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Discord Mic Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Having trouble with your Discord mic? Don’t worry—I’ve got you covered with some simple fixes. Let’s get your mic working again in no time.

Adjust Privacy and Audio Settings

1. Open Discord and click on the gear icon located at the bottom left corner of the screen. This will open the User Settings menu.
2. In the User Settings menu, click on the “Privacy & Safety” tab.
3. Under the Privacy settings section, you can control who can send you friend requests, direct messages, and @mentions. Adjust these settings according to your preferences.
4. If you are experiencing microphone issues, scroll down to the “Voice & Video” section.
5. Here, you can select your input device under the “Input Device” dropdown menu. Make sure your microphone is selected.
6. You can also adjust the input volume slider to increase or decrease your microphone sensitivity.
7. If you’re using a headset with a microphone, make sure the headset is properly connected to your computer.
8. Additionally, check if your microphone is muted. Click on the microphone icon located at the bottom left corner of the Discord window. If it has a red line through it, click on it to unmute.
9. To test your microphone, scroll down to the “Voice & Video” section and click on the “Let’s Check” button. Follow the on-screen instructions to test your microphone’s audio input.
10. If you’re still experiencing microphone issues, you can try troubleshooting steps such as restarting Discord, restarting your computer, or updating your audio drivers.

Update Your Audio Driver

Image of a computer with headphones and a microphone

1. Open the Start menu and type “Device Manager” in the search bar. Click on the Device Manager app that appears in the search results.

2. In the Device Manager window, expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” category by clicking on the arrow next to it.

3. Right-click on the audio driver that is currently installed on your computer. This could be named differently depending on your system, but it usually includes words like “Realtek” or “Audio.” From the context menu that appears, select “Update driver.”

4. In the next window, choose the option that says “Search automatically for updated driver software.” Windows will then search for the latest driver for your audio device and install it if available.

5. After the driver update is complete, restart your computer to apply the changes.

6. Once your computer has restarted, launch Discord and test your microphone to see if it is now working properly. If not, try the next troubleshooting step.

Please note that these instructions are specifically for Windows 10. If you are using a different version of Windows, the steps may vary slightly.

If you continue to experience issues with your Discord microphone, it may be helpful to seek assistance from the Discord community on platforms such as Reddit or the official Discord support channels. Additionally, make sure that your privacy settings are properly configured to allow Discord access to your microphone.

Reset Voice Settings in Discord

If your Discord mic is not working, one potential solution is to reset your voice settings. This can help resolve any configuration issues that may be causing the problem. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Open Discord on your computer. You can find it in the Start menu or on your taskbar if you have it pinned there.
2. Once Discord is open, click on the gear icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will open the User Settings menu.
3. In the User Settings menu, click on the “Voice & Video” tab on the left-hand side.
4. Scroll down to the “Voice Settings” section and click on the “Reset Voice Settings” button. This will prompt a confirmation message.
5. Confirm the reset by clicking on the “Okay” button in the confirmation message. This will reset all your voice settings back to their default values.
6. After resetting the voice settings, try using your microphone again in Discord. Check if the issue has been resolved.

If resetting your voice settings doesn’t fix the problem, there may be other factors at play. You can try other troubleshooting steps, such as checking your microphone hardware, adjusting microphone permissions, or reinstalling Discord.

Run Discord with Administrator Privileges

1. Right-click on the Discord app icon in your taskbar or on your desktop and select “Properties” from the context menu.

2. In the Properties window, go to the “Compatibility” tab.

3. Under the “Settings” section, check the box that says “Run this program as an administrator.”

4. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

By running Discord as an administrator, you are granting it higher privileges, which can help resolve certain issues, including problems with your microphone.

Keep in mind that running an application with administrator privileges should only be done when necessary, as it gives the application more control over your system. Make sure you trust the application you are running and that you are familiar with its terms of service.

If you’re using Windows 10, another way to run Discord with administrator privileges is through the Start menu:

1. Locate the Discord app in your Start menu or by searching for it.

2. Right-click on the Discord app and select “Run as administrator” from the menu.

Running Discord as an administrator can help bypass any restrictions or conflicts that may be preventing your microphone from working properly. If you’re still experiencing issues with your microphone after trying this method, it’s recommended to seek further assistance on platforms like Reddit or contact Discord support directly.

Explore Input Sensitivity and Push to Talk Features

Microphone sensitivity slider and push-to-talk button

  • Open Discord and navigate to the user settings by clicking on the gear icon located at the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Select the “Voice & Video” tab on the left sidebar.
  • Under the “Input Sensitivity” section, adjust the slider to the right to increase sensitivity or to the left to decrease sensitivity.
  • Test your microphone by speaking into it and observing the input sensitivity bar. Make sure it moves when you speak.
  • If the input sensitivity bar is not moving, try increasing the sensitivity or checking your microphone connection.

Push to Talk Features

  • Open Discord and go to the user settings by clicking on the gear icon.
  • Select the “Voice & Video” tab on the left sidebar.
  • Under the “Input Mode” section, choose the “Push to Talk” option.
  • Assign a keybind for your push to talk feature by clicking on the “Record Keybind” button.
  • Press the desired key or combination of keys that you want to use as your push to talk button.
  • Make sure the “Push to Talk” option is enabled by toggling the switch to the right.
    Press the desired key or combination of keys that you want to use as your push to talk button.
Make sure the "Push to Talk" option is enabled by toggling the switch to the right.
  • Test your microphone by pressing and holding the assigned key while speaking into the microphone.
  • If your microphone is still not working, double-check the keybind, adjust the input sensitivity, or check your microphone connection.


Why do I have no mic access on Discord?

You have no mic access on Discord because you previously disallowed Discord access to your mic in Chrome. To resolve this, you need to enable mic access in your Google Chrome settings. Go to the browser toolbar, choose Settings, then navigate to the Privacy and security section in the left-hand panel and select Site Settings.

Why is my mic not picking up my voice?

Your mic may not be picking up your voice because it is not connected correctly to your computer, not positioned correctly, or the volume is too low.

Why is my mic not working while playing Discord?

Your mic may not be working while playing Discord because Discord lacks permissions to access your microphone. To resolve this issue, you can follow these steps:
1. Click the Start button on the taskbar and select Settings in Windows 10.
2. Click on Privacy and go to the Microphone tab.
3. In the “Allow access to the microphone on this device” section, click on Change and turn the option on.

Why is my mic in Discord not working?

Your mic in Discord may not be working due to incorrect input/output device settings. Make sure to check and switch your device in the Voice Settings section. Additionally, check your Volume Settings for input and output mode. If the issue persists, try resetting your voice and audio settings by pressing “Reset Voice Settings” in the settings menu.

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