10 Best Ways To Fix Microphone Not Working In Windows

If you are one of the users who face issues while using a microphone or a microphone in the headphone while recording stuff from your system or even communicating through the microphone in the system.

Fix Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

1. Troubleshooting Microphone to Fix Microphone Not Working in Windows 10

Troubleshooting basically scans up all the issues and errors within the system and you can do this for the errors regarding microphone there are two ways:

Steps:

  1. Right click on the Sound icon in the taskbar
  2. Click on troubleshoot sound problems
  3. Now it will begin the process
  4. And automatically, it will detect and solve the issues

Or You Can Follow These Steps:

  1. Click on windows search bar
  2. Search for “troubleshooting”
  3. Click on the icon
  4. Then click on “Hardware and Sounds”
  5. Click on “Recording Audio”
  6. Click “Next”
  7. And the process will begin and it will detect the issues and solve it automatically.

2. Update Audio Driver to Fix Microphone Error

So, in this method you will have to use a 3rd party tool which will surely do the job because it is one of the most useful and effective tools when it comes to managing and updating drivers in the computer system.

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Steps:

  1. Once you have downloaded and installed the tool
  2. Run it
  3. Now click on the “Scan” button
  4. Now it will begin the scanning process and will scan for all the outdated drivers in the system.
  5. Once the scanning is done, in the next window there will be a list that shows the number of drivers to be or has been updated.
  6. Now select the “Audio recording” driver and update the driver (Make sure you are connected to the internet)
  7. And once the updating process is done 
  8. You are done

Download: Driver Booster

OR you can also update the drivers manually:

scan for hardware changes

Steps:

  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Device manager” or open directly from the control panel
  3. Open Device manager
  4. Look for “Audio Input and Output”
  5. Expand by clicking on it
  6. Right-click on “Microphone”
  7. Click on “Update driver software” (make sure you are connected to the internet)
  8. Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software”
  9. Look for “Action” at the top side
  10. Then click on “Scan for hardware changes”
  11. And now restart the system and you are done

You can also use any driver updater software to update your device drivers with a single click. If updating drivers software didn’t work to resolve Microphone Not Working In Windows 10 for you then head on to the next method. 

3. Uninstall Audio Driver

Previous method was all about updating drivers but this one is resolving the issue by uninstalling the drivers and scanning for the default drivers.

  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Device manager” or open directly from the control panel
  3. Open Device manager
  4. Look for “Audio Input and Output”
  5. Expand by clicking on it
  6. Right-click on “Microphone”
  7. Click on “Uninstall”
  8. After it is uninstalled
  9. Look for “Action” at the top side
  10. Then click on “Scan for hardware changes”
  11. And done

4. Enable Microphone, if disabled

There are times when the microphone is disabled by the system from the recording options which is quite common but if you don’t look to enable it then you will just not be able to use the microphone. So, looking for minor issues and options is also essential.

Enabling microphone from “Sound” settings

Steps:

  1. Search for “Sound” in the windows search bar
  2. Open it
  3. Or just right click on the “sound” icon in the taskbar and select “recording”
  4. Double click on “Microphone”
  5. Look for “Device Usage” 
  6. Change it to “Use this device”
  7. Then apply the settings

Enabling microphone from device manager

Steps:

  1. Click on windows search bar
  2. Search for “Device manager” or open directly from control panel
  3. Open Device manager
  4. Look for “Audio Input and Output”
  5. Expand by clicking on it
  6. Right click on “Microphone”
  7. And enable it if disabled

5. Disable Sound Effects From Sound

Steps:

  1. Open control panel
  2. Look for Sound settings
  3. Click on “Recording”
  4. Double click on “Microphone”
  5. Click on “Enhancement” option
  6. Click on the checkbox for “Disable all sound effects”
  7. Then click on “OK”

6. Unmute Microphone from Sound

Sometimes users forget to unmute the microphone once muted. So make sure to unmute the microphone once your work is done.

Steps:

  1. Open control panel
  2. Look for Sound settings
  3. Click on “Recording”
  4. Double click on “Microphone”
  5. Click on “Levels” option
  6. Here click on the unmute icon
  7. Also, you can control the recording volume through this option
  8. Then click apply and ok
  9. And you are done

7. Select Microphone as Default Recording Device

There are times when we select the wrong device option for recording, for which we face issues while we try to record the voice through the regular microphone.

Steps:

  1. Click on “Start menu”
  2. Click on “Settings”
  3. Go on to sound settings
  4. Look for “Input” option 
  5. Then choose for “Microphone” as the default input device 
  6. And you are done.

8. Enable Microphone from Windows Setting

Also, at times Windows disables the microphone automatically because of some privacy norms which is quite common. 

Steps:

  1. Click on “Start menu”
  2. Click on “Settings”
  3. Go on to privacy settings
  4. Look for “Microphone” option and click on it
  5. Turn the “Let apps use my microphone” option “On”
  6. And you are done.

9. Give Microphone Access to Applications

At times the system doesn’t allow apps to use the microphone for which it is disabled from the beginning itself. So, to avoid this then you will have to give permission one by one from each and every app you want to use.

Steps:

  1. Click on “Start menu”
  2. Click on “Settings”
  3. Go on to privacy settings
  4. Look for “Microphone” option and click on it
  5. Now, look for the apps you want your microphone to be enabled for
  6. Then choose one by one and you are done

10. Unmute Microphone from Keyboard Key

At last, there is a basic error which could be encountered rarely. Some of the keyboards these days come with a mute button for the microphone. 

So, make sure you don’t press that button and if you have done it then make sure to enable it or unmute the microphone by following one of the proper methods which is easy and simple for you.

Microphone Not Working In Windows 10 FAQs

Why is my mic not working on Windows 10?

Most of the time, the microphone is either disabled or the device selected for the input device is not the accurate one. But it can be done within minutes by following any of the methods or just by troubleshooting the sound problems. In this way, you can fix the Microphone Not Working In Windows 10.

How do I enable my microphone on Windows 10?

Look for method 4 and 8 where you can enable microphone from windows settings, device manager and sound settings.

Conclusion

There are certain times when your Microphone Not Working In Windows 10. So, if any of these methods helped you to overcome the issues regarding the microphone or using the microphone in your system then do share it with your friends and family who often use microphones or earphones to communicate or record content in the system.

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Shreyash Pradhan
Member of Team TJ and a potential geek!

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