League of Legends introduced the in-game voice chat after tons of fans asked for it. This is a great addition to the game since now you can voice chat with your party and have better coordination across the map. This not only allows you to perform better as a team but also allows you to voice chat without using any third-party applications. However, you might come across some issues while using the voice chat function. That is why this guide will show you how to fix the League of Legends voice chat on Windows.
To fix any League of Legends voice chat issues on Windows, you must first ensure that your microphone is set as the default output device. After this, ensure that you configure the audio settings so that you can hear your team as well without any issues.
If you are still facing problems or are unsure what to do, worry not because we’ll explain all the steps in detail in the next section. With that said, let’s jump straight in and check out how to fix the League of Legends voice chat issues on Windows.
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Ensure That Your Devices Are Connected
This might be extremely obvious to most players but always make sure that you check whether or not your devices are properly connected. If you are using headphones, make sure that both the mic and sound wires are connected and are set as the default device. On the other hand, if you are using speakers and a separate mic, ensure that both of their wires are connected.
After doing that, check to see if your headphones or speakers’ volume is correct or not. You might have reduced the volume previously and could have forgotten about it. Also, checking to see if everything is connected to the proper port is also worth it.
Automatically Join the Voice Chat
Now that you have checked that everything is properly working and connected, it’s time to move on to the next step. To do this, you must open the settings of the client and head over to the voice tab. From there, click the “Join the voice channel automatically” option.
Doing so will ensure that you always connect to the voice channel whenever you are in the lobby with another player. I also suggest that you uncheck the “Mute me when I connect to League voice” option. Enabling it might cause some issues and you’ll have to manually unmute it every time.
Configure Audio Settings
If everything else is working perfectly fine, you can try to configure your audio settings to see if that fixes anything or not. After trying out all the previous tips, you should:
- Right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar
- Select the “Recording” tab and check that your primary mic is set as “Default Device“
- Check that the capture indicator bar on the right moves as you speak. If it doesn’t, check your mic for a mute button and make sure it’s not muted.
- Now, select your preferred default device and click on the “Properties” button
- Click on the “Advanced” tab and make sure that the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” option is unchecked
- Set the sample rate to 16 bit, 44100Hz
- Return to the Sound panel and select “Playback” (or just right-click the speaker icon again and click Playback)
- Check that your preferred speakers or headset is set as “Default Device“
- Right-click the default device and click “Test.” Make sure you can hear sound coming from your speakers or headphones
Update Sound Driver
This might be another thing that most players will ignore but it might fix your sound issues. Updating your drivers is extremely important since the latest ones are compatible with the latest softwares and have fixed most of the bugs.
You can either head over to the Device Manager or download the driver directly from your manufacturer’s website. Either way, having the latest drivers will ensure that you do not run into any issues.
Choose the Correct Input Device
Choosing the correct input device will allow you to use the voice chat properly. To do this, you need to head over to the client’s settings again and go to the Voice tab. From there, select the Input Device under the Input Settings tab and choose whatever device you have. Usually, putting it on “Default System Device” is the best course and it will work.
However, if that isn’t working, you can open the options and choose whatever device you have to see if that works or not.
While you are in this setting, you should also select the “Voice Activity” instead of the “Push to Talk” option. Having it as push to talk is fine but I’ve seen that cause many problems for a lot of players. So, put it on the activity setting and you can set the activation threshold to whatever suits you best. Usually, anything between 50%-65% is ideal. That way, your team won’t be hearing every single thing going on in your room. They will only hear you when you speak directly in the mic or speak loudly.
Run the Hextech Repair Tool
The Hextech Repair Tool is quite useful in most situations. It is not a hidden thing that the League client has a lot of bugs and issues but Riot Games have come up with a tool that fixes most of those issues. Download the Hextech Repair Tool and install it on your system.
After doing that, open it to see what the problem is. The tool shows you any issues that your region might be facing so that you know whether it is the game’s fault or something wrong on your end. After running the tool, select the “Use Google DNS” option and let it do its thing. Sooner or later, the tool will find out what is wrong with the client or what issue you are facing.
The tool is also useful to check the ping and add Firewall exceptions to the game so that you do not face any issues while playing the game. It also can be used to reinstall or repatch the game if you are facing any issues downloading the latest update. This tool is quite handy and most players do not use it.
Open Router Ports
In case none of the aforementioned things work for you, there is another thing that you can try. You must open the router ports to ensure that the voice chat works fine and you can finally use it properly.
Open the following ports to your computer’s IP address:
- TCP – 443 – for Web server (HTTPS)
- UDP – Choose 50 Ports from 1024 – 65000
- NOTE: You don’t have to open the entire range, just 50 ports. For example, you might forward ports 61000-61050.
- UDP – Ports 6250, 5060 and 5062
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