Headphones and microphones have a lot in common. Both have a diaphragm, and they deal with sound differently by using sound vibrations. But, How To Use Headphone Mic On Pc? Keep reading our post, Hooke Audio will show you details more.
A mic picking up headphone sound to be broadcast or recorded. Headphones vibrate diaphragms to produce a sound that listeners can hear. If you have the right skills to use them, headphones are able to be used as a microphone in an emergency.
How to Set up Headset on PC?
You will need to plug in your device to use your headphones. Although this is a simple step, it can be difficult to remember the available audio devices ports on your computer. You can either connect the headphone’s cable to an available port on your computer or hook it up wirelessly. These are the options available to headphone owners:
Older headphones are more affordable and have the cable split at one end. This allows for two 3.5mm audio jacks to connect to the microphone. (Pink for the microphone, green headphone).
USB-powered headphones provide enhanced experiences due to inline amps and controls. However, the quality is not that different between USB and 3.5mm jacks.
These headphones can be used with either Bluetooth or a USB wireless receiver. They remove all cables from your computer and allow you to sit more comfortably without worrying about creating a mess.
The motherboard and case installed on a desktop computer may have ports near the front. This could be useful if there is no rear port or a shorter cable. Sound quality is determined by the sound card installed on the motherboard. This can be compared to a dedicated digital/to-analog converter (DAC).
How to use headphones with a mic for a PC?
1. How to use headphones and a mic at the same time?
Headphones with integrated mics are becoming a necessity as working from home has become the norm. Some may not be plug-and-play. Sometimes, you will need to adjust the settings to get them to work correctly. This is especially true for Windows 10 computers.
Multiple devices can be configured simultaneously, allowing you to customize sound settings for different events. This can sometimes cause your computer to misunderstand which device is being used for specific settings, such as the microphone input.
This is why your Windows PC may not recognize your headphones as your default input device.
Here are the steps to set your headphone as the default device:
- Make sure your devices (wired or wireless) are correctly connected.
NOTE: Our guides will help you connect your wireless or wired headphones to a computer.
- Click the sound icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. You will be able to access the sound settings.
- Click on the Sound Control Panel (right of Settings) to Open
- On the control panel, select your headphone to be your default input device.
Third-party audio apps such as Zoom can cause your system preferences to be overridden by your programmed options. To avoid any interference, make sure they are turned off.
2. How to enable/disable your headset mic
Your sound settings may have disabled your headphones from being set as the default input device for your headphones if they don’t work.
This can be done in one of two ways:
- Use the Device properties to enable or disable the microphone if it is currently set as your default input device.
- You can enable/disable mics by using the Manage sound devices option.
Use the Device properties
- Open Settings & click on the System section.
- Click on the section Sound. Select the Device property option from the Input section.
- You should have your microphone turned on by default. To increase volume, drag your navigator to the right on the volume bar and vice versa for a lower volume.
- Clear or check the Disable option to turn the device off/on. After you have completed this step, Your PC will no longer be able to access the microphone.
Use the Manage sound devices option
These steps will allow you to disable or enable one or more microphones.
- Open Settings & click on the System section.
- Click on the section Sound. Select the Manage sound devices option from the section Input.
- Select the microphone from the section Input Devices.
- To disable or enable the device, click on the Disable/Enable button.
- To disable multiple microphones, repeat steps 3 and 4. After you have completed the above steps, Your PC will no longer access the microphones disabled.
3. Adjust the Headphones Microphone Volume on desktop PC
The default microphone settings of Windows PCs may not be sufficient to please everyone. Windows gives users the ability to adjust the volume of their mic manually. This is useful for those times when your headphones don’t work properly, but your coworkers can still hear you.
These steps will allow you to adjust the volume of your microphone input volume.
- Click on the Settings tab and go to System.
- Click on Sound and choose the Sound Control Panel.
- Click on the Recording tab. Select the Microphone option and click on Properties.
- Click on Levels and drag the slider for Microphone Boost. Move to the right for a louder sound. You can hear fewer sounds by moving to the left.
WARNING: Don’t increase your mic volume too much as it could cause distortions.
Troubleshooting Windows headphones problems
Use the correct ports
Are you sure it is plugged in? Are you using the correct port? It’s usually green for output and pink for in, depending on what sound card you have. You won’t get anything if you mix the two.
Auto-detection may be up
This could be caused by OEM software. If you use software to disable jack detection and then see if it helps.
The drivers could be the reason your device doesn’t work. Go to Device Manager and remove the drivers from your headphone. Would you please reboot your computer and reconnect the headphones to allow Windows to reinstall them? It’s the tried-and-true turn it on and off again method, but it works.
Select different formats
If you still have trouble getting anything, please try a different input/output type in the property window.
It may have controls on the cable, depending on the brand and type. You can access volume sliders and mute buttons here. However, make sure they are set up for use.
You might try a different headset/device/earbud
You can test whether the problem is related to the headphone or your computer using the headset on another device or PC. If you already have an earbud, you could try to plug it in.
What happens if the jack on your headphone is one and the jack on your computer two?
If your headset only has one jack, or if you have two jacks on your computer, please follow these steps.
For older PC’s
- To use single-jack headsets on your PC, locate the sound icon in the Taskbar’s bottom right corner.
- Click the icon to open the Sound Settings
- You can also go to the Control Panel to open the Sound Options
- After the Sound Settings window is opened, go to the Recording tab
- This should be where your microphone will appear. If it does not, click on Setup Microphone
- After the system has started the validation process for your microphone, it should begin working.
- Click on Apply, then exit the settings
- Check if your headphones are working.
For Apple users
Mac users won’t have to deal with this problem, since the system only has one audio slot for input/output. If you have problems, the following steps can be used to help.
- Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your mac system
- After the menu opens click on System Preferences
- You will find Sound under System Preferences.
- Click to open it, then navigate to the Input Tab which is the last.
- Choose the microphone you prefer to be the default microphone
- Close the window to check if your headphones are working.
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