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How to Setup and Use Proximity Voice Chat in Minecraft

Last modified on Jun 12, 2023 in Mods

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Simple Voice Chat is a proximity chat mod and plugin that allows you to chat with other nearby players without having to join a discord server or voice channel. This mod gives an extra level of immersion to the game and is a must have for any server. It can be a bit difficult to get Simple Voice Chat setup and running if you are unfamiliar with it, so we have created this guide to ease you through the setup process.

Plugin Installation

The first version available is a plugin, compatible with versions such as Spigot or PaperMC. This version can be used most effectively with vanilla versions and other plugin files you may desire. This version of Simple Voice Chat requires the Fabric mod to also be installed on your device. You can find out more about Fabric here.

Server Preparation

  1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then scroll down to the JAR File field.
  2. Using the dropdown, ensure the version is plugin-compatible, such as Spigot or PaperMC.
    SimpleVC Version
  3. If you need to change the version, ensure you restart the server at least once.

    Adding the Plugin

    1. Locate the Simple Voice Chat download page.
    2. Select the version that fits your server, then press the download button.
      SimpleVC Download
    3. Make sure to also install ProtocolLib, as it is a required dependency.
    4. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
    5. Proceed to the FTP File Access, then log in.
    6. Locate and enter the plugins folder, then press upload in the top-left.
      SimpleVC Folder
    7. Drag + drop the plugin .jar files.
    8. Once at 100%, start up the server to load Simple Voice Chat.

      Forge/Fabric Installation

      The alternative versions of Simple Voice Chat are mods for either Fabric or Forge. This is helpful if your server is already running mods, or you plan to add more.

      Server Preparation

      1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then scroll down to the JAR File field.
      2. Using the dropdown menu, select your desired version of either Forge or Fabric.
        SimpleVC Version2
      3. Once selected, restart the server when prompted.


      Adding the Mod

      1. Navigate to the Simple Voice Chat CurseForge page.
      2. From here, locate the file based on your version or Forge or Fabric, then press “download”.
      3. SimpleVC Download
      4. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
      5. Proceed to the FTP File Access, then enter the mods folder.
      6. Press Upload in the top-left, then drag + drop the mod .jar file.
        SimpleVC Upload
      7. Once complete, start up the server to load the mod.


      Configuring Simple Voice Chat

      1. Before proceeding, ensure you visit your Apex Server Panel, then note down your IP and Port.
        SimpleVC port and ip
      2. Navigate to the FTP File Access.
      3. Depending on your version, proceed to the following:
        Spigot Configuration:

        plugins > Simple Voice Chat folder > Edit the voicechat-server file.

        Forge Configuration:

        Config folder > voicechat folder > Edit the voicechat-server.properties file.

        Fabric Configuration:

        Config folder > Edit voicechat-server.properties

      5. Once in the folder, locate the bind_address line. Change this to your server’s IP.
      6. Next locate the port line. Change this to your server’s port.
        SimpleVC config
      7. Once done, save at the top, then restart your server.

      Your server should now launch using your desired version of Simple Voice Chat!
      Note for Players

      Similar to players needing Forge and the mod installed client-side to join a Forge server, players will need to add the Simple Voice Chat Fabric version to their client to participate in Fabric and Spigot servers.

      Using the mod

      Once Simple Voice Chat is installed and running, the controls to use it are fairly straightforward.

      Caps-Lock: Activate push-to-talk
      M: Mute yourself
      N: Toggle the mod
      H: Hide icons
      V: Open mod settings.
      G: Manage group.


      Proximity chat can be incredibly useful on any server for a variety of reasons. It can add an extra layer of immersion by allowing players to talk to each other normally when they are close to each other. It can also be used in team based minigames like Bedwars, or just to talk privately with your friend group. The versatility and availability of the mod makes it usable on just about every popular server type except vanilla. This is a popular addition that players will thoroughly enjoy if you do not have a Discord server, or just don’t want to use Discord for voice chat.

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