Discord has been the leading VOIP service for gamers for several years. Its popularity has grown steadily, reflecting the ease of use of the app. The app’s development team is great, and Discord is updated frequently with regular bug fixes.
Unfortunately, some bugs have yet to go away, and several external factors may be to blame. Discord voice chat not working is a common problem that many users have encountered repeatedly.
This error often causes you to hear your friends, but not be able to contact them back, and this can be very frustrating, as it always happens unexpectedly. The problem seems to occur mostly in the downloadable desktop application for computer users and less frequently in the online application.
Voice chat problems happen to all of us, and in this Techquack article, we’ll provide some step-by-step instructions to help you communicate in Discord again.
Why is Discord voice chat not working?
This problem can probably be caused by an old, incorrect, or missing audio driver. You can easily fix this problem by updating the audio driver.
It can also be caused by incorrect Discord language settings (input mode, OpenSL SE, etc.). In addition, this error may be caused by an outdated Discord application. The affected user encounters an error when trying to talk to a contact. The problem is not limited to a specific operating system. In some cases, the problem appeared after 2-3 minutes of voice communication.
How to fix Discord voice chat not working
Change the input mode in the Discord app to voice activity
You may be having problems with Discord voice chat if your Discord app audio/entry mode settings are not set up correctly. In this context, changing the input mode to voice activity in the Discord/Call settings may solve the problem.
- Launch the Discord app and open its settings.
- Now click on Voice and Video.
- Then change the input mode to voice activity.
- Now when you make a call, make sure that the input mode is also set to voice activity.
- Then restart your phone and after the restart, check if the voice chat problem in Discord is resolved.
Update the Discord app to the latest version / beta version
Discord is regularly updated to fix known bugs and add new features based on user suggestions. An outdated app can pave the way for problems with voice chat in the app. In this context, updating the Discord app to the latest beta version may solve the problem. To illustrate our point, we’ll walk you through the process of updating your Android phone.
- Launch the Google Play Store, then click on the hamburger icon.
- Then click on My apps and games.
- Now go to the Installed tab and tap on Discord.
- Now click the Update button.
- Once you’ve updated the app, check to see if the problem has been resolved.
- If not, repeat steps 1-3 to open Discord in the Play Store.
- Scroll down the page and click Join (under Join Beta).
- Then confirm that you want to participate in the beta program (keep in mind that betas can be unstable).
- Now, wait for your account to be added to the Discord beta program.
- Reboot your phone and after the reboot, update the Discord app if an update is available for Discord (repeat steps 1 to 4) and hopefully the Discord bug will be fixed.
Turn on the “Force calls to use OpenSL ES” option in the Discord settings
Several features have been added to improve Discord functionality. One such capability is the Open Sound Library for Embedded Systems API (OpenSL ES), which solves various audio problems in the Discord application. Switching to this API can solve your voice chat problem.
- Launch the Discord app and open its settings. Now click Voice and Video.
- Then under Low Latency Hardware Acceleration, select the Force calls to use the OpenSL ES option.
- Then exit the Discord app.
- Now start your phone settings and open the app manager.
- Then open Discord and press Force Stop.
- Now confirm that you want to force stop the Discord app.
- Now start the Discord app and check if the voice chat problem is resolved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Having an outdated app can lead to problems with voice chat in the app. In this regard, updating the Discord app to the latest version/beta version can solve the problem. To illustrate, we'll show you the upgrade process on an Android phone.
The cause of this problem is usually due to incorrect audio settings or the fact that your audio device is not selected as the default device. In some cases, the problem may also be caused by a Discord update or a bug in the Discord app. Most of these causes can be fixed in a few minutes, so you don't have to worry.
In most cases, restarting Discord, switching to a different voice channel or server solves the problem. Or you can just wait a little while. In most cases, Discord will restart/connect automatically.
- Make sure the microphone or headset is properly connected to your computer.
- Make sure that the microphone is properly positioned.
- Increase the volume of your microphone. Here's how to do it in Windows 10: Select Start, then Settings -> System -> Sound.
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