Windows 10 Mic Not Working [Solved]

By Camilla Mo  Common Errors  Windows 10   62 Comments

After you upgrade your computer system to Windows 10, you might run into an issue with your internal microphone. If it doesn’t work (for example, you can’t use it to record sound), you could try some of the solutions below to get it working again.

We’ve included three possible solutions for you. You might not have to try them all. But if you work your way through the list, you should be able to find a fix that works for you.

Method 1: Set Microphone as Default Device
Method 2: Unmute Mocrophone and Increase the Volume
Method 3: Update All Drivers

Method 1: Set Microphone as Default Device

To make your microphone work properly, you’ll need to set it as the default device. We’ve found this method to be successful for a lot of our users who are experiencing microphone problems.

Just follow the steps below:

1) Right-click the Speaker Icon at the bottom right corner. A context menu will pop up.

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2) Click Recording devices on the pop-up menu.

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3) In the Sound dialog box, click the Recording tab. If you see the Microphone is not the Default, click the Set Default button to set it to default.

Note: Your microphone might be listed as something other than “Microphone” and the icon might not resemble a Microphone like the picture below.

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4) Click OK Apply.

 

Method 2: Unmute Mocrophone and Increase the Volume

One possible reason that your microphone isn’t working could be that it’s either muted or set to low volume. 

To check if either is your problem:

1) Right-click the Speaker Icon at the bottom right corner. A context menu will pop up.

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2) Click Recording devices on the pop-up menu.

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3) In the Sound dialog box, click the Recording tab. Select the default microphone, and then click the Properties button.

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4) Click the Levels tab. If your volume is muted, you will see the sound icon display like this: 6. In that case, click it to unmute the microphone. And make sure the volume is set to 50 or higher.

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5) After resetting  your volume, click OK and Apply.

 

Method 3: Update All Drivers

Driver conflicts may be what’s causing your problem. To resolve it, you can try to update the drivers.

You can update your drivers manually. But if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just two clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee). Here’s what you need to do:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or 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 (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

We hope the tips above help you get your microphone working again. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear how you went or if you have any suggestions.

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