How to fix Discord Mic Not Working in 7 Steps

Is your Discord not detecting mic? If you have audio problems with your Discord, these steps in this guide can help you identify and fix the issue.

Discord mic not working

Discord mic not working is a common problem that many Discord users have experienced while they communicate online.

When that happens, you can hear the other members of the channel but they can’t hear you back. And it’s so annoying and frustrating.

In this guide, you’ll learn a few tips that’ll help you fix your Discord mic problems.

Fixes for Discord mic not working:

  1. Log out and restart Discord
  2. Allow Discord to access your microphone
  3. Enable Automatic Input Sensitivity
  4. Reset Voice Settings
  5. Disable “Exclusive Mode” (Windows only)
  6. Change the Input Mode to Push to Talk
  7. Disable Quality of Service on Discord

1. Log out and Restart Discord

Applications compete for resources on your system. At times specific applications can get prioritized, and your Discord might be left out of getting compute cycles.

It’s a good idea to refresh the application by quitting and restarting it. It can solve most of your intermittent problems with audio. 

The steps below will show you how.

Go to the bottom left Gear icon, click User Settings

Settings icon in Discord app
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Scroll down, then click on Log Out. Hit Log Out to log out from Discord.

Logging out of Discord
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Log back in with your credentials and check to see if you still have audio issues.

2. Allow Discord to access your microphone

A specific Windows update can revoke Discords access to the microphone, as per privacy policies and permissions granted to applications to various system resources, access to the microphone could have been restricted.

So, before you make any changes to the settings in your Discord, it would be best to make sure whether the Discord app has access to your computer’s microphone.

For Mac computers, follow these steps below:

Allow Discord access to the mic on a Mac
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  1. On your Mac, click the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen, then select System Preferences.
  2. Next, click on Security & Privacy and then click Privacy.
  3. Now, click Microphone.
  4. On the right panel, you’ll see a list of apps that have access to your computer’s microphone. Check the box right next to the Discord app. That way Discord can have access to your mic.

The steps below apply for Windows computers:

Allow Discord access to the mic on Windows 10
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  1. Head to your Windows Settings and then select Privacy.
  2. Next, choose Microphone under App permissions from the sidebar to your left-hand corner.
  3. Make sure to toggle on the switch under Allow apps to access your microphone.

Now restart your computer and check if Discord is still not picking up mic.

3. Enable Automatic Input Sensitivity

Your microphone can stop functioning properly if the setting Automatic Input Sensitivity is disabled in your Discord’s settings.

When you disable this setting, it prevents your Discord app from “automatically” picking up sounds from your microphone. 

Enabling Automatic Input Sensitivity in the Discord app
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  1. Go to the bottom left Gear icon, and select User Settings. Then, choose Voice & Video under the App Settings section.
  2. Under Voice Settings, click Input Device and make sure it’s the microphone you intend to use that’s selected.
  3. Ensure Voice Activity is checked under the Input Mode section.
  4. Toggle On the Automatically determine input sensitivity and test the voice input by talking into the microphone. The bar should glow green. Move the input volume bar under Voice Settings to the maximum.

Get out of the menu and try again to see if Discord is still not detecting mic.

4. Reset Voice Settings

It may be possible that over time you might have changed some voice settings. Resetting the voice settings to default gives you a fresh start and can also potentially fix the voice bug you are facing. 

Reset Discord's voice settings
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  1. Go to the bottom left Gear icon and click User Settings.
  2. Scroll to Voice & Video.
  3. Scroll to the bottom in this submenu.
  4. Hit Reset Voice Settings.
  5. Select Okay to confirm your action.

Tab out to the main menu and retry using the Microphone.

5. Disable “Exclusive Mode” (Windows only)

There are applications on the Windows operating system which can take over a specific input device.

In other words, they take over the exclusive right to access a given microphone for input voice. When this happens, Discord is not able to choose a specific device even though you may have configured Discord to use through the Voice and Video settings.

To switch off the Exclusive mode take the following steps.

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon on the Windows system tray on the bottom right corner, choose Open Sound settings.
Opening sound settings on Windows 10
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  1. Next, select the microphone you’re using, then click on Properties.
Input device settings on Windows 10
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  1. Click the Advanced tab, then uncheck the Exclusive Control checkbox. Make sure to hit Apply to confirm your action.
Disabling exclusive mode on Windows 10
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Restart your computer and see if your mic is working in Discord.

6. Change the Input Mode to Push to Talk

While you’re still trying multiple methods to reset the voice settings with Discord, you can also try switching on the Push to Talk voice setting.

There are two ways Discord is configured to detect voice. One is Voice Activity, through this Discord is on the lookout to detect any voice activity and use it as a cue to take input. The Second method is Push to Talk, which allows you to start a conversation only when you hit a specific key on the keyboard.

Changing Discord Input Mode to Push to Talk
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You have the flexibility to choose which keyboard shortcut will enable this feature while you are in the middle of your gaming session 

  1. In the Discord app, click the User Settings icon. On the left-hand sidebar choose Voice & Video under the App Settings section.
  2. In the right panel, look for the Input Mode section. You’ll see two options: Voice Activity and Push to Talk. Check the box right next to Push to Talk.
  3. You’ll need to set up a Keybind that will activate the microphone every time you need to use it. Under Shortcut, record a Keybind and press the key of your choice.

The next time you want to use your mic in Discord, you’ll have to press that key. It can be annoying for some to press that key every time you want to speak. But it’s better than not be able to speak at all.

7. Disable Quality of Service on Discord

When you enable the Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority settings on Discord, some important system functions might misbehave, which can cause your Discord mic to not function properly. We’ll turn it off, in case you’ve turned it on. Follow the steps below for that matter.

Disabling Discord Quality of Service settings
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  1. Launch Discord and click on the User Settings option.
  2. Under the App Settings section, click on the Voice and Video option in the left tab.
  3. Here, uncheck the Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority toggle to turn it off (as shown in the image above).

Wrap Up

As a final step, if the issue persists, try to download a fresh copy of Discord and install it, or try another system to isolate any hardware issues you might be facing on your current system. You can always look for more solutions at the Discord support page.

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