Fix: Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord

Fix: Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord

/ Shayne Sherman

One of the best VoIP applications that many users are currently using is Discord. Most of the users on this platform use it to communicate while gaming. However, some Discord users host team meetings, while some use it to communicate with their loved ones.

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There are reports from several users that they are having problems with Discord’s voice chat. In some cases, users experience that they can’t hear anyone from their discord server even if their headphones work perfectly fine on other applications.

It is also possible that you can’t hear specific persons but can hear the voice of other users on your server. The reason behind this kind of issue is typically due to improper audio settings on the Discord app.

In this guide, we are going to show you a few steps that you can take to try and fix the audio issues with Discord.

Let’s get started.

Method 1: Turn on Use Legacy Audio Subsystem

The easiest way to fix this kind of issue with Discord is by turning on the legacy audio subsystem option on the Discord App.  Your current audio device is may not be compatible with Discord’s sound system. In this case, using the legacy audio subsystem can fix this issue on the Discord App.

To turn on legacy audio subsystem in the Discord app, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the Discord app on your computer, then click on the Gear icon to open User Settings on the app.

User Settings

Step 2. Next, click on Voice & Video tab from the side menu and turn on Use Legacy Audio Subsystem.

Step 3. Lastly, click Okay and restart the Discord App. Now, try joining one of your voice servers to check if you can clearly hear everyone from the voice chat.

However, if you are still having problems and can’t hear anyone on Discord proceed to the next method below.

Method 2: Select the Right Sound Input and Output

Another reason for this kind of problem on the Discord app is that the app is using the wrong audio device for playback and input on your computer. This creates the problem that you can’t hear anyone on Discord voice chat since the app is not using the correct audio device from your computer.

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To fix this, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Discord app on your computer.

Step 2. Next, click on the Gear icon to open the User Settings of the app.

User Settings Icon

Step 3. After that, click on Voice & Video tab from the side menu.

Step 4. Lastly, select the correct Audio Input and Output device from the drop-down menu.

Voice Settings

After selecting the proper audio device, try to join the voice server on Discord and see if you are able to hear other users on the voice chat.

Method 3: Set Your Audio Hardware as Default Communication Device

Just like the method above, it’s possible that your audio device is not selected as the default hardware to be used by your computer. However, unlike the steps above, this time you would need to change the settings directly on Windows and not just on the Discord app.

To do this, you can follow the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1. On your computer, press on the Windows Key + S and search for Change System Sounds.

Step 2. Next, click on Open to launch the Sounds Settings.

Change system sounds

Step 3. After that, go to the Playback tab.

Step 4. Lastly, find the current audio device that you are using and click on Set as Default.

Now, go back to Discord and restart it. After restarting, join one of your voice servers and check if you can hear the users on the voice chat already.

However, if you still can’t hear anyone in Discord. You can proceed to the next guide below to try and troubleshoot the problem on the app.

Method 4: Refresh the Discord App

The next thing that you can try to fix the issue with Discord is to refresh the actual app. It’s is possible that the Discord App encountered a temporary bug or glitch which cause it to not work properly.

To refresh the Discord app, follow the steps below.

Step 1. On your computer, press on CTRL + ALT + DEL key on your keyboard.

Step 2. Now, this will prompt a selection menu to appear. Click on Task Manager.

Step 3. After that, on the processes tab scroll down and find the Discord App.

Step 4. Lastly, click on Discord app and tap on the End Task button to stop the app from running.

End Task

Now, open the Discord app from your Desktop and try joining one of your voice servers to see if you would be able to hear anyone from the voice chat.  Alternatively, you can also refresh the Discord app by pressing CTRL + R on your keyboard.

Method 5: Change the Server’s Region

On some cases, you might experience a slow or poor network connection from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) which causes the problem with you not hearing anyone from the voice chat.

You can change the server’s region to another one that is closer to your location to reduce the latency and network bandwidth required to connect properly with the voice chat server.

To do this, check out the following steps:

Step 1. Open Discord and right click on one of your servers.

Step 2. Next, click on Server Settings from the pop-up menu.

Server Settings

Step 3. After that, go to the Overview tab.

Step 4. Lastly, click on the Change button and select the nearest server from your location.

Server Region

Now, try to rejoin your voice server and check if you can hear anyone from your voice chat.

On the other hand, if you are still having issues with the app and still can’t hear anyone in Discord voice chat, check out the last method below to try and fix the issue.

Method 6: Temporarily Use the Web Version

If the problem still persists after doing the steps above, the last thing that you can do is to temporarily use the web version of Discord.

It is possible that the desktop app of Discord is currently experiencing technical problems. In the meantime, you can use the web app to continue with your day-to-day activity on Discord.

This wraps up our guide on how to fix not being able to hear anyone in Discord’s voice servers. We offer other guides to repair various Discord issues including discord no route issue, microphone not working, and Discord won’t open.