Voice Chat is an integral part of the experience in a Valorant game. It is so much better than the regular typing chat box. But sometimes, you may notice the voice chat is not working in-game! So, what should you do? Don’t worry. This can be an issue from the Windows side or, Valorant has mistakenly selected another output device as it’s the default device. There are very simple manual troubleshooting steps that you may try to fix the problem.
1. If the voice chat is not working in a particular game, try playing another game and test. It can just be a one-time glitch.
2. Finish the game and exit Valorant. Then, wait for a while. After that, relaunch Valorant and test.
Fix 1 – Unplug and plug the microphone
If you are using a detachable microphone setup, there is a workaround just for you.
1. Complete the game you are playing (otherwise you’ll face a time ban).
2. Once it is done, exit from Valorant.
3. Once you are back on the Desktop, unplug the microphone.
4. Then, wait for a few minutes. Relaunch the game.
5. Try to play a game and test.
Fix 2 – Alter the Volume Mixer settings
You can set the input device for Valorant using the volume mixer.
1. Launch Valorant.
2. Wait till the home page loads up. Once the game loads up, press the Windows key once. This makes the taskbar and Start menu visible.
3. Now, what you have to do is to right-click on the sound icon and tap “Open volume mixer“.
4. Once in the ‘Volume mixer’ section, go to the “Apps” section.
5. Here, you’ll see the “Valorant” app. Set the “Input device” to the microphone that you want.
After that, close the Settings and come back to the Valorant.
Try to chat in the game and check if this helps.
Fix 3 – Test the microphone
Test whether the microphone is working or not.
1. You can do this from the Settings page. So, press the Win key and the I keys together.
2. On the left-hand pane, click “System“. Then, tap “Sound” to explore the settings.
3. Now, on the right-hand side, you’ll see the complete list of sound devices.
4. Just scroll down to the ‘Input’ devices. You’ll see the list of microphones in that list. Now, click on the microphone you want to access.
5. Coming to the next page, go down to the “Test your microphone” section.
6. Then, tap “Start test“.
Now, talk or sing for a few seconds in a loud tone.
7. Once you are done, click “Stop test” to stop the microphone test.
8. Once the test is finished, you can see the test result.
If you see the result is appearing to be 0% or something very less, the microphones are not working properly and you should run the troubleshooter.
Fix 4 – Change mic properties
You can change the microphone properties so that Valorant can take exclusive control of it.
1. You have to open the Sound panel once again.
2. So, open the Run box by pressing the Win key+R keys together.
3. Then, type this and click “OK“.
4. Now, go to the “Recording” section.
5. You can now right-click on the microphone and click on “Properties“.
6. When the microphone properties page opens up, go to the “Advanced” section.
7. Here, go to ‘Exclusive Mode’ and check both these options.
Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device Give exclusive mode applications priority
8. Finally, click “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.
Now, launch Valorant and try to chat in the game. Test if this works.
Fix 5 – Use the correct mic in Valorant
Check whether you are using the correct microphone in Valorant.
1. Launch Valorant.
2. Once the home page opens up, click on the gear icon on the corner and click “Settings“.
3. On the Valorant settings page, go to the “AUDIO” settings.
4. After that, go to the “VOICE CHAT” section. You can find various audio-related settings here.
5. Now, in the ‘Input Device’ section, make sure to click on the drop-down icon and select the microphone device that you want to use.
Additionally, you should set the “Incoming Volume” and “Mic Volume” to “50%” or more.
6. After this, come down to the voice chat section.
7. Here, make sure that you have switched the “Party Voice Chat” and “Party Voice During Custom Game” settings to “On“.
8. Next, set the “Team Voice Chat” settings to “On” as well.
Once you have changed the settings as directed, click “Close Settings” to close the Valorant Settings page.
Then, just start a spike rush or Escalation match.
Fix 6 – Set the microphone as the default device
If your system has multiple microphone devices or you have used multiple microphone devices, you have to set the microphone to the default device.
1. Press the Win key+R keys together to open the Run box.
2. In the Run box, write this and click “OK“.
3. This opens up the Sound pane on your screen.
4. Now, head on to the “Recording” tab. Here, you can see the microphone devices you have.
5. Just right-click on the microphone of your choice and click “Set as Default Device“.
This will set the microphone as the default device on your computer. This usually makes the games and apps set the microphone as their main device to use.
Launch Valorant and try to chat at the party. Check if this works for you.
Fix 7 – Update the microphone
You can update the microphone to the latest version. This should help you resolve the issue.
1. You can press the Win key and the X keys together to bring up the context menu.
2. Then, tap on the “Device Manager” to access it.
3. Device Manager enlists all the device drivers of the computer. Once that opens up, search for the “Audio inputs and outputs“. Expand it.
4. Then, right-click on the microphone device that you are currently using and tap on “Update driver“.
5. On the next screen, click “Search automatically for drivers“.
Once Windows does check and installs the latest audio driver, close the Device Manager and restart the device.
Open Valoratn and test if this works or not.
Fix 8 – Run the microphone troubleshooter
You can run the microphone troubleshooter. It can fix the issue.
1. Open Windows Settings.
2. Then, tap “System” on the left-hand side.
3. Next, click on the “Troubleshoot” option to access it.
4. Now, on the right-hand side, click on “Other troubleshooters“. You can now see the complete list of troubleshooters.
5. Now, go down through the list of troubleshooters until you see the “Recording Audio” troubleshooter.
6. Click “Run” to run the troubleshooter.
Let Recording Audio scan for the issue with the microphone and find a quick resolution for that issue.
Fix 9 – Disable the integrated microphone
If your system has an integrated microphone, using a dedicated microphone can get into conflict and cause this problem.
1. You have to open the Device Manager page. So, press the Win key+R keys together.
2. Now, type this word and click “OK“.
3. Once you are on the Device Manager page, again expand the first device type “Audio inputs and outputs“.
4. Here, you can see the list of microphones connected to your system. Identify which one you aren’t using (like in our case it is the “High Definition Audio Device“).
5. Next, right-click that device and click “Disable device“.
This way, you can disable all the other devices as well. Now, close the Device Manager.
Then, launch Valorant on your system, and check.
Fix 10 – Run Valorant as an administrator
If nothing else works, try running the game as an administrator.
1. Look for the Valorant icon on your desktop.
2. If you can, right-click on the “Valorant” on the desktop and click “Run as administrator“.
Otherwise, use the search box to find and run Valorant as an administrator.
This will start the game with administrative rights.
Now, start a normal game and test whether the voice chat is working or not.