Fix: Microphone Not Working on Windows 10

Windows 10 was released by Microsoft in 2015 it is the latest version of the Windows operating system till now. About 24 million people updated to the latest version of windows in just 24 hours. Microsoft releases many updates to maintain this version problem-free but unfortunately, problems are part of life and people faced many weird regarding the operating system.

Many users have reported that the internal microphone didn’t work on their laptop when moved to Windows 10 OS recently and they did not know how to do the mic test to solve the problem. To solve their problem we tried our best to give people solutions so that they can fix it as soon as possible.

Solution 1: Turn on the Microphone in Windows 10 Settings

First, we will check if the microphone is even turned on through the settings. If it is disabled, you can easily enable it and check if your problem gets solved.

  1. Press Win + I to open the Settings.
  2. Now select the Privacy option present at the middle right side of the window.
  3. Click the Microphone tab present at the left side of the screen.
  4. Now turn on the microphone in the right section. You could also enable or disable apps to use the mic.

  1. Save changes and exit. Now check if the problem gets fixed.

Solution 2: Check Microphone in Sound Settings

We can try setting the microphone as your default hardware for the input of voice. This may be changed if you even plugged in an external console or device.

  1. Use the key Win + X(or right-click the Start menu) and select control panel from the list of options. You can also press Windows + R and type “control panel” in the dialogue box.
  2. Now navigate through the options and click on “Sound”.

  1. Once the sound settings are opened, choose the Recording tab and find the Microphone on the recording devices list. (If you fail to find it, right-click on the list and select Show Disabled Devices. Then right-click the Microphone and select Enable.)
  2. Select the Microphone and click the button Set Default preset at the bottom of the screen.

Now we will try disabling all the enhancement/sound effects from your settings. It is possible that your hardware doesn’t support the additional functions present and it might be the culprit in your microphone not working properly.

  1. Select the Enhancements tab in the same window and check the line which says “Disable all sound effects”.
  2. Click OKto save all changes and exit.
  3. Restart your computer if needed and check if the problem got fixed.

Solution 3: Use Windows Troubleshoot

We can try troubleshooting your microphone using the inbuilt hardware troubleshooter. Windows will automatically detect any problems present using this tool and attempt to fix them by kick-starting the driver.

  1. Open the Control Panel using the method explained in the solution above.
  2. Select the Troubleshoot option present on the screen.
  3. Click Troubleshoot audio recording present under the subheading of Hardware and Sound.

Now follow the onscreen instructions to go through the process. Windows might need to restart in order to fix your problem.

Solution 4: Checking device

We can try checking your device manually to troubleshoot any problem. Follow these steps carefully and look for any references to others made in this solution.

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon present in the bottom-right corner of your screen and click on ‘Recording Devices”.

  1. A list of all the recording devices connected to your computer will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and see if there any green bars rising next to one of them while you talk (as in the screenshot).

  1. If you don’t see any green bars skip to step 5 directly.
  2. However, if you do see green bars when you talk into the microphone, but it still doesn’t work in some program, then it means that the mic isn’t correctly configured in Windows. It is possible that the program is listening to the wrong recording device. Try changing your program’s settings.
  3. Check if you can determine which one of the devices in the list is your  If you identify it, click on it to highlight it, and then click on Set Default button present at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone. If you do, your mic is now correctly set up. If not, continue to next step.
  2. Double-click on the device that represents your microphone. A new window will pop up consisting of the Microphone Properties. Select the Levels tab present at the top of the screen.

  1. In the levels tab, drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number on the right says “100”.

  1. Click OK and save changes.
  2. Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured.
  3. If you still don’t see any bars, and you’re not 100% sure which one of the devices is the relevant one, try following steps 5-10 for every device on the list.
  4. If you still don’t see any green bars, left-click inside the Recording tab and make sure that “Show Disabled Devices” is checked. If not, click on it so it checked. This way we will be able to see all the disabled devices.

  1. This might add extra devices to the list. Perform steps 5-10 on those devices too until you see the green bars when talking into the mic.

That’s it, check if your microphone works. If it doesn’t, please try uninstalling your drivers and then letting Windows automatically reinstall them using Windows Update.

Solution 5: Checking your Factory Installed Audio Software

Nowadays, most of the new machines come pre-installed with Audio software by the manufacturer. This software includes Dell Audio, Realtek Audio Manager, Alienware Audio etc. We will try checking your preinstalled Audio software and verify that it is in the correct configuration. We have listed down methods regarding the most popular Audio managers. If your Audio Manager isn’t mentioned below, you can always head over to your manufacturer’s website and check the settings from there.

Alienware Audio

Alienware audio comes preinstalled in most of the Alienware laptop series from the manufacturer. This sound manager offers a wide range of controls to control your audio and configure it according to your need.

Many people faced a problem when they plugged in their headphones with a mic into their computer where it didn’t recognize it properly. Since Alienware Audio is the default audio manager set by your computer, we need to tweak the settings and plug the headphones back again.

  1. Open the Alienware Audio manager. You can do this by pressing Windows + S to launch the search bar of your start menu and typing “Alienware Audio”. Select the first result which comes forward.
  2. Once the manager is opened, navigate to the Advanced tab present at the top of the new screen. Here you will see a submenu of “Jack Information”. Click it.
  3. Now you will be able to see a checkbox stating “Enable auto popup dialogue when device has been plugged in”. Check it.

  1. Now connect your device The manager will pop up a small window asking which device did you plug in. You should select “Headset (with microphone)” and click ok. You can also press the button which says “Set default device” present at the bottom of the popup if you plug the same device frequently.
  2. Check if your mic is working.

Dell Audio

All the recent Dell Models come with a preinstalled Dell Audio software in their machines. This manager is also very handy and easy to use. We can try checking if this software is configured properly and doesn’t have any conflicts with your desired settings.

  1. Open the Dell Audio manager. You can do this by pressing Windows + S to launch the search bar of your start menu and typing “Dell Audio”. Select the first result which comes forward.
  2. Once the manager is opened, navigate to the Speaker/Headphone section. We can “try” disabling the Maxxvoice pro also as sometimes it can disrupt the functioning of your headset.
  3. Next, click on the Microphone tab present at the top of the screen.

  1. There may be an option to select the proper device as default microphone device. Follow the steps we mentioned in the earlier solutions to determine which one is the device you are using and set it as default.
  2. Now check if your mic starts working.

Realtek Audio Manager

Many machines contain Realtek Audio Manager as their default audio device. This is a very popular manager which has been in the market for quite some time and has made its name in stability and performance.

  1. Open the Realtek Audio manager. You can do this by pressing Windows + S to launch the search bar of your start menu and typing “Realtek Audio”. Select the first result which comes forward.
  2. Now if you own a Desktop, the manager will have two options present. One will be for the port at the front of the computer, and the other will be for the port on the rear Don’t panic if you don’t see two ports for the microphone, it isn’t necessary that every desktop computer has two ports available.

Plug your device into one port and test the microphone using the microphone button present in front of Recording Volume. If you hear the feedback correctly, set it as your default device and press Ok to save changes.

If you own a laptop, you might see a window like this. You can double-check if the recording volume is set correctly and test your microphone. Once you have checked thoroughly, save changes and exit.

  1. Now check if your mic started working as expected.

Note: If you are using a desktop computer, there are mostly two ports on your machine for the microphone (as described above). One is at the front side and the other is present at the rear side. You should plug your device at the correct slot and set that slot as the default microphone port using your manufacturer’s software.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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