Fixed: Fortnite Mic Not Working on Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7

No voice in Fortnite? Many gamers hit upon voice chat issues in Fortnite. When you are playing the game, the microphone does not work and you cannot hear your friends in Fortnite. Or sometimes, the headset is not working on Fortnite, causing your voice unheard.

fornite mic not working

If you are plagued by the voice chat issues on Fortnite on Windows 10, 8, 7, or even Mac, you need to check this mic problem and try methods to solve it to enjoy the game as before, especially when the Fortnite speaker is not working, neither.


Why Is Fortnite Mic Not Working?

Both hardware and software issues may cause chat not working in Fortnite games on Xbox One, Switch, or PC. According to users on Reddit, chances are that the Windows system ran into errors when they tried to use their microphone to chat with their friends in Fornite since the Fortnite mic not working is removed after Windows Update.

Many others complained that improper audio settings or service may be culprits of the Fortnite voice chat not responding issue. But they have no idea how to re-configure the voice settings to fix the microphone on Fortnite.

How to Fix Mic Not Working on Fortnite?

Considering the main causes of this Fortnite audio issue, you need to try some methods to check the audio hardware, settings, driver, service, the Fornite app, and Windows system. Below are the more common but effective solutions to resolve the Fortnite microphone not working issue.


Solution 1: Reconnect the Microphone to the Device

If you find the voice chat isn’t working in Fortnite, you might as well try to disconnect and then reconnect the microphone to the PC. Similarly, once you encounter the headset not responding in Fortnite on Xbox One, Switch, or PS 4, it is also necessary to reconnect the microphone in case of any wrongdoings in the connection.

For a wired microphone, try to plug out the headset and then plug it into the USB port on the PC again.

plug microphone to the pc again

For the Bluetooth microphone, disconnect and reconnect to the PC to check if the mic works in Fortnite. If reconnecting the headset does not work to solve your gaming audio problem, just move on.

Solution 2: Set the Microphone the Default Device on Windows

It is likely that you cannot hear or be heard from the microphone when you have not set the microphone the default audio device for the system.

If so, there will be conflicts between different audio devices. Hence, you need to ensure you have made the microphone to be used in Fortnite the default device on Windows 10, 8, 7.

In this process, you need to first turn off the voice chat in Fortnite audio settings and then set the microphone default device. Based on these changes, you can turn on the voice chat in Fortnite again to see whether the mic is working when you play Fortnite games.

To turn of Fortnite voice chat:

1. Open Fortnite.

2. On the top right corner of the Fortnite interface, hit the three-line icon > the setting icon.

fortnite settings icon

3. Hit the speaker icon and then click to Turn off Voice Chat.

voice chat input device

4. Click Apply to take effect.

To set the microphone default device:

1. Right click the Speaker icon on the desktop.

2. Select Sounds from the list.

3. Under Recording, right click the Microphone to Set Default.

In so doing, your microphone will become the default device when you play audio. While you can also disable some audio devices in case there are conflicts, leading to the Fortnite mic not working.

4. Right click the audio device (Stereo Mix for instance) to Disable it.

disable stereo mix audio device

To turn on Fortnite voice chat:

Now that the headset has been set default audio device, you can open Fortnite to Turn on Voice Chat in its audio settings.

As per user reports, the mic out of work in Fortnite disappeared after these settings and they can hear and be heard through the microphone on Fortnite.

Solution 3: Update the Audio Driver

Besides audio settings, the audio driver for your microphone is also a potential reason for Fortnite voice chat not working. So you should try to check and update the audio driver to get it to work on Windows 10 to avoid microphone issues.

Here Driver Booster, the top-one driver tool, can be reliable and efficient to help search, download, and install the latest drivers automatically on Windows systems. That can indirectly facilitate your process of fixing the Fortnite mic error.

1. Download, install and run Driver Booster.

2. Click Scan to scan all the device drivers automatically by Driver Booster.

driver booster scan

3. In the search result, under Audio inputs and outputs, locate the microphone driver to Update it.

Driver Booster will be downloading and installing the latest audio driver for you.

With the latest audio driver, you might as well use the microphone in Fortnite games to check whether it works.

Solution 4: Restart Windows Audio Service

Similarly, the audio service may also give rise to mic not working in Fortnite. As suggested by many users and technicians, it is also needed to restart the audio service to resolve Fortnite Microphone not responding issue.

1. Type in services in the search box and then hit the best-matched result to enter Services.

2. Scroll down to locate and right click Windows audio service to Restart it.

restart windows audio services

3. You can also set Windows audio Startup type Automatic to avoid audio problems.

4. Right click Windows audio to open its Properties.

5. In Properties, find out Startup type and then set it Automatic.

6. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Solution 5: Allow Fortnite to Access the Microphone

Understandably, if you have forbidden programs like Fornite to access the microphone, the mic will not work when you play this game. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to check and allow Fortnite’s access to use a headset on Windows 7, 8, 10.

1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Privacy.

2. Under Microphone, on the right side, switch on the option “Allow apps to access your microphone”.

allow apps to access your microphone

Connect the microphone and try it in games, and you will notice that the Fortnite mic is working as normal.  In case you reconfigured the access settings for the Microphone, you can check and change the settings if needed. 

Solution 6: Check for Windows Updates

Every Windows Update brings new features and fixes to your PC. If you can’t fix the audio error yourself, it is also a wise choice to update the Windows system to see if a new system package will help fix the conflicts between the audio and the system.

1. Go to Start >Settings >Update & Security.

2. Under Windows Update, Check for updates.

check for updates

The system will then automatically check the system version and download new updates if available. After that, the audio issue may be resolved automatically.

All in all, you will find a way out to fix mic not working in Fortnite from this post. Try to contact us if you have any questions or problems.

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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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