How to Make an Animated Server Icon on Discord?


Angela Bailey

Discord is a popular platform for gamers and communities to connect and communicate. One of the ways to customize your Discord server is by adding an animated server icon.

This can add a unique touch to your server and make it stand out from the rest. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to create an animated server icon on Discord.

Step 1: Prepare your Icon

To create an animated server icon, you will need a GIF image. If you already have a GIF image that you want to use, skip to step 2. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  • Create or find a suitable image: Choose an image that represents your server or fits its theme. You can use graphic design tools like Photoshop or online platforms like Canva to create or find suitable images.
  • Animate the image: Use animation software like Adobe After Effects or online tools like GIPHY to animate your image and export it as a GIF file.

Step 2: Upload the Icon

Once you have your animated GIF icon ready, follow these steps to upload it on Discord:

  1. Open Discord: Launch the Discord application on your computer.
  2. Select the server: Choose the server where you want to upload the animated icon.
  3. Go to Server Settings: Click on the down arrow next to the server name and select “Server Settings.”
  4. Navigate to Server Overview: On the left sidebar, click on “Overview” under “Settings.”
  5. Select Server Icon: Click on the current server icon to open the server icon settings.
  6. Upload the animated icon: Click on the “Upload” button and select your animated GIF icon from your computer.
  7. Apply Changes: Click on the “Save Changes” button to apply the new animated server icon.

Step 3: Enjoy your Animated Server Icon

Once you have uploaded and saved your animated server icon, it will start animating immediately. You and other members of your server will be able to see the animation whenever they view the server list or click on your server’s name.

Note that animated server icons are only visible to users who have Nitro, Discord’s premium subscription service. Non-Nitro users will see a static version of the icon. So, make sure to inform your community members about this feature if you decide to use an animated icon.

Tips for Creating Animated Server Icons

If you want to create eye-catching and engaging animated server icons, here are a few tips:

  • Keep it simple: Avoid overcrowding your GIF with too many elements. Simple animations tend to be more appealing and easier to recognize.
  • Consider file size: Discord has a file size limit for server icons.

    Make sure your GIF is within the allowed size range (currently 15 MB).

  • Test it out: Preview your animated GIF before uploading it to ensure it looks as intended and conveys the desired effect.
  • Showcase uniqueness: Use animations that reflect the personality or theme of your Discord server. This will help make it memorable and distinct from others.

With these steps and tips, you can now create an animated server icon on Discord and add a touch of creativity to your server. Enjoy customizing your server and making it visually appealing to your community!

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