How to Fix Discord Picking Up Game Audio Issue

Wondering why Discord is picking up your game audio?

Discord is arguably the best communication platform you can use when gaming. While most games have built-in chat features, they are often unoptimized, and the quality is simply unacceptable. 

Fortunately, Discord got us covered and offers high-quality voice, video, and text chats. 

However, this doesn’t mean that the platform is free of issues and errors. One of the most common problems with Discord is that it picks up the game audio, causing feedback and confusion among your friends or teammates. 

Based on what we know, this issue usually occurs if the wrong input device is selected in your settings. On the other hand, it can also be due to server-related problems, corrupted files, or faulty drivers. 

If you’re experiencing this problem right now, keep reading. 

In this guide, we’re going to list down the most effective solutions that you can do if Discord is picking up your game audio. 

Let’s begin!

1. Check Discord Servers. 

Before tweaking your configurations, we recommend checking Discord’s services first. This way, you can identify if the issue is coming from your device or Discord’s end. Visit their dedicated status page and see if there are ongoing problems on the platform. 

Discord picking up game audio

Unfortunately, server-related issues can’t be addressed on your end. In this case, the best thing you can do for now is to wait. 

On the other hand, you can head to the next solution below if Discord’s services are up and running. 

2. Restart Your Computer. 

One of the quickest ways to fix most issues on Discord is to restart your system. This should allow your device to reload its resources and eliminate any errors that may have occurred on your system during use. 

Check out the guide below to reboot your PC: 

  1. On your keyboard, hit the Windows key to open the Start Menu
  2. After that, go to the Power Options tab. 
  3. Finally, choose Restart
Restart Windows

Once done, rejoin your voice chat to check if the problem is solved. 

3. Turn Down Your Game Volume.

Some headsets, particularly budget ones, have sound leaks that your microphone can pick up. This can explain why Discord is picking up your game audio. 

To avoid this, follow the steps below to lower your game volume: 

  1. First, right-click on the Speaker icon on your Taskbar
  2. Now, choose the Open Volume Mixer option.
  3. Lastly, lower the volume of your game. 
Open Volume Mixer

Go back to your channel afterward to check if Discord will still pick up your in-game audio. 

4. Check Your Input Settings. 

Another reason why Discord is picking up your game audio is if the wrong input device is selected on your settings. Windows’ stereo mix could be set as your primary input device, which causes the issue. 

Here’s how you can change your audio settings on Discord: 

  1. Launch Discord on your computer and go to the Settings
  2. Next, go to Voice & Video
  3. Finally, click on Input Device and select your current microphone. 
Discord picking up game audio

Once done, restart Discord and check if the problem is solved. 

5. Disable Stereo Mix. 

If Discord is still picking up your game audio, we recommend that you disable stereo mix on your computer. This feature on Windows allows you to record the output from your speakers without going through any digital or analog conversion. 

Follow the steps below to disable stereo mix on Windows: 

  1. On your computer, click the Windows icon to open the Start Menu
  2. After that, search for ‘Change System Sounds’ and open it. 
  3. Now, go to the Recording tab and right-click on Stereo Mix
  4. Finally, choose Disable and click on Apply to save the changes. 
Discord picking up game audio

Go back to your Discord chat afterward and play another game to check if the problem is solved. 

6. Update Your Sound Drivers. 

Corrupted sound drivers could also be why Discord is picking up your game audio. To fix this, update your audio drivers to the latest version possible to patch bugs and other glitches. 

Here’s how you can update your sound drivers: 

  1. First, press the Windows + X keys on your keyboard to open the Quick Menu
  2. After that, click on Device Manager
  3. Next, expand the Audio Inputs and Outputs tab. 
  4. Lastly, right-click on your microphone and choose Update Driver
Discord picking up game audio

Restart your computer after updating your drivers and check if Discord still picks up your in-game audio. 

7. Reinstall Discord. 

If you still experience the issue after doing the solutions above, we recommend reinstalling the app. Discord’s installation files may have gotten corrupted, causing some features to malfunction. 

See the steps below to reinstall Discord: 

  1. On your computer, go to the Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program
  2. Next, locate the Discord app from the list. 
  3. Finally, right-click on the app and choose Uninstall
Discord picking up game audio

After deleting Discord, go to their website and download the latest installer from there. 

That ends our guide on how to fix Discord if it keeps picking up your game audio. If you have questions or other concerns, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

If this guide helped you, please share it. 🙂 


  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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