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Why Does My Microphone Echo on Discord?

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Discord is a popular VoIP platform used by many around the world. With Discord, you can chat with friends, stream music together, and have a conference conversation, amongst other things. However, any form of echo could ruin your experience. But why does my mic sometimes echo while streaming on Discord? 

Quick Answer

The main reason your mic echoes when using Discord is due to technical faults with your mic. Other reasons your mic echoes while using Discord could be that the noise suppression feature is disabled, a poor internet connection, the speaker volume is too high, or some settings in your device’s OS. 

Having your voice echo back at you or your friend’s voice echo while using Discord can be very annoying. However, you can fix this issue using a couple of troubleshooting tricks. In this guide, we’d be looking at different methods you can fix the problem of your voice echoing while using Discord on different devices. 

How To Fix Mic Echo While Using Discord

When you are experiencing echo from your mic while using Discord, the first thing you want to try is to restart your device. If you are still experiencing the issue, try reducing your speaker’s volume and creating space between your microphone and any surface close to it. 

If the issue persists, you should try the following tricks to eliminate the annoying echo sound. 

Method #1: Enable Noise Suppression 

Sometimes when we speak into a mic, it causes echoes. To eliminate this, Discord partnered with Krisp to design a telephony feature to eliminate echoes or lessen them if they arise. Discord designed this feature to work on all devices, so whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, or PC to access Discord, you’d have this option. However, you must have the noise suppression feature enabled on your device for it to work. 

Here’s how to enable noise suppression on Discord.

  1. Launch Discord on your device and tap on the settings icon, which looks like a gear. 
  2. From the list of options at the left pane, tap on “App” settings and click on the “Voice & Video” option.
  3. Check if the output and input devices are correct; if not, click on them and select the appropriate devices from the drop-down list. 
  4. Scroll down to the “Advanced” section, find the “Noise Suppression” settings and toggle the switch on. 
  5. Scroll to the “Voice Processing” section, find the “Echo Cancellation” option, and toggle the switch on. 
  6. Scroll down to the “Quality of Service” section, find the “Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority” option and toggle the switch on. 
  7. Go further down and ensure the “Audio Subsystem” settings are set to “Standard”.

Method #2: Change Windows Settings 

Sometimes, when using a Windows PC to access Discord, you may experience an echo because of the settings on your PC. Although ensuring your Windows PC is up to date is critical. If it is, and you’re still experiencing the echoes, you should go to your PC settings and make the following changes. 

Here’s how to stop echoes on a Windows PC when using Discord.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Windows PC, click “System”, and tap on the “Sounds” option. 
  2. Under the “Sound” settings, ensure the output and input devices are correctly selected; if not, click on it, and from the drop-down list, choose the correct ones. 
  3. On your screen’s right side, tap “Related Sound Settings”
  4. In the new window that pops up, tap on the “Playback” tab and ensure the device you are using is set as default; if not, right-click on it, tap on “Properties”, tap on “Spatial sounds”, then turn it on. 
  5. In the “Recording” tab, ensure your device is set to “Default”, and click on the “Listen” option to test it. 
  6. Click on “Apply” and tap on “OK” to save your changes. 
Keep in Mind

Anytime you change any settings on your PC, always reboot it to prevent trouble codes.

Method #3: Change macOS Settings 

Similarly, if you’re using a macOS PC to access Discord, you can also experience echoes while trying to stream or talk to a friend. To solve this problem, try making the changes in Discord as explained above, and then head to your PC’s settings to make the following changes. 

Here’s how to stop echo on macOS when using Discord.

  1. Tap on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your screen and select “Preferences”
  2. Click on the sound icon from the list of options and select “Input”
  3. Under the “Input” setting, ensure the “Use Ambient Noise Reduction” option is unchecked. 
  4. Click on “OK” to save the new settings and ensure you reboot your device. 

Method #4: Update Discord on Your Device 

If the problem persists, you should try updating your device drivers if you’re using a PC, especially Windows users. There are several ways to update your PC’s drivers using third-party software like Driver Easy or Driver Pack, as they are easy to use. You should also update the Discord app as you update your audio drivers.

Here’s how to update the Discord app.

  • If you use a Windows PC, head to the Windows Store to update the Discord app to the latest version. 
  • If you use a MacBook or an iPhone, head to the Apple Store to update the app.
  • For Android users, head to the Play Store to update the app. 
Important

Uninstalling and installing the Discord app might help if the issue is with a trouble code, but before you do that, ensure you have your data backup

Conclusion 

Summarily, if you’re experiencing issues with your voice or a friend’s voice echoing on Discord while doing either a voice or video call, hopefully, the tips in this guide should help you fix it. Remember to always close the Discord app and reopen it or reboot your device first when you’re experiencing this issue before making any other changes in the app or your device settings. 

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