How To Change Discord Background Theme In 2021 | NEW & Updated

Are you wondering if there’s a way to improve the look of Discord on your PC? The answer to that is to change Discord background theme! In this short guide, we’ll show you the two easy ways to change or install Discord themes.

Is it safe to change Discord background theme?

If you find the default Discord background theme bland, boring, or familiar, you can either change it using the built-in options under User Settings menu, or use a more lively and rich set of options with BetterDiscord.

BetterDiscord is not a product of the official Discord company but rather a third party customization tool. It offers more options to change how Discord look, feel, and work but it’s not officially recommended by Discord due to potential security issues. BetterDiscord offers themes, plugins, and features that the original Discord app does not. These things being offered are not moderated by Discord so the users must accept the risks involved in using these third party products.

Although BetterDiscord is not recommended by Discord and, in fact, violates its Terms of Service (ToS), it’s not banned either. Many Discord users are using BetterDiscord so there’s a love-hate relationship between Discord and BetterDiscord all the time.

By far, there’s no reported security issues that arose from using BetterDiscord and the official BetterDiscord website claims to be doing a manual check on all plugin updates to verify if they contain malicious code.

If you want to change your Discord theme, you can go ahead and add BetterDiscord.

Is BetterDiscord available on mobile?

BetterDiscord modifications only applies to the PC Discord app. This means that the Discord theme on your PC will not carry over to your Discord app on Android or iOS. 

How to change Discord background and theme?

There are two ways to change your Discord theme or background. The easiest way is by going into User Settings and pick dark and light themes. If you want to have an expanded option for a set of custom themes, you can use BetterDiscord. Below are the exact steps on what you need to do for each of these methods.

Method 1: Change Discord background in User Settings.

The most efficient way to use either a dark and light theme is by using the built-in options of the Discord app itself. If you don’t know how to select the dark or light mode, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Discord app on your PC.
  2. Click on User Settings icon (gear icon) at the bottom.
  3. Select Appearance.
  4. In the THEME section, select the Discord background or theme that you want (Dark, Light, or Sync with computer.)
  5. Press ESC button to return to the Discord home screen.

Method 2: Change Discord background using BetterDiscord

If you want a more sophisticated look, features and Discord background theme, you can install BetterDiscord. 

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Make sure that Discord is already installed on your PC.
  2. Open a web browser and go to the BetterDiscord website.
  3. Click the Download button to download the latest BetterDiscord installer.
  4. Once the download is complete, open the BetterDiscord-Windows.exe file to begin the installation. 
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install BetterDiscord.
  6. The Discord app should restart after the installation. 
  7. To begin changing your Discord background, you can select a new theme by going to the Themes page of BetterDiscord website. 
  8. Once you’re in the Themes page, select the custom theme that you want and download it to the Discord Theme folder (the default path is usually like this: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\BetterDiscord\themes). Alternatively, you can simply open theme folder and copy the theme to it.
  9. Afterwards, go back to Discord User Settings > BetterDiscord Themes and make sure that the Discord theme that you want to use is enabled

How to remove or uninstall BetterDiscord?

If you decide to stop using BetterDiscord for whatever reason, you can do so using the installer that you downloaded to add BetterDiscord in the past. If you don’t have the installer file already, you can go back to the BetterDiscord website again and redownload it. Here’s what you need to do exactly:

  1. Open a web browser and go to the BetterDiscord website.
  2. Click the Download button to download the latest BetterDiscord installer.
  3. Once the download is complete, open the BetterDiscord-Windows.exe file.
  4. Agree to the License agreement and hit Next.
  5. Click on Uninstall BetterDiscord.
  6. Wait for the system to remove BetterDiscord.

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