Fix Skype Microphone Not Working [Solved]

By April Cai  Sound Issues  sound problem   13 Comments

It’s one of my pet hates that Skype Microphone not working. I believe that’s yours too. Don’t worry. I’ve found the answers. 

If your Skype Microphone not working, try the following easy fixes. You might not have to try them all; Just work your way down from the top of the list until you find the one that works.

  1. Make sure your Microphone is set to On for Skype users (Windows 10 users)
  2. Adjust the audio settings on Skype
  3. Update your sound card driver
  4. Restart the Windows audio service

Method 1: Make sure Microphone is set to On for Skype (Windows 10 users)

If you’re running Skype on Windows 10, firstly please check if  the Microphone is set to On for Skype in the Privacy settings.

Follow these:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and I (at the same time).

2) Click Privacy.

3) Click Microphone on the left pane. Check if the status is On for Skype.
If it’s Off, click it to switch to On.

4) Log in Skype and check to see if your Microphone works.

Method 2: Adjust the audio settings on Skype

1) Login Skype with your own account.

2) On Skype window, Click Tools > Options.

3) Click Audio settings on the left pane. Then set your Microphone device and un-tick Automatically adjust microphone settings.
Click Save.

4) Check to see if your Microphone works.

Method 3: Update your sound card driver 

Skype Microphone not working problem can be also cause by the incorrect or outdated sound card driver. The solutions above may solve the problem, but if they don’t, please update your sound card driver. 

To update your sound card driver, you can download the latest one from its manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer, like Realtek. If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, or if you want to save much more time, you can use Driver Easy.  to do it automatically. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact sound card, and your variant of Windows system, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. You  sound driver is no exception.

3) With Free version: Click the Update button next to a flagged sound driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver.

With Pro version: Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee)

4) Restart your computer and run Skype to see if your Microphone works.

Method 4: Restart Windows audio service

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R (at the same time) to invoke the run command.

2) Type services.msc and click OK.

3) Right-click on the Windows Audio service. Click Restart.

4) Log in Skype and check to see if your Microphone works.

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