Stop the Echo: Tips and Tricks to Prevent Audio Feedback on Discord with a Headset


How can I prevent audio feedback from my headset when using Discord?

I am experiencing an issue where my friends on Discord can hear the sound from my applications (such as YouTube or Spotify) and their own voices through my headset. This creates a lot of noise and echo in the voice chat. What are the possible causes and solutions for this problem?


Audio feedback is a common problem that many Discord users face when using a headset. It occurs when the sound from your applications (such as YouTube or Spotify) or your friends’ voices are picked up by your microphone and played back through your speakers or headphones. This creates a loop of sound that can be annoying and disruptive for everyone in the voice chat.

There are several possible causes and solutions for this issue, depending on your settings, hardware, and environment. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Check your input and output devices. Make sure that you have selected the correct input and output devices for your headset in both your system settings and Discord settings. You can access your system settings by clicking on the speaker icon on your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac), and your Discord settings by clicking on the gear icon next to your username. You should also make sure that your headset is plugged in properly and that the volume is not too high or low.
  • Use push-to-talk or adjust your input sensitivity. If you are using voice activity to activate your microphone, you may want to switch to push-to-talk or adjust your input sensitivity in Discord. Push-to-talk allows you to manually control when your microphone is on or off by pressing a key, while input sensitivity determines how loud you have to be to activate your microphone. You can find these options in the Voice & Video tab of your Discord settings. By using push-to-talk or lowering your input sensitivity, you can reduce the chance of your microphone picking up unwanted sounds.
  • Use headphones instead of speakers. If you are using speakers to listen to the sound from your applications or your friends’ voices, you may want to switch to headphones instead. Speakers can cause audio feedback because they are close to your microphone and can create a loop of sound. Headphones can isolate the sound and prevent it from reaching your microphone. You can also use earbuds or earphones if you prefer.
  • Move away from noisy sources. If you are in a noisy environment, such as near a fan, a window, or a TV, you may want to move away from them or turn them off. These sources can create background noise that can interfere with your voice and cause audio feedback. You can also use noise cancellation or noise suppression features in Discord or your headset to reduce the background noise. You can find these options in the Voice & Video tab of your Discord settings or in your headset software.
  • Update your drivers and software. Sometimes, audio feedback can be caused by outdated or incompatible drivers or software. You should make sure that you have the latest versions of your headset drivers, Discord app, and operating system. You can check for updates in your device manager, Discord settings, or system settings. You may also want to restart your computer and Discord app after updating to ensure that the changes take effect.
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following these steps, you should be able to prevent audio feedback from your headset when using Discord. If you still have problems, you may want to contact Discord support or your headset manufacturer for further assistance.

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