How to Fix Discord Not Picking Up Mic

How to Fix Discord Not Picking Up Mic

/ Shayne Sherman

There is an ongoing microphone glitch on Discord that has been bothering many users on the platform. If this error has hit you, you would be able to hear other users on a voice chat, but they won’t be picking up what you’re saying.

This can be a problem if you are in the middle of a game with your teammates and the bug suddenly occurs. You won’t have proper communications with your team, which might cost you the game.

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Most of the time, corrupted installation files of Discord are the primary reason behind this issue. However, it is also possible that your internet connection is unstable or your audio drivers are outdated or problematic.

In most cases, the Discord team usually fixes these kinds of issues on the app within the day. However, this particular issue with microphones on the Discord app has been going around for months now.

To help you out, we’ve decided to make a guide on how to fix Discord if it is not picking up your mic.

Let’s begin!

Fix 1: Re-Login to Your Discord Account

When your mic is not working on Discord, the first thing that you should try is to log out of your current session. The app may have encountered a temporary bug or glitch, and restarting your session might be able to fix it.

You can follow the steps below to guide you on the process:

  1. On your computer, go to the Discord app and click on the Gear icon to open User Settings.
  2. Now, scroll down and find the Log Out button from the side menu and click it.
Log Out

3. After logging out of your account, enter your credentials and log back into your account.

Join another voice server afterwards to check if the problem is solved.

Fix 2: Run Discord As Administrator

For you to communicate with other users on Discord, it uses UDP (User Diagram Protocols) to send data to other users on your voice server. The Discord app on your computer might not have the correct privileges to your system to access these protocols on your computer.

To fix this, run Discord as an administrator to bypass any restrictions:

  1. First, right-click on Discord on your desktop and open Properties.
  2. Click on Compatibility and mark the checkbox beside ‘Run this Program as an Administrator’.
  3. Lastly, click on Apply to save the changes and close the Properties tab.
Checkbox "Run this program as an Administrator"

Once done, launch the Discord app and check if the problem is solved.

Fix 3: Turn On Automatic Input Sensitivity

Your microphone input sensitivity might be too high, causing Discord not to pick up your voice when you try to speak. To fix this, turn on automatic input sensitivity on the settings to let Discord decide which input sensitivity is best for you.

  1. Inside Discord, click on the Gear icon on the lower-left corner of your screen to access Settings.
  2. Now, click on Voice & Video and locate the Input Sensitivity tab.
  3. Lastly, turn on the ‘Automatically Determine Input Sensitivity’ option.
Turn On Automatically Determine Input Sensitivity

Go back to any of your voice servers and check if your microphone is now working correctly.

Fix 4: Check Your Input Device

Discord might be detecting the wrong input device on your system, explaining why your voice is not getting picked up by their service. To fix this, double-check your input device on the settings and ensure that the correct one is selected.

  1. Click on the Gear icon beside your Profile to access Discord’s Settings page.
  2. Now, go to Voice & Video and click on Input Device
  3. Select the correct input device you are currently using and close the Settings.
Select correct input device

Try joining a voice chat again to check if the problem is solved.

Fix 5: Disable Exclusive Mode

Some applications on Windows are designed to take exclusive control over audio devices installed on your computer. This can cause problems as other applications running on Windows can restrict Discord from accessing your microphone.

To disable exclusive mode on Windows, follow the steps below:

  1. On your computer, right-click the speaker icon in the system icon tray on the Taskbar.
  2. Now, click on Open Sound Settings.
Sound Control Panel

3. Go to Sound Control Panel and click on the Recording tab.

4. Right-click on your microphone and select Properties.

Microphone Properties

5. Finally, go to the Advanced tab and disable Exclusive Mode.

Disabled Exclusive Mode

Open Discord once again and check if your microphone is now working.

Fix 6: Disable QoS on Discord

While this option works well in improving performance on the Discord app and reduces latency on the voice chat, some ISPs or routers may misbehave, resulting in network related problems, as stated on the note located below the QoS Settings on Discord.

In this case, you should leave this option disabled to avoid problems in the future.

  1. On Discord’s Settings, click on Voice & Audio.
  2. Now, scroll down and look for Quality of Service.
  3. Lastly, disable this feature on Discord and restart the app.
Disable Quality of Service High Packet Priority

Join another voice chat in your account and check if your microphone is now working correctly.

Fix 7: Change Privacy Settings

Another thing that you can check if your mic is not working on Discord is if the app is allowed to accessing your microphone. You can do this by going to your system’s privacy settings which are discussed in detail below.

  1. On your computer, access the Start Menu and click on the Gear icon to open Windows Settings.
  2. Now, click on Privacy and access the Microphone tab from the side drawer.
  3. Finally, ensure that the ‘Allow Apps to Access Your Microphone’ option is enabled.
Enable "Allow apps to access your microphone"

Go back to Discord afterwards and check if the problem is solved.

Fix 8: Reset Voice Settings

The last thing that you can do to try and fix the issue with Discord not detecting the mic on your computer is to reset the voice settings. You may have changed some of Discord’s settings during use, which causes the issue on the app.

To ensure that Discord is running on the default settings set by developers, you can follow the steps below to reset your voice settings:

  1. First, open the Discord app on your computer and access the Settings.
  2. Now, go to Voice & Video and scroll down to the bottom.
  3. Lastly, click on Reset Voice Settings and follow the on-screen prompts to confirm your action.
Reset Voice Settings

Go back to your voice chat server afterwards and check if your microphone is now working.

If all the methods above did not work to solve the issue with your microphone, you could try reinstalling the Discord app on your computer, or you can temporarily use the web app of Discord to continue with your day-to-day tasks.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.