Built for the love of chess, the non-profit Lichess introduces new features regularly upon public request. One such feature 一 Lichess voice chat, was introduced in 2019.

With Lichess voice chat, you no longer have to choose between typing a text message and losing clock time. You can have an engaging experience while playing a chess game with this feature.

To take advantage of this key feature, keep reading to learn:

What Is Lichess Voice Chat

Lichess voice chat is an in-built feature in Lichess popularly used while playing games to speak to your opponent. It can also be used in Lichess study 一 another innovative Lichess feature, and Spectator room.

Lichess voice chat is an opt-in feature which means it is disabled by default. Only when you accept a call request from someone, you’d be able to talk with them.

The opt-in feature helps those who get distracted by sound when playing a game. It also helps keep online abuse in check as you have the power to accept or deny a request.

Another point to note is that Lichess voice chats are peer-to-peer. Put simply, the connection is more secure as there is no server in between you and the person you’re talking to.

The voice calls are also not moderated as per Thibault, 一 the founder of Lichess. He suggests ending the call if the conversation takes an unpleasant turn.

Now that we know what Lichess voice chat is, let’s explore how to use Lichess voice chat.

How to Use Lichess Voice Chat

  1. To access Lichess voice chat, go to your study or a live game, and look for the “Chat room” located on the left side of y our screen.
  1. You’ll see a phone icon for Voice Chat beside “Notes” or “Chat room.” Click on the icon.
  2. Now, you may receive the following pop-up if you haven’t given microphone access to Lichess. Click “Allow.”
  1. You’ll then hear a “Voice chat is ready” message. You’ll also see a blinking phone icon that shows the text “voice chat: ready” if you hover over the icon.
  2. Your opponent or other members of the study won’t be notified of your call unless they have also turned on their Lichess voice chat. Once they click on the phone icon, they’ll hear the message “Connected,” and then you and the player can continue chatting.
  1. To end the call, press the phone icon again.


If you hover over the icon after the players are connected, you’ll see a number. That’s the number of players active on the call.

When Can You Use Lichess Voice Chat?

You can use Lichess voice chat in the following situations:

  1. Direct challenges. This can be “Play with a friend” or “Create a game.”
  2. Any new games played from “Play” in the menu. This can be “Quick pairing,” “Lobby,” or “Correspondence.”
  3. Your study. You can access it through Learn > Study > My private studies.
  4. Spectator room in “Current games.” You can access it through Watch > Current games.

When Can You Not Use Lichess Voice Chat?

You can’t use Lichess voice chat in the following situations:

  1. You’re playing as a guest. You’ll need to sign in to take advantage of this feature.
  2. Tournaments. The reasoning is to let players play without any distraction from spectators and avoid trash-talking from your opponent.

First Voice Chat on Lichess

The first voice chat on Lichess was between Thibault Duplessis and Rick Deckard on August 10, 2019.

Initially, the Lichess voice chat worked only in challenge games. The Lichess team then later extended this feature to Lichess analysis board and study.

Wrapping It Up

I hope our post has helped you figure out Lichess voice chat without much difficulty. You can start using this feature to talk to your opponent while playing a chess game or coach students while using the Study feature.

If you’re worried about being monitored, you might feel at ease knowing that the voice calls aren’t moderated. All in all, this feature is an excellent add-on to give players a truly immersive experience.

Lichess Voice Chat FAQs

Follow these steps to use Lichess voice chat in a Study:

  1. Go to Learn > Study > My private studies.
  2. Add members to your study by their username.
  3. Click the phone icon beside the green button in the chat room. 
  4. The other members of the study need to accept your call request by clicking their phone icons.


Only members of the study can use Lichess voice chat.

Yes, Lichess voice chat works on the Lichess app. In fact, Lichess is one of the few chess apps with voice chat.

You can play an online chess game with voice chat on Lichess. The only prerequisite for using this feature is having a Lichess account.

Lichess voice chat isn’t available for guest players. So sign up on Lichess to use this functionality. 

Another point to note is that Lichess voice chat works best on Google Chrome.

Yes, Lichess has a chess app with voice chat. It’s available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Your Lichess voice chat might not be working due to one of the following reasons:

  • Too many participants in the chat
  • Poor network connectivity
  • Microphone not activated on your PC
  • Frequent reloading of the page

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