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How to Disable Discord Overlay

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Discord is the go-to Voice over IP platform for the gaming community. It provides the best text and chat system to facilitate communication with other online gamers through text, screenshots, voice notes, and voice calls. The overlay feature allows you to chat with other players while playing a game on full-screen mode.

But, when you are playing a solo game, you do not need the in-game overlay. It will be rather pointless and inconvenient for non-multiplayer games. Fortunately, Discord provides its users with the option to enable or disable the overlay feature with ease & convenience. This can be done either for all games or few selected games.

Through this guide, you will learn how to disable Discord overlay for any/all individual games on Discord.

How to Disable Discord Overlay

How to Turn off Discord Overlay

The process for turning off the overlay feature on Discord is similar for Windows OS, Mac OS, and Chromebook. You have two options: Disabling overlay for all the games at once or disabling it for particular games only. We shall go through each of these individually.

How to Disable Discord Overlay for All Games

Follow these steps to disable Discord overlay for all games:

1. Launch Discord via a desktop app installed on your PC or the Discord web version on your web browser. 

2. Log in to your account and click on the gear icon from the bottom-left corner of the screen. The User settings window will appear. Refer to the given pic.

Log in to your account and click on the gear icon from the bottom-left corner of the screen

3. Scroll down to Activity settings from the left panel and click on the Game overlay

4. Toggle off the option titled Enable in-game overlay, as shown here. 

Toggle off the option titled Enable in-game overlay | How to Disable Discord Overlay

Launch any game while running Discord in the background and confirm that the chat overlay has disappeared from the screen.

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How to Disable Discord Overlay for Selected Games

Here is how to disable Discord overlay for particular games:

1. Launch Discord and navigate to User settings, as explained above. 

Launch Discord and navigate to User settings

2. Click the Game overlay option under Activity settings in the left panel. 

3. Check if the in-game overlay is enabled. If not, Toggle on the option titled Enable in-game overlay. Refer to pic below. 

Toggle on the option titled Enable in-game overlay

4. Next, switch to the Game activity tab from the left panel. 

5. You will be able to see all your games here. Select the games for which you wish to disable the game overlay. 

Note: If you don’t see the game you are looking for, click on Add it option to add that game to the games list.

Disable Discord Overlay for Selected Games

6. Finally, turn off the Overlay option visible next to these games.

The overlay feature will not work for the specified games and will remain enabled for the rest.

How to Disable Discord overlay from Steam 

Most gamers use the Steam store to download and play games. Steam, too, has an overlay option. Hence, you don’t need to disable the overlay on Discord specifically. You can disable Discord overlay for the Steam platform from within the platform.

Here is how to disable Discord overlay on Steam: 

1. Launch the Steam app on your PC and click on the Steam tab from the top of the window. 

2. Go to Steam settings, as shown. 

Go to Steam settings | How to Disable Discord Overlay

3. A new window will appear on your screen. Click on the in-game tab from the left panel.

4. Next, check the box marked Enable the Steam overlay while in-game to disable overlay. Refer to the given pic.

Check the box marked Enable the Steam overlay while in-game to disable overlay

5. Finally, click on OK from the bottom of the screen to save the new changes.

Now, the in-game overlay will be disabled when you play games on Steam.

Also Read: How to Completely Uninstall Discord on Windows 10

Additional Fix

How to disable text chats without disabling Discord overlay

Discord is such a versatile platform that it even provides you the option of disabling the text chats rather than disabling the In-game overlay completely. This is extremely beneficial as you wouldn’t need to spend time to enable or disable overlay for specific games. Instead, you can leave the in-game overlay enabled yet, and you would no longer be disturbed by pinging chats.

Follow the given steps to disable text chats:

1. Launch Discord and go to User settings by clicking on the gear icon.

2. Click on the Overlay tab under Activity settings from the panel on the left.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and toggle off the option titled Show text chat notifications toggle, as shown below.

Toggle off the option titled Show text chat notifications toggle | How to Disable Discord Overlay

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We hope our guide on how to disable Discord overlay was helpful, and you were able to turn off the overlay feature for all or a few games. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding this article, let us know in the comment section.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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