How To Turn On Microphone On Oculus Quest 2

by Matthew David | Updated: 09/13/2023

How To Turn On Microphone On Oculus Quest 2

Hey there! So you just got your hands on the amazing Oculus Quest 2 headset and are eager to dive into some intense virtual reality worlds. But wait, you try to chat with your squad in your favorite multiplayer game and…they can’t hear you! Uh oh, looks like your Oculus Quest 2 microphone isn’t working properly. Don’t sweat it, this is a common issue that can be easily fixed with some simple troubleshooting. Stick with me, and I’ll walk you through all the steps needed to get that microphone turned on and sounding crystal clear in no time. Ready to become the most communicative VR gamer around? Let’s do this!

Prerequisites – Make Sure Oculus Quest 2 Microphone is Set Up Properly

Before we jump into troubleshooting, let’s do a quick mic check to make sure your Oculus Quest 2 microphone is set up correctly. Here are a few key things you’ll want to verify:

Allow Microphone Access in Privacy Settings

Navigate to your Windows privacy settings and ensure the Oculus app has permission to access your microphone. You can’t communicate if your mic is blocked from the get-go!

Check Microphone Volume Levels

You’ll want to crank your Oculus Quest 2 microphone volume to the maximum level for optimal voice capture. A low mic volume could cause your voice to get drowned out.

Don’t Allow Exclusive App Control

Disable the “allow exclusive control” setting for your Oculus microphone. This allows simultaneous access across all your apps.

Set as Default Microphone Device

Make sure your Windows sound settings and Oculus app have the Oculus Quest 2 headset microphone set as the default input device. This prioritizes capturing voice through your headset.

Okay, with those prerequisites checked, you’ve eliminated some basic roadblocks. Now let’s get to the good stuff – tackling a microphone that is flat out not working!

Troubleshoot Microphone Not Working

If your Oculus Quest 2 microphone still isn’t capturing your golden voice after checking the prerequisites, don’t panic. Here are some effective troubleshooting steps to revive your seemingly dead microphone:

Restart the Oculus Quest 2 Headset

This simple step fixes microphone issues surprisingly often. Completely power down your Oculus Quest 2 headset, wait 10-15 seconds, then restart it. Give your mic a test after booting back up.

Unplug and Replug the Headset USB/Charger

If a restart didn’t do the trick, unplug your Oculus Quest 2’s USB cable from both the headset and PC, wait a few seconds, then firmly reconnect it. Try using a different USB port as well. This resets the connection and often resolves mic problems.

Check Audio Input/Output Settings in Oculus App

Open up the Oculus app on your PC and verify that your Oculus Quest 2 headset is set as both the audio input and output device. If not, set it as the default.

Update Audio Drivers on your PC

Outdated audio drivers on your PC can prevent the Oculus Quest 2 microphone from being detected properly. Update to the latest sound drivers for your PC and you should notice a difference.

Reinstall Oculus App

If all else fails, backup and completely uninstall and reinstall the Oculus app. This wipes any corrupt files or settings that could be messing with your mic capabilities.

Windows Sound Settings to Check

Dive into the sound settings on your Windows PC to check that your Oculus Quest 2 microphone is set up correctly:

Open Sound Settings and Set Quest as Input Device

Verify that your Oculus Quest 2 microphone is set as the default input device for sound capture.

Adjust Microphone Properties and Levels

Check the advanced properties for your Oculus mic, adjusting sound levels and disabling exclusive mode.

SteamVR Settings

If you primarily use SteamVR for Oculus Link, optimize these settings too:

Ensure SteamVR is Picking Up Oculus Quest 2 Microphone

Double check that SteamVR sees your Oculus Quest 2 microphone as an available input device for chat and game audio capture.

Adjust Microphone Settings in SteamVR

Fine tune microphone levels, noise cancellation, and push-to-talk buttons in the SteamVR audio settings.

In-Game Troubleshooting

Alright, we’ve gone through some system-level troubleshooting to get your Oculus Quest 2 microphone back online. But what if your mic works fine in one game, but not another? Here are some in-game troubleshooting tips:

Check In-Game Voice Chat Settings

Dive into the audio settings of the game that can’t hear you and see if there’s a voice chat toggle or push-to-talk button. Make sure nothing is muting you in-game.

Use Mute Function If Needed

If your game is picking up too much background noise, use your Oculus Quest 2’s mute function when not speaking to keep the channel clear.

Leave and Rejoin Party Chat

If you’re stuck in a party chat alone, leave and rejoin to reset the connection. This fixes dropped mics in party chat.

Use Quick Action Menu to Toggle Mic On/Off

The quick action menu on your Oculus Quest 2 has a handy mic toggle to easily cut out background noise when needed.

Check Shortcut/Options Menu for Mic Settings

Most VR games have a shortcut or options menu with voice chat and mic settings. Poke around there for tweaks.

Tips for Using Oculus Quest 2 Microphone

When you’ve got your Oculus Quest 2 microphone working properly, here are some general tips for getting the most out of voice chat in VR:

Overview of Party Chat vs In-Game Chat

The Oculus Quest 2 has two voice chat channels – a system-wide party chat, and in-game chat. Know which you’re using!

Mute/Unmute Microphone with Quick Actions

Easily mute yourself via the quick action menu to temporarily block unwanted ambient sounds.

Leave Party if Stuck Alone

Accidentally alone in a party? Leave it via the universal menu to re-enable public chat.

Use Link Cable – Set Quest as Input Device

Using Oculus Link? Ensure your Quest mic stays set as the input device.

Optimize Location of Microphone

Angle the mic towards your mouth by adjusting the Quest 2 fit. Closer is better!

Adjust Quest Fit and Angle for Optimal Mic Position

The mic sweet spot is about an inch from your mouth. Find the right fit and tilt.

Sound Quality Tips

Reduce background noise, adjust your volume level, speak clearly and concisely. Listeners will thank you!

Common Issues

Even with proper troubleshooting, microphone issues can occasionally persist:

When to Contact Oculus Support

If you’ve gone through all troubleshooting steps and your Oculus Quest 2 microphone still has problems, it may be time to contact Oculus support. Additionally, reach out if your mic stops working due to hardware failure or damage in headset under warranty. Don’t void that warranty trying to fix physical mic issues yourself!


Phew, that was quite a journey getting your Oculus Quest 2 microphone enabled, tuned, and ready for awesome VR chat sessions! With this complete troubleshooting guide under your belt, you can consider yourself a microphone master. Keep these tips handy, so a dead mic never ruins your VR social life again. Now get out there, party up with friends, and start dominating multiplayer metaverses! Just try not to get too addicted to VR socializing. The real world needs you back eventually 🙂