[Updated] Discord app new compact UI design met with criticism

[Updated] Discord app new compact UI design met with criticism

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

Original story (published on 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 servers on the platform are private or invite-only spaces for people who share similar interests to stay in touch with each other.

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

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

And now Discord users are reporting that they don’t like the new UI that brings a compact design to the v126.21 update on Android (1,2,3,4,5,6,7).

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

Common functions such as opening the emote menu leave the entire screen behind. New messages in a chat appear violently (pop/jump) on the screen which makes reading extremely difficult.

There are also inconsistencies in text size, as in some cases it is unexpectedly large or small. Even the deafening feature on voice or video calls no longer feels fast as there seems to be a delay in that too.


@discord Since the new discord android app new messages update in a chat “pop”/”jump” violently on your screen which makes reading extremely difficult and annoying as everything changes very ad hoc and aggressively. Where are the smooth movements? Hopefully it will be updated soon

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

Others are unhappy with the image viewer’s zoom function, especially when viewing vertical images.

Why is the mobile image viewer so terrible on this app?
Especially on vertical images it’s just horrible, you try to zoom in and for some thin reason it keeps the original image frame size but only zooms in that area rather than just zooming the whole picture like every other mobile app for the past decade. I don’t get it, what makes it so shitty?

Discord users took to social media to criticize these UI changes, as the Android app was functioning well before this new update, but now it’s more compact and pretty much unusable for some.

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

Update 1 (August 19)

10:23 am (IST): In response to a user’s query about the new compact UI design, Discord Support said that they will pass the feedback on to their team. They also recommended adding the information to their feedback page.

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

Update 2 (August 22)

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

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

Update 3 (August 23)

18:04 (IST): After the recent update, users are also complaining that they cannot send links without converting them into files.

Since the new update, the Android mobile app 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 an option to revert to a previous build until the new app works better. (Source)

Update 4 (August 24)

18:20 (IST): A YouTuber suggested a way to revert to the previous UI. This requires downloading an older version of the app (APK). You can watch it here.

Update 5 (August 25)

03:37 p.m. (IST): Some users are now saying (1, 2) that the new update was introduced to unify the development processes of both iOS and Android apps so that they can be updated with the same features at the same time.

Moreover, the development teams of both platforms will work together and it will become much easier to manage the application. However, the performance on Android decreased after the update, as they may have ported the iOS codebase.

Update 6 (August 26)

18:01 (IST): Some users are even reporting (1, 2, 3) that they can’t load GIFs and images after the new update on Android. Also, the videos won’t load or send if they leave Discord and come back.

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