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Why You Should Replace Skype with Discord

Are you still using Skype for video calls? Why not try to replace Skype with Discord? If you know Discord, you know that you can use it for text chat and voice chat, but you can also use it for video calls. On a platform that is already heavily used and completely free, video calls is icing on the cake. But how does it compare to Skype?

What Skype Offers


Skype is widely used, with 300 million monthly active users as of an October 2017 report. While it has had mixed reviews over the years, and certain features have had an extra cost attached with them, Skype is now totally free except for calls and texts to mobile phones and landlines. Of course you can video call and instant message anyone else on Skype, as well as have a conference call of up to 25 people (with usage limits), with screen sharing. Skype comes with a number of features, and they have grown a lot over time, taking notes from other popular messaging services. Their mobile app is also full of features, including video calls. A lot of people end up using Skype because it is already extremely popular, even though it may not be the best solution for video calls.

What Discord Offers


Discord’s video chat comes with some of the same features as Skype. They of course have video calls to other Discord users, and they provide conference calls and screen sharing, but only for 10 total people. Since you may be bouncing around to other chats, the video window can be moved around for the smoothest experience within the app. Discord screensharing is far superior to Skype’s, offering higher quality and reliability.

Why Replace Skype with Discord

Obviously, both Skype and Discord bring a lot to the table. They are relatively comparable in many ways, and serve slightly different purposes. Which one you choose will depend on your needs. Skype is nice because a lot of people use it. A lot of people use Discord as well, reporting 87 million users at the end of 2017, but is just not as popular. If you and your friends do both use Discord, it will probably be the app you choose.

A great thing about Discord is that it’s an all-in-one solution for communications. Skype can be as well, and many gamers use Skype. However, Discord is specifically meant to be used with games, and is optimized for it. Discord works much better for group chats and game-related communications. Having Skype open as well as Discord will bog down your system and just be a pain to use while gaming. And since Discord is made for games, you have a push-to-talk option in addition to voice activation.

Reasons Skype is Failing to Deliver


Discord has already taken down competitors like TeamSpeak, Mumble, and Vetrilo as the best gaming communications service, and Skype may be the next to fall by the wayside for gamers. Discord offers consistent 720p at 30 frames per second, whereas Skype goes to 15 frames per second at lower qualities.

One big reason to replace Skype with Discord is that it will be infinitely easier to invite friends to your chats. With Discord, you can invite someone with a web link that opens Discord in their browser. No need to have anything installed already! Within a matter of seconds, all your friends can be in your video conference.

Many users of Skype and Discord like the fact that Discord is being constantly updated and improved, whereas many seem to think that Microsoft has left Skype to die.

Users also find Discord’s channels to be very useful. This is something that Skype lacks. Your Discord server can have a ton of text and voice channels, and the user interface is friendly to use.


The best thing that Discord offers is a gamer-friendly experience that is reliable, clean, and easy to use. Also, Discord is always growing. It is still young as has a lot of room for growth, despite becoming very popular in just a couple of years. What video chat option do you use? Do you use Discord’s video features? Let us know in the comments what you think!

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  • Reply
    Feb 19, 2018 2:13 pm

    While I agree with the premise of this piece, I feel like you could have formatted it a little better with some statistical comparisons between the two services (growth, active users, feature comparison infographic, etc). Most of what you said is correct, but only supported by anecdotal statements here and there.

    Just some constructive criticism, keep it up! =]

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      Feb 20, 2018 1:57 pm

      Thanks for the comment! You are definitely correct, in that some statistics could have enhanced this piece. My aim in this article was to appeal more to the difference in features and what Discord offers that Skype doesn’t. I did not feel that highlighting how many users each platform had would convince someone to make the change, so I didn’t bother including that information. However, I did just edit the post to include a chart of some statistics that I could find. Unfortunately, there is a lot of technical information that is not explicitly stated by one or the other (for example, I could find the video codec used by Skype but not by Discord). Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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    Mar 08, 2018 2:57 pm

    I’m a Discord convert from Skype, but Skype does have web support – it’s just not that widely mentioned and most people don’t know about it.

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      Mar 09, 2018 4:41 am

      Yeah, I’ve used it a few times before. I once was a huge Skype person, but have since grown away from it completely.

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    Mar 10, 2018 3:11 pm

    Sadly, you need an extension for certain web features with Skype.
    Discord doesn’t.

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