Discord is quickly becoming the preferred communication platform for gamers, but recently, some of its users have been complaining that it is not able to recognize the microphone connected to the system. Well, if you are one of these people and are wondering how to fix discord not picking up mic, then you have come to the right place because in this guide I have discussed five easy to follow methods for resolving this issue for good.
Discord is like a social networking platform built considering the needs of the gamers. You, as a user, can create your own community or can join others. You can even communicate with your community members via messaging, voice, or video chat.
Unlike Teamspeak or mumble which are self-hosted messaging and voice platforms, Discord is hosted on their own servers and also by Microsoft. To use it, all you have to do is sign up. It’s a 100% free platform and gives you the freedom to have unlimited connected members. Additionally, according to the official statement, Discord is going to remain free for everyone. Furthermore, they have no plans to change their operating policy in coming future.
Everything sounds great, right?
Well, the only problem is that some Discord users are experiencing problematic glitches. Issues with the push to talk, mic, OS compatibility, etc. are in rising, and their customer support rarely responds to support requests.
5 Ways to Fix Discord Not Picking Up Mic
One of the biggest issues with Discord is related to microphone recognition. Many users have been complaining that they are able to listen to their team players while playing games, but teammates aren’t able to listen to the user. I have also experienced the same while I had a multiplayer match with my friend. I have also noticed that I am facing this issue only when I use discord’s desktop application. If I use the web-based app, then everything seems to be working perfectly fine.
If you are also facing the same issue, don’t worry. Here in this guide, I will walk through five working methods which will help you to fix this problem.
I decided to create this troubleshooting guide for my audience because I have faced this issue personally. I know how frustrating it can be when you are participating in challenging gameplay then suddenly you realize that your mic is not working.
Run With Administrator Privilege
Administrative privilege is a unique authentication system in Microsoft OS. It helps to protect user computers from malicious files that could automatically gain administrative access and start corrupting system files.
Now whenever any application needs to access any privileged API to perform its tasks, Windows will instantly give a pop-up message asking you to confirm the activity. Only when you confirm, that application can start and access the restricted APIs.
One of such privileged API in Windows OS is UDP in Winsock. Discord needs access to this API to transmit recorded audio from your computer to your channel. It also means that you might need to give administrative access to all those applications installed on your computer, which you use to stream audio-visual data from your computer.
So if discord push to talk is not working then you can try starting it with administrative privilege. There are two different ways to do it, and you can check the steps below.
The First Method.
- Right-click on the discord’s shortcut icon on your computer.
- Choose “Run as administrator” option.
Remember, you will have to repeat this every time you start the application. If you always want to open Discord with administrator privilege, then follow the second method listed below.
The Second Method.
- Right-click on the discord shortcut icon on your desktop.
- From the menu, click on the “Properties”.
- Click on the “Compatibility” tab.
- Finally, click on “Run this program as an Administrator” option and click on the “Apply” button.
Log Out And Then Log In
One of the oldest tricks of fixing any website related issue is logging-in and then logging out. Even the savviest computer expert can’t always explain how this method somehow miraculously fixes weird issues in web-applications and sites.
Just as this solution can be the fast and easy way to fix other computer-related issues, it may also be the perfect fix for discord not picking up mic.
Often the simple act of logging out of Discord and then logging back into your account might fix the mic related issue.
To accomplish this, all you need to do is go to your user settings that are typically found in the bottom left corner of your screen. You may have to scroll down until you find the log out button but once you do you have to simply click on it and confirm that you do indeed want to log out. On occasions, it may be necessary to repeat this process more than once to get the result that you’re looking for.
After you log out, you will need to log back in. To do this will require that you reinsert your login credentials. Once you are logged back in simply do a quick check to make sure that your buddies can hear you.
Microphone Not Working on Discord? Make Sure To Choose The Right Mic
It is very common today for the average user to have multiple mics connected with their system. This means that when we use various software or apps, they can choose which mic it will use. Commonly there will be a default mic, and if you are using a different one, you’ll have to set that to be used. Sometimes, however, we think we have a particular mic set as the default, and yet software and apps can choose a different mic.
If you find that your mic seems to be working in every way except that your buddies can’t hear you when using Discord, then make sure that it is selected to use the correct mic. If you find that it is set to use the built-in microphone and you wanted to use the microphone on your headset or your desktop, then you just simply choose the one you want to use, and that should remedy the problem. It’s easy to overlook this possibility because the average user will assume that everything is set up for the microphone that they are trying to use.
To check which microphone you are set to use click on the icon for user settings. Then look for voice and video. There you will see a drop-down menu that allows you to select the microphone you want to use. Click on the drop-down arrow and then just choose the mic that you want to use with Discord. Don’t forget to max out your volume slider before you exit.
Adjust The Automatic Input Sensitivity Setting
Sometimes the automatic input sensitivity gets disabled. It could be that you clicked on that by accident or there could be some other reason that it became set to the disabled state. In either case, you might need to enable it to fix mic not working on discord.
This is one of the common mistake new users usually make while they are trying to adjust their “Voice” related settings and accidentally disable the “input sensitivity” option.
When you disable this option, you get the option to adjust the sensitivity of your microphone. Now, the problem is that this function is sometimes buggy. So, most of the time manual settings don’t work, and thus you can’t record or stream your audio.
To fix this, you can follow the steps listed below.
- You need to open up the Discord app on your computer.
- Then you need to click on the “User settings” option. You will find it on the left-hand side of the app, and it has a gear symbol (⚙️).
- Now you need to click on the “Voice and video” option under the “APP SETTINGS” section.
- You will now have to scroll down until you see “input sensitivity.” Once you find it, click on the toggle button. Please check the image attached below for clarification.
Once you’re done following and implementing the above-listed steps, you can test your mic by talking to it.
If the “bar” glows with gree color, then it means your mic is working perfectly fine, and now you can record and stream your audio.
Fix Discord Not Picking up Mic by Resetting Your Voice Settings
On many occasions, discord won’t pick up mic if you connect a new headset or microphone to your system. One of the best ways to fix this problem is by resetting your voice settings. If any of the methods listed above didn’t work, you can follow this method and hopefully it will fix all your problems.
In order to reset voice-related settings, kindly follow the steps listed below.
- Remove any plugged headset, earphone or microphone from your computer.
- Open up the Discord application installed on your computer with administrative privilege.
- At the bottom of the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a gear icon (⚙️). Click on this gear icon.
- Scroll to the “APP SETTINGS” and then click on the “Voice and Video” option.
- Now, you need to scroll down till you find a red-colored “Reset Voice Settings” option. Once you find it, click on it.
- After clicking, you will get a pop-up message asking you to confirm your action. Click on the “Okay” button to confirm the purge of local mutes and local volumes.
- Now re-connect your mic and check if it is working.
In this troubleshooting guide, I have shared five working methods to fix discord, not picking up mic on Windows OS and on its official website. If you think this guide helped you in any way, please take the trouble to share it with your friends.
If you have got any questions or want any help with any of the methods listed here, please let me know of it in the comment section below.