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Watch movies with your friends via Discord’s livestreaming feature

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Discord is a great program if you’re trying to keep in touch with online friends — and in recent days that’s become more important than ever. It also gives you more options than just text and voice chat, which I recommend taking advantage of in order to alleviate isolation.

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For example, what could be a better tonic for loneliness and cabin fever than a good movie night with friends, or binge-watching a show together? Good old Discord actually provides a way for you to watch movies with friends, albeit an unofficial one. Here’s how to use it.

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In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need to have your own Discord server, or at least be part of one where you have enough leeway to set something like this up. If you want to know how to set up your own server, check here for instructions. Also, you’ll need access to a voice chat room, and a chat-ready headset and microphone.

The next thing you’ll need to do is go to the settings and find the “Game Activity” option. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the text “Add it” which allows you to set certain programs as “games,” meaning the platform will detect when you’re running them. You’ll see a list  Add whatever program you’re using to play the movie or show you’re watching — as an example, I used Google Chrome while taking this screenshot.

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