Why is my Discord Camera Blurry?

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Tanja Messaging / Discord

6 min read

Among gamers, Discord is one of the most popular communication apps. The platform offers multiple features that make the communication between users effective and fun.

However, since technology is far from perfect, the occurrence of glitches and errors in Discord it’s not uncommon. One issue Discord users are facing is a blurred or pixelated video.

So, if you’re facing similar issues, this step-by-step tutorial is for you, as it contains the most common reasons and fixes for this problem.

Let’s dive in!

Why is my camera blurry on Discord?

There might be several reasons why your Discord camera is blurry, some of which are:

  • Incorrectly adjusted Discord camera settings.
  • Corrupted Discord cache files.
  • Multiple graphic processes are running in the background.
  • Weak or unstable internet connection.
  • Faulty web camera.

Bonus: Find out why is your Discord profile picture blurry and how to fix it.

How to fix a blurry Discord camera

We already mentioned the most common reasons that might be causing your camera footage to appear blurry during your video call.

This section will explain what you can do to fix each of the causes of Discord's blurry camera.

1. Adjusting Discord Settings

Improperly adjusted Video and audio settings in Discord might be the first reason why your video calls look blurry and pixelated.

To adjust Discord video quality, you will need to use a PC or Laptop.

  1. Click on the gear icon in the bottom left corner of your server.
  2. Click on the ‘gear icon’ next to the mute deafen buttons.

Discord gear icon

  1. Under App settings, click on ‘Voice and video’.

Discord settings menu

  1. From the drop-down menu under ‘Video settings’, select the camera that you want to use

discord camera settings

  1. To find out if your camera is causing the problem, click on the ‘Test Video’ option. If the video quality looks like pixel art, try testing your camera ( if it is not a built-in camera) through other devices.

Video settings for voice channels

If you are an owner of a voice channel, there are additional steps that you can take to fix the blurry camera.

  1. Click on the ‘gear icon’ next to the voice channel.

voice channel gear icon

  1. Under ‘Video quality’ select 720p, then click 'Save changes'.

discord video quality settings

Want to learn more about Discord? Check out our guides on how to make a Discord server private, and how to mark all servers as read.

2. Clear Discord cache files

As with any other application, Discord uses cache files to store frequently used session data, which might cause poor video quality.

If this is the case, you will need to clear the cache files of Discord.

Note that this refers to the Discord desktop app.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select ‘Task Manager’.
  2. Find the Discord processes and click on ‘End Task’.
  3. Next, go back to the desktop and press ‘Win+R’ keys.
  4. In the dialog box type in %appdata%/discord/cache in the box and press ‘Enter’.
  5. Press ‘CTRL+A’ to select all files, then right-click and select ‘Delete’.

3. Close heavy background processes

Some programs require a great deal of processing power and therefore drive up CPU usage.

Suppose you have video editing programs, DVD burning programs, or other similar applications running in the background. In that case, it’s time to close them, as they might be the reason for the bad video quality on Discord.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select ‘Task Manager’.
  2. Search for the apps that require high CPU usage and click on ‘End Task’.

4. Unstable internet connection

An unstable internet connection may be another reason for low-quality Discord video calls.

If this is the case, the quality of the video calls made through other apps may be of low quality as well.

Reasons for unstable internet connection:

  • Lack of bandwidth.
  • Too many devices on one wi-fi.
  • Limited internet package.
  • Faulty hardware.
  • Faulty software.

5. Faulty web camera

A faulty web camera might also cause bad Discord video quality.

Ensure that the web camera has been properly installed and plugged into your compiler.

Bonus: Reinstall Discord

If none of the above solutions work for you, you can try reinstalling the app from your computer, as this can often fix minor glitches and bugs.

  1. Navigate to the control panel and find Discord.
  2. Click on ‘Uninstall’ and wait for the process to be complete.
  3. Go to Discord's official website and install the app again.

Wrapping up

Discord's blurry camera can be frustrating as it gets in the way of seamless communication.

Some users have reported that the issue is on Discord's end and that there isn't much anyone can do about blurry video calls.

However, for some, pixelated video calls occur due to the reasons we have mentioned.