Discord has come out to be the primary Voice Over IP program in the last few years. As its users are increasing with every passing day, you can have an idea of its popularity. The developers also work tirelessly, and they intend to make the service completely bug free.
But, it is obvious that you can’t get rid of each and every bug. Although old bugs may be removed after an update, but it can bring other bugs with it too. Many physical issues can also be responsible for the issues that you are facing. Discord mic not working is one of such issues. It is so evident that a lot of users face it from time to time. This issue is so frustrating as you can hear your friends, but you can’t respond back, and it is really unexpected too. Further, the majority of the people who claim about this issue use the Discord desktop application, instead of the web service.
In this write-up, we will give you step to step instructions on how you can fix the mic not working issue on Discord.
How to fix discord mic not working issue?
Following are the steps that you should follow to be able to fix and use your mic again in Discord.
- Permit the Use external Microphone in Operating System.
- Change your voice settings in Discord.
- Choose your preferred Input and Output devices.
- Log out of Discord, and restart the application.
- Crosscheck Automatic Input Sensitivity.
- Check your peripherals and other external factors.
- “Push to Talk”
- Reach Out to Discord.
1) Permit the Use external Microphone in Operating System:
Before you try to figure out what is wrong with Discord in settings, you should first try and check your Operating System. That is, you should check if your Operating System permits the use of an external mic or not. This might be the reason for mic not working if you are using Discord for the first time on a system.
2) If you have a Windows 10 machine:
Follow these steps in case of Windows 10:
- Go to Windows Settings and click on Privacy.
- You will be able to locate a section called app permissions, choose Microphone from the left corner.
- Then, you need to turn the toggle on under Allow apps for access to your microphone.
3) If you own a macOS Sierra, Mojave or High Sierra machine
Follow these steps in case of a macOS Sierra, Mojave or High Sierra:
- Open Apple menu and look for System Preferences.
- There click on Security and Privacy, and navigate to Privacy section.
- After that, click on the Microphone.
- Here, find Discord and see if it is allowed or not. If it is not, then make sure to allow it to use the microphone of your choice.
4) Change your voice settings in Discord:
If your Microphone still does not work in Discord after confirming that your OS allows you to do so, then you should proceed with this step. In this step, you will know how you can reset your voice settings in Discord, that may be causing troubles.
Use the following steps:
- Open Discord application, and go to User Settings.
- From the sidebar on the left side of the screen, go to App Settings, and then choose Voice and Video option.
- If you scroll down until the end, then you will be able to notice a bright red button, which says ‘Reset Voice Settings’ – click on it.
NOTE – By doing this, you will delete all the customisations that you have made with the settings, and they will be set to default.
After you’ve deleted the Voice Settings, you can test your microphone. To do so, scroll up and you will find a ‘Let’s Check’ button below your microphone. You should be able to hear back what you say. This should be able to fix the issue.
But, if your mic still doesn’t work, don’t worry. Any of the following methods may be able to help you in fixing the issue.
5) Choose your preferred Input and Output devices:
This is quite a simple, yet a significant option. If you use external mic and headphones or speakers, then you are more likely to face this issue. It happens when you have an external mic attached, and the system tries to catch audio from inbuilt mics. To do this, you need to go to Input Devices and check if the default device is your preferred one. If not, then make sure to change the settings. This must solve the problem.
Also, make sure to set enough volume for both mic and headphones. This way, you can also check if they are working properly or not under let’s check option. If the problem still exists, then you should try to log out of Discord and restart it.
6) Log out of Discord, and restart the application:
In the Discord application, go to User Settings, and then scroll down the sidebar on the left side and find bright red Log Out button in the bottom. Click on it. Make sure you remember your login credentials, as you will need them to log back in. Now, restart the app, and log in. Test if your mic works or not.
7) Crosscheck Automatic Input Sensitivity:
If your Automatic Input Sensitivity is disabled, then your mic can abruptly stop working. Thus, you need to make sure that your Automatic Input Sensitivity is turned on.
Follow these steps to turn the sensitivity on in the settings:
- Open Discord and from the sidebar on the left, navigate to App Settings and click on Voice and Video.
- Scroll down until you find the option for Automatic Input Sensitivity, and turn it on.
- After doing this, you can see if your mic is working from the green flashes that indicate sound feedback.
8) Check your peripherals and other external factors:
If Discord still fails to share your voice with your friends, then the problem could also be due to external factors, and not the software.
Given below are some possible troubleshooting methods, and you should try to check them all.
- First up, you should check if the 3.5mm or USB jack of your microphone is connected properly to the PC or not.
- Try removing and reconnecting it a few times. You can also try switching up the ports and see.
- After that, you need to check if you have the latest drivers installed or not.
- To do so, you can go to Google and search for “Latest Drivers for <your headphones brand and model>” You can then install them in the system.
- You can also look for a mute button on your mic. Some mics come with a dedicated mute button available, check if it is not turned off. Try using some other headphones/mic and see if the trouble still persists. If not, then there must be something wrong with your microphone or headphones.
9. Push to Talk:
If none of the above methods seems to work for you, then you could try pushing to talk on Discord. In this method, the user has to push a button whenever they want to talk to others. It might seem to be weird, but this workaround methods seem to be working for some users.
- Go to App Settings and choose Voice and Video for the sidebar in the left side of your screen. Here, change the Input Mode from the default Voice Activity to Push to Talk.
- See if it works for you or not. You will need to assign a key for this purpose.
- Now, you will be able to talk to your friends when you are holding that key. Test if it works for you.
Reach Out to Discord:
If you have tried each and every one of the above methods, and none of them seemed to work for you, then, unfortunately, there is not much you can do about it. Now, you need professional teams in Discord to help you. You can email to their team, and they will reach out to you. This method may take up to a few days, so you need to be patient. Until then you should wait for their help, and also, hope that they fix the issue in the future patch updates.
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