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How to Fix Fortnite Game Chat

1. Check Your Audio Settings

First look at your in game audio settings to see if they are correct.

  • Open the Fortnite menu
  • Go to Settings –> Audio
  • See if Voice Chat is enabled
  • Check if the correct input and output devices are selected

2. Restart the Game and Then Your PC or Console

  • Close Fortnite completely
  • Restart your PC, console or phone
  • Start Fortnite again

3. Update Fortnite

Running an outdated version is one of the most common causes of chat problems in Fortnite from personal experience.

  • Check for game updates in the Epic Launcher
  • If there is a new one there, download and install it

4. Check Your Privacy/Parental Controls Settings in Case Your Parents Turned Off the Chat Option

Make sure the privacy settings do not have the voice chat turned off. Maybe your parents turned the chat off so that you can’t talk to other people. This might not be a bad thing and might be in your best interest so ask your parents first if they did that before changing anything.

  • For consoles, find the parental controls section and see if the chat is turned off.
  • On PC, check your Epic Games account settings and find the parental controls there.

5. Check Your Network

A bad internet connection will stop your game chat because Fortnite is programmed to save resources when the connection sucks.

  • Test your internet speed on Google or on speedtest.net
  • If it’s under 50Mbps download and upload run a wired Ethernet cable to your PC or Console instead of using the WiFi. This will almost always fix your speed, ping and latency problems.
  • Restart your router as well to rule out a bug.

6. Disable and Re-Enable Voice Chat

Sometimes turning the feature on and off fixes the chat problem.

  • In the audio settings turn Voice Chat off
  • Restart the game
  • Turn Voice Chat back on

7. Clear Game Cache (for PC users)

Clearing the cache can solve some Fortnite code issues.

  • Close Fortnite
  • Delete the contents of the %localappdata%\FortniteGame\Saved\Config\WindowsClient folder
  • Relaunch the game

8. Check Your Headset

Make sure your headset is working as it should.

  • Test it with another device (like your phone) or app other than Fortnite.
  • Check for a loose connection if you’re using it on AUX.
  • Make sure it’s fully charged or it didn’t run out of battery.

9. Reinstall Fortnite From Scratch

If everything else fails, a new installation will likely solve your problem in 99% of the cases and since all of your game progress is tied to your Epic account you won’t be losing anything in the game by just reinstalling it.

  • Uninstall Fortnite completely
  • Restart your PC or Console
  • Download and install Fortnite again

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