Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord? [Solved]

 November 5, 2021

By  Gregory

If abruptly you can’t hear anyone over Discord’s channel and wondering is it a bug or on purpose, fret not, we have got your back. You might find this issue a bit weird since your speakers/headphones are just working fine elsewhere but specifically not on Discord.

Your buddies will be able to hear you on chat, but you couldn’t get their voice. You might also see the green rings of members talking, but surprisingly, the sound isn’t coming to you.

So, if you aren’t sure where to begin sorting this out, don’t worry, we will take you through all the possible workarounds that will help you fix the issue.

Why is it happening?

There isn’t any specific reason, but usually, the primary ones behind the Discord’s Audio issue are the improper audio settings, or a bug taking place in the app. It has also been reported that developers pushing new updates causing voice failures.

But before you head over to the fixes mentioned below, you should check and if needed, rectify the followings:

  • The Discord app must be updated to the latest version
  • Interference of third party software in audio settings can also lead to the problems, like the one you are facing.
  • The outdated sound driver/ firmware also causes various problems

How to Fix Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord

Here we aren’t going to get our hands dirty by going through any complicated troubleshooting; rather, the given methods are the standard checks that can adequately work fixing “Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord.”

1. Restart Discord

This is the universal fix to eliminate minor bugs that ceases the apps to function properly. In this case, simply close the Discord app and re-start it over. Or, optionally you can refresh the app by pressing ctrl + r keys.

If there would be any temporary blockage that’s causing the audio issues, so it would get fixed once you start a new session.

2. Hardware Check

Ensuring the proper hardware connectivity of your headphone jack to the PC’s audio inputs and outputs is the most obvious check that one should perform before all. Also, make sure that you haven’t unknowingly hit the mute button present on the headset.

Sometimes, the outdated firmware and drivers of your audio device can cause the problem; therefore, you should regularly visit the manufacturer’s website to see if there’s any latest version available for your device model.

3. Set as Default Communication Device

This method is all about setting the audio device you are using as a default communication device. Not always it’s a blockage on Discord’s end, rather both Windows audio settings and how your device is set up to respond plays a major role. So, below is how you can make the necessary changes:

  • In the taskbar, right-click on the Speaker/headphone icon and tap on Sounds.
Speaker/headphone icon
  • Click on the Playback tab, right-click on your desired device and select “Set as Default Device.”
  • Now do the same and tap on “Set as Default Communication Device.”
  • You will see a green mark appearing as a confirmation of the default device.
  • Click on Apply and then OK.

If in case, you couldn’t find the desired device in the list appeared, right-click on the blank space within the Playback window and check the both Show Disabled Devices & Show Disconnected Devices boxes.

Can’t Hear Anyone on Discord

And complying with the action will certainly make the wanted device to appear; so this way you can make the selection and subsequently set that particular device as “Default Device” and “Default Communication Device.”

4. Use Legacy Audio System

The incompatibility of your system’s hardware with the Discord’s latest audio subsystem has been a widely reported cause from many users. So, in order to put an end to the problem and plug any gaps between the two follow, the steps mentioned.

  • Navigate to the Discord app.
  • Click on the User Settings (gear icon) present on the right-hand side of your avatar.
  • On the left pane, tap on Voice & Video.
  • Next, scroll down to the option, click on the drop-down menu, and choose Legacy.
Audio Subsystem
  • Tap OK, and Discord will re-launch.

So, if this were the case for you not being able to hear anything over chat, it would be most likely to be resolved upon implementation of the steps mentioned above.

5. Turn Off Third-Party Apps

If you have been using any third-party voice-altering software for Discord, then it might be the cause behind the interruption of the Audio. Therefore, as a preventative measure, it’s advisable to turn off such apps and then tests if the issue persists or not.

6. Discord Voice Settings

Discord comes with customizable voice settings that can be manually set by the users depending on what suits them the best. So before we make any new changes, we should first make sure that everything is on the default settings.

  • Open Discord and head over to the “User Settings” by clicking on the cog icon given next to the avatar.
  • Next, on the left pane, click on “Voice & Video” under App Settings.
  • Scroll to the very bottom and tap on “Reset Voice Settings,” and this would reset all the prior changes you have made.

Now, firstly check input and output devices, that should be on “Default.” If it doesn’t work for you, make changes from the drop-down menu by choosing the available option whichever fits the Audio device you are using. You will hear a beep sound to the chosen device when selected.

Move below to the “Output Volume” option and drag the slider towards the right to the higher percentage that it shouldn’t be on zero. After that, we will do a mic test by clicking on the “Let’s Check” option – sing a lullaby or song or speak out any anything and Discord will play your voice back to you.

Voice settings Discord

If you hear your voice back, that it means you have successfully resolved the Audio issue. In order to ensure that the problem has gone, navigate to any voice channel, and see if you can listen to your buddies voice.

If you are still having trouble, move next to the “Input Mode” and switch between “Voice Activity” and “Push to Talk” to check which one is responding to the needed outcome. Lastly, if nothing seems to be working at your end, have a look at Voice Debug Central for further insight.


We hope the methods mentioned above have helped you to get rid of the Voice issues with the Discord.



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