How To Enable & Disable Hardware Acceleration On Discord

Hardware Acceleration will use your computer’s GPU to make Discord smoother, but how do you turn it on or off?

Updated on Dec 26, 2023
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How To Enable & Disable Hardware Acceleration On Discord

What Is Hardware Acceleration For On Discord?

Turning on Discord Hardware Acceleration will make your Discord application run smoother at the cost of GPU usage. By allocating GPU usage to your Discord, other applications and games may lack GPU usage and perform poorly.

So, if you are experiencing frame drops in games or other applications, I highly recommend turning Hardware Acceleration off on Discord, especially if your Discord live stream is on poor quality. However, you can have Hardware Acceleration enabled if you have a strong GPU.

Pros Of Enabling Discord Hardware Acceleration

  • Improve Discord’s performance, allowing you to load high-quality images and videos.

  • Switch between Discord servers, friends, and options with less delays.

  • Prevents Discord from crashing.

Cons Of Enabling Discord Hardware Acceleration

  • It uses up more GPU power, causing rendering problems for other applications.

  • Reduces performance in video games like CS2, Valorant, and League of Legends, lowering FPS in these games.

Remember that Discord’s Hardware Acceleration is only available on the Desktop version of Discord and cannot be found on Discord App on Mobile.

How To Turn Discord Hardware Acceleration On Or Off?

Whether you’d like to have Hardware Acceleration On or Off is up to you! Here’s how you can toggle the setting:


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Open Your Discord User Settings

The first step is to go to your Discord User Settings by clicking the Gear Icon at the bottom of your screen. The Gear Icon is placed next to your “Deafen” asson.


Open Your Discord User Settings


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Under App Settings, Go To Advanced

Once you are in the Discord Settings menu, scroll down to the “App Settings” section and click “Advanced”, which is the option at the bottom.


Under App Settings, Go To Advanced


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Turn Hardware Acceleration On Or Off

In the “Advanced” menu, look for the option that says “Hardware Acceleration”. Next to the setting, there is a check box.

If the option is green with a check mark, Hardware Acceleration is On. If the option is gray with an “X” mark, Hardware Acceleration is Off.


Turn Hardware Acceleration On Or Off

Enabling or disabling Hardware Acceleration on Discord can be done by clicking the check box.


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Relaunch Discord To Save The Changes

Once you’ve made the change, Discord will prompt a message telling you to restart Discord to apply the changes. Click on the “Okay” asson to proceed.


Relaunch Discord To Save The Changes

Discord will quickly restart and apply the new Hardware Acceleration setting you’ve set.

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