If your teammates can’t hear you in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, that’s a big problem. Here’s how to fix voice chat.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is full of fun game modes, new maps, and a plethora of annoying bugs and errors. This time around, a lot of players have noticed that that their microphone isn’t working. Luckily, it’s usually very easy to fix!

Why is my microphone not working in MW2?

Communication is key in multiplayer games like Modern Warfare 2 so it can be quite frustrating when you realize that none of your teammates can hear your calling out plays and pointing out enemies.

Oftentimes your microphone is simply muted or the settings are incorrect. It’s possible you didn’t give the game access to your microphone or the output is incorrect. Here’s how to fix that!

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How to fix voice chat not working in MW2

To fix Modern Warfare 2 voice chat, there are some things you can do:

  • PC
    • Allow microphone access: 
      • Search for “Microphone Privacy Settings
      • Turn on “Microphone access”
      • Turn on “Let apps access your microphone”
    • Set as default device: 
      • Search for “Control Panel” using Windows search
      • Hardware and Sound
      • Sound
      • Right-click your microphone and set it as the default device
    • Enable exclusivity: 
      • Search for “Control Panel”
      • Hardware and Sound
      • Sound
      • Right-click your microphone
      • Properties
      • Advanced
      • Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device
      • Disable
  • Xbox
    • Enable the headset mic
      • Press the Xbox Sky button
      • Audio & Music
      • Headset mic
      • On
    • Adjust the microphone settings
      • Launch Modern Warfare 2
      • Audio Settings
      • Microphone Device
      • If it’s set to default, try changing it to your microphone or headset
    • Enable headset & speakers
      • Open Xbox settings
      • General
      • Volume & audio output
      • Additional options
      • Party chat output
      • Headset & speakers
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