It is needless to talk about the importance of the microphone in your PC. Just think of all your meetings on Skype or Zoom and the like, and you already realize how much of a setback a non-functional microphone on your Windows 10 laptop is.
It may not be a frequent occurrence that your microphone is not working, but there could have been a few factors to trigger this issue. One common culprit is when updates are not properly installed. It could also be a hardware issue, and in such case, your technician may be the best bet to fix it.
Here we walk through steps to fix the microphone not working issue in Windows 10.
1. Check Microphone Privacy Settings
Back in 2019, Microsoft introduced new privacy features to Windows that give you more granular control over which apps are accessing your microphone. The side effect of this is that certain apps may be blocked from using your microphone without you even knowing.
To check on this, go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone.”
Click “Change” and make sure the slider is set to On. This will broadly mean that the mic is now enabled on your PC.
Next, make sure the slider under “Allow apps to access your microphone” is set to On, then look through the list of Microsoft Store apps to make sure the apps you want to use are selected.
Of course, you’re likely to be using many apps not from the Microsoft Store, so to make sure these are enabled, scroll down even further and set the “Allow desktop apps … ” slider to On.
2. Check Microphone Driver
For this mic issue and many other issues on the computer, it is highly recommended to check the drivers, as they may have malfunctioned or simply become outdated.
If you have a newly-installed Windows version and still have an outdated Microphone driver, then it is likely you will face problems of no sound, recording fails or a mute microphone.
To check the driver status, follow these steps:
1. In your Start menu search for “Device Manager.”
2. In the device manager window search for sound and expand it.
3. Once expanded, you should see your audio drivers. Note that the names of these will vary depending on the manufacturer. In my case, I have two called “Intel(R) Audio display” and “Realtek High Definition Audio,” as shown in the image below.
4. On Intel(R) Display Audio, right-click and select properties. On the General tab, check to see if the device is working properly.
5. If it is not working properly, click on the driver tab and select the “update” option.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other audio drivers.
7. Restart the computer and see if the microphone problem is fixed.
3. Check the Sounds setting
1. In the taskbar, right-click on the speaker icon at the far-right corner and select the sound option.
2. On the “Recording” tab, click on the microphone and select the “Properties” option.
3. Select the levels tabs and increase the volume for both microphone and microphone boost.
4. Go to the “Enhancement” tab of the same pop-up and make sure that the immediate mode checkbox is checked.
5. Click Ok and restart the computer.
4. The sound troubleshooter
1. Right-click on the sound icon at the far-right corner of the taskbar and select “troubleshoot sound problems.”
2. The computer will detect any fault that exists with your audio and recommend fixes for you. You just need to read through the prompts and click the options that you think will work for you.
Now that you have fixed the microphone not working issue, for more Windows fixes, see our guide on how to fix a monitor when it’s not waking up after sleep. Also see how to fix the latest Windows 10 update problems.