How to Test Mic on Windows 10 (And Configure It)

The sound engineer asks the artist to check the microphone before the live performance. This is called a microphone test and ensures that everything works properly before it is put into use. Similarly, you can even test the microphone on Windows 10 and make sure it is working properly. Here are some ways to test your microphone on Windows 10.

How to test microphone on Windows 10

Microphone issues on Windows 10 are relatively common. The best way to tackle this problem is to test whether your microphone is properly connected.

Follow the steps below to install a new microphone.

Set up a new microphone

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon bottom left and click on Sounds.

  1. Click on the Recording tab.

  1. Choose the new microphone you want to configure and click the Configure button.
  2. Click on Set up microphone.

  1. Now Microphone Setup Wizard will help you set the basics.
  2. Click Finish once the setup is complete.

Test a microphone that is already set

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon bottom left and click on Sounds.
  2. Click on the Recording tab.

  1. As you speak, the green bar must rise accordingly. If this happens, there is no problem with your microphone. Try changing your pitch and see if the green bar rises or falls accordingly.
  2. If you want to test the quality of voice recording, then try talking to your friend on Skype or any other app. You can also use the built-in voice recorder on Windows 10 and check the quality of the audio via the playback.

Check microphone privacy settings.

Windows 10 provides a privacy feature that allows users to block microphone usage. Your microphone will not work if applications do not have access to the same. Follow the steps below to access the microphone.

  1. Click Start Menu and open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Privacy Icon.
  3. Choose microphone from the left window.

  1. If the settings’Microphone access for this device is off,Then click on Change and enable “Microsoft access for this device”.
  2. See if “Allow applications to access your microphoneIs Out, is so used then the switch to turn it on. Now you will be able to use the microphone, if not, then proceed to the next solution.

Set default recording device.

  1. Right click on the speaker icon at the bottom left and click on Sounds.
  2. Click on the Recording tab.

  1. Click on the microphone of your choice and select “Activate.”
  2. Choose now “Set as default device.
  3. Click OKto apply the change.

Update audio manager

The microphone stops working if the audio driver is outdated or corrupt. This can be fixed by updating the audio manager to the latest version. Windows 10 has several options for updating drivers. Here’s how to update your audio drivers using Device Manager.

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Search for Device Manager.
  3. Click on the top result Open Device Manager.
  4. Double-click on the “Audio, video and game controller.

  1. Choose the microphone from the drop-down list and click “Update Driver.”

  1. Choose Automatically check for updated driver software. ”
  2. As a update is available, the Device Manager will download and install the same.


We hope the above steps have helped you to set up and test the microphone on Windows 10. Make sure your microphone is working and that it is not a hardware problem.

The best way to test this is to use it on other Windows 10 laptops and see if the microphone works.

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