Best audio settings for Warzone 2 Season 5 Reloaded: How to hear footsteps clearly

Hutch Operator with headphones in Warzone 2Activision

The best Warzone 2 audio settings determine whether or not you can clearly listen to nearby enemies, gunshots, and footsteps. To never miss a footstep or audio cue, here are the best audio settings in Warzone 2 Season 5 Reloaded.

Thanks to the Warzone 2 Season 5 Reloaded update, there’s a ton of brand-new content to check out in the battle royale, including weapons like the Lachmann Shroud SMG and 9mm Daemon Pistol.

Alongside your loadout, your settings play a major role in fast-paced action games like Warzone 2. After locking in the best controller or mouse and keyboard settings, Warzone 2 players should look to optimize their audio settings to hear every footstep and never be caught off guard again

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Here are the best audio settings so that you can hear enemy footsteps clearly in Warzone 2 Season 5 Reloaded.

Best Warzone 2 audio & sound settings

Best Warzone 2 audio settings menuActivision
Adjusting Warzone 2’s audio settings lets you be more aware of your environment.


  • Audio Mix: Headphones Bass Boost
  • Master Volume: 65
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 50
  • Effects Volume: 100
  • Hit Marker Volume: 50
  • Speakers/Headphones Game Sound Device: Default System Device
  • Mono Audio: Off


  • Subtitles: Custom
    • Campaign: On
    • Multiplayer: Off
    • Coop: Off
    • DMZ: Off
  • Subtitles Size: Default
  • Subtitles Background Opacity: 0

Voice Chat

  • Voice Chat: On
  • Game Voice Channel: All Lobby
  • Last Words Voice Chat: On
  • Proximity Chat: On
  • Voice Chat Device: Default System Device


  • Microphone Mode: Push to talk
    • Push to Talk: V
    • Mute Yourself When Connecting: On
  • Microphone Input Device: Default System Device
  • Microphone Level: 100
  • Microphone Test: Off

Audio Advanced Settings

  • Juggernaut Music: Off
  • Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
  • Mute Game When Minimized: On
  • Reduce Tinnitus Sound: On

Best Warzone 2 audio settings explained

The best Warzone 2 audio settings are all about making sure that the most vital information is loudest, and we find that Headphones Bass Boost gives the clearest footstep audio to help pinpoint enemy locations.

Master Volume is down to personal preference, but we highly recommend turning Music Volume to 0. Dialog Volume can be set to 50 because it can sometimes be useful, but you don’t want it drowning out the rest of the game.

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We have Subtitles turned Off, but you can turn them back on if you prefer, as Operators can sometimes give useful information.

Warzone 2 players in DMZ modeActivision
Hearing enemy footsteps is key to your survival in Warzone 2.

For Voice Chat, it’s up to you if you want to have Proximity Chat enabled. It can lead to some hilarious moments and give away enemy positions and strategies, but it can also drown out your teammates’ chatter if the enemies are particularly loud.

We like Classic Hit Marker Sound Effects the most, but experiment with a few and see what works best for you. We also recommend turning Reduce Tinnitus Sound On as well, as it’ll get rid of the ringing sound from Flashbangs and other Equipment.

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Warzone 2 Season 2 brought significant audio changes, including a fix for the occlusion system that determines how in-game objects block the full frequency of the sound. The update also added an option to force the PC to stereo output.

How to counter Dead Silence in Warzone 2

Dead Silence Field Upgrade in Modern Warfare 2Activision
The Dead Silence Field Upgrade makes it difficult for enemies to hear you.

While rare, the infamous Dead Silence Field Upgrade is available in Warzone 2, but it can be countered by listening out for the beeping sound as it activates.

That covers the best audio settings in Call of Duty: Warzone 2, be sure to check out our other guides:

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