csgo can't hear footsteps

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive also known as CS:GO is a 5v5 first-person shooter game that is made to be played tactically, where players gather information on the enemy team and execute a plan to win the game.

Footsteps are a big part of info gathering since they tell how far your enemy is in which direction your enemy is approaching, from the type of the gun to the smallest movement that can be determined by the sound.

So hearing footsteps is a must when you’re playing CSGO. If the sounds are too low on your device, this post is for you.

In this post, I will walk you through why CSGO can’t hear footsteps even if the volume is set to high and gun sounds are super loud. I’ll also give you tips on how to fix each cause.    

Why Can’t I Hear Footsteps In CSGO?

Not being able to hear footsteps is a very common issue for players who are new to this game because the sound mechanics work very differently in this game.

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All the sound frequencies are a lot alike in the real world so it is very hard to keep track of small detailed sounds. Plus, it takes time to get used to these sounds 

But there are a few ways you enhance the sounds so that you can hear those small sounds better.

Before you go through these steps, try enabling the 3D audio processing option (if it’s disabled) and disabling the headset 7.1 feature.

If it doesn’t, try these:

Configuring Computer Master Volume

The first thing you have to check if you don’t hear footsteps is increasing the volume of the game using the computer’s volume mixer.

To do this first you have Right-click on the volume icon and then Click on the Open Volume mixer. 

There you will see the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with the CSGO logo. You can increase the volume of it as your ears suit.

After doing that, go back to the game and see if you can’t hear footsteps still. 

Configuring In-Game Sounds

If increasing the volume from the master volume didn’t work you can go into the game and configure the sounds and check if that works.

Using this method, you can perfectly balance the sound to your liking because the in-game audio settings give you access to all the sound settings separately.

Configuring In-Game Sounds

To configure in-game sounds, first, you need to hop into a match so you can change settings in real-time which can help you to properly find the best settings.

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Putting on a death match is ideal because you will get into constant gunfights.

After you get into a game Press Esc and then go to the Audio tab from there you can change the sound volume of a different sound. You can change different sounds to your preferences.

Buying New Headphones

If you are using old headphones you might not be able to hear footsteps clearly.

And even if your headphones are new they should at least support 5.1 sounds to be able to clearly hear and identify unique sounds in the game.

So if your headphones are old or under 5.1 sounds buying new headphones will make a big difference in your gaming experience.

Updating Sound Drivers

Csgo regularly receives updates, and in most of these new updates, the developers are always upgrading the game so that only the latest version can be played.

Hence your drivers should be updated to have a smooth and bug-free game.

You can update your sound drivers by following these steps: 

  • Press the Windows key + r then the run window will pop up 
  • Type devmgmt.msc  and hit enter and your device manager should open.
  • On the window, search for Audio, inputs, and outputs, and find your audio driver.
  • Right-click on it, then Click on “Update driver”

Check For Corrupted Game Files

When you update CSGO or don’t properly shut it down, game data can get damaged, which frequently results in misplacement in game files.

Check For Corrupted Game Files

To check for missing files and fix them by opening the steam app then go to Library and Right Click on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive go to Properties.

Then click on Local files and then on Verify integrity of game files if any of the files are missing this will find it and fix it.

Bottom Line

In short, if you’re playing CSGO and you can’t hear footsteps, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue.

Some potential solutions include adjusting your in-game sound settings or through the master settings, updating your audio drivers, or even verifying the game files through Steam.

For a more advanced look at sound settings for CSGO, take a look at this rather technical post.

If these didn’t fix it, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to find you a customized solution according to your setup.