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How to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone

How to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone
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Many PlayStation 5 owners want to know how to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone. 

Of all the innovations the PS5’s DualSense controller brings, the built-in mic is the most confusing. Sure, the Nintendo DS proved that a built-in microphone could be interesting for games, but the fact that the PS5 automatically uses it for in-game chat can lead to friends and strangers unintentionally eavesdropping on you when you think you’re alone.

Sony clearly knows that this features isn’t necessarily welcome, and there’s a button right there on the DualSense that will help. Press it and the microphone will be muted; hold it and the PS5 will also be silenced, should you suddenly need quiet.

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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But can you disable the PS5 DualSense microphone by default, rather than needing to remember to press a button every time you want privacy? Yes, thankfully, for privacy reasons, you can. 

Here we'll explain how to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone for good.

How to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone

1. On the PS5 home screen, navigate to Settings. It’s the gear-shaped icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen, between the search icon and your profile. 

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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2. In the Settings menu, scroll down the list of items until you come to Sound, which is close to the bottom. Select this option. 

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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3. You’ll now be presented with the settings for the microphone. Make sure that the "Input Device" is set to “Microphone on Controller,” and then scroll down to “Microphone Status When Logged In.” Press this option. 

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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4. You now have two choices: “On” or “Mute.” Select “Mute” and the microphone in your DualSense pad will default to muted every time you turn on your PS5, with the light on the controller lit yellow to prove it. 

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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5. Should you need the DualSense microphone for any reason in future, you don’t need to follow this tutorial in reverse. 

Just press the button under the PlayStation icon on the controller. The light will switch off, and the microphone will be listening again. 

How to turn off your PS5 DualSense microphone for good

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Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.