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Microphone Not Working (Window 10) - How to Fix It

How to fix the microphone not working error in Windows 10? How do you make sure that Windows 10 has microphone always on? How to activate microphone?

This article was created to help explain how to troubleshoot your microphone. Usually, most operating systems have different settings to disable and enable microphones, but for this tutorial we will focus on Windows 10. Windows operating systems often require driver to enable microphones, but with the Windows 10, the drivers are automatically downloaded with updates. There are several things that can cause your microphone to stop working:

  • A program installed on your computer.
  • A virus is taking control of your microphone.
  • You stop it yourself.
  • A bug with the audio driver.
  • A hardware problem with your computer's microphone.

So before you follow the instructions below, you need to make sure that your microphone is working. For laptops, there is no way to check it since the microphone itself is embedded, but if you have an external microphone, you can try running it on another Windows machine to see if everything is fine. Other than that, in order to try to activate the microphone, you should follow the steps below.

IMPORTANT! Be careful that if your microphone is disabled by an unwanted program or virus on your computer, you will need to remove the virus first and then repair your microphone. According to experts, the best way to remove such viruses is to scan your computer with a professional anti-malware program that will take care of all viruses and secure your computer.


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How to activate the microphone in Windows 10

Step 1: Open Windows search and type “manage audio devices” in the bar. The following should appear:

Step 2: Go to the "Recording" panel and find "Microphone" and enable it.

Step 3: You can test the microphone by talking to it and seeing if the bar to the right of the "microphone" icon is moving:

When the microphone is activated, does not work

In case the microphone does not seem to give any results, you can reinstall it's drivers. With Windows 10, this can be done automatically by the following steps:

Step 1: Open search and type "device manager" and open it.

Step 2: Go to your microphone and right click on it, then click "Uninstall".

Step 3: After that, right to anywhere or on the "Sound" category and click on "Scan for hardware changes". It should relocate and reinstall your drivers.

How to use the guidebook when all of the above don't work

The Windows Problem Solver is always a good tool that can help identify or fix problems. To try to troubleshoot your problems, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open "Settings":

Step 2: On the search bar of "Settings" search for "Troubleshooting".

Step 3: On for "Speech" search "Troubleshooting" and search

If you on "Run advisor", the troubleshooting guide should begin looking for problems. Be patient and when it's done all updates will apply.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum 2015 since then. He has researched, covered, assisted victims with the latest malware infections as well as testing and verifying software and the latest technical developments. Having also graduated in Marketing, Ventsislav also has a passion for learning new cybersecurity changes and innovations that are game changers. After studying value chain management, network administration and computer administration of system applications, he found his true calling in the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in educating every user about online security.

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