How to Resolve Microphone Not Working Problem in Windows

 24 Feb, 2022

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It’s unnecessary to mention how important the mic is on your laptop. Consider all your interactions or meetings on Skype, Zoom or similar App and you’ll be able to see how detrimental the absence of a microphone in the back of your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop can be.

It might not be the most frequent event that your microphone isn’t functioning, but there may be a variety of reasons to cause this problem. The most common cause is that updates are not being installed correctly. This could be a hardware issue and in this scenario, your PC or laptop technician could be the best option to solve the problem. However these type of issues can be resolved remotely as well.

This article will walk you through the steps necessary to resolve the problem with the microphone that is not working for Windows 11 and 10. It is recommended to go through the steps one by one in order for an orderly resolution. 

1. Check Microphone Privacy Settings

In the year 2019 Microsoft has introduced security features for Windows which give you greater control over the apps that are able to access your microphone. The downside result is some apps could be blocked from using your microphone , without you being aware of it.

To determine Microsoft privacy settings for Windows 10 and 11, use the following settings:

1: On Windows 10, Go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone.” The alternative on Windows 11 is “Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Microphone.”

You can also use the Start menu-based search and search directly for “Microphone privacy settings.”

2: Select “Change” and make sure that the Windows 11 “Microphone access” slider is set to “On.” This will in general mean that the mic is now activated on your PC.

3: On Windows 10, go to “Allow access to the microphone on this device” and ensure that the toggle appears to be “On.” If it is “Off,” click “Change” to switch it back on.

4: Make sure that the slider for “Allow apps to access your microphone” is set to “On.” Look through the list of Microsoft Store apps to ensure that the apps you intend to use with your mic have been enabled.

5: Obviously, you’ll use a variety of apps that aren’t that are available in Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store, so to make sure that these apps are available within Windows 10, scroll down further, and then make sure to set to set the “Allow desktop apps … ” slider to “On.” In Windows 11 the equivalent option can be found as “Let desktop apps access your Microphone.” Change the dial down to “On.”

2. Check Microphone Driver

When you’ve finished checking for microphone privacy settings, you need to confirm that the drivers for your microphone are installed correctly and working correctly. It is recommended that you verify the drivers, as they could have been damaged or become obsolete.

If you’ve just installed a new Windows version but you are using an old driver for your microphone It is probable you’ll experience issues like audio loss, recording failures or a muted microphone.

To determine the status of your driver Follow these steps:

1: In the Start menu, type in “Device Manager” You could also search for “Devmgmt.msc” From the Run command. by pressing Win + R.

2: In the window of device manager In the device manager window, type in “Sound, video and game controllers” and then expand it.

3: Once the expansion is complete, you will find your audio drivers. Be aware that the names of these drivers will differ according to the manufacturer. My case is that there are two of them labelled “Intel(R) Audio display” and “Realtek High Definition Audio.”

4: When using Intel(R) Display Audio, right-click and select properties. On the General tab, ensure whether the device is operating correctly. Even if it says “This device is working properly” still follow the steps below.

5: If it’s not functioning correctly, go to the driver tab, then select “update” option.

6: Repeat the steps 4 and 5 to each of the audio driver types. Also, Instead of clicking on “Update Driver” you can click on “Uninstall Device“.

7: Restart the computer , and then check whether the problem with the microphone has been solved.

3: Test Your Microphone

In addition, using also from the Sound Settings in Windows 11/10 It is possible to test your microphone’s level of volume. To test this follow the steps listed below.

For Windows 11, go to “Sound Settings” from the menu search followed by “Input settings” and “Test your Microphone.” For Windows 10, the corresponding “Settings” option is “Sound” followed by “Input.”

Select “Start test” in Windows 11 to test the voice on the device. In Windows 10, once the default “Test your Microphone” icon appears, you just have to talk.

In both instances it will show the volume of the microphone available in terms of a percentage of total volume. If the number is tiny, then you must fix the volume of the microphone with different methods.

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