Fixed: Discord Can’t Hear Anyone

Some gamers or non-gamers keep receiving a Discord error that Discord can’t hear other people but they can hear you. Even if you can see Discord green circle but no sound. Also, some gamers find that they can’t hear others when Discord is minimized.

discord can not hear one person

That is so annoying that Discord randomly can’t hear anyone in games. Whatever Discord sound error facing you, it is worth following on to fix this Discord sound not working issue on Windows 10, 8, 7.

How to Fix Discord Can’t Hear Anyone?

If there are some errors to Discord audio settings or Discord app or your audio device, Discord sound not working issue will come up. For instance, when your Discord volume is too low, it may lie in that the device volume is set low. Or sometimes, if your audio device hasn’t set as default one, you can’t hear people in Discord. In this way, you may as well troubleshoot the Discord sound error one by one. 


Solution 1: Set as Default Communitive Device

Usually, the communitive device is used to receive or give a telephone call. When you set a communitive device for your PC, the Discord could work with the designated audio device. Hence, there will be no more conflict between the Discord app and the audio device.

1. Right click the sound icon at the right bottom of the Desktop and then select Sounds from the list. And here is the tutorial about how to fix sound icon missing on taskbar.

2. Under Recording, right click the audio device to Set as Default Communitive Device. Here you can also Set as Default Device for the audio device.

3. Hit Apply and OK to save changes.

Then you can voice chat with your friends to see no sound in Discord has been fixed. Or Discord I can hear but can’t talk will also disappear from your PC.

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Solution 2: Use Legacy Audio Subsystem

The Legacy audio subsystem is also an essential part of Discord sound. It is said that when you can’t hear friends on Discord but he can hear you, the Legacy audio subsystem will also be helpful. Thus, you might as well try to use Legacy Audio Subsystem in Discord to solve this unable to hear people in Discord error.

1. Open Discord app.

2. At the right bottom of the Discord app, find out and hit User Settings.

3. Then under Voice & Video, choose to use Legacy Audio Subsystem.

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4. Click Okay to Change Audio Subsystem to Legacy.

After that, you can see your Discord app is re-launched and you are able to hear people and let others hear you on Discord in games or any other occasion.

Solution 3: Update the Audio Driver

Meanwhile, the outdated, missing and corrupted audio driver on Windows 10, 8, 7 will also lead to the error that “my friends can’t hear me on Discord”. It is possible that the problematic audio driver failed to allow your speaker or microphone to work.

Here, to save your time and energy, it is strongly recommended to use Driver Booster, the top one driver finder, downloader, and updater, to update the audio drivers automatically and easily.

1. Download, install and run Driver Booster.

2. Hit Scan. Then Driver Booster will get started to search for the latest driver for your audio devices.

driver booster scan

3. Find out Sound, video and game controllers and Update the audio driver automatically by Driver Booster.

driver booster update audio driver

Driver Booster is installing the updated driver for you.

Once the audio driver is installed, you can open Discord and call your friends, and you will notice that Discord can’t hear anyone or can’t be heard but can hear won’t appear.

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Solution 4: Change to Another Output Device

If the current audio output can’t render sound in Discord and you are stuck at the issue that Discord randomly can’t anyone, maybe it is caused by the improper output device on Discord. In this way, you would better try to use another output device. Perhaps the other output devices will help fix Discord sound not working on Windows 10, 8, 7 or other operating systems.

1. In Discord app, find out User Settings.

2. Under Voice & Video, on the top of the interface, change the Output Device to another one.

discord change output device

For instance, if you have set the default output device, you can change it to a specific Speaker or Microphone like SteelSeries Arctis 7 Game and SteelSeries Arctis 7 Chat. 

Check if you can’t hear anything in Discord persists on your device. If so, you may need to turn to the final solution.

Solution 5: Uninstall and Update Discord App

For some of you, Discord audio not working may result from the outdated or corrupted Discord app. That is to say, the culprit lies in the Discord app itself rather than the audio settings or driver on the computer. Therefore, it is worth a shot to get rid of the problematic Discord app and then download the latest one.

Uninstall Discord app in Control Panel:

1. Go to Control Panel.

2. Find out Programs > Uninstall a program. Try to View by Categories to locate the items quickly.

3. In Programs and Features, locate Discord app and right click it to Uninstall it.

Update the Discord app:

With the old app uninstalled, you can search online to download the more recent release of the Discord app. It is likely that that Discord will make you be heard by others and hear others as well.

All in all, as for the problem that can’t hear anyone in Discord, this post shows you the most effective solutions, which have proved useful for users who are experiencing the same Discord sound issue with you. You can try these ways one by one.

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Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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