Microphone Not Working On Rust Console? Try This

Microphone Not Working On Rust Console

Being able to communicate clearly with co-gamers is an essential part of the game.

So, with survival at stake, it is not only annoying but potentially disastrous if your microphone stops working while playing Rust…and this seems to be happening a lot among users lately, especially for those playing on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox.

That’s why in this article, we have provided extensive solutions to all the possible reasons why your Rust microphone may not work at all, or may stop working mid-game.

Why is My Microphone Not Working on Rush Console

1. HUD Visibility is on Light or Survival

HUD stands for Heads-up Display in gaming. It is the method or function that the game uses to display visual information to the game player. So, HUD is responsible for displaying your game character’s statistics such as your progress and score, health, armour, ammunition count, bonus, and so on.

HUD Visibility means how much information about your statistics that is displayed at a time on the screen. On Rust, the HUD visibility levels are Light, Survival, and Full. Survival shows just enough information that you need to know your survival status.

Full shows you everything about your character’s statistics. Light is the middle ground between Survival and Full.

Normally, what level of HUD visibility you set on Rust should be completely at your discretion. But, as it turns out, there are times where a bug on the HUD feature may affect your game microphone.

When this happens, the mic only works when you set the HUD visibility to Full. And if it is not at Full, you will not even see the mic icon in the first place.

Fix – Change HUD Visibility to Full

Given the explanation above, you need to change the HUD Visibility setting from Light or Survival to full when the microphone stops working for you. This fix works even if the mic stopped working mid-game, and whether you are playing on PS, Xbox, or PC.

To change visibility:

1. Open Rust Options

2. Scroll down to Hud and select it

3. On the HUD menu to the right, change HUD Visibility from the current value to Full

Now, check if you can see the microphone icon on the game and then test to see if others can hear you.

While you’re at it, you should also check your Push to Talk settings as this is another reason why it may seem that your mic is not working. If your Pust to Talk is set to Hold, you would need to hold the touchpad while you speak as opposed to just pressing it once to speak.

So, change the Push to Talk from Hold to Toggle so that all you need to do is toggle it on and then speak to be heard. To do this:

1. Go back to Options

2. This time, click on Control

3. In the Control menu, scroll to Input Preferences section, then set Push to Talk to Toggle

2. MAC Address Issues on Xbox

Issues with your internet connection are another reason why the microphone on Rust may stop working. This usually happens on Xbox and can only happen if you already set an Alternate MAC Address on Xbox.

Here’s how it works:

A MAC address is a unique identifier for your device (your Xbox, phone, PC, printer, etc) on the network. It is like an email address or home address for your Xbox on the network.

So, the network router is sending data packets to your Xbox MAC address and does not care about your console’s name, make, or model.

Now, an alternate MAC address is a second MAC address that you can assign to your Xbox if you are connecting to a secure network that only allows devices with whitelisted MAC addresses to connect. There is no other reason why you should have an alternate MAC address added on your Xbox.

The problem only arises if 2 devices with the same MAC address are trying to connect to the network at the same time. Then, you would need to clear the Alternate MAC Address. If you never entered an alternate MAC Address, you need not clear it. All you would need to do is to restart the console when you encounter internet issues.

So, the bottom line is, clear Alternate MAC Address only if you have entered an Alternate MAC Address before. If there is no alternate MAC Address, simply restart the console to resolve internet issues that may cause the mic to stop working on Xbox.

Note: If you do not have an Alternate MAC Address, clearing it is not what resolves internet issues. It is the restart that resolves the internet issues.

Fix – Clear Alternate MAC Address if you have one

Follow the steps below to clear the Alternate MAC Address on your Xbox and get the mic working again:

1. Press the Xbox button on your controller

2. Go to Profile & System

3. Go to System Settings

4. Then select Network Settings

5. Select Advanced Settings at the bottom, then select Alternate MAC Address

6. Select Clear to clear the Alternate MAC Address

7. Then restart your Xbox console to enable the changes take effect.

When the console restarts, check and see if the mic on Rust is working again.

3. Mic Input Volume Low

As obvious as it sounds, it has been the cause of the microphone not working issue for many Rust gamers. It’s simple: if the mic input volume is low, others will not hear you. And it is the mic input level of the playing device that controls the audio in the game.

So, you need to check the mic input level on the native settings of your PlayStation, Xbox, or PC depending on the device you’re playing on.

Fix – Increase Microphone Input Volume

Follow the steps below to increase mic input volume for your device.

For PS4

1. Press the PlayStation button

2. Click on Mic

3. First, make sure that Mute is not turned on

4. Then, select Adjust Mic Level and move the mic level towards the centre of Good

On PS5

1. Click on Settings (gear icon) at the top of the screen

2. Scroll down and select Sound

3. Click on Microphone on the menu on the left side of the screen

4. Then click on Adjust Microphone Level

5. Again, move the slider to the right until you find the perfect volume level

On Xbox

1. Press the Xbox button on your controller

2. Go to Profile & System

3. Go to System Settings

4. Select Audio

4. At Mic Monitoring, move the slider to the right to increase the volume level

On Windows PC

1. Click the Start button on your PC

2. Type in Control Panel and select it from the results

3. In the Control Panel window, select Hardware and Sound

4. Then select Sound

5. When Sound opens, click on the Recording tab

6. Right-click on your mic and select Properties

7. Then click on the Levels tab and increase the volume by sliding it to the right

On Mac

1. Click on the sound icon at the top of your Mac screen in the menu bar

2. From the Sound menu, select Sound Preferences


1. Click the Apple icon, select System Preferences and then select Sounds

2. Click on the Input tab and select the correct input mic

3. Then at Input Volume, move the slider to the right until you get to a good volume

After increasing the mic volume on your device, check and see if other players can hear you now.

4. They Have Disable Game Chat Audio Enabled

You may have your mic volume all sorted and still be having issues with people hearing you on Rust. One reason for that is that your co-gamers may have disabled their game chat audio. If their game chat audio is disabled, no setting on your console will make them hear you. This is applicable to gamers on PlayStation and Xbox.

So, when you are sure that all your audio input settings are sorted out, reach out to your co-gamers and ask them to check their game chat audio.

Fix – Enable Game Chat Audio

You can guide them through the process of checking and enabling their game chat audio.

First, they need to confirm that the game party chat is enabled on the native settings of the console using the steps below:

On PS5, they should:

1. Press the PlayStation button to open the Quick Menu

2. Scroll to the right from the options at the bottom and select Sound

3. Scroll down to Disable Game Chat Audio and toggle to turn it off

On PS4, they should

1. Hold down the PlayStation button until the menu appears

2. Select Sounds/Devices from the option

3. To the right of the sound settings, uncheck Disable Game Chat Audio

On Xbox, they should

1. Press the Xbox button on your controller

2. Select Settings

3. Then, select Account

4. Select Privacy & Online Safety

5. On the next page, Select Xbox Privacy

6. If it is on any defaults, select Custom instead, then click on View Details and Customize

7. On the page that opens, scroll down and select Communication & Multiplayer

8. At Others Can Communicate with Voice, Text, or Invites, select Everybody

9. At You Can Communicate Outside of Xbox with Voice & Text, select Everybody

Then, they need to check that game party chat is also enabled in-game on Rust using the steps below:

1. Open Options on Rust

2. Then select Options again from the settings menu

3. Next, select Game from the options menu

4. Scroll down to the Communications section

5. At Voice Chat, set it to Everyone

Note: If you are in a party chat on any of the gaming consoles, your game voice chat will not work. This is because, the mic will be redirected to the party chat instead of the game you are playing, and your co-gamers will not hear you.

So, if you are in a party chat while playing Rust, you need to leave the party chat first before the mic works on Rust.

5. Their Speaker is Damaged

If they have enabled game chat audio and they still can’t hear you, it could be that their output device speaker is damaged. The speaker is responsible for transmitting audio out of the device to the surrounding. So, if the speaker is damaged, no audio will be heard no matter how loud the volume it set to.

Fix – Ask Them If Their Speaker is Damaged

Rust can be played on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox, Windows, and Mac OS. Players can connect these devices to TVs, phone, and headsets as output devices.

So, you need to ask your co-gamers to check the speaker on the particular device they are using as output and see whether it’s damaged. If it is damaged, they would either need to find an alternative output device or you play without voice chat.

6. Headset Software or Hardware Glitch

Gaming headsets usually come with both speakers and microphones. If you are playing Rust with such headset, and you have checked all the Rust and gaming device settings, now is the time to take a look at your headset to see if the issue may be from there.

Occasionally, your headset will run into a glitch that may cause it to stop picking up voice signals. The issue may be with a software bug or a hardware glitch. To troubleshoot a glitch on your headset, you may need to try a few fixes before arriving at the solution that works for you.

Fix – Restart Headset

Whenever you experience a glitch on a device or an app, the first thing to do is to perform a restart. In a headset, for example, it could be that some of the software in the headset did not load properly, or some circuits within were disconnected, or an integration attempt with your playing device failed.

What a restart does is to close the current connection, offload loaded programs, and then retry the connection afresh. This solves most glitches on the headset including the issue of the mic not working.

The method to restart the headset depends on the kind of headset you are using. A general rule is to:

1. Power it off or disconnect it from the gaming device

2. And then power it on again or reconnect it to the gaming device

Fix 2 – Reset Headset

If a restart does not fix the issue of the mic not working on Rust, you should consider resetting the headset. A reset is necessary for fixing more serious bugs that may have been acquired over time as you use the headset.

Again, the method for resetting the headset depends on the kind of headset you are using. You could consult the headset manual or go to the manufacturer’s website to find out how to reset the headset.

7. Mic Not Set As Default

Are you using an external microphone to play Rust? If yes, then you need to confirm that the microphone is set as the default input device for your PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox, or PC.

If you do not do this, the gaming device may use the system mic as the audio input source, or it may use an older mic that you had previously configured as the default audio input source.

To fix this, you need to go into the audio input settings on your playing device and set the correct mic as default.

Fix – Set correct mic as default

On Windows PC:

1. Click the Start button on your PC

2. Type in Control Panel and select it from the results

3. In the Control Panel window, select Hardware and Sound

4. Then select Sound

5. In the Sound menu, click on the Recording tab

6. Click once on the correct microphone you are trying to use

7. Then click on Set As Default

8. Then click OK

On PS4

1. Open Settings

2. Go to Devices

3. Select Audio Devices

4. At Input Device, click and select the correct microphone you are trying to use

On PS5

1. Open Settings

2. Then select Sound from the settings menu

3. Click on Microphone from the options

4. Select Input Device and set it to the correct mic

On Xbox

1. Press the Xbox button on your controller

2. Go to System & Profile

3. Go to Settings

4. Then go to Audio

5. At Headset Mic, toggle to turn it on

8. Mic Not Given Permission on Computer

Even though this is low on the list, it is very often the cause of microphone issues when playing Rust on a computer.

You may have set the mic volume to high and selected it as the default audio input, but if it does not have permissions to access the audio drivers of the computer, the mic simply will not work and others will not be able to hear you.

So, whenever you connect a microphone to your computer to play Rust or any other game, you need to ensure that the microphone is given access to the computer to be an audio input source.

Fix – Grant permissions to mic

As we explained, this is applicable only to Windows PC and Mac. For the Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles, your mic is automatically given permission to serve as an audio input source. You only need to set it as default as we did in the previous fix above.

To grant permission on Windows PC:

1. Click the Windows button and select Settings (the gear icon)

2. Select Privacy from the options on the left of the screen

3. In the Privacy window, scroll down and select Microphone

If you are using Windows 10, you will see Allow Access to the Mic on This Device. Under that, you will see Mic Access to This Device is Off. Click on Change, and then toggle to turn it ON

If you are using Windows 11, you will see Microphone Access. Toggle to turn in ON

1. Then, at Allow Apps to Access Your Microphone, toggle to turn it on

2. At Choose Which Apps Can Access Your Mic, check for your headset and toggle to turn it ON

3. At Allow Desktop Apps To Access Mic, toggle to turn it ON

To grant permission on Mac:

1. Click on the Apple icon at the top of the screen

2. Select System Preferences

3. Select Security and Privacy from the options

4. On the window that opens, click on the Privacy tab

5. Then click on the Microphone tab on the left side of the new window that opens

6. On the apps list to the right, check the box next to your mic and next to Rust (if available) to give them permission

7. If you are unable to tick the box, click the lock button at the bottom left of the screen. You may be prompted to enter your pin code first. Do that and then grant the required permissions.

9. Bug on Game or Device

We have found that, if all of the settings, configurations, and permissions are in order, the reason why the microphone still does not work when playing Rust is that the game or the device you are playing on may have developed a minor software bug or glitch.

A bug could cause the integration between the game and device audio to fail, resulting in people not hearing you when playing Rust. To fix this, we recommend that you restart the game first, and then restart the device if restarting the game does not fix the issue.

Fix – Restart Rust

On Windows PC

1. Exit Rust

2. Go to the app tray at the bottom right of your PC screen, right-click on the Rust icon and click Exit

3. Wait 30 seconds, then relaunch Rust on your PC to see if the mic issue is fixed

On Mac

1. On the Rust home screen, click on Command + Q

2. Confirm to quit Rust

3. Then relaunch Rust to see if the mic issue is fixed

On Xbox

1. Click the Xbox button

2. Highlight the Rust game on the left side of the screen and then press the Menu button (3 horizontal lines) on your controller

3. Scroll down the options and select Quit

4. Then go back to your apps and games and relaunch Rust to see if the mic issue is fixed


1. Press the PlayStation button on your controller

2. Highlight the Rust game and press the Options button

3. Then select Close Application

4. Afterwards, relaunch Rust afresh and see if the mic issue is sorted.

Fix 2 – Restart device

If restarting the game does not work, then go ahead and restart your Xbox, PS, or computer.

  • On Xbox and PS, you should unplug them from power supply after quitting the game
  • For Windows PC, use the Restart and not Shutdown
  • For Mac, use Shutdown

Then power them back on and your mic should start working!.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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