Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

Given the pandemic situation around the globe, online meetings are becoming a usual thing. Whether it is work from home or online classes, online meetings are almost a daily occurrence these days. Have you ever faced a low microphone volume issue during these meetings? Some users reported that they are experiencing trouble with microphone volume after they upgraded to Windows 11. While it is common to find a bug in these early stages of Windows 11, you do not have to sit around and let this affect your productivity. Although it is still too early to determine the exact reason behind the issue, we came up with some solutions to increase and fix low Microphone Volume in Windows 11.

How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

You can read Microsoft guide on How to set up and test microphones in Windows PCs. Following are the tried and tested methods to fix low Microphone Volume on Windows 11. 

Method 1: Increase Microphone Volume

Follow these steps to adjust microphone volume as you may have inadvertently lowered it down:

1. Press Windows + I keys together to open Settings.

2. Click on the Sound option in System menu, as shown.

System tab in Settings. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

3. Make sure that the volume slider under Input is set to 100.

Sound settings in Settings

4. Click on Microphone. Then, click on Start test under Input settings.

Sound properties in Settings

5. After the test is over you can see its results.

If the result shows above 90% of the total volume, then the microphone is working fine. If not, continue with the troubleshooting methods listed below.

Method 2: Run Recording Audio Troubleshooter

Here are the steps to fix low Microphone Volume in Windows 11 by running in-built Microphone troubleshooter:

1. Open Windows Settings.

2. Under System menu, scroll down and select Troubleshoot, as depicted below.

System section in the settings. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

3. Click on Other troubleshooters, as shown.

Troubleshooter section in the Settings

4. Click on the Run button for Recording Audio.

Troubleshooter for Microphone

5. Select the Audio input device (e.g. Microphone Array – Realtek(R) Audio (Current Default Device)) you are experiencing trouble with and click on Next.

Different audio input option in troubleshooter. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

6. Follow on-screen instructions if any to fix issues with the microphone.

Also Read: How to Fix Windows 11 Webcam Not Working

Method 3: Turn On Microphone Access

Follow the steps mentioned below to fix low Microphone Volume in Windows 11 by giving Microphone Access to the apps that need the same to function properly:

1. Launch Windows Settings and click on Privacy & security menu option in the left pane.

2. Then, click on the Microphone option under App permissions, as shown.

Privacy & security tab in Settings. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

3. Switch On the toggle for Microphone access, if it is disabled.

4. Scroll down the list of apps and switch On the individual toggles to make sure all desired apps have microphone access.

Microphone access in Settings

Now, you can increase Microphone Volume in Windows 11 apps as needed.

Method 4: Turn Off Audio Enhancements

Another method you can try to fix low Microphone Volume in Windows 11 is by turning Off the Audio Enhancements feature, as follows:

1. Open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I keys simultaneously.

2. Click on Sound in the System Settings menu.

System tab in Settings

3. Select the audio input device (e.g. Microphone Array) you are facing trouble with under Choose a device for speaking or recording option.

Audio input device. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

4. Switch Off the toggle to turn off Enhance audio feature under Input settings section, shown highlighted below.

Audio device properties in Settings

Also Read: How to Turn Off Windows 11 Camera and Microphone Using Keyboard Shortcut

Method 5: Adjust Microphone Boost

Follow given steps to fix low Microphone Volume on Windows 11 by adjusting Microphone Boost:

1. Right-click on the speaker icon in the Taskbar overflow section and select Sound settings, as illustrated below.

Sound icon in System tray. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

2. Click on More sound settings under Advanced section.

More sound settings in Settings

3. In the Sound dialog box, go to the Recording tab.

4. Here, right-click on the audio input device (e.g. Microphone Array) which is troubling you and select the Properties option, as depicted below.

Sound dialog box

5. In the Properties window, navigate to the Levels tab.

6. Set the slider for Microphone Boost to the maximum value and click on Apply > OK buttons to save changes.

Audio device properties dialog box. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

Also Read: How to Fix Windows 11 Taskbar Not Working

Method 6: Update Microphone drivers

If the above methods do not work, then system drivers may be outdated. Here’s how to fix low Microphone Volume in Windows 11 by updating your Microphone driver:

1. Click on the Search icon and type Device Manager, then click on Open.

Start menu search results for Device Manager

2. In the Device Manager window, double-click on Audio inputs and outputs section to expand it.

3. Right-click on your microphone driver (e.g. Microphone Array (Realtek(R) Audio)) and select the Update driver option, as depicted below.

Device Manager window. How to Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

4A. Now, click on Search automatically for drivers to allow windows to download and install the latest compatible update automatically.

Update Driver wizard

4B. Alternatively, click on Browse my computer for drivers to install the driver update if you have already downloaded the driver from the official website (e.g. Realtek).

Update Driver Wizard

5. The wizard will install the latest drivers it could find. Restart your PC after the installation is complete.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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