Are you ever unable to hear what your apps are trying to say or how you can communicate with others to access your microphone? This is an extremely frustrating experience.
A problem could cause it in the microphone settings, configuration, driver, or internal wiring. Check out these proven solutions and troubleshooting tips before you buy a replacement microphone.
Hooke Audio can help you find the problem and how to fix microphone.
Run Windows Troubleshooter
Windows 10 has a variety of troubleshooters that can quickly diagnose and resolve many computer problems.
While they cannot solve all voice microphone issues, troubleshooters can help you if there is a mic problem with your computer or laptop operating system or sound recording. Go to Settings, type troubleshoot and then select Troubleshoot.
Select the Recording Audio icon from the Find and Fix Other Problems section. Follow the steps and click Run troubleshooter.
Check to see if Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter fixes the sound problem with your built-in microphone laptop or external mic. Also, test the Speech Troubleshooter.
Make Sure That Mic Is Enabled
Make sure that the sounds of the mic are turned on in the control panel on Windows 10 operating system. It could be that the voice of the microphone is muted or disabled.
This is why the sound microphone not working. Go to Settings and search for Privacy.
Find and select the Microphone section in the Settings Privacy windows 10.
Ensure that the toggle Let apps access my microphone has been switched to On to enable mic.
You must ensure that the voice of the mic is not being used by an app other than your own.
Test the list for the app you are looking for and make sure the toggle switch is set to On. This should resolve disabled the sound microphone problem of the app.
Set Your Microphone As A Default Device
You might have to manually set the default device for the external microphone to be connected to your computer or laptop on the control panel. Right-click on the volume/speaker adjust icon and choose Recording devices in the contextual menu.
Select your microphone from the Recording tab and click Set default to make it the default voice recording device. This should resolve the mic enabled problem.
You can enable or disable the Show Disabled Devices and Disconnected Devices options in the contextual menu by right-clicking on the blank space in the Recording tab icon. You will see the microphone and be able to set it to default input by following the steps.
Make Sure Apps Have Access To The Microphone
Your USB microphone may not be detected after you update Windows 10. You will need to grant your app permission for it to work.
Select Start, then select Settings > Privacy > Microphone. Next, select Change and then enable Allow apps to access your mic.
After you have granted the app access to the USB microphone, select which Microsoft Store default apps may access the features. Next, ensure that the switch under Allow desktop apps access your microphone is enabled.
The Microphone Volume Is Too Low Or Does Not Appear To Be Working At All
These are some microphones volume/speaker solutions to consider:
- You must ensure that your headset or microphone is properly connected to your input computer.
- Place the microphone correctly.
- You can increase the volume of your microphone. This is how Windows 10 does it.
Click Start, then select Settings > Sound > System.
Make sure your microphone is selected in the Input Device. In input, select Device Properties.
Click the Levels tab icon in the Microphone Properties windows 10 to adjust the Microphone Boost and Microphone Boost sliders tab, then click OK.
To verify that your sound settings are working, speak into your microphone. Your input microphone is functioning if the line moves from left to right. If there is no movement, your settings microphone is not receiving the input device.
Reinstall Or Update Your Microphone Drivers
Device drivers are software that tells the operating system and other software how to interact with specific microphone hardware.
Because different companies or individuals often create them, the Driver acts as a translator between hardware and software. Drivers allow software and hardware to communicate seamlessly.
Without drivers, computers will not be able to send or receive data properly in most cases. The mic input device may not work correctly if the driver isn’t installed.
It is possible to either uninstall the driver and let Windows 10 reinstall it automatically or manually update(or both). Search for the Device Manager and click on the Device Manager result.
Double-click the Audio outputs and inputs icon in the Device Manager window. Click the arrow to expand this section.
Right-click your microphone (or voice recording device) and choose Uninstall Driver from its contextual menu. Windows will then reinstall missing drivers when you restart your computer settings.
Windows may fail to reinstall the Driver for any reason. You can force it to reinstall by opening Device Manager and right-click on the computer name (it should always be the first one).
Choose Scan hardware for changes, and Windows will install missing drivers.
You can update your drivers manually or automatically by right-click the recording device in Device Manager and selecting Update Driver.
The question will ask you if you would like Windows to automatically search for the latest driver software or browse your computer looking for it.
Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the most recent driver software for your mic input device if you choose the first option.
You will need to manually locate and install drivers if you choose the second option. This option requires that you have previously downloaded drivers to your computer or a USB flash disk.
Third-party software like Snappy Driver Installation can also be used to update and install drivers. To download the software, you will need to have an internet connection.
A snappy Installer is a free tool that updates Windows drivers. It can save all of its drivers offline. Snappy Driver Installation can access offline drivers to provide fast driver updates even with no internet connection.
Snappy Driver works with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It also works with Windows XP.
Snappy Driver Installation allows you to download drivers in driver packs. These are collections of drivers (or groups) for different hardware, such as sound devices and video cards.
It will also display invalid and duplicate drivers. It will separate the updates that need to be restarted from those that don’t. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here.
Double-Check Physical Connections
Make sure your microphone is securely connected to your input computer if it isn’t functioning or disabled. It may look fine, but it might not be working. To ensure a secure input connection, pull out the cable.
Try plugging the mic into the input jack or USB on your computer. It would be best if you are looking for one that says microphone or audio input.
Output audio jacks tend to be green, while microphone input jacks can often be pink. Sometimes they are the same dull color.
Some microphones might have mute switches. We’ve seen headsets for PC or laptop audio and video that have mute microphone buttons on the cables desktop. If the microphone has a muted button on the desktop, it won’t function.
Restore Your System Using Restore Points
System Restore creates restore points. A restore point is a set of system files that System Restore has stored at a particular date and time. System Restore will restore everything to a previously saved restore point.
However, you must have one. System Restore cannot revert to any restore points if there isn’t one.
You must have created a restore point to use this tool. This feature restores your system to its previous state without affecting files or data.
This method should only be used if your microphone or headset has stopped working in the last few days. This could be, for example, if the mic problem started after you upgraded Windows.
You might fix the mic problem if you have system restore points that were made before the microphone started to malfunction.
Start Run by pressing Windows Key + R. Type rstrui.exe to restore your system. Click OK or press Enter in the Run dialog box.
Click Next in the System Restore window.
You will be able to see the list of restore points that have been created. Check the box to show more restore points. You should see more restore points.
Depending on the time it was created, you can choose the best restore point. Click Next. You should not choose a Restore Point if the microphone problems were already present.
Confirm the restore point. The computer will then be restored to its previous state before the event described in the Description. Click Finish if you are satisfied with your selection. The system restoration process will start.
Restart Windows Audio Service
Windows Services, also known as services.MSC is used to alter the way Windows services run on your computer. These services run available programs and manage many settings and resources.
For security, troubleshooting, and performance-related reasons, you can modify the sound settings of a service. Windows Audio manages audio for Windows programs. Voice audio devices and effects that depend on this service will stop working if it is destroyed.
It will cause all services that depend upon it to stop working. To restart Windows Audio services, press Windows key + R on your keyboard.
Or type run in Search to open the Run dialog box. Type services.MSc, then press Enter on the keyboard or click OK.
You will find a list of Windows services in the Services window. Right-click the Windows Audio service to locate it. Choose Restart in the contextual menu.
Alternatively, you can choose Stop from the contextual menu and then right-click on it again to select Start. This should fix the settings problem with your microphone.
If check microphone not working, right-click on the Windows Audio service and choose Properties from a contextual menu.
Check the Windows Audio service properties to see if the Startup type is set to Automatic. To save your changes, change it to Automatic. Try restarting the computer settings to see if it solves your mic problem.
If All Else Fails, Consider Professional Repair
If your laptop’s microphone is still not working or you can’t hear the mic sound, but you haven’t found any microphone problems after inspecting it physically, you might need to take it to a professional.
You might not be able to see the mic problem by simply looking at it. Or, you may need professional assistance or special tools to repair the mic.
Try to restart the computer and settings device. This may be a futile step, but sometimes audio input services can fail. Restarting can sometimes fix the mic problems you’re having.