Audio Device Settings
Hello, I really stuggle to toggle between audio devices using teams as it doesn't seem to automatically use the audio device chosen on the PC and I can't seem to be able to change this directly from teams.
This seems to be especially bad with the VMware media optimization.
Jerry J commented
142 votes, but probably millions of people struggling with this daily.
I see this issue persists specifically for users docking in different places (Home vs Work)
Teams has a mind of its own when it comes to device selection. I also use a variety of audio devices and audio routing software and almost every call I have to go into the Teams devices selection and change it to the one I want. (Sometimes it's correct but I routinely check every time to be sure.) That is an irritating waste of time. Zoom does not have this problem. What surprises me is that, after 2 years, there's been no activity. I propose:
1. Add defaults (default audio and default comms device) to the device selection.
2. Add command line options to allow device selection at launch.
James C Lloyd commented
Why is the MICROSOFT meeting tool the only one that doesn't follow the MICROSOFT system audio?! I guess MS only allows its staff ONE audio device that is never allowed to be changed.
Either fix Teams or bring the 'default communication device' settings back out where they can be found.
Please resolve this ASAP to allow Teams to route audio using the system settings. It is a huge pain to have to separately manage which device will play audio in Teams separately from the entire system.
Additionally, for those who use a third party control for audio output (like SoundSource) the problem is even worse. Teams will often not even obey the settings set in Teams itself, using my Macbook's built-in speakers no matter what -- so I cannot participate in Teams meetings in a shared setting without having the speakers blaring away! An absolute nightmare.
I have encountered no other software that outright ignores the system settings for audio on the Mac. This is not a "feature" request -- this is a bug report, as it is so far out of the mainstream behavior as to be considered by most users an outright flaw. Please treat it as such.
Fredrik Andersson commented
I use Mac and switch between input and output device during my work day. For other messaging apps (slack) it will allow me to use system Default input/output so if i switch the device at system level the other apps will just work. Teams, i have to duplicate the change of setting and remember that this is the cause for why my colleagues can't hear me (since my chose microphone isn't the device i'm currently using)
Since third party programs can do this, I am surprised Microsoft didn't integrate such a fundamental function from day 1. Still, it's easy to do any clearly has been an issue for a while, so let's make it happen.
My god changes to this would improve my life massively. Please allow for "use system default", but it would also be great to be able to have two or three configurable hotkeys that allow you to toggle between different combos of speakers and mics.
This feature is would be excellent to have.
I've been using soundswitch.com to hotkey device changes between speaker and headset, however it doesn't work with teams. Teams would need to reference the 'system' default device.
Ivan Petersson commented
How to check device setting when using Team on your mobile phone.
Jason B. Fowler commented
I agree that "Use System Default" would be a huge upgrade. Using many different headsets and in and out of a docking station with a speaker set up, makes toggling between cumbersome. Even Zoom has "Use System Default”. Currently under Teams you can select an audio device that is not connected to the system, it just remembers your last selected device.
+1, some option in each Device dropdown e.g. 'Use System Default' is supported by all other voice chat software I can think of. Windows supports changing the default device when a mic or headset is plugged in, which is a really common workflow.
Krzysztof Zdulski commented
This also means, you cannot easily mute Teams using the audio mixer. It's such a simple thing, cmon
Please sort this out, it's really frustrating for power audio users
Like the others here, I strongly feel that this is an important feature that should be included in a future release. Please see the post I have made on Reddit for additional details. Thank you!
WTF. Why isn't this an option???????
John Doe commented
The lack of this functionality is a show stopper. Please allow Teams to automatically switch to the the selected Windows device.
Quite surprised to see Microsoft hasn't provided a choice of staying with system default alongside the other options. It's not manageable to manually switch the audio option only for MS teams. A must need and long due fetaure.
Ryan T commented
I would like to see Teams remember its own default device. (I think) this is different than some who wish Teams would honor the default Windows communciation device. Perhaps two methods of achieving the same thing.
For example, I have a headset and a speakerphone (hockey puck). I want to be able to set my speakerphone as my default Teams device. Then if I decide to join a particular TEams meeting using my headset (which is a choice on the join screen), I want my NEXT call go to back to my default device (in this case my speakerphone).
I for one am tired of having to remember to go change my default Teams device back to what I had it, just because I used my headset once. Wah.
If you want to force MS Teams to respect your system default device, for the time being use https://teams.microsoft.com/_ (web version from browser)