Troubleshooting Guide: Mic Not Working in CS:GO

In CS:GO, communication is essential for effective teamwork and coordination. However, if your mic is not working in CS:GO, it can hinder your ability to communicate with teammates.

This article will discuss some common causes of microphone issues in CS:GO and provide potential fixes to help you resolve the problem.

Causes of Mic Not Working in CS:GO

Incorrect microphone settings

The microphone settings within CS:GO may not be properly configured, causing it to not work.

System microphone settings

Your system’s microphone settings may be misconfigured or turned off, resulting in the mic not working specifically in CS:GO.

Driver issues

Outdated or incompatible audio drivers can cause problems with your microphone in CS:GO.

Hardware problems

 Faulty or damaged hardware, such as a broken microphone or faulty audio ports, can prevent your microphone from working in CS:GO.

Fixes for Mic Not Working in CS:GO

Check CS:GO microphone settings

To check the microphone settings in CS:GO, please follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Launch CS:GO by double-clicking on its icon or selecting it from your Steam library.
  1. Once the game is loaded, you will be in the main menu. Look for the settings icon, which is usually represented by a gear or cogwheel, located at the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on this icon to access the settings menu.
  1. In the settings menu, you will see several tabs or sections. Look for the “Audio” tab or section and click on it. This tab is where you can adjust various audio settings, including your microphone settings.
  2. Within the audio settings, locate the “Voice” or “Microphone” options. These settings control how your microphone is recognized and used within CS:GO.
  3. Ensure that the correct microphone device is selected from the available options. If you have multiple microphones connected to your computer, CS:GO should list them here. Click on the dropdown menu and select the microphone you want to use for CS:GO.
  4. Adjust the microphone volume slider to an appropriate level. This slider controls the input volume of your microphone in CS:GO. Slide it to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease it. Make sure the volume is set to an audible level and is not set too low or muted.
  5. To test your microphone, speak into it while keeping an eye on the microphone activity indicator or bar. This indicator shows the level of sound being picked up by your microphone. When you speak, the indicator should move, indicating that your microphone is working properly.
  6. If necessary, make any additional adjustments or settings changes to optimize the microphone performance. CS:GO may offer additional options, such as microphone boost or noise suppression, that you can adjust according to your preferences.
  1. Finally, click on the “Apply” or “OK” button to save the changes you’ve made to the microphone settings.

By following these detailed steps, you can check and configure the microphone settings in CS:GO to ensure that your microphone is recognized, properly configured, and ready for in-game voice communication.

Check system microphone settings

To check the system microphone settings, please follow these step-by-step instructions:

Open the Start Menu by clicking on the Windows icon located in the bottom left corner of the screen.

In the search bar, type “Sound settings” and click on the “Sound settings” option that appears in the search results. This will open the Sound settings window.

Windows Sound Settings

Within the Sound settings window, locate and click on the “Sound Control Panel” link, usually found on the right side of the window under the “Related settings” section. This will open the Sound Control Panel.

Sound Control Panel

In the Sound Control Panel, you will see several tabs at the top. Click on the “Recording” tab to access the microphone settings.

Recording Tab

Here, you will see a list of available recording devices connected to your system. Locate your microphone from the list. If it is not visible, right-click on an empty area in the window and make sure that both the “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices” options are checked.

Recording Devices List

Once you have identified your microphone, right-click on it and select “Properties” from the context menu.

Microphone Properties

In the Microphone Properties window, you can adjust various settings related to your microphone. Ensure that the microphone is enabled by checking the “Device usage” section. If it is disabled, select the “Use this device (enable)” option.

Microphone Properties Window

Next, navigate to the “Levels” tab within the Microphone Properties window. Here, you can adjust the microphone volume level. Make sure that the volume slider is not set too low or muted. Adjust it to an audible level.

Microphone Levels

If available, you can also explore other tabs such as “Enhancements” or “Advanced” to configure additional settings for your microphone, such as noise suppression or microphone boost. Adjust these settings based on your preferences.

Once you have made the desired changes to the microphone settings, click on the “OK” or “Apply” button to save the changes.

By following these detailed steps, you can check and configure the system microphone settings, ensuring that your microphone is enabled, properly configured, and ready to be used in CS:GO or any other application on your computer.

Update audio drivers

To update your audio drivers, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Identify your audio device: Before updating your audio drivers, you need to know the manufacturer and model of your audio device. This information can usually be found in the Device Manager or by checking the documentation or specifications of your computer or audio hardware.

Access the Device Manager: Right-click on the Start button (Windows logo) located in the bottom left corner of the screen. In the context menu, select “Device Manager.” This will open the Device Manager window.

Device Manager

Locate the audio device: In the Device Manager window, expand the “Sound, video, and game controllers” category. You should see your audio device listed here. It may be named differently depending on the manufacturer, but it could be something like “Realtek High Definition Audio,” “Sound Blaster,” or “Intel Audio.”

Audio Device in Device Manager

Check for driver updates: Right-click on your audio device and select “Update driver” from the context menu. This will initiate the driver update process.

Update Audio Driver

Automatic Driver Update

Automatic driver update: In the Update Driver window, select the option that allows Windows to automatically search for the updated driver software. Windows will connect to the internet and search for the latest driver available for your audio device.

Manual Driver Update

Manual driver update: If Windows fails to find an updated driver automatically, you may need to visit the manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver manually. On the Update Driver window, select the option to “Browse my computer for drivers” and then choose the location where you downloaded the driver file. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Restart your computer: After the driver update process is complete, it is recommended to restart your computer to ensure that the changes take effect.

Verify driver installation: Once your computer restarts, you can check if the new driver has been successfully installed. You can do this by accessing the Device Manager again, locating your audio device, and checking the driver version and date. If the driver has been updated, it should display the new version information.

Driver Version in Device Manager

By following these detailed steps, you can update your audio drivers, which can help resolve compatibility issues, improve performance, and potentially fix microphone problems in CS:GO.

Test the microphone in other applications

To test your microphone in other applications, follow these steps:

 1.  Open a voice communication application like Discord, Skype, or Zoom.

 2.  Launch the application and sign in or create an account if needed.

 3.  Find the settings or preferences menu (usually represented by a gear or cogwheel).

 4.  Look for the audio or microphone settings within the menu.

 5.  Select the correct microphone device from the available options.

 6.  Adjust the microphone volume or sensitivity settings, if available.

 7.  Save the settings and exit the menu.

 8.  Create a test environment by joining a voice channel or initiating a call, or prepare to  record  in a Voice Recorder application.

 9.  Speak into your microphone and check if your voice is being recorded or transmitted.

10.  Ask your friend in a voice communication application if they can hear you clearly, or  listen to the recorded audio in a Voice Recorder application.

11.  Check for any issues with sound quality or distortions.

Repeat the test in another application to ensure consistency and rule out application-specific problems.

12.  By testing your microphone in other applications, you can identify if the issue is specific to CS:GO or if it’s a broader problem with your microphone or system settings. If the microphone works fine in other applications but not in CS:GO, further troubleshooting within the game settings is necessary.

Check hardware connections

To check the hardware connections of your microphone, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Locate your microphone: Identify the physical location of your microphone. It could be an external microphone connected via USB or a built-in microphone on your computer or headset.
  1. External Microphone: If you are using an external microphone, ensure that it is properly connected to your computer. Check the cable connections at both ends. If the microphone uses a USB connection, ensure that it is securely plugged into a USB port. If it uses an audio jack, ensure that it is properly inserted into the corresponding audio input/output port on your computer or headset.
  1. Built-in Microphone: If you are using a built-in microphone on your computer or headset, check for any physical damage or loose connections. Ensure that any mute switches or buttons on your headset or computer are not engaged.
  1. USB Hub or Audio Interface: If you are using a USB hub or an audio interface to connect your microphone, check the connections of these devices as well. Ensure that they are properly connected to your computer and powered on if necessary.
  1. Test the microphone: Once you have checked the hardware connections, it’s time to test the microphone. You can follow the previous instructions to test your microphone in other applications or use the built-in sound recording feature on your operating system.

a.ON WINDOWS: Open the Start Menu, search for “Sound Recorder” or “Voice Recorder,” and launch the appropriate application. Start a new recording, speak into the microphone, and then play back the recorded audio to check if it sounds clear.

b.ON MACOS: Open Finder, go to “Applications,” and launch the “QuickTime Player” application. Click on “File” in the menu bar, select “New Audio Recording,” and a recording interface will appear. Speak into the microphone, and then click on the “Stop” button to end the recording. Playback the recorded audio to check for any issues.

  1. Adjust the microphone position: If your microphone has an adjustable stand or boom arm, ensure that it is positioned correctly. Position the microphone close to your mouth, but not too close to avoid distortion. Experiment with different positions and distances to find the optimal placement for clear audio capture.

By checking the hardware connections of your microphone, ensuring they are securely connected and functional, you can eliminate any potential hardware-related issues that may be causing the microphone not to work properly in CS:GO or other applications.

Try a different microphone

If your microphone is not working in CS:GO, you can try using a different microphone to troubleshoot the issue. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Obtain a different microphone: Borrow a microphone from a friend, family member, or colleague, or use an alternative microphone that you have access to. Ensure that it is compatible with your computer or gaming setup.

Connect the new microphone: If it’s an external microphone, connect it to your computer using the appropriate method, such as USB or audio jack. If it’s a built-in microphone on a headset, plug in the headset to the correct audio input/output port.

Configure microphone settings: Follow the earlier instructions to check and configure the microphone settings in CS:GO and on your computer. Make sure the new microphone is selected as the default recording device and adjust the volume levels if needed.

Test the new microphone: Launch CS:GO and join a game or server where voice communication is enabled. Speak into the new microphone and check if your voice is being transmitted. You can ask teammates or friends if they can hear you clearly.

Test in other applications: Additionally, test the new microphone in other voice communication applications or voice recording software to ensure it functions correctly across different platforms. This will help determine if the issue is specific to CS:GO or if there are broader compatibility or configuration problems.

Compare results: Compare the performance of the new microphone with the previous one. If the new microphone works properly in CS:GO and other applications, it suggests that the original microphone may have been faulty or had compatibility issues.

However, if the new microphone also doesn’t work, it may indicate that the issue lies elsewhere, such as with your computer’s audio settings or CS:GO configuration.

By trying a different microphone and assessing its functionality in CS:GO and other applications, you can determine if the problem is related to the specific microphone or if there are other underlying factors causing the microphone not to work properly.


Q: Why is my mic not working on CS:GO?

A: There can be various reasons for your mic not working in CS:GO, such as incorrect settings, system microphone issues, driver problems, or hardware faults.

Q: How do I turn on my mic in CS:GO?

A: To turn on your microphone in CS:GO, open the game, go to the audio settings, and ensure that the correct microphone device is selected and not muted.

Q: How do I test my mic in CS:GO?

A: You can test your mic in CS:GO by joining a voice-enabled server or lobby and speaking into your microphone. If your voice is not heard by others, there might be an issue with your microphone settings or hardware.

Q: Why is my mic not talking?

A: If your mic is not transmitting your voice, it could be due to incorrect settings, a muted microphone, faulty hardware, or incompatible drivers.

Q: How do I fix my mic on Steam?

A: To fix microphone issues on Steam, you can follow similar steps as mentioned earlier for CS:GO. Ensure that the correct microphone is selected and properly configured in both Steam and your system settings.


A non-functional microphone in CS:GO can be frustrating, but by checking and adjusting the microphone settings in both CS:GO and your system, updating audio drivers, and troubleshooting hardware connections, you can likely resolve the issue.

If the problem persists, it may be necessary to consult technical support or consider replacing your microphone.

Stay updated and enjoy the immersive world of Valorant with a functioning microphone.

Good luck and have fun on the battlefield!

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