Discord is one of the leading voice / text chat platforms available to everyone and not just gamers. The ease of use made Discord very popular. However, even though its Discord desktop app offers various features, it fails to get the microphone to work in Windows 10.
These regular updates, along with some new features, often come with bug fixes. Despite that, many users face issues like Discord getting stuck in full screen mode or not detecting the microphone. This non-working microphone issue is common for Discord users on Windows.
The bug prevents users from responding and communicating with friends or community members. Fortunately, in this guide, we will share some workable solutions that can help you fix the microphone problem on Discord. Let's check it out.
1. Restart the application and your PC
First of all, if you are having any kind of problem with the Discord app in Windows, you should definitely try restarting the app and your PC. It may sound simple, but a simple reboot can do wonders.
Restarting the application or PC helps to remove temporary files created for the current session, which could have been corrupted.
To restart the Discord application, right-click the Discord icon in the system tray and select Quit Discord. After this, restart the PC as well and see if this fixes the problem or not.
2. Run the Discord app as administrator
Running the Discord application without sufficient administrator privileges can trigger such problems. Additionally, Discord sends UDP (User Datagram Protocol) to connect to low latency connections for better application performance.
Therefore, to grant such permissions to the application, you must run it as an administrator.
Step 1: Right-click on the Discord icon on the home screen.
Step 2: Select the Run as administrator option.
3. Select your microphone as the default input device
It is important to know if Discord is using the correct microphone as the default input device. Many tend to overlook this scenario. Additionally, the input device setting in Discord is also set to Default. So if you don't specify the correct device, Discord will continue to use the wrong one.
Here's how to set your microphone as the default input device in the Discord app:
Step 1: On the Discord home screen, click the User Settings button on the left panel.
Step 2: On the left panel, under App Settings, select the Voice and Video option.
Step 3: In the Input Device drop-down menu, select the correct microphone device.
Step 4: Make sure the volume of the input device is also set to maximum, and if you are not sure whether your device is working or not, you can use the Let's Check feature. Test the microphone and it will reproduce your voice if your microphone is working.
4. Disable exclusive mode for the audio device
Exclusive mode gives special access to some devices to control the audio controller. If this option is enabled in Windows settings, you can prevent the actual input device from being used as a microphone.
Here's how to disable it:
Step 1: On the taskbar, right-click the sound / volume icon and select Sounds.
Step 2: Click on the Recordings tab and select the correct microphone device. Then click on Properties.
Step 3: In the new window that opens, select the Advanced tab and make sure to deselect Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device option.
Step 4: Press the Apply button and restart the PC. Finally, see if this fixes the problem of the Discord microphone not working in Windows.
5. Use the Discord Reset Voice Settings option
Discord has a built-in option called Reset Voice Settings. This helps fix any voice-related issues in the Discord app. Resets all voice settings to their default values and allows you to modify settings from scratch.
Here are the steps to reset voice settings in the Discord app for Windows:
Step 1: Click the User Settings button on the Windows Discord app start screen.
Step 2: Select Voice and Video in the Settings of the app.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on Reset Voice Settings option. Click OK in the pop-up window below to confirm the reset.
Step 4: Reconnect the microphone and see if this helps to fix the problem or not.
6. Allow applications to access the microphone in Windows
Although it is a good security practice to not allow applications to access the microphone, this will also prevent Discord from using the microphone.
If that's the case, you need to enable microphone access for Discord from Windows settings. Below are the steps to do so.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and search for Privacy Settings.
Step 2: From the left panel of the Privacy settings window, scroll down and choose Microphone.
Step 3: First, tap the Change button just below the microphone access for this device is disabled.
Step 4: Pressing the toggle button will show a switch, which you need to click to activate microphone access on Windows PC.
Step 5: Now enable the Allow apps to access your microphone option.
Step 6: Make sure the Discord app is in the Allow desktop apps to access your microphone header list.
Step 7: Finally, restart the Windows PC and see if you can use the microphone in Discord or not.
7. Make sure advanced voice activity is disabled in Discord
Another built-in option available in Discord is the Advanced Voice Activity feature. However, often if this feature is enabled, it can interfere with the performance of older microphones. To disable this feature, follow the steps below:
Step 1: On the Discord home screen, click User Settings on the left panel.
Step 2: Go to Voice and Video section in App Settings.
Step 3: On the right side, locate Advanced Voice Activity. Make sure this option is disabled.
Step 4: Restart the Discord app and check if the problem persists.
8. Check the audio or USB port
Checking the audio port can also help to fix Discord microphone not working in Windows. This is because the audio connector you are using may be faulty. Similarly, Discord may also be unable to detect the audio jack in use. If you are using a USB-based microphone, check the ports and clean it properly before plugging in your microphone.
9. Reinstall the audio drivers
Another effective method to troubleshoot the Discord microphone not working problem in Windows is to reinstall the audio drivers. Uninstall the audio driver from the PC from the Control Panel. Then head over to the official website to download the driver pack. Install it and see if this fixes the problem or not.
10. Run the Windows troubleshooter
Several users have notably fixed this Discord microphone problem using Windows Troubleshooter tool.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and search for Troubleshooting Settings.
Step 2: Click the additional troubleshooter link button on the right side of the page.
Step 3: A list of troubleshooting options will appear. Click the Voice option under the Search and fix other problems heading.
Step 4: Just run the troubleshooter and check if that helps.
11. Check for Windows updates
Microsoft often releases a new update for Windows users. It is highly recommended to install any newer updates that hit your Windows PC because they often contain bug fixes for such problems. Head to Windows Update settings and see if there is a new live update for your device or not.
Let the voice be heard
Hopefully, the above-mentioned methods helped to fix the microphone not working issue in Discord on Windows. It is highly unlikely that any of these solutions will not work. However, if you're short on time, consider switching to the Discord Web App until you fix your desktop app.
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