Fix “Oops, looks like your browser was told to deny us microphone access!” on Steam

At some point, you may have encountered the error message “Oops, looks like your browser was told to deny us microphone access!” while trying to use the microphone feature on Steam.

This error can be frustrating, especially if you’re trying to use Steam to communicate with other players during a game. In this article, we will explore the possible causes of this error and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to fix it.

Possible Causes of “Oops, looks like your browser was told to deny us microphone access!” Error

Before we dive into the solution to the error, it’s important to understand what could cause this error message to appear in the first place. Here are some of the possible reasons:

  1. Insufficient browser permission
  2. Faulty cache or browser data
  3. Security Settings
  4. Incorrect Voice settings in Stem

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Fix “Oops, looks like your browser was told to deny us microphone access!” on Steam

Now that we’ve identified some of the possible causes of the error message, let’s look at how to fix it.

1. Check Your Browser Permissions

The first step is to check your browser permissions. This is for those who are getting the error while using Steam Chat in web browsers like Google Chrome.

Here’s how to do it on Google Chrome:

1. Open your browser and go to the Steam website.

2. Click on the lock icon next to the address bar and go to “Site settings.”

3. Then find “Microphone” in the list and set it to Allow or Ask.

2. Chek if apps are allowed to access the mic

Given the error message indicating that access to the microphone has been denied, the first step in resolving the issue is to check the permission settings for the microphone. To do so, please follow the instructions provided below.

1. Open the Settings on your Windows PC by using the Win + I shortcut on the keyboard.

2. In the Settings window, navigate to the “Privacy & Security” tab located on the left-hand side of the screen and click on the “Microphone” tile located under the “Apps Permissions.”

3. Ensure that the switch for “Microphone access” and “Let apps access your microphone” is turned on.

4. Lastly, scroll down to “Xbox game bar” and ensure that the switch for it is also turned on. If there is any other Xbox app located, switch on its toggle too.

By following these steps, you should now have granted the necessary permissions for the microphone to function properly. For additional assistance, please refer to the user manual or contact technical support.

3. Clear cache

A faulty browser cache stored by the Steam Web Browser can also make the Microphone inaccessible. Hence you should consider clearing the Steam browser data.

1. Open Steam and go to its settings by going to Steam > Settings from the top-left of the Steam window.

steam settings

2. In Settings, switch to the Web Browse tab from the left and click on the DELETE WEB BROWSER DATA button.

4. Allow Stem through Windows Defender Firewall

It is possible that your Windows defender or the 3rd-party antivirus (if any) is interrupting the Steam app, causing the mic to not work. Hence you should consider disabling the defender and antivirus on your PC to check if this is the case.

If after disabling the antivirus and defender, the mic works fine, then add your Steam app as an exception to your Antivirus program and also allow it through the Windows defender firewall.

To allow Stem through Windows Firewall, follow these steps:

1. Search for Allow an app through Windows Firewall on the search bar and open the same from the search results.

search and open allow an app through windows firewall
search and open allow an app through windows firewall

2. In the Allowed apps window, click on the Change settings button.

click on change settings
click on change settings

3. Scroll down to find Steam and make sure it is allowed through the firewall by tick-marking the Public and Private boxes.

4. Finally, click OK.

5. Check Steam Voice settings

If you are encountering the “Oops looks like your browser was told to deny us microphone access” error, it could be because your microphone is not set as the default input device on Steam.

Therefore, we suggest that you check the hidden sound device on Steam and set the Mic as the default input device by following the instructions provided below.

1. Start by opening the Steam chat window by clicking on the FRIENDS & CHAT option on the bottom-right corner of the steam window.

2. Click on the gear-shaped icon located in the upper right corner.

2. From the left panel, select “Voice” and go to the “Voice Input Device” section. Here, select “Default” from the drop-down menu.

3. Next, set the “Voice Transmission Type” to “Open Microphone” and save the changes.

Once you have completed these steps, you can check whether the “Steam browser told to deny mic” error has been resolved. If you continue to experience difficulties, please refer to the user manual or contact technical support for further assistance.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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