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Black Ops Cold War voice chat not working fix

Any players that are serious about winning in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War need functioning voice comms to be competitive. It’s massively annoying, then, when the broken team chat bug prevents users from talking online. So, is there a Black Ops Cold War voice chat not working fix? Here’s the lowdown on fixing broken headset mics in Treyarch’s new CoD game for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

Black Ops Cold War broken team chat fix

Black Ops Cold War broken team chat fix

CoD: Black Ops Cold War has its fair share of problems at launch, but the broken voice chat glitch is one of the most annoying. Users across all platforms are reporting that they can hear other players, but teammates can’t hear them. Luckily, there are a few easy fixes to try.

How to fix Black Ops Cold War voice chat not working on PC

If voice chat is broken in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC, navigate to the options menu, then disable and re-enable the “Voice Chat” setting. Should that not work, changing the default audio input device to the relevant headset in the Windows sound settings should solve the issue.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to fixing the Black Ops Cold War broken voice chat bug:

  1. Type “sound settings” into the Windows search bar and click the system setting of the same name.
  2. Under the “Input” heading, use the dropdown menu to switch to the relevant microphone.
  3. Boot up Black Ops Cold War and navigate to the options screen.
  4. Under the audio voice chat settings, set “Microphone Device” to the “Default Communication Device” option.

Black Ops Cold War PC players using a headset connected to a controller will also run into issues. To fix the problem, connect the headset directly to the PC and follow the above steps.

How to fix Black Ops Cold War voice chat not working on consoles

To fix Black Ops Cold War voice chat issues on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One, disable and re-enable the “Voice Chat” setting in the options menu. If that doesn’t work, the best workaround is to use the system-level private or party chat applications instead of in-game chat.

Unfortunately, in the absence of the advanced audio settings found on PC, the community hasn’t been able to come up with a definitive fix for consoles. Hopefully, Activision will release a Black Ops Cold War voice chat patch as part of a future game update.

Headphone users on Xbox Series X|S might also want to check out these system-level audio issues. There are problems with broken headset adapters, along with audio output randomly cutting out. Fortunately, there are solutions at the relevant links.

For everyone else, check out why Black Ops Cold War Season 1 was delayed.