Discord Mic Not Working – Tutorial

Discord Mic not working

Discord has been the main VOIP service for gamers for a few years now. Its popularity has kept growing and reflects how easy it is to use the application. The development team behind the application are great and Discord frequently updates with regular bug fixes.

Unfortunately, there are a few bugs that haven't vanished just yet and there are a number of external factors that could be causing it. Discord mic not working is a common issue that a lot of users have experienced on more than one occasion.  The bug often leaves you hearing your friends but unable to communicate back and it can be highly frustrating as it always seems to happen out of the blue. The issue largely seems to be with the downloading desktop application for computer users and less common with the online app.

Mic issues happen to all of us and in this article, we are going to provide a few step-by-step tutorials to try and get you communicating again in Discord.

First Things To Try

Before we get into any setting changes there are a few simple things that you can do to fix the issue. These fixes are for users that have already set up discord but it has unfortunately stopped working.

  1. Completely close down Discord and try re-opening the software. This does sometimes fix the issue but sometimes not by just doing this alone.
  2. Try the above but also unplug your audio/mic jack or USB and plug back in then re-open Discord.
  3. If both the above options didn't work a complete restart of your computer should bring back the use of your mic.

If the problem persists you can try logging out of Discord instead of closing it down. To log out you just click the small cogwheel down the bottom called 'User Settings'. Log back in and see if this has worked.

Alternatively, close the application down and run it as an administrator. If you haven't run something as administrator before don't worry it is easy just right click the discord icon and select' Run as administrator'.

Update the Audio Driver

Sometimes the issue can be as simple as an out of date driver or even a corrupted file. You can fix this easy by simply updating your audio driver manually.

Update manually by visiting the manufacturer for your audio card and select the latest driver. Alternatively, If you use the onboard sound from the motherboard then head over to the manufacturer of your motherboard and do the same.

Make Sure Discord Is Using The Correct Mic

If the above hasn't brought any success then it is worth checking that Discord is the correct mic. It isn't that common but sometimes the wrong device can be selected resulting in no mic being detected.

Here’s how to make sure Discord is using the correct mic:

  1. Navigate to 'User Settings' near the bottom of the app (looks like a cogwheel).
discord home

2. Next, Click 'Voice & Video' which is located underneath the 'App Settings' header.

voice video

3. Near the top, you will see a box with 'Input Device'. Click this and use the drop-down menu to select your device.

voice settings input device

4. Finally, you should make sure the 'Input Volume' slider located underneath this drop-down is maxed out fully (should be the default setting).

Reset Your Voice Settings

  1. First, start by navigating to the 'User Settings' located near the bottom (looks like a cogwheel).
discord home

2. Next, Go to 'Voice & Video' which is underneath the 'App Settings' header.

voice video

3. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this you will see 'Reset Voice Settings' in red and in a separate box.

reset voice settings

4. Click the button and hit 'Okay' then reconnect and check to see if it has worked.

reset okay

Try Automatic Input Sensitivity

Sometimes the mic can stop working in Discord if the 'Automatic Input Sensitivity' is disabled.

This basically stops Discord automatically detecting input from your microphone and it is very simple to change:

  1. Navigate to 'User Settings' and click on 'Voice & Video' which appears underneath the 'App Settings'.
discord home

2. You should see a dual colour bar with the header 'Input Sensitivity'. Turn on the switch to the right to get it to automatically detect Input.

input sensitivity bar

Try Push To Talk

Some gamers have Discord set to push-to-talk at all times however if you are one that doesn't and none of the above have worked it's time to try this alternative to voice activation.

Just in case you have never used this before it is worth noting you will have to press the button you set whenever you want to communicate in the application. It may seem like an inconvenience but you will get used to it after a short while.

  1. First, Navigate to your 'User Settings'


discord home

2. Then we click on 'Voice & Video' on the left underneath the 'App Settings' header.

voice video

3. Now click 'Push To Talk'.

push to talk

4. You will see the 'Input Sensitivity' bar change to a 'Shortcut' box.

pushtotalk record

5. If you hover over this box it will allow you to click and 'Edit Keybind'.

6. It will 'Start Recording' which is your signal to click the mouse button or keyboard button you wish to be your push to talk key.

7. Click 'Stop Recording' and you're finished.

If you are at this point and have found none of these solutions fixed your issue then try completely removing the Discord app from your PC and reinstall it again. Lastly, if a complete reinstall doesn't do the job get in contact with Discord themselves who will be happy to further assist.

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