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How to set up your microphone and headphones in Discord

How to set up your microphone and headphones in Discord

Discord is great for voice chat, but you may need to change a few settings to correct static, background noise, and poor audio quality. Here’s how to choose your sound devices and make sure they come with crystal clear clarity.

In Discord, open the Settings menu by clicking the wheel icon next to the lower left name and avatar.

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In the Settings menu, under «Application settings», select «Voice and video» on the left. This will open the menu where you can change your microphone or headset settings.

To choose which microphone or headphones Discord should use, open the drop-down menu under «Input Device». Select the device you are trying to configure. If you choose the default setting, Discord will refer to the microphone that is set as default for your operating system.

If your microphone is too loud, click and slide the slider under «Input Volume» to an appropriate level. You can test the volume and quality of your current microphone or headset by clicking the «Check» button below the Microphone Test.

By default, Discord will turn on your microphone when it detects noise. You can change this setting to press to speak, which will only activate your microphone when you decide to press the corresponding key. Change this setting by checking the «Voice activity» or «Tap to talk» box.

If you have selected «Voice activity», you can adjust the sensitivity of this setting. Discord automatically determines the sensitivity of the microphone by default, but you can turn off this setting by clicking the switch. Then adjust the slider to be more or less receptive.

If you selected «Press to speak», select which key activates your microphone by clicking «Register key combination» under «Shortcut». Use the slider under «Push To Talk Release Delay» to increase or decrease the delay time between when you release the Push-to-Talk key and when the microphone is turned off. Finally, you can add push-to-talk shortcuts by clicking «Keyboard settings».

Additional voice settings are available on the «Advanced» tab, which you can access by scrolling down this menu. Echo cancellation, noise suppression, automatic gain control and QoS are enabled by default. We recommend that you leave these settings enabled unless they interfere with your existing settings.

Finally, use the «Attenuation» setting to make it easier for you or your friends to hear you when you speak. Raise the slider to increase how much Discord will reduce the volume of other applications. This will apply to you or others on the channel, depending on how you configure the two switches below.


Remember that your voice will sound as clear as the microphone. Whether it’s a headset, a desktop microphone, or a built-in microphone, these settings will help you get better sound quality through Discord

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