A lot of Discord users have reported sound issues when streaming their display during calls. This no sound error can occur when users are streaming games or simply sharing a video or webpage from their web browser. After contacting the official Discord team, they’ll tell you to restart Discord or the application you were streaming. Although this may work for a few of us, others will have to dive a little deeper to get their sound working again.
In this guide, we’ll show you several ways that’ll help you fix Discord’s audio issues when streaming. That way, you and your friends can get back to binging movies and sharing live gameplays with each other.
What To Do If Discord Streaming No Sound?
Users most frequently experience this sound issue when they are screen sharing videos, music, or any type of audio/video file from Google Chrome. If you’re trying to stream a game, the same steps to solve this error will apply.
There are quite a number of possible solutions that will help fix this. Hence, we recommended you go through all of the steps below until you find a method that works for you. Let’s get started!
Solution 1: Update Discord
Sometimes users never exit the Discord application and leave it running in the icon tray, which prevents it from updating. You’ll be surprised how many small updates the Discord team releases each week.
Sometimes they contain crucial improvements and bug fixes that may get rid of those annoying errors such as no sound when streaming. Once you close the app and start it up again, Discord will automatically download and install the latest updates.
You can quit discord by right-clicking on the tray icon and selecting “Quit Discord”. Restart the application and it will begin updating.
Solution 2: Add The Application You’re Streaming To Game Activity
Discord has a “Game Activity” tab in its settings that manages all the applications Discord has access to. Here, you can add or remove any application that you don’t want Discord to display when you’re using them. For some reason, if you haven’t added the application to “Game Activity” no sound will come through for anyone watching your stream. In the steps below, we’ll be adding Google Chrome to Discord as an example.
- Click on the gear icon next to your name at the bottom of the Discord window to access the application settings.
- Select “Game Activity” in the left-hand column.
- Next, click the blue “Add it!” link and search for “Google Chrome”(or any gaming application that you want to screen share) in the search bar and press the “Add Game” button.
- That’s all there is to it. Now when you open Google Chrome to stream, it should read “Now Playing”.
- If you don’t want your friends or users on Discord to see your status as “Playing Google Chrome”, turn off the toggle button for “Display currently running game as a status message”.
As mentioned before, this is usually the fix for users who are getting no sound when streaming video or audio from Google Chrome. Another thing to note is that no other web-browser currently has Discord streaming support.
Hence, if you’re using Firefox, Opera, IE, or any other browser, you’re going to have to make the switch to Chrome if you want to stream videos with sound.
Solution 3: Reinstall Your Audio Drivers
This will usually only work if you’re already facing audio issues outside of the Discord application, whether you’re streaming or not. However, it’s worth a shot. To re-install your audio drivers, follow the steps below:
- Open Device Manager by searching for it from your start menu.
- Expand the “Audio inputs and outputs” arrow, right-click your audio output device and click uninstall device.
- Next, select the Action menu and click on “Scan for hardware changes”. Windows will detect that your audio driver has been uninstalled and automatically install it.
- Lastly, you’ll want to check if you have any pending audio driver updates. Right-click on your audio device again and select “Update driver”.
- A new window will open, select “Search automatically for drivers”. If there are any updates available for your audio driver, Windows will automatically download and install them.
After you’ve reinstalled and updated your audio drivers, open Discord, and see if your able to get any sound when streaming applications.
Solution 4: Restart Audio Services
Restarting your audio services is a very simple process and it may be the reason why you’re not getting any sound when streaming on Discord. Before you begin, close Discord and any other application that is currently outputting audio.
Once that’s done, open the Services application by searching for its taskbar and selecting it from the results. You’ll need to restart three services: Windows Audio, Windows Audio Endpoint Builder, and Remote Procedure Call (RPC). Right-click them one at a time, and select Restart.
Now open Discord and see if you’re getting any sound when streaming.
Getting no sound when streaming on Discord is a relatively common issue faced by many users. The most common fixes are generally updating your Discord or adding the application to the “Game Activity” tab. However, in some unlikely cases, you may have to fiddle with your drivers or audio services.
If the above methods didn’t solve your issue, your last resort would be to reinstall both Discord and the application you’re trying to stream. Let us know in the comments if this guide helped you, or if you have any questions or concerns. We’ll gladly assist you.