Disabling Voice Chat in Fortnite: Battle Royale
Listening to other people is bothersome at times. Especially so for games that are either competitive or need serious teamwork like Fortnite Battle Royale.
You’ll find that these games have players that are simply on edge and aren’t fun to be around. Especially if the game isn’t going well for them. You’ll find these types of players in games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, CSGO and Fortnite mostly. These are some of the most popular competitive games out there now.
If you do end up running into players like this, it’s possible to report them by heading to the support section on Epic Games site. Otherwise, use the report feature in-game.
Voice chat works differently across all 3 platforms (PC, Xbox One and PS4), with it being possible to receive private voice messages on console. If you do face this issue, contact Sony or Microsoft to report a player.
A support team might not act on this unless you offer some evidence. They have a lot on their plate at the moment with the recent introduction of bugs and many attempts of account hacking. Although as of July 2018, this has become less of a problem and more features are being implemented to automate the support system and make punishing players easier.
Voice chat in Fortnite works a lot differently to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. In PUBG, you can talk to anyone who is within the vicinity, even enemies. Where as in Fortnite, you can only talk to people on your squad.
It’s possible that Epic Games could introduce a feature like this in the future, but it would practically be impossible to watch. It seems likely that this won’t happen anytime soon with Fortnite being popular among younger children due to the game being free.
One change that we recently got in Fortnite is the communication wheel, which has a key binding of V by default on PC. It allows you to send some more quick messages to team mates and squad members, such as need bandages, enemy spotted etc. This is essentially a way to combat the need to use voice chat all the time in squads and duos.
In this post, we will show you how to configure the voice chat settings in Fortnite’s Battle Royale. You can choose to disable voice chat in Battle Royale entirely, or configure the settings such as using an open mic or push to talk.
Below, we have some quick instructions that you can follow yourself. Whilst further down, we have instructions with pictures for if you’re confused on a certain step.
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Instructions for Voice Chat in Fortnite
Follow these steps whilst in the Battle Royale mode of Fortnite. Scroll down for more in-depth instructions with pictures
- In the Fortnite client, open the settings area by pressing the cog icon in the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the screen, which looks like a speaker icon.
- From here, you can enable or disable voice chat entirely. Whilst you can also configure your voice chat devices and choose whether you wish to use push to talk.
- Finally, you can head over to the key bindings tab where you can configure the controls for voice chat and using push to talk.
Detailed Guide with Images
To start, whilst in the Fortnite client, open the settings menu in the top right. Do this by selecting the 3 lines. Then choose the cog icon to open the settings menu as seen below. If you are playing on console, the process will be relatively similar.
In the settings menu that opens, choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the screen. In here, you will find options such as volume, subtitles and audio quality.
Amongst these settings is some Voice Chat options. If you wish to disable voice chat entirely, then choose “Off” within the ‘Voice Chat’ setting. This means you wont be able to hear other players, nor will they be able to hear you even if your microphone is on.
Other options include leaving it on open mic, meaning your always talking into the game. Or push to talk where you need to hold a certain key for allies to be able to hear you. With an open microphone, no matter what you say at any moment can be heard by your squad mates. Push to talk is probably the better option for most players.
If you go into a game and one of your team members are annoying, you can mute them in-game by heading to the menu, choosing their banner and selecting mute.
To change the key for push to talk, you will need to head to the ‘Input’ tab at the top of the settings menu, here you can manage control settings. Remember, in Fortnite, you will only be able to talk to players who are in your lobby and squad members.