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Discord vs. Zoom (2022)

Discord vs. Zoom (2022)

Discord started as a gaming platform, but that did not stop others from using it. Zoom also became very popular two years ago. So, Discord or Zoom? Let’s delve into this confusion and clear it with this Discord vs. Zoom battle.

The difference

Discord vs Zoom
Discord vs. Zoom

Discord is a hang-out platform where users with the same interest connect. Discord has servers (projects, games, etc.), and people interested in that server join and stay updated. Zoom is an online meeting and video conferencing service.

To elaborate more, Discord is a service that allows you to create servers and channels and then invite users to join those servers. For example, before a game even launches, the developers or publishers create a Discord server where everyone interested in that game can hang out.

Under each server, you see channels. Those channels are on specific features and issues. In a game server, you will see channels, such as:

  • Bugs reports
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Competitions

Discord has two types of channels: text and voice. All servers on Discord have text channels, while most also have voice channels where users can voice and video call.

Zoom, on the other hand, offers to host meetings and video conferences. A host schedules the meeting and shares a link with users. The link can be secured with a password.

Benefits

Discord

Discord

Increased group limit: Discord servers can support up to 500,000 users. Although group calls are limited to 25 people, the number for chatting is enormous.

Channels: Discord allows creating channels (as mentioned above). Those can help in organizing the workflow.

Channel permissions: Discord offers excellent rules and permissions for channels. Company owners can take advantage of those and limit some employees and guests from sensitive data.

Bots: Bots can be used to automate your work. Those AI programs can do polls, tickets, schedule events, etc.

Message speak: A feature to speak messages is available if you don’t want to read a message.

Zoom

Joining a Meeting in Zoom
Joining a Meeting in Zoom

Extended file upload limit: The file upload limit on Zoom is 512 MB, while on Discord, it’s 8 MB.

More participants: In terms of video calls, Zoom supports up to 100 people for free.

End-to-end encryption: The calls and messages on Zoom are end-to-end encrypted, while Discord has cloud-based encryption

No account required: To attend conferences, one does not need an account. However, if a meeting is restricted, a Zoom account is necessary to join that meeting.

Personal rooms: Zoom supports personal rooms for groups and stuff.

Virtual backgrounds: You can switch the background to any appropriate image.

More organized: On Discord, anyone can go to the voice channels and join meetings. This is where Zoom is beneficial because people with the meeting link can only join.

Meeting Scheduling: Meetings can be scheduled.

Common benefits

Direct calls: Both support direct calls to people you know.

Message edit: Both support editing sent messages.

Image preview: Both offer to view images without downloading them to your device.

Sharing of files: Both support sharing images, videos, and documents.

Mobile apps: Both offer mobile apps to communicate on the go.

Related: Loom vs. Zoom

Signing up

Zoom Android
Zoom mobile app

Discord asks for a few details, including email and date of birth. You choose a username and password to create an account. Zoom also requests the date of birth and email to create an account. Once the account is created, you can host meetings.

Discord vs. Zoom: Integrations

Yes, both support integrations. Discord supports a handful of third-party apps, including YouTube and Twitch. You can also automate your work with the help of Zapier, which offers pairing Discord with hundreds of apps.

Zoom, on the contrary, can be integrated with over 1,500 apps. Some of those are:

  • Google Workspace
  • AskAway
  • Notion
  • Cues

Also, like Discord, Zapier supports pairing Zoom with hundreds of apps. So, with Zoom, you get many third-party apps to automate and manage your team.

Related: Mumble vs. Discord

Pricing

Discord vs Zoom
Pricing

Both Discord and Zoom can be used without paying for anything. Of course, there are limitations. On Discord, you won’t need to spend any penny on managing your team because it offers benefits for server owners who want to reach the audience.

In total, there are two plans on Discord: Nitro and Nitro Classic. Nitro is the most common, costing $99.90 per year or $9.99 per month and enabling the below features:

  • More emojis
  • 100 MB attachment limit
  • Monthly credits to boost a server
  • A personal profile
  • Profile badges
  • HD video quality in video calls

The cost is per account. The unique thing about Discord is that anyone can sign up for Nitro at their own cost. The Nitro Classic costs $49.90 or $4.99 per month, giving access to all the pro features except the monthly credits.

Zoom comes with a couple of plans too. The free subscription offers 40 minutes of meetings for up to 100 participants. If you want an increased limit, you can pay $149.9 per year or $14.99 per month for the Pro subscription.

It supports 30 hours of meetings and 1 GB of cloud storage to save meetings to the cloud. The plan also supports add-ons to increase the participant limit.

Another upper-hand subscription is Business costing $199.9 per year or $19.99 per month, giving you access to 300 participants with the same (30 hours) time limit.

Is Discord better than Zoom?

If your primary communication medium is text, Discord is better than Zoom for you. With powers like bots, permissions, and attachments, you won’t be disappointed.

However, if your main communication method is meetings and conferences, Zoom will benefit you more. Finally, teams can use both for communication and video calls.

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