There are several reasons which can prevent your microphone from working when playing CSGO. Some of the most common occurrences are your Windows privacy settings, microphone audio enhancements, and more.
Upon trying to use the microphone to communicate with the other players, you will not be able to see the microphone icon in-game; thus, no one will be able to hear you. There are cases where a third-party application can control your microphone, preventing CSGO from using it.
We have compiled a list of different methods you can implement to resolve the issue. Let us start right away.
1. Allow Microphone Access in Privacy Settings
When starting to troubleshoot the issue on your computer, the first step should be to make sure that your microphone is allowed to be used by other apps.
Windows comes with various privacy features, and you can choose to not allow specific apps on your computer to access your microphone. With this feature enabled, apps will not be able to recognize your microphone or use it all.
Therefore, you will need to ensure that the apps on your computer are allowed to use your microphone. In case the feature is enabled, you will not be able to use your microphone in-game. Follow the instructions below to allow microphone access in Windows privacy settings:
- First, open the Settings app by pressing the Win key + I on your keyboard.
- In the Settings app, navigate to Privacy & Security > Microphone.
- There, enable Microphone access via the slider provided.
- After that, scroll down to locate the Let desktop apps access your microphone option.
- Make sure it is turned on.
- Once you do that, open CSGO to see if the problem goes away.
2. Set a Default Microphone
Another reason which can prevent CSGO from using your microphone is when you do not have a default microphone set. CSGO uses your default system microphone in-game. Thus, if you do not have a default microphone set or an incorrect microphone is set as the default system input device, the game will not be able to access your microphone.
If this case is applicable, you will have to set the microphone you use as the default input device in Windows settings to resolve the issue. To do this, follow the instructions down below:
- First, open the Settings app on your PC by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut.
- In the Settings app, navigate to System > Sound.
- There, click on your microphone to navigate to the Properties section.
- From the Set as default sound device drop-down menu, make sure your microphone is set to Use as default for audio.
- After doing that, open CSGO to see if you can use your microphone.
3. Change Steam Voice Input Device
In some scenarios, the problem can also originate due to your Steam voice input device. This can happen when there is no specific input device selected for Steam or an incorrect device is chosen, CSGO will not be able to access your microphone since it cannot recognize it.
In such a scenario, you will have to change your Steam Voice input device to resolve the issue. This can be done pretty easily via the Steam Friends window. Follow the instructions down below to do this:
- First, open the Steam client on your computer.
- In the bottom-right corner of the Steam client, click Friends & Chats.
- After that, click the gear icon next to your Steam name on the Steam Friends window.
- Then, on the Friends List Settings window, switch to the Voice tab.
- Choose your microphone from the Voice Input Device drop-down menu.
- Once you do that, launch CSGO to see if the issue persists.
4. Change the Microphone Format
CSGO may not be able to use your microphone due to the format of the microphone in Windows settings. There are various formats Windows allows you to choose from for your input device.
Changing the format of your input device can often improve the quality of the microphone. However, going for really high bit rates can have a negative effect such as preventing specific games from using the device.
Therefore, you will have to change the format of your microphone to see if that mitigates the issue in your case. Follow the instructions down below to do this:
- Start by opening the Settings app on your PC by pressing the Win key + I.
- Navigate to System > Sound in the Settings app.
- Then, click on your microphone to navigate to its properties.
- Under Input settings, change the Format of the microphone from the drop-down menu. There is no specific format that might fix the issue.
- You can try using different formats to see if that fixes the issue.
5. Disable Audio Enhancements
To improve the quality of your audio on Windows, you can use different audio effects that may be available for your device. While this feature aims at improving the quality of the audio, it can often cause various issues.
CSGO not being able to recognize your microphone is not an exception here. Therefore, you can try disabling any audio enhancements that may have been applied to your output device to see if that fixes the issue.
Follow the instructions down below to disable audio enhancements:
- First, open the Settings app on your PC.
- In the Settings app, navigate to System > Sound.
- Click on your output device from the list provided to view its properties.
- Locate the Audio enhancements feature and select Off from the drop-down menu next to it.
- Once you do that, open CSGO on your PC and see if the problem is still there.
6. Remove Third-Party Microphone Apps
Finally, if none of the above methods has fixed the problem for you, the issue may likely be caused by the presence of third-party applications that control your microphone.
If you have a third-party application that controls your microphone in the background, such as a voice changer like VoiceMod or something similar, the issue might be triggered because of them.
This happens when the game is not able to access your microphone due to the interference of these applications. In such a scenario, you will have to remove any such third-party apps to resolve the problem for yourself.
To uninstall an application from Windows, follow the instructions down below:
- Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start Menu.
- In the Control Panel window, click on the Uninstall a program option.
- Then, from the list of installed applications, locate the application you want to uninstall and double-click on it.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the removal of the program from your computer.