Phasmophobia voice chat not working can be the single most frustrating issue to encounter in the game.
Kinetic Games has framed much of its mechanics in this latest psychological horror game around the use of voice recognition and vocal reactions. Phasmophobia relies on working speech features to inform not only communication between teammates but also the function of several items and behaviors on the map.
Below, we've outlined a few reasons behind this and fixes to get aspiring paranormal investigators back in the game.
Phasmophobia Voice Chat Not Working: How to Fix the Problem
It should be noted that Phasmophoba is not compatible with any device running the Windows 7 OS. If you're attempting to run the game on a Windows 7 machine, you may be out of luck.
The first order of business should be to check out your individual setup. Did the microphone accidentally become muted? Did it get unplugged? Did the drivers stop working or need to be reset? If there's nothing wrong with the actual accessory, then it's likely the cause is with the software.
While in-game, locate the "Audio Options" menu and select "Test Voice Recognition." Unsurprisingly, you will be asked to speak into your microphone and search for the sign the game can hear you. We also recommend you double-check this by opening up any other software that requires voice recognition such as Skype, Zoom, or Discord.
If you're finding that other programs can detect your voice, but Phasmophobia cannot, then clearly the issue lies within the Steam application, itself. Close down your session of the game and find it in your library. Right-click to bring up properties and navigate to the "Betas" tab. There should be a "beta-Unstable build" option that, when selected and downloaded, contains a patch for this issue.
Additionally, we recommend you refrain from alt-tabbing in or out of the game. This can affect the voice chat feature and accidentally disconnect it from the application.