How To Fix Windows 10 Microphone Not Working Issue

Windows 10 is the latest and best version of the Windows operating system which was first released in 2015 and was made as a free upgrade to people who were running Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Windows 10 microphone not working issue.

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How To Fix Windows 10 Microphone Not Working Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause this particular problem ranging from a setting issue to a software glitch. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix this issue.

Check the microphone in Windows settings

The first thing you will need to do in this case is to make sure that the microphone is not disabled in the Windows settings.

  • Press Win + I to open the Settings.
  • Select the Privacy option.
  • Click the Microphone tab present at the left side of the screen.
  • Now turn on the microphone in the right section. You could also enable or disable apps to use the mic.
  • Save changes and exit.

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Check the microphone in Sound settings

Make sure that the microphone is set as the default hardware for voice input.

  • Type control panel on the search bar then click on the option that appears.
  • Click on Sound
  • 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 Disable Devices. Then right-click the Microphone and select Enable.)
  • Select the Microphone and click the button Set Default preset at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select the Enhancements tab in the same window and check the line which says “Disable all sound effects”.
  • Click OK to save all changes and exit.
  • Restart your computer. 

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Use the Windows troubleshooter tool

You should try using the Windows troubleshooting tool to fix this problem as it is quite effective in resolving common Windows related issues.

  • Type control panel on the search bar then click on the option that appears.
  • Select the Troubleshoot option present on the screen.
  • Click Troubleshoot audio recording present under the subheading of Hardware and Sound

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