How to Fix Discord Not Detecting Microphone on Windows 11

Discord is a very accessible and popular application used in the world today for forms of communication such as texting, video calling, etc. The app allows people to connect with like-minded people on different areas of life/games. Lately, there have been complaints about the mic not being detected by Discord on the relatively new Windows 11, which is why in this article, we will discuss how to fix this problem for good.

How to Fix Discord Not Detecting Microphone on Windows 11

Discord helps users interact with other users personally or in groups through the use of text, voice, and video. However, microphone issues can disrupt your voice and video interactions and may disappoint you. We have found possible ways to solve this problem. Please read the steps and apply them appropriately.

How to fix Discord not detecting microphone on Windows 11?

The reason Discord not detecting the mic on Windows 11 could be the result of a damaged or outdated microphone driver or due to wrong settings applied. It could also be the result of a bug. However, the solutions to the problems are listed below.

Step 1) Restart the PC

The first step is to restart your PC. After doing this, you need to confirm whether the Discord mic is working or not. If the issue is not resolved, proceed to the next step.

Step 2) Set mic as default input device

The second step is to set the microphone as the default input device. Use the following methods to do this:

1) Open the Discord app and tap the User Settings button in the lower left corner.

2) Under Application Settings, select Voice & Video.

3) Click on the Input Device menu and click on the microphone you want to use from the variety of options that appear to make it the default input device.

4) Now save the changes and restart Discord.

Step 3) Make sure Discord can access the mic

To be able to do that, follow the next steps.

1) Press Windows + I to open the Settings menu. Now choose Privacy & Security from the list of tabs on the left navigation bar.

2) Go to app permissions and click on the Microphone tab.

3) Check if Discord has access to the microphone, and if not, enable it by toggling the toggle. This should solve the problem.

Step 4) Update Microphone Driver

The next step is to update the microphone driver using the following steps.

1) To launch the search menu, press Windows + S, type Device Manager in the text box at the top and select the appropriate search result that appears.

2) Double-click on the Audio Inputs and Outputs setting to see the devices below.

3) Right-click on the primary microphone and select Update Driver option.

4) From the two options that appear, select the option Search automatically for drivers.

5) Wait for the operating system to install the best microphone drivers it can find. After that, the error should be fixed. If not, consider uninstalling the driver and restarting your PC.

Step 5) Run Discord as Administrator

The next step is to run Discord as administrator by following these steps.

1) Enter Discord in Windows Search and right-click on the corresponding search result that displays the Discord application and choose Run as administrator from the context menu.

2) At the User Account Control prompt that appears, click Yes.

Step 6) Reset voice settings

The next step is to reset voice settings in Discord.

1) Launch the Discord app and select the User Settings icon.

2) Click on the Voice and Video option under Application Settings.

3) Navigate down and click on Reset Voice option.

Step 7) Update Windows 11

If the problem persists, the next step is to update Windows 11. Go to the Windows Update section of your PC and click on the Check for updates option.

Step 8) Disable Exclusive Mode

The next step is to disable exclusive mode by following the steps below;

1) To launch the search menu, press Windows + S, type Change system sounds in the text box at the top and select the appropriate search result that appears.

2) Click on the Recording tab at the top.

3) Right click on the microphone and click Properties.

4) Go to the Advanced tab in the Microphone Properties window.

5) Uncheck the box next to “Allow apps to take exclusive control of this device”, then click “OK” to save the changes.

Step 9) Reinstall the Discord app

The final and perhaps most desperate step is to uninstall and reinstall the Discord app. This should definitely fix the problem. If this persists, contact Discord customer support.

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