[Updated] Discord app’s compact new UI design has been criticized


New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published August 18, 2022) follows:

Discord is one of the most popular tools for gamers to communicate with their friends via voice, text, and video.

The majority of the platform’s servers are private or invite-only spaces allowing people with similar interests to stay in touch with each other.

That said, Discord recently released an update for its Android users in which they overhauled some major visual features of the app.

New Discord app UI or compact design after v126.21 update

And now Discord users are reporting that they don’t like the new UI that brings compact design after v126.21 update on Android (1,2,3,4,5,6,seven).

Daily complaints about UI performance and quality after the update became common on Twitter. Many say that the whole app now feels sluggish.

General functions such as opening the emote menu delay the entire screen. New messages in a fierce chat (pop/jump) appear on the screen which makes reading extremely difficult.

There are also inconsistencies in the size of the text, as it is surprisingly large or small in some cases. Even the mute function on voice or video calls doesn’t seem faster as there also seems to be a delay.


@discord From the new Android Discord app, update new messages in a chat “pop”/”jump” fiercely on your screen, which makes reading extremely difficult and boring as everything changes in a very ad hoc and aggressive way. Where are the fluid movements? Hope this gets updated soon

@discord Recent mobile app updates are getting more and more intrusive. Please stop. You don’t need my contacts and I don’t need to be notified when a randy is streaming a game on a server I joined to be nice to the person who invited me. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Others are dissatisfied with the zoom in feature of the image viewer, especially when viewing vertical images.

Why is the mobile image viewer so terrible on this app?
Especially on vertical images it’s just awful you try to zoom in and for some reason it retains the original image frame size but only zooms into that area rather than just zooming in on it whole picture like all other mobile apps of the last decade. I don’t understand, what makes it so bad?

Discord users have taken to social media to criticize these UI changes as the Android app worked fine before this new update, but is now more compact and virtually unusable for some.

We hope the developers listen to the community and fix the issues as soon as possible. When they do, we’ll update this article to let you know, so stay tuned for more.

Update 1 (August 19)

10:23 a.m. (IST): In response to a user’s question about the new compact UI design, Discord support said they will pass feedback to their team. Also, they recommended adding the information to their feedback page.

Thank you so much for sharing this! We always appreciate our users providing us with constructive feedback. I’ll pass it on to my team, but you should also add it to our feedback page (Source)

Update 2 (August 22)

09:52 (IST): In the new compact UI design, some users don’t like the change where all emoticons are automatically replaced by emojis. But luckily, there is a way to turn it off. Here’s how you can do it.

Hey ! If you go to User Settings > Text & Images > Disable “Automatically convert emoticons in your message to emoji” on *Desktop*, then it should sync with your mobile! (Source)

Update 3 (August 23)

6:04 p.m. (IST): After the recent update, users also complain that they cannot send links without converting them to files.

Since the new update, the Android mobile application is almost unusable. It’s slow, I can’t post links without them being converted to files, and the UI is confusing. Please allow users to revert to a previous version until the new app works better. (Source)

Update 4 (August 24)

6:20 p.m. (IST): A YouTuber has suggested a way to return to the previous UI. This requires downloading an older version of the app (APK). You can see it here.

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