Recently, many Valorant players have found that there is no sound when they play Valorant on PC.
If the audio has stopped working on Valorant there are a few common ways to resolve the issue. Ensure that your drivers are updated to the latest version, check for any corrupt files, and make sure no programs are running in the background that could be interfering with the game.
In this guide, we will provide you with several fixes to resolve the Valorant audio issue.
Why Is the Valorant Sound Not Working?
If your Valorant sound is not working then there could only be three culprits.
- You don’t have the latest audio drivers.
- Another software or application is interfering with your Valorant files.
- The Valorant files, themselves are corrupt or unable to initialize.
You can’t rule out human error completely, though.
Check All the Basic Things
Lots of players have complained of Valorant sound not working only to realize that their absent-mindedness was the cause.
This is why the first thing you should do is check all the basic things.
- Check if you’ve muted the sound on your computer by mistake.
- Check if you’ve physically lowered the volume on your headphones or speakers.
- Check if Valorant sound specifically has been muted in the Sound Mixer.
- Check if in-game sounds are still turned on and on 100.
If you’ve ruled out all the simple things listed above, then you can move on to more advanced solutions.
Exclude Valorant from Your Firewall or Antivirus
The antivirus and the firewall you have installed could have undergone recent updates or settings changes that could have resulted in some Valorant services being quarantined or restricted.
The following steps are for Windows Firewall but they can be used as guidelines for other firewalls and antiviruses too.
- Open Windows Defender Firewall from the Start Menu.
- Find and click on Allow a program through Windows Firewall. Depending on which other antivirus or firewall program you have, this option can be found on the home screen, inside Advanced Settings, or Preferences.
- Click on Change Settings and look for entries for Valorant or Riot Client.
- Create an exception for the following files.
- Execution File: C:\Riot Games\VALORANT\live\VALORANT.exe
- Anticheat File: C:\Program Files\Riot Vanguard\vgc.exe
- Launcher: C:\Riot Games\Riot Client\RiotClientServices.exe
- Click on Ok. Many programs may ask for more allowances and exclusions. Allow them.
Find And Remove Interfering Third-Party Apps
It can be difficult to find third-party apps that may be interfering with Valorant mainly because the process is time-consuming.
However, if it is a third-party app that is creating the problem of Valorant sound not working, then this process will help you pinpoint it.
- Press the Windows button and the R key together.
- Type msconfig and press Enter.
- Go to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft Services if it is unchecked.
- Click Disable All.
- Enable the VCG file.
- Do the same for files in the Startup tab.
- Run Valorant and see if the sound has come back.
- If it has come back, enable third-party apps one by one to spot the culprit and uninstall it.
Restart Audio Services
Windows have audio services whose job is to make sure that the sound is working properly.
Since your Valorant sound is not working, it could be that these services are malfunctioning in some way.
Restarting them can help.
- Press the Windows button and the R key together.
- Type Services and press Enter.
- Right-click and then click on Restart in the resulting menu for the following Windows audio services.
- Windows Audio
- Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
- Remote Procedure Call or RPC
- Launch Valorant and check if the sound is okay now.
Disable Exclusive Mode
In the Windows Sound Settings, there’s a feature that allows certain apps to take exclusive control of the sound output.
Disabling this feature can help.
- Press the Windows button and the R key together again.
- Type mmsys.cpl to open the Sound Settings.
- You can open the same window by going through the Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then Sound.
- Once the window is open, find the audio device you’re using, highlight it, and click on Properties.
- Click on the Advanced tab and uncheck the options for Exclusive Mode.
If disabling this doesn’t yield results, you can also try changing the audio format in the same window.
Update, Rollback, or Change Your Audio Driver
Incompatibility with the existing audio driver versions on your computer can also stop Valorant sound from working properly.
To fix this problem, you need to see which options are available on the driver page.
- Follow the steps listed under Disable Exclusive Mode to reach Properties inside the Sound Settings.
- However, instead of going to the advanced tab, click on Properties again in this new window.
- This will open another window with the Driver tab. Click on it.
- This new window will give you all the details of the currently active audio driver. You’ll see buttons to Update Driver and Rollback Driver. If the options are not available then the buttons will be greyed out. Use either one and check the Valorant sound.
When you click on Update Driver, it will give you a list of drivers.
You can try changing your audio driver too to fix the Valorant sound too.
Make sure you remember which audio driver was active in the beginning in case you need to come back to it.
If the Valorant sound is not working on your computer, then it can severely affect your gameplay.
After all, the sound is a major component of not only the entertainment value of the game but also the players’ awareness of opponents around them. However, we’re certain that the above solutions will help you get it back.