Fix: Discord Voice Chat not Working

Discord voice chat may not work due to the wrong configuration of the voice settings of Discord (input mode, OpenSL SE, etc.). Moreover, an outdated Discord application may also cause the error under discussion. The affected user encounters the error when he tries to voice chat with a contact. The issue is not limited to a particular OS. In some cases, the issue appeared after 2 to 3 minutes of the voice chat.

Discord Voice Chat

Before moving on with the troubleshooting process to fix the Discord voice chat issue, make sure your voice input/output devices are working fine. Also, restart your devices (phone, PC, routers, etc.) to clear out any temporary glitch. Moreover, make sure the Discord servers are up and running.

Additionally, unmute your mic and speak to check if the issue is a temporary glitch. Make sure the microphone is enabled in the device and Discord’s settings. Also, make sure your headset is not faulty or incompatible with Discord (in some cases, Hyperx Cloud II was the reason behind the issue).

Last but not the least, have a good look at our articles for Discord mic is not working and cannot hear anyone on Discord. For illustration, the solutions here are targeted for an Android phone; you may have to dig deeper to make these solutions work for your OS.

Solution 1: Change the Input Mode of the Discord Application to Voice Activity

You may have issues with Discord Voice Chat if the input mode/audio settings of the Discord application is not configured properly. In this context, changing the input mode to voice activity in the Discord/call settings may solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Discord application and then open its settings.
  2. Now tap on Voice and Video.
    Open Voice and Video Settings of Discord
  3. Then change the input mode to the Voice Activity.
    Change Output Mode to Voice Activity
  4. Now make sure when making a call that the input mode there is also set to Voice Activity.
  5. Then restart your phone and upon restart, check if Discord is clear of the voice chat issue.

Solution 2: Enable ‘Force Calls to Use OpenSL ES’ in the Discord Settings

Different features have been added to improve the functionality of Discord. One such features is the ‘Open Sound Library for Embedded Systems‘ (OpenSL ES) API to overcome different audio issues in the Discord application. Switching to the said API may solve your voice chat issue.

  1. Launch the Discord application and then open its Settings. Now tap on Voice and Video.
  2. Then, under the option of Low Latency Hardware Acceleration, select Force Calls to Use OpenSL ES.
    Enable the Option of Force Calls to Use OpenSL ES
  3. Then exit the Discord application.
  4. Now launch the Settings of your phone and then open its Application Manager.
    Open Application Manager
  5. Then open Discord and then tap on Force Stop.
    Force Stop the Discord Application
  6. Now confirm to Force Stop the Discord application.
    Force Stop the Discord Application
  7. Now launch the Discord application and then check if the voice chat issue is resolved.

Solution 3: Update the Discord Application to the Latest Build/ Beta

Discord is regularly updated to patch the known bugs and add new features according to the user suggestions. Having an outdated application may pave way for the voice chat problems in the application. In this context, updating the Discord application to the latest build/beta may solve the problem. For illustration, we will guide you through the update process on an Android phone.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store and then tap on the hamburger icon.
  2. Then tap on My Apps & Games.
    My apps & games – PlayStore
  3. Now navigate to the Installed tab and then tap on Discord.
    Tap on Discord in the Play Store
  4. Now tap on the Update button.
    Update the Discord Application
  5. After updating the app, check if the issue is solved.
  6. If not, then repeat steps 1 to 3 to open Discord in the Play Store.
  7. Now scroll down and then tap on the Join button (under Join the Beta).
    Join the Beta Program of the Discord Application
  8. Then confirm to join the beta program (Be careful, beta versions can be unstable).
    Confirm to Join the Beta Program of the Discord Application
  9. Now, wait till your account is added to the beta program of Discord.
  10. Now restart your phone and upon restart, update the Discord application if an update of Discord is available (repeat steps 1 to 4) and hopefully, Discord is clear of the error.

Kevin Arrows

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