I decided to try out Dead Island's co-op mode. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to turn off voicechat and I can't find any push to talk option. I don't want to just unplug my microphone because I want to be able to chat with my friends using Mumble or some other external program.

I can't seem to find any option in the audio configuration file to turn off voicechat or change it to push to talk. Is there any way to do this or do I need to wait for a patch?

  • There doesn't seem to be one atm, it's the same for the new warhammer 40k as well...I'm sure someone has experience with disabling the microphone for specific programs though :D
    – Domocus
    Sep 11, 2011 at 17:27
  • Just to clarify, do you just want the microphone off?
    – mordi2k
    Sep 11, 2011 at 19:19
  • @mordi I'd accept either a push to talk solution or a way to disable it entirely ingame without completely disabling my microphone out of game. I edited my question to clarify.
    – FAE
    Sep 11, 2011 at 20:09
  • @Fallen there are no options to click-to-speak or even to mute annoying. Reason being, since its an XB360 port to PC game, they didn't take into account that PC users don't all have easily accessible mute switches for our mic. Sep 14, 2011 at 16:29
  • In-game voice chat works at least as good (if not better) than any other external program. Just turn off the damn external program and play.
    – user12547
    Sep 17, 2011 at 23:48

3 Answers 3


As of the latest Dead Island patch, there is now a way to disable voice chat in the options:

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The only way to do it as far as I know is to change the default Windows microphone in your audio settings. If you change it to something that isn't really a microphone like "Line In," then it is effectively turned off in Dead Island. This doesn't really affect other "real" voice applications (Skype/Mumble/etc) as you can just manually set the microphone in each of those. While it isn't in game, it is currently the one and only solution.

  • I changed my default to "Line In" but my friend still heard me ingame. :/
    – FAE
    Oct 7, 2011 at 13:03
  • That is odd. I did it as well as the other two guys I played with. It worked for all three of us. Perhaps try another non-microphone? And maybe try restarting Dead Island after.
    – Morinar
    Oct 10, 2011 at 15:41

For those running an older version that doesn't have the voice chat toggle, you may follow these steps to turn off voice chat:

Note: turn Dead Island off before doing this.

  1. Go to the sound options for your computer. (In Windows 7, this is Control Panel -> Sound)
  2. Select the Recording tab.
  3. Find an unused input device, such as Line-In or Stereo Mix.
  4. Right click -> set as default.
  5. Right click -> set as default communications device.
  6. Double click, switch to Levels tab, set volume to 0.
  7. Start Dead Island.

Alternatively, if you have a USB device as your audio input, unplug it, start Dead Island, then plug it back in.

Please also note that if you are using an external voice chat client such as Ventrilo, Mumble, or TeamSpeak, you will want to set up the respective client to use your actual voice input instead of the default.

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