How to Use Voice Chat on WoW

By Angela M. Wheeland

Voice chat is a new feature in the online multiplayer role-playing game "World of Warcraft." Voice chat allows you to talk directly to your friends, without the need of typing. While fighting, this option is very useful for fast communication with members of your group. It also improves the response time for your team, while eliminating attack and counterattack delays. To use voice chat in "World of Warcraft," you must install and enable a microphone on your computer, and then enable voice chat in "World of Warcraft."

Install your Microphone

Step 1

Plug your microphone in your computer and click "Start."

Step 2

Click "Control Panel" and then select "Ease of Access."

Step 3

Click "Speech Recognition" and then "Set up Microphone."

Step 4

Choose the type of microphone you will use. Options are headset, desktop and other. Other microphones included in this group are built-in and array microphones. Click "Next."

Step 5

Click "Next" again and you are taken to the Microphone Setup Wizard.

Step 6

Read the sentences while the wizard adjusts the microphone volume. Press "Next" and then click "Finish."

Step 7

Open the Control Panel again and select "Sounds."

Step 8

Click the "Recording" tab and make sure that your microphone contains a green check mark just below the picture. If it does not, right-click the microphone and select "Enable."

Step 9

Click "Apply" and then "OK" to exit the Sound dialogue box.

Enabling the Microphone in "World of Warcraft"

Step 1

Open "World of Warcraft" and then open the main menu.

Step 2

Click "Sound and Voice" and select the "Voice" tab.

Step 3

Place a check mark in the box labeled "Enable Voice Chat."

Step 4

Choose a chat mode. You can choose to have your voice chat "Voice-Activated" or "Push-to-Talk." If you are playing in a noisy environment, you may prefer to use "Push-to-Talk." Select a key in the "Key Binding" field. You will press this button each time you wish to talk.

Step 5

Click "OK" and your voice chat is now activated.

Using Voice Chat in "World of Warcraft"

Step 1

Press "O" to open the "Social" interface.

Step 2

Click the "Chat" tab and you are taken to "Chat Channels."

Step 3

Select one of the available channels by right-clicking a channel and selecting "Enable Voice." You are now able to talk in voice chat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Voice chat was released in patch 2.2.
  • You can only join one voice chat channel at a time.