How to turn on microphone on Windows 10 [FIXED]

A mic is usually built into a laptop or headset / headphones. If you are able to connect a pair of headphones to your PC, or have a built-in speaker working on your PC, chances are the accompanying mic will work as well. You can also disable the mic and still use the speaker.

If you have disabled the mic and want to enable it again, this is really easy to do.

How to turn on microphone

Turn on microphone, re-enable microphone

There may be two reasons for Mike not to work; It needs to be enabled or it is not working. We have fixes for both.

1. Re-enable the microphone from Settings

The mic can be turned off from the Settings app and it is easy to turn it back on.

  1. Tap on Start Button on the taskbar, and from the start menu, select Adjustment Ie, the cog wheel button.
  2. Go to Secluded Group of Settings.
  3. Choose to Microphone Tab.
  4. If the microphone is off, click Change Button and turn it on.
  5. For good measure, restart your PC.

Turn on microphone, re-enable microphone

2. Re-enable the microphone from the control panel

The mic may have to be enabled or connected before turning on.

  1. Open up control Panel.
  2. Go for hardware and Sound.
  3. Click Sound.
  4. Go to Recording Tab.
  5. Right-click your mic and select ‘EnableFrom the context menu.
  6. If not a mic, right-click the device listed on the device Recording Enable the option to show tabs and disconnected and disabled devices, and then enable it.

3. Re-enable the microphone from Device Manager

If the mic is disabled from the Device Manager, you will not be able to enable it from the Control Panel or Settings app. To work, you need to go through the device manager.

  1. Open up device Manager.
  2. expand the Sound input and output Group of devices.
  3. Right-click your mic and enable it.

4. Check app access and volume

It is possible that your mic is working perfectly, but you have disabled access to it in some apps, or you have muted it. To check mic access for apps;

  1. Open up Adjustment Application.
  2. Go to Secluded Group of Settings.
  3. Scroll down the list of apps and check if the app you want to use the mic has access to.

Fix common mic problems

If the above improvements have not enabled the mic on your system, and it is still not working, try the following.

1. Audio troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter for audio playback. You can try to run it, as well as a troubleshooter of common hardware and tools to fix your mic problems.

To run the audio troubleshooter,

  1. Open up Adjustment Application.
  2. Go to Update and security Group of Settings.
  3. Choose to Troubleshooting Tab.
  4. Look and run Audio playing Of troubleshooter.

To run common hardware and device troubleshooters;

  1. Tap on Win + r Keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. Enter the following, and tap Enter.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic

Accept any improvements your PC recommends and restart your PC.

2. Check virtual devices

If you have a virtual audio device installed, it may interfere with the mic. Try disabling it.

  1. Open up control Panel.
  2. Go for hardware and Sound.
  3. Choose Sound.
  4. Go to both Playback And Recording Tab.
  5. Select any virtual audio device that is listed there, right-click it and select ‘Disabled‘.
  6. Restart your pc.

3. Check the hardware switch

Some headphones that come with a mic, or with mics alone have an on / off switch. Check if it is closed. If it is, turn it on, and the mic should start working.

4. Set up the mic

Some mics, especially stand alone.

  1. open control Panel.
  2. Go for ease of access.
  3. under which speech recognitionClick Set a microphone.
  4. Follow the steps and set the mic.

5. Check the audio app

Check any audio manager that is installed on your system to see if the mic is disabled. The audio app can be a Dell app or a Realtek app. It really depends on what the drivers are installed and who is the manufacturer of your system. You can access it from Control Panel> Hardware and Sound.

6. Set as default device

The mic cannot be set as the default sound input device. To fix this;

  1. open control Panel.
  2. Go for hardware and Sound.
  3. Choose Sound.
  4. Go to Recording Tab.
  5. Right-click the mic that is listed there, and select Set as the default device option.

If the mic will not work in a particular app, check if the app allows you to select an audio input device and make sure your mic is selected under it.

The conclusion

It is also a good idea to inspect the hardware. Some mics require batteries to run, some have an on / off switch, and some may not work with PCs, although this last type is rare. Make sure the wire is not damaged by the mic, or any other part of it, and after trying each of the above fixes make sure that you have restarted your system.

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