Repaired: Unable to Hear Anyone on Discord

Discord is a VoIP application that is widely used by gamers and non-gamers alike. Because Discord allows voice chats, you may not be able to hear other users when using Discord. However, other users can hear you clearly. You may not hear a specific person or group of people, or you may not hear anyone at all. You may also see green rings that indicate that sound is also coming in.

The cause of this problem is usually due to improper 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 application. Most of these causes can be fixed in a few minutes, so you don’t have to worry. Just follow the methods listed below by Techquack and continue until the problem is resolved.

What Causes the Inability to Hear Someone on Discord?

There are several reasons why the sound in your Discord app may not work. Here are some of the most likely reasons.

  • The microphone input is not working
  • The audio output is not working
  • The wrong device is set as the default audio device.
  • Viruses preventing your audio system from working
  • Outdated audio drivers
  • Your operating system needs to be updated

If you can’t hear audio during a voice chat, you may need to check for these issues. You may also need to find out how to enable sound in Discord.

In any case, we’ll give you all the details in the following sections so that you can listen to other users without being interrupted.

How to Troubleshoot Unable to Hear Anyone on Discord?

Use legacy audio subsystem

One of the most common solutions to the problem of not being able to hear other Discord users has to do with hardware compatibility.

Sometimes hardware components are not compatible with the current Discord audio subsystem. Simply switching back to a traditional audio subsystem will solve this problem.

Enabling the “Use legacy audio subsystem” option has solved many Discord-related problems, so you should try this option first.

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Select the “User Settings” tab; this is the little gear icon below the server channels.
  3. Select the “Language and Video” tab.
  4. Under the “Language and Video” tab, scroll down and find the “Audio Subsystem” section.
  5. You should see a dropdown menu, in this menu, you will see the “Legacy” option, select it.
  6. After selecting the “Legacy” option, you will see a message that looks like this.
  7. Finally, select “OK” and let Discord restart.

This method has been used by many people and has solved the problem. I hope it works for you as well. If not, we have a few other solutions up our sleeve that might work.

Default communication device

One method that is regularly neglected is to make headphones the default communication device. This setting is set in Windows, so it can sometimes be overlooked by people wanting to solve this problem. We’ve had great success with this method when helping other people who can’t hear their interlocutors on Discord.

  1. Right-click on the Sound tab in the lower right corner of Windows and select Open Sound Options.
  2. In Sound preferences, scroll down to “Related Settings” and select the “Sound Control Panel” tab.
  3. Find your audio device in the list, right-click on the tab, and select “Set as Default Communication Device”.
  4. After selecting “Set as a default communication device”, click “Apply”.
  5. Restart Discord and see if the problem is resolved.

This is another proven way to get Discord working again. This method has helped many people and may be the solution you are looking for.

Setting up the I/O device

One of the easiest steps to solve your audio output problem is to make sure that your audio device is set as your primary I/O device. This is done in Windows, not in Discord, so it can sometimes be overlooked. This can be a problem if you are constantly switching between headphones and speakers.

  1. Right-click on the “Sound” tab in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Select the “Open Sound Settings” option.
  3. On this tab, you should see a drop-down menu titled “Select Output Device”.
  4. Select the drop-down menu and make sure that the headphones you are using are selected as your primary device.
  5. Do the same for “Input Device”.
  6. If both settings are correct, restart Discord and the problem will be solved.

Frequently Asked Questions

This problem is usually caused by incorrect audio settings or because 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 application. Most of these causes can be fixed in a few minutes, so you don't have to worry.

  1. Check the status of your Discord server.
  2. Check the settings on the audio device.
  3. Check the connections.
  4. Set the default settings and adjust them in the Windows settings.
  5. Check if the sound is muted.
  6. Check whether you have muted the application in the sound settings.
  7. Update the application.
  8. Reboot your computer.

If you selected "Voice Activity," you can adjust the sensitivity of this setting. Discord automatically sets the default microphone sensitivity, but you can turn this setting off by clicking on the slider. Increase the slider to increase the degree to which Discord reduces the volume of other applications.

Mods, or anyone else with permission to do so, can knock out other participants. If they do, they will only be muted, but not mute, so they can talk but not hear. So if you don't have permission, you can't even do it for yourself.