Even though Discord is considered the best VOIP software for gamers, there are still many bugs that need to be addressed. In addition, bugs and errors are directly affecting the quality of communication with your friends.
The worst problem has to be when the Discord mic is not working. Then, no matter how loud you shout into the microphone, your friends can’t hear you.
Here’s what you need to do to resolve this issue.
Fix 1: Unplug/Plug Your Microphone
Before you start trying to fix the Discord application, it’s best to try unplugging the mic and then plugging it back into your computer. This should be done to ensure that the device is properly plugged in.
If your mic has a USB cable, you should hear a notification sound when you plug it in. If you don’t, there might be a problem with the hardware or the audio drivers.
When microphones use an audio jack, there is no plug-in sound, but a pop-up window shows up from the Realtek Audio Console confirming that an audio device has been plugged in.
Alternatively, try restarting your computer.
If this is not the solution to your problem, you will probably have to edit Discord Settings.
Fix 2: Pick the Right Input Device
Often, the Discord mic is not working because the proper input device is not selected. To ensure that Discord has the right microphone selected, follow these steps:
- Go into User Settings (bottom left corner, cogwheel right next to Mute/Deafen buttons)
- Select the Voice & Video tab on the left
- Open the dropdown menu under Input Device and select your microphone.
In my case, the Realtek option is the microphone I’m using
Tip: If you are not sure which device your microphone is, you can try the Mic Test below to check whether Discord is detecting your voice input.
Fix 3: Check the Input Volume
While you are still in the Voice & Video tab, check that the input volume bar is set at least 70%. It is located right under the Input Device dropdown menu.
Fix 4: Adjust Input Sensitivity
When the Mic Test successfully detects your voice, but your friends still can’t hear you, try playing around with the Input Sensitivity.
This option is located in that same Voice & Video tab and it is right below the Mic Test.
Turn off Automatically determine input sensitivity since it can considerably affect your audio input quality. Then play around with the sensitivity bar below it. Higher decibels equal higher sensitivity and vice versa. Pushing the slider to the left will increase your microphone’s sensitivity while pushing it to the right will lower it.
Tip: The optimal sensitivity level for most mics is between -55 dB and -42 dB.
Follow the guide above, and one of these fixes should get rid of your frustrating issue, so your friends should finally be able to hear you. You’re welcome!