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How to Fix Discord Keeps Asking to Switch Audio Device Problem



While the communication platform Discord is a popular choice among gamers thanks to its helpful features, more and more businesses and educators are also starting to see its perks and advantages.

With its voice chat, text, live streaming, and file sharing options complete with privacy control options and customizable servers, there’s no surprise that the tool is gaining bigger numbers of followers day by day. 

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But as expected, Discord also has its share of bugs and technical issues. One common complaint among users is when Discord always asks them to switch their audio devices.

Ways to Troubleshoot Discord Keeps Asking to Switch Audio Device Issue

Since this problem can affect your overall experience, it is important to fix it as soon as possible. There are a few preliminary checks you can try first to resolve the problem with Discord, including the following:

  • Disable background apps that might interfere with the audio devices you are using for Discord.
  • Use a different audio device on your PC.
  • Update your Discord app.
  • Update the driver pack of your device.

After you have done these preliminary methods but have not resolved the problem, that’s when you can proceed with the following tips. 

Choose the Exact Output and Input Device on Discord

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  1. Open the Discord app and go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down the left side pane and choose Voice & Video. On the right side pane, choose the Voice settings.
  3. Click on the dropdown menu from the Input and Output device options and choose the specific device that you prefer to use from that list.
  4. Close the app and start your device again to check if the problem persists.

Choosing the output and input device from the app will force it to use only the device you choose.

Clear Discord LocalAppData and AppData 

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows + R keys and type %appdata% in the text box. Press Enter afterward.
  2. Choose and right-click on the Discord folder, and then clear the folder by clicking on Delete.

Clearing all the data on Discord will be able to fix the corrupt files that caused the issue.

Turn Off the Secondary Input/Output Device

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  1. Right-click on the Speakers icon found on the taskbar, and then choose the Sounds option.
  2. Go to the Playback tab.
  3. Look for the secondary audio device, and then right-click on it, and choose Disable.

Choose the Option “Don’t Show Me This Again” 

It is all too easy to miss the options that are already right in front of you. This is also the case here since many people claimed that they didn’t even notice the option since they always often click Don’t Switch when asked.

So the next time the “New Audio Device Detected” prompt pops up, choose the preference you like and then click on the option “Don’t show me this again” instead of the other two options “Switch Device” and “Don’t Switch.”

If Discord always asks you to switch audio devices, you don’t have to always be bothered by this prompt. The fixes above can address this issue right away.



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