading through this guide. Thank you for reading.

Here are some other helpful guides on setting up Discord:


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About the author

Mduduzi Sibisi

A lover of code, freelance writer, a misanthropic humanist and a comical absurdist. Mdu first fell in love with gaming after his parents bought him a Super Nintendo gaming console at the age of six. It would later become an obsession after playing Doom and Duke Nukem on PC. Now, not only is he playing them but he’s writing about them and creating them. He has an eclectic taste in games. His favorite games of all time include Legend of The Dragoon, Dark Cloud, GTA Vice City, Dark Souls, and Devil May Cry.