So how do we avoid having our work meeting or gaming group listen in on conversations and noises happening around us? The answer is the push-to-talk feature.
This guide will cover how to enable push to talk, how to bind your preferred push to talk key, the various options in the Discord app settings, and the benefits push to talk offers.
How to Enable Push to Talk
The user interfaces for Desktop PC and Mobile are slightly different, so this guide will include steps to access user settings and enable push-to-talk for both versions of the Discord app.
Push to Talk on PC
To enable push to talk in the desktop version of the discord app:
Launch Discord and click the user settings gear icon in the bottom left corner
Find the Voice and Video option under App Settings
Under Input Mode select “Push to Talk“
To set the key you would like to use click the box under Shortcut and press your desired key
Hold your Push to Talk key down to speak. Your name will light up when you do
How to Push to Talk on Discord Mobile
To enable push to talk on the discord mobile app:
Launch Discord and tap the profile icon in the bottom right.
Under “User Settings” tap Voice and Video.
Tap Input Mode.
In the pop-up menu, tap Push to Talk.
Join a Discord server voice channel and hold the Push to Talk button at the bottom. Your name will light up when your friends can hear you.
There are a couple of more in-depth options you can customize with the Push to Talk feature. For most people, this will not be necessary as the default settings are pretty good.
However, if you want a little more control over how Push to Talk functions, these options are for you.
Push to Talk Release Delay
(This Discord feature is only available in the desktop version)
This option will allow a set amount of time to pass after releasing your push to talk key before your microphone is muted again.
The amount of time Discord allows can be set from anywhere between zero seconds to two seconds. Set the talk release delay you would like by using the slider.
To access the slider go to Voice and Video > Input Mode.
Add Multiple Push to Talk Keybinds
(This Discord feature is only available on the desktop).
In some situations having an extra button or two that will allow you to talk in Discord can be useful. Maybe you want one key on your keyboard, and one on your mouse.
Whatever the reason, go to Voice and Video > Input Mode and click the option Keybind Settings.
At the top of the page, click Add a Keybind.
A new keybind will be created.
Click the arrow in the Unassigned box and choose a Push to Talk option.
In the keybind box choose a new key to assign.
Repeat to assign another Push to Talk button.
Enable Mobile Voice Overlay
(This option is only available for mobile Discord users).
When using Discord on your phone you will often want to know who is talking your you Discord voice channel. This option will show the discord overlay when using other apps outside of discord while chatting with your friends.
Under App Settings > Voice and Video > Overlay.
Tap the circle icon on the right. In the menu that comes up scroll to find Discord and tap the button to allow Discord to apply the overlay.