In multiplayer-focused games like PUBG, the ability to communicate is key to success. After all, teamwork makes the dream work, or at least helps to cook up the chicken dinners. However, when disaster strikes and your voice chat breaks, this can wreak havoc on your performance on the battlefield. So we have sourced a few easy fixes for this issue so that you can get your voice chat up and running again and put together some steaming hot chicken dinners with your pals.
Install the Latest Patch for PUBG
One of the common reasons why your voice chat may stop working is due to you running a version of PUBG that is outdated. Usually, PUBG will automatically install these updates but this is not always the case. So be sure that you have the newest patch available to ensure this isn’t hindering your voice chat function. Here is a quick guide on how to install the latest patch:
- Go to steam and enter the game library tab.
- Scroll down until you see PUBG on your list of games. Once you locate this, right-click on it.
- On this menu select properties and then navigate to the Updates tab.
- If your game doesn’t update automatically, you’ll find that your settings may be set to ‘only install when I launch the game.’ If you wish to make this automatic, select the appropriate drop-down option.
- After this, check for paused downloads in the downloads tab. There is a possibility you may not have completed a download for PUBG.
- If you follow these steps, you should have access to a fully updated version of PUBG. So launch the title and see if the voice chat is working.
Check Your Microphone access settings
When your voice chat in PUBG isn’t working, it can often be down to the fact that the game has not been granted permission to use this device. Thankfully, this is a very easy fix meaning you can get back into the action fast. Here is a guide on how to change your permission settings:
- Press Win + I to open the settings menu. Then once in this menu, select privacy.
- Scan down the left panel until you see ‘microphone’ and then select it.
- Ensure that your microphone has access to run on this system. If it does not, select change and grant permission.
- Ensure that apps have access to your microphone. If this is not selected, simply change this from no to yes.
Check Your Audio Settings
Another issue that can affect the voice chat function within PUBG is your audio settings. These can be set so that PUBG isn’t allowed to have exclusive control of your device or that the microphone is not the default recording device enabled. Don’t worry though, these settings are easy to change. Here is how to do just that :
- Press Win + R and enter mmsys.cpl in the run window field. This will open the sound settings.
- Enter the playback tab and select the microphone as the default device. Then do the same within the recording tab.
- After changing the defaults, hover over the microphone and right-click before selecting properties.
- Enter the advanced tab and you will see a tick box relating to allowing applications exclusive control of the device. Tick this box, click apply and then click OK.
- Launch PUBG and see if the voice chat function is back to normal.
Check your PUBG sound settings
Now that you have your system sound settings as they should be and there are still issues with voice chat, it means the in-game settings could be wrong. To change these settings, you can use two methods. We will give a brief guide for each below:
- Open steam and go to the settings menu
- Scan down the left-hand side until you see ‘in-game voice’ and then navigate to the recording section.
- Once in this menu, ensure that your microphone is selected as the device in use. Plus, while you’re there, be sure to toggle the microphone volume and receive volume to your liking.
- Launch PUBG and navigate to the settings menu. Then select the sound option.
- Enter the voice chat section and ensure that both ‘Voice chat channel’ and ‘All voice chat mode’ to push to talk.
- Ensure that your input and output volumes are set to 100 then save changes before exiting.
Update your sound card driver
On some occasions, these easy fixes may not do the trick and you’ll have to get a little more technical. A sound driver may be outdated and in need of an update. This sounds like a big deal bound to cause stress and hassle but this is far from the truth. Here is a quick guide on how to take care of this issue:
- Press Win + R and enter devmgmt.msc to open the device manager.
- Double click the option ‘sound, video and game controllers. Then when expanded, right-click on the appropriate device and select update driver.
- Within this menu, select ‘search automatically for updated driver software.’ Then sit back while windows sources this for you. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
- Restart your PC and the new driver will supersede the old one. Then launch PUBG to see if the issue is resolved.
Communication is key
Battle Royale games such as PUBG rely so heavily on communication to ensure you land in the right areas, position correctly, can alert each other of danger and plan modes of attack or defending areas. Without this ability to do this via voice chat, you leave yourself at a disadvantage to players who have access to this function.
So when your microphone isn’t delivering the goods, be sure to follow these steps listed above. They should ensure that everything is in order and working well so that you can get out there, communicate effectively with your pals, and cook up some tasty chicken dinners.
So that’s our rundown on the issues that can occur with the voice chat function in PUBG? Have you ever encounter these issues when playing PUBG? What methods did you use to solve the problem? Did you find this guide helpful? Let us know in the comments and as always, thank you for reading, TheGlobalGaming.