Why Are My Friends So Quiet On Discord?

Are your friends quiet on Discord and you've already maxed out the volume? Something might be wrong. Here's a guide that shows you how to fix it.

Discord usually offers excellent audio quality. But, if you do not set it up right, your friends might sound a little bit too quiet.

Fortunately, we’ve explored the solutions, and they are not complicated as long as you know what you are doing.

To ensure that you get rid of this audio problem, we’ll cover all the possible fixes in this article.

Let’s dive right into the guide!

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Discord Output Volume Too Low

Before troubleshooting and trying all kinds of fixes, it might be best first to check Discord’s settings.

Users may have audio issues because the default output volume on Discord is too low. So to hear your friends a bit better, adjust that slider.

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Start Discord.
  2. Head over to User Settings.
    Discord User Settings
  3. On the pane on the left, start looking for the Voice & Video tab and select it.
  4. Next, right under Output Device, you should see Output Volume and a volume slider. Push the slider to the right to increase the audio volume.
    Discord Voice Settings Output Volume
  5. After making some adjustments, join a voice channel (if you weren’t in one already) and test whether you can properly hear your friends.

Furthermore, we recommend checking the output device too. Usually, it should work as intended when set as Default. But, you can try a different device to ensure that the issue does not lie there.

If neither of these adjustments solves your issue, continue with some of the fixes below.

Other Discord Settings

Before we start looking for fixes outside Discord, let’s check out some advanced audio-related settings.

In the same Voice & Video tab in User Settings, scroll down right to the bottom.

Look for Audio Subsystem. This setting should be on Standard by default. If it isn’t, make sure you put it on Standard.

Alternatively, switch to Experimental or Legacy audio subsystems. A restart might be required for the changes to take place.

Discord Audio Subsystem set to Standard

It is also important to note that some routers may have issues working with the Quality of Service High Packet Priority option. So, try disabling it.

Restart Discord

If adjusting the app’s settings does not resolve your audio issues, try restarting Discord. This solution might sound a bit too simple, but it could work.

To do that, open the system tray menu, right-click the Discord icon and click Quit.

Quit Discord

Now start the application again, join your friend’s voice channel, and test the audio.

Windows Volume Too Low

Another possibility you cannot hear your friends is because your Windows volume settings are too low.

Either master Windows audio is set low, or it’s just that Discord’s volume is set low. Fixing that is relatively easy. Just follow the steps below.

  1. At the bottom right of your screen is the system tray, where you will find the volume icon. Right-click it.
    Windows volume icon
  2. Select Volume Mixer.
  3. Now look for the Discord app and adjust the volume.
    Discord volume in Windows Volume Mixer

Outdated/Broken Audio Drivers

A bit of a long reach, but audio drivers may be causing the audio problems on Discord. If that’s the case, they’re either outdated or broken/corrupted.

The best fix for driver-related problems is to just update to the latest drivers.

We’ll go step-by-step to explain this process.

Using Windows To Update The Drivers

The first step is to use Windows to update the driver. Although this often is unsuccessful. But, worth the try.

To do that, type and open Device Manager through the Start Menu. On this list of devices, expand Audio inputs and outputs.

Audio inputs and outputs in Windows Device Manager

Right-click your speakers/headphones and select Update driver. Next, select Search automatically for drivers. You may have to wait a couple of minutes until Windows finds the appropriate driver and installs it.

If you successfully install the new audio driver, we suggest going back to Discord and testing whether you can hear your friends.

However, if you failed to update the driver with this method, try the alternative method below.

Manual Audio Driver Update

The alternative solution is to find and download the new update manually. Note that this method might prove a bit more complicated.

But, if you are up for it, let’s get to it!

First things first, find your motherboard model (or laptop). Without this information, we won’t be able to find the right driver. Likewise, installing the wrong audio driver could cause further problems.

We can use CPU-Z to help us with this purpose, so download it from their official website. Pick the ZIP file instead of the setup since it doesn’t require installation. Once you have the zip extracted, start cpuz_x64.exe (or cpuz_x32.exe).

In CPU-Z, go to the Mainboard tab. Here you will be able to check your motherboard manufacturer and model too.

motherboard manufacturer and model info in CPU Z Mainboard tab

In our case, CPU-Z reports the model number of our laptop. But, of course, if you are on a desktop PC, these fields will be a bit different.

With this information, we can search for the correct driver.

Either use Google or go to the manufacturer’s website. For this guide, we picked MSI’s website.

On their website, click on the search icon (top-right) and type the exact model of your motherboard. Be careful when selecting the motherboard because there may be multiple variations under the same name, as seen in the image below.

multiple motherboard variations with same name

Click the Download button right under the motherboard’s name and select the Driver tab. Next, choose an operating system, find the audio drivers and download the latest version.

downloading MSI audio drivers

Once downloaded, run the setup, and follow the install instructions. Don’t worry. The installation process will be pretty straightforward.

Finally, restart the computer, start Discord, and test the volume of your Discord calls. This should fix all of your sound-related issues on your computer.

Note: If the latest driver version does not solve your problem, try installing an older driver.

Issues At Their End

Lastly, when none of these solutions work, the issues may be on your friend’s end. If possible, they should try some common microphone fixes so you can hear them better.

Usually, the most common culprit on Discord is Input Sensitivity.

To hear your friends better, make sure all of them have Automatically determine input sensitivity disabled. After that, play around with the sensitivity slider to ensure that the microphone picks up your friends’ voices.

Discord Voice Settings Input Sensitivity

Pushing the slider to the left lowers Discord’s decibel pickup range while moving it to the right increases it. Try to optimize it until you find an in-between balance. Usually, the sweet spot is between –50dB and -40dB.

Anything above -40dB may pick up too many sounds from the background.

Additionally, ensure that your friends select the right microphone under Input Device. And, while you’re there, move the Input Volume slider to 100%.

That’s it!

With your and your friend’s settings fully optimized for the best audio, you will hear each other properly from now on.


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Branko Gapo
Branko Gapo

Keeping up with the incredibly fast evolution of computer technology is impossible. Branko aims to use his knowledge on this matter to share news and information on all the latest essential technological innovations and advancements.