How To Use Discord Push To Talk Feature?

Discord is a popular group chatting platform that connects friends or other large communities through the internet such that they can share texts, videos, and talks to each other. Discord was designed for gamers as it focuses on being compatible with almost every gaming platform.

However, Discord can be used by non-gamers also for connecting to large communities. Each community is called a ‘server’ which consists of text and voice channels. The channels are used to share text chats or video chats with others in the community. 

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Along with this, another feature called the Discord push to talk is what makes the group conversations efficient instead of just being chaos of cross-talks and topped with background noises. In this article, we are going to focus on how to fix Discord push to talk in case of any errors and know more about the feature.

How to enable Discord push to talk?

Push to talk feature is mainly to ensure that everyone connected to a server can have clear talks such that when one user speaks the other are in mute mode. Unless one presses the push-to-talk button, no one can hear them.

This feature helps to cut out the background noises and efficient communication, which is very important for multiplayer gaming. To enable this feature to follow these steps:

  1. Open your Discord application and click on the ‘Settings’ option at the bottom of the panel.
  2. From the list of options click on the ‘Voice and Video’ option.
  3. From the settings, the panel checks the box of ‘Push to Talk’ under the Input Mode.
  4. You can assign a key to enable this feature easily under the ‘Shortcut’ option.
  5. Another setting in form of a slider is available to fix the delay-time for this feature to become active when used.
  6. You can even set your push to talk feature as a priority feature or normal feature using the ‘Action’ panel. The priority feature will enable your voice to be heard louder than the other speakers unless even they have enabled this option!

You can use the settings to improve your voice call quality by using echo cancellation, noise cancellation, etc.

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Discord push to talk not working?

There might be several reasons for your Discord push to talk button not working so, let us check out different errors that are probably causing the trouble, and then you can follow the steps to fix it.

The issue in Voice Settings of Discord

If you are using Discord in an operating system like Windows then sometimes it might override the drivers and hence create problems in connecting with the Discord.

To solve this issue follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘User settings’ after launching Discord on your device.
  2. Select the ‘Voice Settings’ option.
  3. Check whether your microphone is selected. If yes, then try re-selecting it and check whether it is working.
  4. For checking, click on the ‘Lets Check’ option under the same panel. Use your microphone to talk and check whether the Discord picks it up.
  5. You can also use a tab to remind you if Discord cannot detect your microphone. The tab is present at the bottom of the panel.
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Update drivers

If you want to fix your voice issues then try updating the latest audio drivers on your desktop as some files might be missing hence causing trouble in using the push-to-talk button. Follow these steps for updating the drivers:

  • Open the Run Utility dialog box by using Windows + R keys.
  • Type ‘devmgmt.msc’, and press enter. This will open the Device Manager dialog box.
  • Click on the ‘Audio inputs and outputs’ and ‘Update drivers’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Use the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ as it will be easy to find out the driver required if any.
  •   Close after the completion of the process.

Microphone settings to fix push to talk

Check whether your microphone is selected as the primary mode of input or output in Discord. To ensure this, follow these steps:

  • Open the ‘User settings’ after launching Discord on your device.
  • Select the ‘Voice Settings’ option.
  • Check whether your 3.5mm jack or USB is plugged in properly and check whether the hardware is not kept mute.
  • Also, ensure that you have all the latest drivers updated on your device.

This is the most commonly faced issue as the external microphone defect can restrict the voice but it can be easily detected.

If your microphone is working fine then try checking the push to talk settings in Discord. As you have tried and checked your microphone under the User settings, try this if the issue persists:

  • Open the ‘User Settings’ and go to the ‘Voice’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Advanced settings tab’.
  • Click on the ‘Reset Voice Settings’ option and then try using your microphone.

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Using Discord push to talk in Administrator mode

If the push to talk not working on Discord and you are running your system as an Administrator then try these steps to fix the issue as it will not work until you configure the Discord to work in administrative mode also.

  • Right-click on the Discord application icon on your device.
  • From the menu click on the ‘Run as Administrator’ option.
  • Now try using the push to talk button for sending voice messages. This usually solves the problem on desktops but if not try the other solutions.

An issue with the Keybind Set

If you find that your push to talk button is not working after you had made some changes with the settings then try resetting your settings by following these steps:

  • Click on the ‘User Settings’ in Discord and open the ‘Voice & Video’ option.
  • From the window, click on the Keybind settings.
  • Check whether your microphone or headset is set as the primary source. Also, check whether the buttons assigned for the push to talk and the mute push to talk are different.
  • Now click on the ‘Reset Voice Settings’ option and test your microphone on Discord and try using the push to talk button.

Hence, we have covered the solutions to fix Discord push to talk not working and issues related to it. Hope it was useful in having a smooth time with your friends, either gaming or just catching up!

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