Why are My Friends So Quiet in Discord Calls? [10 Reasons]

Lindsay Hayes

If you're wondering why your friends are so quiet on Discord calls, this could be due to an app glitch. You should be able to restart Discord and take care of it.

However, you may have also meddled with your Discord settings and made your output volume low. Head to your user settings, click on Voice & Video, then drag the output volume slider to the right.

I have a server with my friends and we regularly go on call while we game. A couple of months ago, I realized that I couldn't hear them. I figured that this was because my audio settings were wrongly configured.

I not only outlined how I fixed this but some additional solutions that you can try.


Why are My Friends So Quiet in Discord?

There are a couple of reasons why your friends may be so quiet on calls, and they include:

Man with Headphones Making a Phone Call

1. Discord's Output Volume Mixer is Low

You might have meddled with your Discord audio settings and set them on low. Here's how you can fix this:

2. Windows System Volume is Low

Your friends may be quiet on calls as your system volume is low. To solve this, click on the speaker icon on the system tray (right hand corner), then drag the volume slider all the way to the right.

You can also get the job done with the F3 button on your keyboard. Keep pressing it until the slider level is between the 65-85 mark.

3. Experimental or Legacy System Settings Enabled

If you're using non-standard audio subsystems, you could end up facing Discord audio issues.

To take care of this:

4. Software Glitch

You might be dealing with a Discord glitch. Restarting the app should help. All you need to do is open Discord, then press the Ctrl + R buttons.

Instead of the above method, you can also do the following:

5. Low Input Device Volume (Faulty Discord Voice Settings)

The issue could be due to your friends' input volume being low. Their mic could make them sound quieter than they really are.

Here's what they can do about this:

Young Boy Using Headphones and Laptop on Table

6. Improper Input Sensitivity

At the same time, their input sensitivity levels may not be configured properly. It might be set at a level that registers a lot of background noise.

To fix this:

Here's a pro tip: you can experiment with the slider, and press the Mic Test button on top each time. It will help you figure out the right sensitivity level.

7. Outdated Drivers

If your audio drivers are outdated, various audio including Discord calls will act up.

There are 2 different ways to update them, but the best in my opinion would be through a third-party tool like the Avast Driver Updater.

To use it:

8. Broken Headset

You may not be able to hear your friends properly because your headset is broken. Depending on your warranty, you should be able to get it fixed for free.

9. Broken Microphone

If it's just one friend that you can't hear properly, their mic might be the culprit. It could be outdated and not working well.

They can try switching to the mic on their headphones, or use their computer.

10. Bug on Discord's End

Lastly, the problem can be due to a bug on Discord's end. There is nothing you can do about this other than wait for them to take care of it.

You can contact their customer support and ask them to fix it.

Young Woman with Headsets Working on Laptop


Answered below are some popular questions.

Why Can I Barely Hear my Friend on Discord?

There are a couple of reasons why, and they include:

Why Do People Hear Me Low on Discord?

If it's you that your friends can't hear well, the input audio settings on your Discord account may be improperly configured. I touched on how you can fix this above.

There's a chance that your voice activity isn't being registered that well either. This could be due to your Discord input sensitivity levels being too low, or your input device being broken.

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Final Thoughts

I faced the same issue on my Discord server, so I know how annoying it can be. From my experience, your friends could be quiet on Discord calls because your system volume is low, their input mode volume is low, or because they're not using the right microphone, or a broken one.

While I discussed why the problem can pop up, I also went through how you can fix these audio problems, like updating your drivers and restarting Discord.

Hopefully, you found these points useful.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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