How To Grant Discord Access To Microphone Mac

by Matthew David | Updated: 09/13/2023

How To Grant Discord Access To Microphone Mac

Hey friend! Having issues using your microphone in Discord on your Mac? We’ve all been there. It can be super frustrating when you’re all set for an epic gaming session and suddenly realize no one can hear you.

Not to worry! In this guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get Discord microphone access on your Mac. We’ll cover how to grant permissions in System Preferences, troubleshoot mic issues, and prevent problems in the future.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be a Discord mic pro ready to chat away with your friends!

Why Discord Needs Microphone Access on Your Mac

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s briefly cover why granting microphone access is important in the first place.

MacOS has security features that restrict apps from using your mic unless you explicitly give them permission. This helps prevent unwanted snooping by random apps.

For an app like Discord that’s built around voice chat, you’ll need to grant access to your microphone for it to work properly. Otherwise, Discord can’t detect any input from your mic.

Having mic access enabled allows seamless conversations whether you’re collaborating on a project, battling it out in games, or just catching up with friends. No one wants to miss out on the fun because of muted microphones!

According to a Discord survey, over 90% of users say voice chat is one of their favorite features. So getting your microphone enabled is key to enjoying Discord to its fullest.

Granting Discord Microphone Permissions via System Preferences

Now let’s get Discord up and running with mic access using System Preferences. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Open System Preferences

Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

Step 2: Go to Security & Privacy

In System Preferences, click on Security & Privacy.

Step 3: Select the Privacy Tab

Within Security & Privacy, switch to the Privacy tab.

Step 4: Choose Microphone

In the sidebar under Privacy, select Microphone.

Step 5: Check Discord

Find Discord in the list and tick the box next to it to enable access.

That’s it! Discord now has microphone access.

Note: If you’re using Discord in a web browser, tick the browser name instead of the app.

How to Know if Discord is Using Your Microphone

Once granted microphone access, how can you confirm Discord is actually using your mic?

There are a couple ways to check:

Troubleshooting When the Microphone Still Isn’t Working

You’ve flipped the switch for Discord to use your microphone, but no one can hear you? Ugh, so frustrating!

Let’s run through some troubleshooting tips to pinpoint the issue.

Reset Discord Voice Settings

In Discord, you may have tweaked some voice settings that are causing problems. Resetting them can often resolve mic glitches.

To reset the voice settings:

  1. In Discord, open User Settings
  2. Go to Voice & Video
  3. At the bottom, click “Reset Voice Settings”

This restores everything to default. Give your mic a test now!

Select the Correct Input Device

Even with the right permissions, Discord could be trying to use the wrong microphone input device.

Double check that you have the proper device selected:

  1. In Discord’s User Settings, choose Voice & Video
  2. Next to Input Device, select the mic you want to use
  3. Test it out!

Make sure you choose a microphone, not speakers or another output device by accident.

Adjust Voice Input Sensitivity

If your friends still can’t hear you, the input sensitivity may be turned up too high.

Here’s how to tweak it:

  1. In Voice & Video settings, find Input Sensitivity
  2. Drag the slider to the left to lower the threshold
  3. Test and adjust further if needed

Try lowering the sensitivity in small increments to avoid cutting off your voice entirely.

Check Your Headphone or Mic Hardware

Microphone not working? Make sure to check your actual headphone or mic hardware as well:

Hardware problems can masquerade as permission issues, so it’s worth verifying.

Additional Troubleshooting for Discord Microphone

If you’ve tried the steps above and are still battling microphone gremlins, there are a few more things to check…

Verify Browser Permissions

Using Discord in your web browser? Double check that microphone access is enabled:

Safari:

  1. Click the Discord website name
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Make sure Ask next to Microphone is set to Allow

Chrome:

  1. Click the lock icon
  2. Make sure the Microphone toggle is enabled

Change Input Mode if Needed

The input mode must be on Voice Activity for the mic to work, not Push to Talk.

Lower Sensitivity in App Settings

In User Settings > Voice, you can also turn off Auto Sensitivity and drag the slider lower.

Try a USB Sound Card

For extra microphone control, use a USB sound card. This lets you manage the audio input/output via the USB port.

Reset Your Mac’s NVRAM

For persistent mic issues, try resetting your Mac’s NVRAM as it can fix system-level problems:

  1. Shut down your Mac
  2. Turn it on and immediately press Command + Option + P + R
  3. Keep holding until you hear the startup chime again
  4. Let go and let your Mac restart normally

This clears any quirky settings that may be causing Discord microphone headaches.

Prevent Future Discord Microphone Woes

After all that troubleshooting, the last thing you want is more microphone issues down the road.

Here are some tips to avoid repeats:

With the right settings and a little maintenance, microphone problems in Discord will be a thing of the past. Now get out there and start chatting with your heart’s content!