With Phasmophobia patch notes released in late September, several bugs have been fixed. But players are still reporting the voice chat not working issue. If you happened to be one of them, don’t worry. Here are some quick fixes for you.
Try these fixes
You might not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
- Check sound settings
- Check in-game audio settings
- Reset your network
- Update your drivers
- Verify integrity of game files
Fix 1: Check sound settings
Sometimes your Microphone may not be detected or selected correctly. So when you’re in-game, the voice chat would not be working as you wish. To fix it, you should check your sound settings.
1) In your taskbar, right-click on the sound icon and select Open Sound settings.
2) Make sure that your input device is set to whatever microphone you’re currently using or prefer to use. Then click Device properties.
3) Set the volume to at least 50.
After applying the changes, play your game to check if the problem persists.
Fix 2: Check in-game audio settings
The in-game audio settings set by default would probably not be able to ensure everything’s going right. So you need to check them by following the steps below.
1) Launch your game and click Option.
2) Make sure your Microphone has been set correctly. Then click Test to test the voice recognition.
3) You’ll be asked to speak into your connected piece of hardware to ensure Voice Recognition is properly set up. If it shows We heard you!, your voice chat should be working now.
Fix 3: Reset your network
If your voice chat is not working, it might be related to your network. To fix it, simply do a network reset. Here’s how you can do this.
1) In the Search box, type network reset. Then click Network reset from the results.
2) Click Reset now.
Once it’s finished, play your game to check if it works.
Fix 4: Update your drivers
As mentioned above, when your voice chat is not working, it’s an issue related to sound settings or network. If you’ve made sure that your Microphone is selected correctly and if doing a network resetting doesn’t fix the issue, you should check for driver updates especially for audio drivers and network adapter drivers.
There are two ways you can update your drivers:
Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way because you need to find exactly the right driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks.
Option 1 – Manually update your drivers
Manufacturers keep releasing driver updates. To get them, you need to go to the official websites, find the correct drivers, and download them manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the drivers, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.
Option 2 – Automatically update your drivers
If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running or risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to the flagged 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.)
After updating your drivers, restart your computer and play your game to check if your voice chat is working now.
Fix 5: Verify integrity of game files
Verifying integrity of game files is a recommended troubleshooting step you should take when you’re faced with some bugs. It can help you verify if the integrity of your games files is intact. If it is not, it’ll then restore any missing or corrupted files. Here’s how you can do this:
1) Launch Steam client. From the LIBRARY section, right-click on Phasmophobia and select Properties from the menu.
2) Select the LOCAL FILES tab and click the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES… button.
3) Steam will verify the game’s files and this process may take several minutes. After it’s finished, launch your game to check if it works for you.
Definitely, Phasmophobia is a fine pick for the month of spooks to start a new horror adventure. So I hope these fixes can help you fix the voice chat not working issue so that you can enjoy your ghost hunting. For any ideas or questions, please leave a comment below.