If you’re using Oculus Quest 2 with a Link cable on PC but the mic isn’t working, don’t worry. In this post, you’ll learn 4 easy & quick fixes to get your VR headset mic back to life.
Try these fixes:
You may not try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that does the trick.
- Allow access to your microphone
- Adjust the sound settings
- Update your audio driver
- Unplug and replug your headset
Fix 1 – Allow access to your microphone
To use Oculus Quest 2 normally on your PC, you should allow the apps to access its microphone in the privacy settings. Here are the steps:
- Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard. Then, type microphone privacy in the search box and click Microphone privacy settings.
- Click the Change button and toggle on Microphone access for this device.
- Scroll to Allow apps to access your microphone and turn on the button.
- Scroll down to turn on desktop apps’ access to your microphone.
If you’ve enabled all the accesses but the microphone still refuses to work, try the next fix.
Fix 2 – Adjust the sound settings
Oculus Quest 2 mic not working may also be caused by improper sound settings. If so, you need to set your headset mic as the default device manually as follows:
- Right-click the speaker icon at the bottom right corner of the taskbar, and click Open Sound settings.
- Under the Input section, choose Headset Microphone (Oculus Virtual Audio Device) from the menu.
- Scroll down to select Sound Control Panel.
- Navigate to the Recording tab. Then select Oculus Quest 2 headset microphone and click Set Default.
- Click your mic again and click Properties.
- Go to the Levels tab and set the mic volume to the max.
- Select the Advanced tab and untick Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.
- Click OK to apply the changes.
Now that everything on the PC sound settings is good to go, test how your mic works. If the mic-not-working issue only occurs in specific programs like SteamVR, make sure Oculus Quest 2 is also chosen as the input device in the app settings.
If this trick doesn’t help, take a look at more fixes below.
Fix 3 – Update your audio driver
If the audio or headset driver you’re using is faulty or outdated, your Oculus Quest 2 mic won’t work properly. So you should update the audio driver to see if that fixes your problem. There are two ways you can get the right driver for your headset:
Option 1 – Manually – You can search for the most recent driver for Oculus Quest 2 from the Oculus support page. Then, download the driver that is compatible with your Windows version, and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your audio driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your headset, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update next to the flagged Oculus VR Headset driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If updating the driver doesn’t work, continue to Fix 4 below.
Fix 4 – Unplug and replug your headset
Some users reported the standard unplug-and-replug method dramatically solved the Quest 2 mic not working problem, but note that you need to run the Windows voice recorder while doing this.
- Plug the headset into your PC and enable Oculus Link.
- Type Voice in the Windows search box and click Voice Recorder.
- If Oculus Quest 2 is picked up in Voice Recorder, start SteamVR or your game and the mic should work as intended.
If not, keep the Voice Recorder running. Then, unplug the cable from your headset, replug it back in, enable Oculus Link on Quest 2 and start your game.
Now check if your microphone works again. If yes, then great, but you might need to pull the mic command via the Voice Recorder every time you start SteamVR or other programs. This known bug might be fixed in the later Oculus patches.
If none of the steps above do the trick, try to reinstall the latest Oculus app from the official website and see if the problem gets fixed.
Hopefully this post helps. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.