How to fix mic echo on Xbox One

If you’re experiencing annoying mic echo during online gaming on Xbox One, here’s how to fix it.

by Richard Jordan

A reliable headset with no mic echo is a key component of online gaming. It is, after all, a social experience – one that relies on free-flowing, two-way communication between you and your teammates.

But sometimes that communication can be affected by a strange echo effect or background noise when people are talking, which can prove infuriating for all members of the conversation. 

Mic echo could be down to a number of different variables. The issue could be caused by your controller, your headset/mic setup, or even your TV volume being too loud. And it might not even be your fault! If you hear an echo only when someone else talks, for example, the problem may lie with the headset connection of the person who is talking.

If you hear an echo or noise during gameplay or while you’re in a party chat on Xbox One, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that it’s your set-up that’s causing the issue.

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Hearing echo in party chat on Xbox One

If other people in your party are complaining about hearing their voice echo back, try adjusting your headset volume. 

To do this, press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the guide, scroll across to ‘System’ (the cog icon) and then select ‘Audio’. From here, make sure that the ‘Headset volume’ is set a couple of notches down from maximum.

If you hear everyone else in your party echo when you’re in a party chat, it’s probably because the audio output is coming from your speakers and headset at the same time. To change this setting, follow the steps below:

  • Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.
  • Select ‘System’ then ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘Volume & audio output’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Party chat output’ and select ‘Headset’.

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Hearing mic echo during gameplay

If the above doesn’t fix the issue in party chat, or if you’re experiencing mic echo more generally during online multiplayer games, it’s likely down to a couple of factors.

First, make sure that the volume is turned down on your TV or speaker system to avoid feedback, and try to reduce ambient noise in the room in which you’re playing. You can also try bringing your headset volume down a couple of notches (as above).

Next, try disconnecting your headset from the controller. Clean the plug on the headset cable with a clean, dry cloth, and then reconnect it firmly to the controller’s expansion port. Finally, if your wireless controller’s battery levels are running low, switch out the batteries for a fresh pair. 

If you’re still having problems, test your headset out on a different controller if you can. This will enable you to determine whether the issue is with the headset itself or the controller connection.

If the problem seems to lie with the controller, check if the firmware needs updating. To do this, connect the controller to your console with a micro USB cable and follow these steps:

  • Open the ‘Settings’ menu.
  • Navigate to ‘Kinect & devices’, then ‘Devices & accessories’.
  • Select the controller you’re having trouble with and click ‘Update’ if you see an option to.

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Richard Jordan