Discord is considered by many to be the best VoIP software for gamers, but there are still bugs that occur from time to time. Some of these bugs and errors can directly affect the ease and quality of communication with your friends.
Sometimes, they mean you are completely unable to interact, such as when your Discord mic is not working. No matter how loudly you shout into your microphone, your friends can’t hear you. 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 fix your problem, you should move onto 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 is the correct device 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 you are still 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 it is immediately below the Mic Test.
Turn off Automatically determine input sensitivity, as it can significantly affect your audio input quality. You can then play around with the sensitivity bar below it. Higher decibels mean higher sensitivity and vice versa. Moving the slider to the left will increase your microphone’s sensitivity while moving 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 the solutions should resolve your frustrating issue. With this fixed, your friends can finally hear you again!