Many people believe that Discord is the top VoIP program for gamers, yet occasional bugs may still arise. Some of these glitches and mistakes can directly impact the convenience and excellence of communicating with your pals.
Sometimes, they mean you are completely unable to interact, such as when your Discord mic is not working. Your friends can’t hear you no matter how loudly you shout into your microphone. This is a significant problem if you’re trying to play a team-based game.
Here are some tips that can help you resolve the issue.
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Fix 1: Unplug/Plug In Your Microphone
Before trying to fix the Discord application, it’s best to try unplugging the microphone and then plugging it back into your computer. This is the simplest solution, but issues with the connection between your mic and computer could be causing the problem.
If your mic has a USB cable, you should hear a notification sound when you plug it in. If nothing happens, there might be a problem with your hardware or audio drivers.
When a microphone has an audio jack, there is no plug-in sound, but a Realtek Audio Console pop-up might confirm that an audio device has been plugged in.
You can also try restarting your computer, which could resolve the issue.
If these solutions don’t solve your issue, you should proceed to your Discord Settings.
Fix 2: Pick the Right Input Device
Sometimes, the Discord mic doesn’t work because the correct input device is not selected. To ensure that Discord has the right microphone selected, follow these steps:
- Open User Settings (bottom left corner, cogwheel next to the Mute/Deafen buttons)
- Select the Voice & Video tab on the left.
- Open the dropdown menu under Input Device and select your microphone.
In this example, the Realtek option is the microphone I’m using.
Tip: If you are unsure which device is correct for your microphone, you can try the Mic Test below to check whether or not Discord is detecting your voice input.
Fix 3: Check the Input Volume
While viewing the Voice & Video tab, check that the input volume bar is set to at least 70%. This option is located right under the Input Device dropdown menu.
Fix 4: Adjust Input Sensitivity
If the Mic Test successfully detects your voice, but your friends still can’t hear you, try experimenting with the Input Sensitivity.
This option is located in the same Voice & Video tab and is immediately below the Mic Test.
Disable the option of “Automatically determine input sensitivity,” as it can greatly impact the quality of your audio input. After that, you can adjust the sensitivity bar beneath it. Increased decibels indicate greater sensitivity, and vice versa. Shifting the slider towards the left will enhance your microphone’s sensitivity, while moving it towards the right will decrease it.
Tip: The optimal sensitivity level for most mics is between -55 dB and -42 dB.
Follow the guide above, and one of the solutions should resolve your frustrating issue. With this fixed, your friends can finally hear you again!