Fix audio configuration
Today Teams does not automatically follow the Windows default for audio input and output (speakers and microphone). First, fix that.
Second, the configuration option to change these doesn't show up until you are already in a meeting. At that point you are already in the "can you hear me?" mode. Then you can change the audio settings to the correct ones. Devices that are mobile and then dock at different locations need to change these all the time. Windows usually keeps the correct default device. If you used that, it would probably be OK. But you definitely need to allow configuration of the proper devices BEFORE a call starts.
I often want to change from headset to PC speakers and external mic... this is a pain with Teams. Why do I have to change the audio settings in two places? I have to set the speakers and mic separately. This would almost be OK if Teams saved the custom setting.. The custom setting should be able to be named, and multiple custom setups added. That would make switching easy using a simple drop-down menu... This is not rocket science but seems to be beyond the largest software development company in the world!
I agree custom settings are only good if you can store them / retain them, if they need to be reset every time the laptop is turned off/on, then it's a nightmare.
1st of all: Your second issue has already been resolved. Device settings can be changed via Teams' Settings menu even while not in a call since a couple of months ago.
2nd of all: No, Windows does not always retain the correct default devices. In fact it may change these on a whim whenever you plug in or otherwise connect a device that Windows assumes you may want to use as your new default device.
It is in fact very welcome that you can choose a custom setup in Teams that deviates from WIndows' own defaults.
What IS problematic, however, is that Teams itself does not seem to keep the user-defined devices applied whenever available either. Like Windows itself, it just assumes that whatever new device you connected should be applied if it has both a microphone and speakers.
My display has IO audio sockets and whenever it goes in standby mode and is woken up again, it is detected as a newly connected sound device. Now I am not claiming that that is a solid design choice, but you've got to understand that when a user configures a set of devices, they do so for a reason and whenever these devices are connected, they should simply be used by Teams.
The same is true for Windows by the way.
Why Is there not a list with preferred audio devices so Windows can just choose the highest device that is connected, like there is for WiFi connections?
Agreed (and aggrieved). This is absolute crap. EVERY TIME I use Teams for an online meeting, I have to MANUALLY set the input and output settings for sound.
That this is STILL happening TWO YEARS after the initial report tells me uS doesn't really care. They just churn out crap apps and expect the corporate need for the core apps to carry the rest of these crApps along.
Is it too difficult to JUST USE THE DEFAULT (or the presently in-use) device for input and output?
Teams does what ever the F it wants to do apparently.
No changes by me what-so-ever .. yesterday .. restart PC like normal .. bring up winamp .. playing standard background stream... then someone chats me in Teams.. WOAH! It gave me sound with the dialog/banner thing .. ok .. finally .. sound..
Today same GDThing .. restart pc like normal .. bring up winamp .. I'm listening to a music stream .. so my audio is definitely working.. yet.. I'm getting no GD SOUND FROM TEAMS AGAIN!
Go into Teams settings what do I find? the audio device is not set properly .. I set them the way they should be set .. have a team member message me .. woah! sound again!
Then I think back to the last time I had a conf call in teams.. and remember.. wow.. I could be heard.. but I couldn't hear anyone .. what did I find that time? teams had the wrong sound settings again...
Hey microsoft... here's a novel f**king idea.. how about when a user changes settings in an app, you leave the f**king thing as is .. stop changing TEAMS settings without our knowledge. You obviously have something in the background going round and trying to be "helpful" in setting things when the OS *thinks* there is a change.. or maybe the app thinks.. oh.. the computer is set one way .. and teams thinks it should match... rather than keeping the setting the user SPECIFICALLY set ... WTF Microsoft .. stop thinking you know better at program start than the user that last set your settings to work .. leave sh*t alone .. or give us a LOCK THESE SETTINGS button or SOMETHING .. but stop f**king with our devices and controls..
hopefully this time I'm ****** enough to remember teams is f**king me every chance it gets so I can go back and set it correctly when I restart my machine. Its these little things microsoft .. that you ***** up so perfectly, that really **** people off.
Kai Stark commented
This is close to what I would have written.
It is quite annoying that
a) I have to restart Teams after I add an audio device to the system
b) there is no settings dialog where I could verify current settings and make corrections BEFORE I waste other participant's time.