Fortnite is a popular online survival video game where up to 100 players can fight against each other in combat. Players need to collect resources, build structures, and upgrade their weapons if they want to win in this game. Although this is a solid performing game there are instances when certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Fortnite voice chat not working in Windows 10 issue.
Fix voice chat isn’t working in Fortnite
Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer and router first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.
Select the correct audio device
The first thing you will need to do is to make sure that the correct audio device is selected.
Launch Fortnite and Disable your voice chat and Push to talk. This is temporarily and you can turn this back on later.
Press Windows + S, type “sound” in the dialogue box and open the control panel application.
Click on the tab of recording, right-click on the audio device which you are using and set it as the default device. Also, make sure it is enabled first.
Save changes and exit.
Restart your computer
Check if the Fortnite voice chat is not working issue still occurs.
Check your computer sound drivers
One factor that can cause this problem is an outdated or corrupted sound driver. To eliminate the possibility of this issue causing the problem then you should make sure that your computer has the latest sound drivers installed.
Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
Expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” section.
Right-click on the sound device’s driver and uninstall the device
Restart your PC. The latest driver should be administered automatically.
Check if the voice chat in Fortnite issue still occurs.
Check your Fortnite audio settings
You need to make sure that the audio settings of the game are set correctly.
Click on the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner of the game and tap on the gear icon to open game settings.
At the very top, click on the speaker icon and under Toggles turn off voice chat and click on Apply.
Re-launch it again and turn on the voice chat
Check if the Fortnite audio problem still occurs.
Check your Windows audio settings
Aside from checking the game audio settings you will also need to make sure that the Windows operating system sound setting is set correctly.
Right-click on the Speaker icon given at the bottom-right of the corner and select Sounds.
Click on Playback tab and choose the Speaker/Headphone you are using and tap on Set Default.
Click on the Recording tab and choose the Microphone you are using and click Set Default followed by OK.
You will also need to make sure that the Fortnite app is not muted.
Open Fortnite and minimize it by pressing the Windows key + M key.
Press Windows key + I to summon the Settings app.
Select Sound from the left pane.
Make sure both input and output devices are not muted. You can test them and run the troubleshooter if they won’t work.
Open Advanced sound options.
You should see Fortnite on the list. Make sure it’s not muted.
Check if the problem still occurs.
Run Fortnite as an administrator
There are instances when the game will need to have access to certain system files in order for it to work properly. It’s best to run the game as an administrator to give it access to the system files.
Right-click on the Fortnite desktop shortcut and open Properties.
Choose the Compatibility tab.
Check the “Run this program as an administrator” box and confirm the selection.
Do the same for the Epic Games Launcher.
Try to check if the audio issue still occurs.
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