Why is My Mic Not Working on Discord?

Discord has been one of the go-to platforms for people who want to connect with their friends and community. The platform has proven itself to be very effective in keeping your communities engaged and tightly bonded.

The ease of access, video quality, low latency, and voice chat makes it a very practical tool to use for anyone. But what if you find yourself unable to use it because your mic is not working?

If you are looking for the possible reasons behind this and the potential fixes, you have come to the right place. After reading this article, that mic would be working perfectly with discord.

What to do if your mic is not working on discord?

1. The simplest of fixes

Sometimes things are way simpler than you think, so before trying any of the troubleshooting methods below, there are a few quick fixes you can try that might solve the problem.

Simple fix #1. Try unplugging your headset/microphone and replugging it back in and re-opening discord.

Simple fix #2. Close the Discord program and try reopening it again.

Simple fix #3. Shut down your PC and turn it back on.

If none of these methods work, don’t fret. Before blaming yourself, your PC, or Discord, it would be smart to check if your microphone is working properly. So first, you have to do some basic troubleshooting for your mic. 

  • Check if your PC is detecting your microphone by going to the lower-right part of your screen and right-clicking on the speaker icon and selecting Open Sound Settings.

  • Then, scroll down to Microphone and check if your mic is picking up any audio.
  • If you have a spare headset try using it on discord and if its working properly then your mic must be the problem. This is an important step before trying any of the troubleshooting methods below.
  • Also try plugging in your microphone to other devices and check to see if it’s working properly. If your mic is all good, you can proceed to the next steps.

2. Logging out of Discord

A quick and easy solution that might fix your problem is simply logging out of discord and logging in again. To log out of discord, do the following steps.

  • On the desktop version, find the little cog icon on the bottom-left corner named User Settings.

Source: Discord Support

  • Press the red logout button and confirm.

Source: Discord Support

  • After successfully logging out, try logging in again and check if your mic is now working on discord.

3. Run Discord as Administrator

This is another simple fix but a lot of people have found it to be very effective. Some problems may occur if you run an app normally, not just Discord. So what you can try is running the program as administrator.

The steps are simple;

  • Log out of Discord and close the window/app totally. 
  • Navigate through your desktop nad look for the Discord icon
  • Right-click on Discord and select run as administrator
  • Click Yes and check if the error still persists

4. Make sure Discord is using the right input device

In some cases, it could be just that you selected the wrong input device. This is pretty common especially if you left the input device setting on Default or if your computer has a built-in microphone. 

Discord would typically use the internal microphone which may not be comp[atible with Discords server. So try checking if the app is using your desired headset/mic. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Go to the bottom-left corner of your Discord window and click on the User Settings cog.

Source: WePC

  1. Go to App Settings and click on Voice and Video.

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  1. Navigate to Input Device and select your headset or microphone of choice from the list.

Source: WePC

5.  Reset Audio Settings

If you’ve tried everything but still can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong, you must have clicked something by accident or the app itself had some glitches. If this is the case, resetting the audio settings may do the trick. 

  1. To reset your settings, open Discord and go to the bottom corner of the window and select User Settings .
  2. Go to the menu on the left and select Voice & Video
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on Reset Settings.
  4. Next, you can check your mic using the Mic Test section clicking on Let’s Test

Successfully resetting the audio settings will most likely bring your microphone or headset to work. But in some rare cases that that doesn’t do the job, here are some more options you can try.

6. Enable Automatic Input Sensitivity

Having this option disabled can sometimes cause your microphone to stop working in Discord. So try enabling Automatic Input sensitivity using the following steps.

  1. Again, go to User Settings, navigate to App Settings, and click on Voice and Video.
  2. Look for the  Input sensitivity dual bar (colored green and yellow) and toggle the switch on to automatically determine input sensitivity levels.

7. Try Push To Talk

This next method is a default for some users, but if you’re not one of them and your mic isn’t working, this might just do the trick for you. Using push to talk will allow you to activate your mic but it will also require you to push a button whenever you want to communicate in the app.

A little bit of a hassle but it’s better than having no mic at all. Besides, you’ll get used to it later. Here’s how you do it.

  1. First, navigate to User Settings and click on Voice and Video under App Settings.
  2. Check the Push to Talk box

Source: Music Critic

  1. Hover over this box to edit the keybind and determine the key or mouse button you want to press everytime you want to talk.
  2. Click Stop Recording and you’re done setting up Push To Talk

Final Words

These 7 methods are very likely going to solve the microphone problem. If by any slim chance your microphone still isn’t working, you’re going to have to contact Discord support and have them guide you through the fixing process. Anyways try them out and feel free to share which method works best for you.

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