How to Bypass the Discord File Size Limit

What started as an online community created by gamers and being for gamers has become one of the largest social media hangouts in recent years. 

Today, Discord has 150 million users, and they’re not just gamers. It’s grown into a social media platform used to discuss anything and everything,  all while simplifying the sharing of audio, video, and more. 

It’s even been called the future of the internet

But if you have the free version of Discord, you’ll find that can have issues, like having an invalid Discord invite, or more commonly coming across issues when uploading files. It has an 8MB file size limit which can be a major issue for regular users. Read on to find out how to bypass this pesky problem. 

How to Bypass the Discord File Size Limit

The first method of bypassing the Discord file size limit is relatively simple and a standard for those that love this social media platform and want to support it.

1. Upgrade to Nitro

The subscription fee of Nitro is $9.99 a month, or $99.99 per year. Discord is ad-free, making Nitro their primary source of revenue. Thankfully, the membership comes with a lot of perks.

  • The Discord file size limit is increased to 100MB. This will satisfy most people.
  • Videos can be shared in High Definition.
  • Users gain access to customization features such as animated avatars, custom emojis, and profile badges. 

2. Make sure your videos are in the correct format

This should be the first thing you check! Using a file format not optimized for Discord will result in your files being much larger than necessary.

If you want to send a video to your friends, keep in mind that Discord allows file sharing in MP4, MOV, and WebM file formats. Your fix might be as simple as switching to the correct format. 

3. Compress your videos

Making the actual file size smaller (or compressing it) is another option. When you share the file, Discord will try to compress it when possible.

When you compress a video, it will result in some loss of quality. Compression strips a video of all repeating images, sounds, and data, resulting in a smaller size. But it shouldn’t be too noticeable.

Once a video is compressed, its format is changed. MP4 is the best option for smaller file sizes. If you can change your resolution, choose a lower one which will also decrease the size of the file.

Good app options for converting videos are Handbrake, Clideo, and Free Convert.  

4. Edit your videos

There are so many good editing apps out there, but you can also use the ones right on your computer. Whether you own a PC or a Mac, there are options.

For Macs, you can use Quicktime Player or iMovie. Cut out the fluff, anything that’s taking up space in your file that you could stand to lose. And keep trimming and cutting until it’s less than 8MB. 

Alternatively, split your video into multiple clips and share them on Discord that way. It might not be ideal, but it works if you want to bypass Discord’s file size limit.

For PC users, Video Editor is included in Windows 10. You can trim, cut, and edit your video as much as you need to. 

Clean up your videos however you need to so you reduce the file sizes.

5. Upload elsewhere and share from your account

There are various websites that you can use to host your video – including YouTube or Imgur. Afterward, you can share a link to your content on Discord. 

YouTube supports most video formats and has a massive file size limit (256 GB or 12 hours, whichever gets maxed first), covering most people’s needs. It’s important to note that you must be a verified user before you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes. 

Make sure to set the YouTube privacy setting to “public” for the videos you’re sharing on Discord, or they won’t be able to view it.

Imgur has a similar upload and sharing process, but their max upload file size limit is 200 MB. Again, make sure the video settings on Imgur are set to “public”, copy and paste your file into whatever server you’re in, and voila! Another way to bypass Discord’s file size limit.

Conclusion

There are multiple options for bypassing the Discord file size limit. If you’re not sharing videos larger than 100 MB, upgrading to Nitro means you don’t have to fuss with any other social media accounts (unless you already have them set up) or lose video quality. 

You’re also supporting a company that should get paid for all the amazing work they do to create a social media experience that’s different from ad-blasted spaces. 

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