- You're probably using Skype on your computer almost daily, or at least one other application that requires a microphone. Check if your microphone is not muted.
- Sometimes these problems occur if your microphone is not set as default or if it is disabled. Read our guide below to see how you can fix this.
- If you have any other Windows 10 related problems that you can look for the solution in our Windows 10 Arrangement section.
- Do you have any other problems with your peripherals? You can go to our peripheral troubleshooting Hub and fix the problem with our expert guides.
You're probably using Skype on your computer almost daily, or at least one other application that requires a microphone. Many users complain that their microphone is not working Windows 10, so if you are one of those unlucky users, we may have a solution for you.
What can I do if the microphone stops working? Windows 10, 7?
Table of Contents:
- Check if your microphone is not disabled
- Check if your microphone is not muted
- Increase the sensitivity of your microphone
- Uninstall and reinstall the default driver
- Run hardware troubleshooter
- Change the default format of your microphone
- Run the SFC scan
Solution: the microphone does not record on Windows 10, 8.1, 7
Solution 1 – Check if your microphone is not disabled
Sometimes these problems occur if your microphone is not set as default or disabled, and thus how can you quickly enable and set it as default?
- Make sure your microphone is connected to your computer.
- Right-click on the volume icon at the bottom right of the screen and select Recording Devices.
- Click the empty space in the window and then click Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices.
- To check if your microphone is enabled, select Microphone and click Properties, and you can see if it is enabled or not. If it is not enabled, enable it.
- From there, you can also check if your microphone is set as the default audio input device.
Solution 2 – Check if your microphone is not muted
Right-click the Sound icon in the lower right corner of your screen and choose Volume Mixer from the menu.
When the Volume Mixer opens, find the Microphone slider and turn it up to 100%. Also, make sure nothing is muted.
Close the Volume Mixer and click the Sound icon again and choose Recording Devices and test your microphone.
If there is no activity on the volume level indicator, you may need to increase the sensitivity of your microphone.
Solution 3 – Increase the sensitivity of your microphone
- Right-click the Sound icon in the lower right corner of your screen and select Recording.
- Double-click the microphone.
- The Microphone Properties window will open, and you will need to go to the Levels tab and move the Microphone slider to 100%. Also, check if your microphone is not muted while it is there.
- Slowly move the Microphone Boost slider to the right and test the microphone by tapping it gently.
- Click OK and test your microphone.
- If your microphone still doesn't work, open Microphone Properties and click on the Enhancements tab.
- Check the Turn off all sound effects box.
- Press Apply and then OK and test your microphone again.
Solution 4 – Uninstall and reinstall the default driver
- Open Device Manager. You can do this by clicking Start and typing devmgmt.msc in the search field.
- In Device Manager, find your sound, video, and game drivers, and double-click the entry for your sound card.
- Click on the Driver tab and then Uninstall.
- Restart your computer and your Windows it should be loaded with the default drivers.
- If the problem persists, download the latest drivers for your sound card / motherboard.
Update drivers automatically
If you don't want to go through the trouble of updating your microphone drivers manually, there is a tool that will do the job for you.
Tweakbit Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent damage to your PC caused by installing wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automated solution.
Here is a quick guide on how to use it:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check the versions of your drivers installed in your cloud database for the latest versions and recommend the appropriate updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- At the end of the scan, you will get a report on all the problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each controller individually or all at once. To update one controller at a time, click the Update Controller link next to the controller name. Or simply click the Update All button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers have to be installed in several steps, so you will have to press the Update button several times until all their components are installed.
Solution 5 – Run hardware troubleshooter
If you're still having trouble with your microphone, let's try the hardware troubleshooter that's built into the interior Windows 10. Here's how to run it:
- Go to settings.
- Go to Updates and security > Solve problems
- Select Hardware devices, And go to Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow further on-screen instructions and let the process finish.
- Restart your computer.
Solution 6 – Change the default format of your microphone
- To do this, right-click the Sound icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
- Then select Recording.
- Double-click the microphone to open the microphone properties.
- In the Microphone Properties window, go to Advanced.
- In the Default Format, choose any of the 16-bit options.
- Click Apply, then OK.
Solution 7 – Run the SFC scan
And finally, if none of the above solutions solved the microphone issue, let's run your computer through a quick (not so) SFC scan. This tool will scan your computer for possible problems and interference, and solve them if possible.
Here's how to run the SFC scan:
- Go to Search, type cmd and open command prompt as administrator.
- Type the following command and press Enter: sfc / scannow
- Wait for the process to finish.
- Restart your computer.
If your microphone doesn't work Windows We hope that at least one of these solutions has been useful to you. As you can see, most problems can be solved by playing around with the Recording settings.
If the problem is caused by the sound driver, the best solution is to use the default Windows driver, or wait for the manufacturer to release Windows 10 drivers for your audio device.
Frequently Asked Questions – Read more about microphone issues
- How do I fix my microphone? Windows 10?
Click the Start button and go to Settings> System> Sound. Check the Input option and make sure your microphone is selected in Choose your input device. Now speak into your microphone and see if Windows listens to you from Test your microphone.
- Why is my microphone not working?
The most common reasons for the microphone not working are because it is disabled, muted, or just low volume. Also, test the microphone on another device to see if it works properly.
- How do I hear my microphone on? Windows 10?
Right-click the Volume icon in the system tray and choose Sounds. Select the Recordings tab, then right-click on your microphone device and select Properties. Now go to the Listen tab and check the Listen to this device checkbox.
Editor Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has since been renewed and updated in May 2020 to provide freshness, precision and comprehensiveness.