How to Fix Micro­phone Issues in Win­dows 10

Suppose you are on a micro­phone call or playing a multiplayer game, and the participants/members of the party are not able to hear you. In that case, you might be wondering why your Microphone has stopped working. We know how that feels, and that can be frustrating, notably when you are on an important call or during an intense moment in the game.

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There could be a few different reasons behind the Microphone connected to your machine causing trouble, that is, not capturing your voice. Some common reasons include changes with privacy settings and disabled drivers. In this troubleshooting guide, we will tell you the factors causing some of those errors and how to fix them.

CHECK PHYSICAL CONNECTIONS

Before beginning with comparatively complex solutions, make sure that you’ve correctly plugged in your accessory and try reseating it. People often forget to completely plug the headset into the 3.5mm headphone jack and later worry about why the headset isn’t working.

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RUN WINDOWS TROUBLESHOOTER

Not being a geek is absolutely fine. One might not be familiar with diving deep into Windows’s files and settings. Windows 10 comes packed with troubleshooters that can help find the root cause of the issue and fix problems without you having to execute command line queries.

Follow the steps mentioned below to find and run the Windows troubleshooter.

Step 1: Open the Settings panel in Windows 10 by either searching for the same in the Start Search Box or pressing Win + I on the keyboard. Here’s how you can fix the Start Search Box if it isn’t working.

Step 2: Scroll down, find and click on the Update & Security section. Then, head over to the Troubleshoot menu via the left navigation pane.

Step 3: Here, find and click on Additional Troubleshooters > Recording Audio and then choose Run the troubleshooter. Next, follow the instructions on the screen.

ALLOW WINDOWS TO ACCESS THE MICROPHONE

Generally, people only access the Microphone when they take calls or talk to someone over the internet. Till then, no one pays attention to the Microphone’s permissions and settings. With Windows, you have the powers to configure the microphone’s permissions from the Settings menu.

Here is how to enable it, in case that it is turned off.

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows logo at the bottom left corner of your screen and select Settings.

Step 2: Navigate to Privacy > Microphone.

Step 3: Here, check whether it says Microphone access for this device is on. If it says it’s off, click on the Change button right below it and turn the toggle on.

Step 4: Further, you will find another toggle on the same page, under the heading “Allow apps to access your microphone”, make sure this is turned on as well. If it isn’t, turn the toggle on by making a simple click.

Step 5: If you face issues with a particular application on your computer, ensure that the toggle for the application is turned on under “Choose which apps can access your microphone”.

ENABLE THE REQUIRED DRIVERS

Several users have reported in the past that a new Windows update tends to disable the drivers required for the Microphone to function automatically.

If you’ve updated to a newer version of Windows recently, in that case, there’s a possibility that Windows might have messed with the drivers.

Here is how you can get started.

Step 1: Make a single right-click on the Windows logo at the bottom left and choose Device Manager.

Step 2: Expand Audio inputs and outputs under your desktop’s name. Then, select the microphone device you’re facing issues with, make a right-click and choose Enable device.

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SET DEFAULT AUDIO INPUT DEVICE

Suppose you have two or more connected audio input devices. In that case, there is a possibility that Windows might be taking input from the other connected devices rather than the one you’re speaking into. Configuring a device to default can help you get rid of the problem.

Follow these steps to make the necessary changes.

Step 1: Right-click on the Sound icon present in the taskbar and choose Sounds. Sometimes it might be hidden under a menu. Click on the upward arrow icon present in the taskbar to bring up the complete list of shortcuts.

Step 2: Under the Recording tab, you’ll find all your input audio devices listed. Try speaking into the Microphone. If you notice the level indicators moving up and down, then the Microphone’s hardware is functioning correctly; however, there might be some issues with Windows. You might also want to consider adjusting the Microphone’s volume.

Step 3: Select your primary input device and click on the Set Default button, present next to Properties.

Take Calls with your Microphone

Well, those were the list of all the possible solutions you could try to fix issues with the Microphone’s input audio.