Discord, Chat for Gamers

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Description of App: 

Discord is the only cross-platform voice and text chat app designed specifically for gamers. With the iOS app you can stay connected to all your Discord voice and text channels even while AFK. It is perfect for chatting with team members, seeing who is playing online, and catching up on text conversations you may have missed. Download Discord and experience modern game communication: - Voice chat: Join voice channels and chat with your group - Real-time text messaging: Share video, gifs, emojis in text rich chat - Push notifications: Never miss a thing with @mentions and direct messages - Instant invite: Easily add friends to your server by sharing the Instant Invite link - Direct messages: Send one-to-one private messages - Multiple server support: Manage all your game groups in one client - Channel categories: Organize and customize your channel listings - Roles & Permissions: Robust permission system that lets you assign customized roles to any user - Video Chat: See your friends in the wild (or their couch) - Stay connected: Access Discord voice and text chat while AFK Have questions, problems, or feedback? Reach out to us at support@discordapp.com.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

3.1.9

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

13.3

Accessibility Comments: 

The app has significantly improved since V2. Server names are now properly labelled, there is a button to pull out the side menu, and there are much fewer instances of scrolling making the app behave improperly. You can also now reliably mute, deafen, and disconnect yourself when in voice chats, as well as swapping from earpiece to speaker mode when in a voice channel. Push to talk has been made accessible, although it will cut you off after a while but I think that's an iPhone thing and not an app thing.

There are still some issues, however. Private messages display as just a number above your top channel, or an unlabelled button if you have no new private messages. It now shows group chats that aren't servers by name there if they receive new messages, which is great. Scrolling past images is hit or miss, especially when they were posted with no text on the same message. Profile viewing is still a frustrating experience as they can clip sometimes while you're flicking left to right and show the chat log for the channel you're in instead of the profile information.

Reactions have been made accessible although they deal with the clipping issue badly, ie if you swipe left of the first result. Although you can select them as reactions accessibly, custom emotes still show up as blank, which is frustrating if you're in a server where they are a large part of how people chat. On Mac, and now under the reactions, they're read as the text used to create the emote, like :innocent:, image, and that's enough to know what they mean in most cases.

All that said, though, the daily use of this app has been great for me for several versions. I very rarely interact with images, and several of the iffy accessibility issues can be worked around by navigating by touch and swiping once you're in the right location.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

After each update, they seem to be making strides on improving accessibility. I have yet to find a version completely unuseable since at least 2018 and that was only because I couldn't reliably swap servers. It is now very easy to navigate, in my opinion.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@discordapp