Discord adds easy PC logins via QR code and prepares to add “Friend Sync” for contacts

Discord adds easy PC logins via QR code and prepares to add “Friend Sync” for contacts

Discord is one of the most popular instant messengers out there. While the platform started off as an IM exclusively for gamers, it has evolved quite a bit over the years and now it’s quite popular among professionals as well. One of the main reasons behind its Discord’s popularity is the sheer number of features it offers. And what makes it even better is that it gets even more features with each successive update. Most recently, an update for Discord on Android introduced a new timed muting feature, support for slash commands, and a mark as unread option. Now, the company is rolling out another update on Android which brings a new feature that aims to simplify PC logins.



The latest update for Discord on Android brings a new QR code login feature which can be found in the User Settings. The option, called “Scan QR code” opens up a QR code scanner within the app and allows you to scan the QR code displayed during the setup process on any desktop version of Discord for faster logins. It works pretty much like the QR code scanner on WhatsApp that allows you to easily log into the web version of the messenger.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

While the update doesn’t include any other major user-facing feature, it does contain new strings of code that hint at an upcoming feature called “Friend Sync.” We discovered these strings in a teardown of Discord v10.1.3 and they reveal quite a bit of information about how the upcoming feature might work upon release. As you can see in the strings below, the Friend Sync feature will allow you to verify your phone number with the platform which will help you easily connect with other users in your contact list.

<string name="contact_sync_cta_button_subtitle">Add friends from your contacts automatically</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_cta_button_title">Sync your contacts</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_enabled_without_contacts_permissions_message">You have enabled contact sync but have disabled access to your contacts. To continue syncing your contacts, please enable the permission from your settings</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_enabled_without_contacts_permissions_title">We need your permission to access your contacts</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_enter_phone_number_description">We need to first verify your phone number so your contacts that also have your number can find you</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_enter_phone_number_title">Verify your phone number</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_failed_alert_message">Something went wrong while syncing your contacts. Please wait a moment and try again.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_failed_alert_title">Uh oh something went wrong.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_landing_screen_button">"Let's do it"</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_landing_screen_description">"By turning on Friend Sync, Discord will keep your friends list up to date with your contacts if: \n     1. You’re both on Discord \n     2. You both have each other's phone numbers \n     3. You both have Friend Sync turned on"</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_landing_screen_title">Discord is more fun with friends</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_no_results_description">None of your friends have synced their contacts on Discord yet, but we’ll let you know when they do.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_no_results_got_it">Got It</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_no_results_title">"We didn't find anyone!"</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_permission_denied_alert_message">You can manage your app permissions from settings</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_permission_denied_alert_title">We need your permission to access your contacts</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_submit_phone_number">Submit</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_syncing_description">Did you know all people are 6 or fewer social connections away from each other?</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_syncing_title">Your contacts are syncing…</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_toggle_label">Automatically sync your phone contacts.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_toggle_sub_label">By syncing your contacts, Discord can find your friends and help them find you. Any of your contacts that also have your phone number on their contacts will be added as your friend on Discord.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_we_found_your_friends_body">You are now friends with them on Discord. Talk to them, invite them to your server, have fun! We’ll let you know when new friends join Discord.</string>\n<string name="contact_sync_we_found_your_friends_title">We found your friends!</string>

Discord will also notify you whenever someone in your contact list joins Discord and verifies their phone number so that you can connect with them with just a single tap. In order for the feature to work, both the participants will need to have a Discord account, have each other’s phone numbers saved in your contact list, and have the Friend Sync option turned on. As of now, we have no information on when this feature will make it to the stable version of the app.

Thanks to PNF Software for providing us a license to use JEB Decompiler, a professional-grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.

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