Overwatch players are facing a unique problem. When the game starts, players playing in a team are placed in group chat but not in team chat. Team chat makes it easier to coordinate and execute strategies. Communication is key to winning, especially in a game like Overwatch, where you are always working with others to win the game. >

Some players are not interested in joining team chats, and can’t do anything about it. But for those who want to, there is a way to join team chat in Overwatch automatically. >

In today’s guide, we’ll take a look at a setup that will automate the process of joining team chat, and if it still doesn’t work, I’ll share some troubleshooting steps to help you out.

Let’s get started.

1. How to join team chat in Overwatch automatically

Launch the game and select Options on the home screen.

In the Sound tab, enable group voice chat. On the same screen, just below that setting, you will also see the Team Voice Chat option. Set it to Auto-Join as well.

Restart the game and see if you join the team chat automatically or not. That should automate the process.

2. Overwatch sound settings

Although the sound settings are configured correctly, it is possible that the in-game sound settings are the reason you are unable to chat with your team. In the Sound tab, make sure that the game voice volume, voice chat volume and voice chat microphone volume are set to 100 or On.

In Team Voice Chat, make sure that the playback device and headset are properly connected.

If Team Chat still does not work, let’s troubleshoot the Windows settings and see if it is there.

3. Restart PC and Game

After you have changed the game settings, sometimes restarting the computer and restarting the game can solve the problem. Try to see if it helps.

4. Update audio drivers

Your audio drivers may not be up to date, in which case you will need to update them. Open Device Manager by searching for it in the Start menu and look for your audio device under Sound, video and game controllers. Right-click to select the Update Driver option.

That will take a few moments, so be patient. Once done, reboot your PC and try again.

5. Audio settings

Are you using headphones or speakers with a microphone? Check if the speaker or headset cables are loose. If you are using a wireless headset, check the Bluetooth connection instead. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Sound under System. Make sure the audio device is showing as connected. You can also try and fix this under the Volume option.

Scroll a little further to find the Input option. This is where you will check your microphone connection and, again, you can troubleshoot the problem if it persists. When you think everything is ready, test the microphone to see if the bar moves when you say something.

Under Settings, click Privacy.

Under the Microphone tab, make sure that Allow applications to access your microphone is enabled. Below this, you will find a list of all apps under Choose which apps can access your microphone, so scroll around a bit and make sure Overwatch is allowed here.

6. Firewall settings

It is possible that the Firewall or antivirus you have installed on your computer is blocking Overwatch, preventing it from working as intended. Disable your antivirus first and see if you can join team chat in Overwatch, and if so, follow the process below to change the application rules and firewall settings.

Because there are so many antivirus options available on the market, we can’t help you with all of them, but here is the general process. Start your antivirus and check the Firewall and Application Control (Application Rules) settings. Allow Overwatch related files wherever you see them blocked or not allowed.

7. Disable Exclusive Mode

Antivirus and Firewall are not the only applications that can cause microphone-related problems. Other applications use it as well. Perhaps they are preventing Overwatch from using the microphone. Press the Windows key + R to start the Run prompt and type the following command.


Right-click on the Speakers option and select Properties.

Make sure the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device option is disabled on the Advanced tab.

Click Apply and OK. After that you should try relaunching the Overwatch game to confirm if that fixes the problem.


It can be frustrating when you can’t communicate with your friends and teammates about potential threats while playing Overwatch. Team strategies are crucial, and Overwatch’s Team Chat feature makes this possible. Hopefully one of the above solutions will solve the problem.

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