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How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 or updated to a newer Windows 10 build, then chances are your Microphone might not be working correctly this is because the Audio drivers got corrupted in the update or upgrade process. Sometimes, the drivers might become outdated or incompatible with the Windows 10, and you’re faced with the Windows 10 Mic not working issue.

Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue

Sometimes this issue can be caused because of the permission issue. After the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, all the apps & games are denied access to your webcam and microphone. If you want to use any apps or games that utilise a microphone or webcam, you need to manually allow them in Windows 10 Settings to fix the issue. Anyway, without wasting any time let’s see How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue with the help of the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Enable Microphone

1. Right-click on the Volume icon on the system tray and select Recording Devices.

Note: With the Windows 10 new updates, you need to right-click on the Volume icon, select Sounds, and switch to the recording tab.

Right-click on Volume icon on system tray and select Recording devices | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

2. Again right-click in an empty area inside the Recording Devices window and then select Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices.

Right-click then select Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices

3. Right-click on the Microphone and select Enable.

Right-click on the Microphone and select Enable

4. Click Apply, followed by OK.

5. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Privacy.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings and then click on Privacy

6. From the left-hand menu, select Microphone.

7. Turn on the toggle for “Let apps use my microphone” under Microphone.

Turn on the toggle for Let apps use my microphone under Microphone | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

8. Reboot your PC and see if you’re able to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue.

Method 2: Reset Apps & Games Permissions

1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Privacy icon.

2. From the left-hand menu, select Microphone.

3. Next, under Microphone access for this device is on heading click on “Change” button.

Under Microphone access for this device is on heading click on Change button

4. Make sure to turn on the toggle for “Microphone for this device“.

Make sure to turn on the toggle for Microphone for this device

5. Now again go back to Microphone Settings and similarly, turn on the toggle under “Allow apps to access your microphone“.

Turn on the toggle under Allow apps to access your microphone

6. Next, under the list “Choose which apps can access your microphoneallow the apps or games for which you want to turn on the Microphone.

Allow apps or games to access the microphone

7. Once finished, close Windows 10 settings and reboot your PC.

Method 3: Set Microphone as Default Device

1. Right-click on the Volume icon in the system tray and select Recording devices.

Note: With the Windows 10 new updates, you need to right-click on the Volume icon, select Sounds, and switch to the recording tab.

Right-click on Volume icon on system tray and select Recording devices | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

2. Now right-click on your device (i.e. Microphone) and select Set as Default Device.

right-click on your microphone and click on set as Default Device

3. Click Apply, followed by OK.

4. Restart your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Unmute Microphone

1. Right-click on the Volume icon in the system tray and select Recording devices.

Note: With the Windows 10 new updates, you need to right-click on the Volume icon, select Sounds, and switch to the recording tab.

2. Select your default recording device (i.e. Microphone) and then click on the bottom’s Properties button.

right click on your Default Microphone and select Properties

3. Now switch to the Levels tab and then make sure the Microphone is not muted, check if the sound icon display like this:

Make sure the Microphone is not muted

4.If it is then you need to click on it to unmute the Microphone.

Increase the volume to a higher value (e.g. 80 or 90) using the slider

5. Next, drag the slider of the Microphone to above 50.

6. Click Apply, followed by OK.

7. Reboot your PC and see if you’re able to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue.

Method 5: Disable all Enhancements

1. Right-click on the Speaker icon in Taskbar and select Sound.

Right click on your sound icon

2. Next, from the Playback tab right-click on Speakers and select Properties.

plyaback devices sound | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

3. Switch to the Enhancements tab and tick mark the option ‘Disable all enhancements.’

tick mark disable all enhancements

4. Clik Apply, followed by OK and then restart your PC to save changes.

Method 6: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter

1. Open control panel and in the search box type “troubleshooting.

troubleshooting hardware and sound device

2. In the search results, click on “Troubleshooting” and then select Hardware and Sound.

hardware and shound troubleshooting

3. Now in the next window, click on “Playing Audio” inside Sound sub-category.

click on playing audio in troubleshoot problems

4. Finally, click Advanced Options in the Playing Audio window and check “Apply repairs automatically” and click Next.

apply repair automatically in troubleshoot audio problems

5. Troubleshooter will automatically diagnose the issue and ask you if you want to apply the fix or not.

6. Click Apply this fix and Reboot to apply changes and see if you’re able to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue.

Method 7: Restart Windows Audio Service

1. Press Windows key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter to open Windows services list.

services windows

2. Now locate the following services:

Windows Audio 
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder 
Plug and Play

Windows audio and windows audio endpoint

3. Make sure their Startup Type is set to Automatic and the services are Running, either way, restart all of them once again.

restart windows audio services

4. If Startup Type is not Automatic, then double-click the services and inside property window set them to Automatic.

windows audio services automatic and running | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

5. Make sure the above services are checked in msconfig.exe

Windows audio and windows audio endpoint msconfig running

6. Restart your computer to apply these changes.

Method 8: Re-install Sound Drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers and click on the sound device then select Uninstall.

uninstall sound drivers from sound,video and game controllers

3. Now confirm the uninstall by clicking OK.

confirm device uninstall | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

4. Finally, in the Device Manager window, go to Action and click on Scan for hardware changes.

action scan for hardware changes

5. Restart to apply changes and see if you’re able to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue.

Method 9: Update Sound Drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R then type ‘Devmgmt.msc’ and hit enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers and right-click on your Audio Device, select Enable (If already enabled then skip this step).

right click on high definition audio device and select enable

2. If your audio device is already enabled then right-click on your Audio Device then select Update Driver Software.

update driver software for high definition audio device

3. Now select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let the process finish.

search automatically for updated driver software

4. If it wasn’t able to update your Audio drivers, then again select Update Driver Software.

5. This time, select “Browse my computer for driver software.”

browse my computer for driver software | How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working Issue?

6. Next, select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

7. Select the appropriate driver from the list and click Next.

8. Let the process complete and then restart your PC.

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That’s if you have successfully learned How to Fix Windows 10 Mic Not Working, but if you still have any questions regarding this article, then please feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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