Your Discord profile picture (PFP) is your visual calling card in the world of Discord. It’s how people identify you in chats and on servers. If you’re ready to freshen up your online look, here’s a simple guide on how to change out your Discord profile picture, whether you’re on a computer, pc or your mobile device.

Important Notes about Discord Profile Picture

Just a couple of quick notes before you dive into changing that profile picture…

  • Play by the Rules: Discord wants to keep things friendly, so stick to profile pictures that are appropriate and respectful. Inappropriate images might get you in trouble!
  • Take a Breather: Discord limits how often you can switch up your profile picture. You can only make about two changes within a 10-minute period. This helps prevent people from doing things that go against Discord’s rules.
  • It’s GIF Time (with Nitro): If you want to get fancy and use an animated GIF as your profile picture, you’ll need a Discord Nitro subscription.
  • File Format Matters: Make sure your image is in a common format like JPG, PNG, or GIF. Weird file types might not work.

How to Change Your Discord Profile Picture on a PC

Step 1: Launch the Discord application on your desktop or open it in your web browser.

Discord Desktop App Launch Screen Credit Discord
Discord Desktop App Launch Screen

Step 2: Click the little gear icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, right next to your username.

Discord User Navigation Window
Discord User Navigation Window (Credit: Discord)

Step 3: In the “User Settings” menu, click on “Edit User Profile“.

Users Profile Setting Discord
User’s Profile Setting (Credit: Discord)

Step 4: You’ll see your current profile picture. Click on the “Change Avatar” button.

Discord Profile Update Window
Discord Profile Update Window (Credit: Discord)

Step 5: Now a dialog box will pop up, asking you to upload an image or search from Tenor directly.

Upload Profile Picture on Discord
Upload Custom Profile Pictures from Your Desktop (Credit: Discord)

Step 6: Click “Upload Image“. Your file window will open – find the image you want to use as your new profile picture, and then click “Open“.

Select PFP for Discord Avatar
Select PFP Image from PC (Credit: Discord)

Step 7: You can crop or resize your picture if needed. Once you’re happy, click “Apply” followed by “Save Changes“.

Crop Discord Avatar from Specific Location
Crop Discord Avatar from Specific Locations (Credit: Discord)

How to Change Your Discord Profile Picture on Mobile – Android & iOS

Changing your Discord profile picture on your phone is a breeze! The steps are just a tiny bit different from the computer version, but don’t worry, it’s still super simple. If you have an Android phone or an iPhone, the process is basically the same, just the buttons might look slightly different. And remember, if you ever feel like going incognito, you can always remove your profile picture entirely.

Want to see how it’s done? Just follow along with the screenshots and you’ll be rocking a new profile pic faster than you can type “GG“.

Step 1: Find and launch the Discord app on your mobile device.

Discord App
Discord Mobile App Home Screen

Step 2: Tap on your current profile picture in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Discord App User Profile Section
Discord App User Profile Section

Step 3: Tap the “User Profile” option. Then, tap your profile picture once more or the pencil icon.

Edit Discord Profile
Edit Discord Profile

Step 4: Select “Change Avatar” and then choose if you want to take a new photo or select one from your gallery.

Changing Discord Avatar
Changing Discord Avatar

Step 5: Discord may ask for permission to access your camera or photos. Tap “Allow” or “While using the app” to continue and choose your image app.

Grant Permissions to Discord App
Grant Permissions to Discord App (Click here to know more)

Step 6: Make any edits, then tap the save icon (it usually looks like a floppy disk or a checkmark).

Crop Discord Avatar
Crop Discord Avatar

FAQs for Changing Discord Profile Picture

What is the best size for a Discord profile picture?

The ideal size for a clear, crisp Discord profile picture is 128 x 128 pixels. However, you can upload a larger image and Discord will resize it for you.

Why can’t I change my profile picture on Discord?

There could be a few reasons:
Rate Limits: Discord limits how often you can change your picture for security reasons. If you’ve changed it recently, you might need to wait a little while before trying again.
File Issues: Make sure your image file is a regular format (like JPG, PNG) and not too big in size.
App Glitch: Try restarting Discord or logging out and back into your account.

Does Discord allow inappropriate PFPs?

No. Discord wants to maintain a friendly and inclusive environment. Profile pictures that are sexually suggestive, violent, hateful, or promote illegal activity are not allowed. Stick to pictures that represent you in a way you feel comfortable with!

How do I get a GIF profile picture on Discord?

Animated GIF profile pictures are a perk of having Discord Nitro, a subscription service that unlocks extra features. If you have Nitro, you can upload GIFs the same way you upload regular pictures!

How do I get someone else’s profile picture on Discord?

There’s no direct way to save someone else’s profile picture within Discord. However:
Take a screenshot: You can capture their profile picture with a screenshot (being mindful of their privacy).
Right-click (on desktop): If you’re using Discord on a computer, you can try right-clicking their PFP and seeing if a “Save Image” option appears. This doesn’t always work though.
Use a Profile Picture Download Tool: Websites like offer tools to get other users’ Discord profile pictures. Simply enter the user ID (you can usually find this by right-clicking their name and selecting “Copy ID”), and the tool will provide a download link for their picture.

That’s all there is to it! Now go forth and show off your new Discord look!

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